Lunar spacecrafts Moon Stone jewelry collection is set to be returned to Earth in 2020, as part of a planned mission to study how humans might react to the effects of climate change.
The Moonstone Collection, as it is known, consists of several thousand pieces of jewellery, mostly from Japan, Taiwan and China, as well as pieces from other countries such as South Africa and Peru.
It is expected that the collection will be returned as part in a “mission to explore the potential of human-made objects in space” by the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), a spacecraft designed to study the lunar atmosphere.
“The Lunar Stone collection is the best example of what people can do when they have a strong sense of curiosity about what’s out there, and the best way to learn about what is going on is to take a look at these objects,” said Lunar Planetary Society’s executive director Paul Allen, who said the collection has inspired many people to get into astronomy.
“When you’re interested in something you’re not quite sure what to expect, you look around and find things you never thought were there.
So we thought it would be a good idea to give back some of that curiosity.”
The collection is currently on display at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, where it is in the form of a wall-mounted display on a wall behind a large window in the building.
The glass has been covered with solar panels, allowing the moonstone to be seen through a telescope mounted on the wall.
The collection has also attracted interest from a number of companies including the Australian Space Agency (AESA), the International Space Station (ISS), the American Space Agency and other organisations.
“These objects have been part of our lunar legacy since the Apollo missions,” said Allen.
“And there’s been a great interest in this collection for the last 20 years.”
In recent years, a number in the collection have been donated to museums and institutions around the world.
But the Moonstone collection has been largely untouched by humans for many years, with the exception of a few small pieces which were discovered in a museum in Australia in the early 2000s.AESA director of public affairs John Callaghan said the Lunar Stone Collection would be returned with the intention of using it for scientific research.”LADee is being designed as a long-term mission that will explore the possibility of humans reacting to changes in the lunar environment,” he said.
“One of the main aims is to understand how people will react to changes like changes in temperature, humidity, and how that might impact on how they live and work.”
This will help us understand how human activity affects the Moon.
“He said the agency was also keen to see if it could be used to investigate the effects that climate change could have on the environment.”
It’s also a bit of a case study of how we might adapt to changing environmental conditions and climate change, and we think the moon will be a great place to test that theory,” he added.
The mission to LADEE, called LADIE, will take two years to complete and will be the largest human exploration mission to date, taking a spacecraft into orbit around the Moon.
The project will be led by the Australian National University (ANU), the Australian Centre for Space Studies (ACSS), the University of Sydney and the University’s Centre for Planetary Science.
The space agency has been working with the Aussie Space Agency for the past two decades to build the LADEO project, and Allen said the project had a “big impact” on the mission’s design.”
We thought the mission would be really interesting because it’s so different,” he told New Scientist.”
So many people were looking at this in terms of what it would look like in terms the technology.
“And so we thought we’d look at this and we realised it was really important that we had an example of this.”LADEO is designed to be launched from an altitude of around 10km, and will eventually reach a high altitude of up to 15km.
The team will be using the LASER (Low Angle Search Radar) telescope to map the Moon and its surface, as a means of mapping the moon’s composition and surface.
“With LADie we can look at the surface of the Moon, look at a different part of the lunar surface, and see what’s there,” Allen said.
“It’s a very different technology, but it’s going to give us a very accurate look at how the Moon is changing and what it’s doing to our planet.”
It is also hoped that the Lunar Dust Environment Experiment (LDEE) will provide information about the chemical composition of the moon.LADIE will take off from an orbital slot in the International Spaceport in Kazakhstan, which is located just 30km from the surface.
It will then make its way to the LANDING platform at the Moon’s north