The Once and Future Moon

The Once and Future Moon

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Baker & Taylor
Looks at what has been learned from the Apollo program, as well as space probes, and describes the Moon's geology

Blackwell North Amer
The Once and Future Moon describes the scientific legacy of the 1960s Apollo landings as well as the 1994 Clementine mission, which led to the first global mapping of the Moon and the unexpected discovery of ice in the areas near its south pole. Spudis presents a detailed picture of the Moon's composition and geological history: he describes the domes, cones, and channels created by its now inactive volcanoes, as well as the four billion years of bombardment evident in the regolith - a layer of dust and rock debris that thickly covers the lunar surface. He traces the evolution and properties of the Moon's crust and explains the currently accepted but unproven "Big Whack" theory of lunar origin.
The Moon, Spudis contends, is a kind of Rosetta stone, enabling us to read the otherwise indecipherable text of planetary evolution. The far side of the Moon, uniquely shielded from Earth's electrical din, offers a quiet, stable site for unprecedented observations of the universe. Even a small array of telescopes situated there would far exceed the resolving capabilities of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Providing an evenhanded chronicle of the fluctuating fortunes of the U.S. space program, this book presents as well a rational plan for humanity's return to the Moon.

& Taylor

Offers a lively and clear introduction to the moon, tracing the history of its geology, the significance of its far side, and its value for understanding the formation of the planets and the dimensions of the cosmos. UP.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996.
ISBN: 9781560986348
Branch Call Number: 523.3 SPU
Characteristics: xi, 308 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.


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I found the first half of this book very interesting, the second half less so.

In the first half, the author covers in considerable detail the numerous scientific investigations into the geology and possible history of the moon conducted before, during and since the Apollo missions.

In the second half the author speculates about future visits to the moon. I did not find this very illuminating as most of the ideas have already been put forward in science fiction stories.


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