Scientists reanalyzed the data from four seismometers placed on the Moon by the Apollo astronauts using an algorithm, or mathematical program developed to pinpoint quake locations detected by a sparse seismic network. Watters is a senior scientist in the Centre for Earth and Planetary Studies at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington.
NASA's chief says a proposed $US1.6 billion ($2.3 billion) budget boost is a "good start" towards getting the first woman on the Moon within five years. There may be a crater but due to the image scale if there is one, it is too small to be seen; the LROC site explanation described it more as a "gouge rather than crater...." For the first time, the scientists have connected moonquake data to the changing lunar landscape to show that our satellite is tectonically active. A bright area on lunar surface indicates that the area is freshly exposed space.
Before its destruction, the lander was poised to be the first of its kind to land on the surface of the Moon. These fault scarps appeared to be young - less than 50 million years old.
According to NASA, astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Smith had to zigzag with their lunar vehicle to cross the Lee Lincoln fault during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. Six of them also occurred when the Moon was either at its apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around the Earth, or close to it.
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NASA is planning on sending the first woman ever and the first man in almost five decades to the moon by 2024, thanks to an additional increase to the agency's budget by US President Donald Trump.
Although the Apollo missions occurred decades ago, "the Apollo seismometers are the only ones deployed on the Moon", Watters said in an email to CTV News. But because the moon's surface is brittle, not flexible like grape skin, it cracked and formed slip faults as it shrank.
Trump confirmed the news in a Monday tweet, saying his administration was "restoring NASA to greatness" and that "we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!". Eight of those moonquakes take place within 30 kilometers of fault escarpment, step-like cliffs on the lunar crust that brand places where one side of the fault has propelled up or slid down.
At the time, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine assured Pence that NASA would work hard to meet the deadline, expressing confidence that the SLS, or Space Launch System, would be ready for the job.
Mr Bridenstine has previously said President Trump's desire to put humans back on the moon by the year 2024 would provide an opportunity to test technology and capabilities before carrying out a mission to land on Mars by 2033.