Lunar Leftovers: How the Moon Became a Trash Can

5/17/2009 04:01:00 PM ·

The moon has only been accessible for decades, rather than hundreds of years. However, in the short time available to humanity it is estimated that we have left over one hundred and seventy thousand kilos of debris on the surface of our once pristine satellite. Here are some of the more notable pieces of trash on the moon.

Luna 2 - 1959

 If HG Wells and others were correct and there were civilizations on the moon then they would have expelled a communal gasp of horror in 1959 when the first piece of man made technology hit the moon dust. Looking now like some steampunk version of what we regularly send spinning in to space, Luna 2 was launched by the Soviets when the Cold War was at its height. The collision with the moon at least proved one thing - that our nearest neighbor in space has no appreciable magnetic

Lunar Leftovers: How the Moon Became a Trash Can

Written by RJ Evans

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