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How Humans Caused Climate Change On The Moon... And Why We Can't Stop It

Posted by On June 09, 2018

How Humans Caused Climate Change On The Moon... And Why We Can't Stop It

How Humans Caused Climate Change On The Moon... And Why We Can't Stop It

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Chris Mahon Friday, 08 June 2018 - 11:51AM
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Chris Mahon Friday, 08 June 2018 - 11:51AM Unsplash When the Apollo 15 and 17 astronauts landed on the Moon, they discovered something very weird: the Moon was heating up even more quickly than anticipated. This kicked off a mystery that's lasted for decades.
You might think that, with a thick atmosphere, Earth's Moon is a cold and desolate little ball of orbiting rock, right? Wrong. The surface temperature of the Moon ranges from 100° C (212° F â€" boiling temperature, kids) during the day to -173° C (-343° F) at night. For comparison, the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth was 138° F (in the Libyan Desert) and the coldest was -126° F (at Vostok Station, Antarctica).
Among their experiments, the Apollo 15 and 17 missions were tasked with monitoring heat still radiating from the Moon's long-dead core. After accounting for sunlight on the surface and the heat caused by the drills themselves, the results appeared to be pretty straightforward.
But something wasn't quite right: the probes showed higher heat increases in the area surrounding the Apollo landing sites, creating a strange heat anomaly that couldn't be accounted for. Even stranger, the anomaly has persisted for years after the Apollo missions returned to Earth. In the end, some detective work from a Texas Tech team revealed what was causing the strange heating effect: albedo.
In space jargon, albedo is "the proportion of the incident light or radiation that is reflected by a surface, typically that of a planet or moon." After looking at video recordings of the lunar surface taken du ring the missions and comparing the heat data from the probes, the Texas team realized that the heat increases were happening first at the surface, then deeper in the ground. This led them to uncover the real reason for the anomaly:
Opening quote"Images of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera over the two landing sites show that the regolith [loose, unconsolidated rocks] on the paths of the astronauts turned darker, lowering the albedo. We suggest that, as a result of the astronauts' activities, solar heat intake by the regolith increased slightly on average, and that resulted in the observed warming."Closing quote
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