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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsAstronomy & Space · 1 month ago

If one could visit the locations where astronauts walked on the moon, ...?

do you think one could still see their foot steps left undisturbed for more than 50 years?

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  • 1 month ago

    Yes.  They'll be there for about a million years.

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  • 1 month ago

    Orbiting satellites have photoed the landing sites and you can still clearly see footprints, vehicle tracks, and items left on the moon. The LEM decent module, even a laser reflector from Apollo 11 shows up well.

    Search up these photos of lunar landing sites.

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  • D g
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    There is no wind so probably unless the rocket thrust disturbing it 

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  • 1 month ago

    Yes. There is nothing to wipe out the footprints. No wind, no air, no rain, no animals. They will be there for millions nof years. 

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  • Clive
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Of course.  There's no wind or rain to erode them, so it would be surprising if they WEREN'T still there.

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  • Nyx
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    This is what the Apollo landing sites currently look like from orbit.

    http://www.lroc.asu.edu/featured_sites/#ApolloLand...

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  • 1 month ago

    Yes you would because there has never been any kind of wind to disturb them

    You would find their jettisoned equipment there too

    The Flag for a start and the Descending Stage of the LEM

     Little known to many but familiar to touring Caravaners like myself On board would still be the cassette part of their on board Toilet

    When you gotta go you gotta Go after all !!

     There also would be a couple of Lunar Rovers there

    Just waiting for a fresh Battery and away you Go !!

    the Most expensive Car ever built

    A couple of the Astronauts were enjoying the ride so much they decided to do a bit of Rallying ha ha

    One of the front Dustguards got broke and it was throwing the dust up in their faces which wasn't good

    They mended it with what they had to hand

    A Moon Map and a Roll of good old Duck Tape !!

    Don't leave home without it !!

    Recently I have found T Rex Tape which believe me lives up to its name, it has got some bite, handle it carefully

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  • Acetek
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Yes but the flags will be bleached white.

  • 1 month ago

    There is SOME erosion on the Moon.  Every sunrise (every 29.5 Earth-days) the neutral ground cover gets bombarded by a new batch of charged particles from the Sun (the solar "wind"). These protons get absorbed by (or steal electrons from) that top layer.

    In the layer, there are grains that are small enough that, when they do acquire a positive charge (from taking in the protons or losing electrons to them), they will be replulsed by all the other grains that will have done the same.

    This is the reason for a thin "fog" observed by the lunar astronauts near the terminator (the line separating the lit side from the dark side).  This is simply what we call static electricity.  It is not "fog" since the grains are not 1) molecules of water, nor 2) supported by air.

    At the end of the lunar day, once the bombardment ceases, the grains eventually lose their static charge and fall back to the ground.  Over time, this activity will smooth out very small marks (such as footprints).

    Meanwhile, the Sun's unfiltered UV rays will bleach any man-made color, including the colors of the flags.

    50 years should still be OK for footprints: they should remain visible - or, at least, detectable - for a few tens of centuries. As for the colors of the flag (or the decals on the descent stages of the landing modules), I don't know. Any decal on the side facing opposite the lunar equator should have received a lot less UV rays and could still be OK.

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    • Baal
      Lv 6
      1 month agoReport

      Yes it will if you hit the space bar until you have at least 15 characters.

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  • 1 month ago

    Yes. The footprints - and rover tracks - should be around for thousands, perhaps millions of years... 

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