From: Lan Fleming <lfleming5.nul> Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 19:33:39 -0600 Fwd Date: Sun, 01 Feb 2004 10:27:10 -0500 Subject: Re: Russia Surpasses Americans In Space Race - >From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul> >Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 09:39:06 -0800 >Fwd Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 08:42:25 -0500 >Subject: Russia Surpasses Americans In Space Race >Source: Pravda >http://english.pravda.ru/mailbox/22/98/387/11928_space.html <snip> >Indeed, there is definitely something wrong here. If you take a >moment to view video footage of the moon landing by U.S. >astronauts from back in the 1960s, you'll notice that the dust >kicked up by astronauts immediately settles down, just as if it >was sand on the beach. Yet we all know that not only does the >moon have less gravity, but it also has zero-atmosphere. >Therefore, the moon dust should travel further given the force >and little to counteract it. Yet, for some strange, unexplained >reason, the moon dust resettles back to the ground at the same >gravitational rate of 32 ft./sec. as the earth. I don't know of anyone actually measuring the rate at which dust settled in the Apollo videos. But since there's no atmosphere on the moon, it makes sense that dust would settle faster there than on Earth even though the gravity is 1/6 Earth. In one video, one of the Apollo astronauts even demonstrated the truth of Galileo's claim that a feather and a rock would fall at the same rate in a vacuum. >In a letter I received back from the astronaut Armstrong, which >asked him about this strange fact of the same gravitational pull >on both the moon and earth, the response I was sent surprisingly >admitted that, yes, the gravitational pull should be different. Well, yes. I guess Armstrong would "admit" that, since it's true that the gravitational force on the moon is less than on Earth. He doesn't seem to have admitted that the Apollo videos show any evidence that gravity in the Apollo videos of the Moon was the same as on Earth. The author of this article apparently is trying to confuse people into thinking that Armstrong "admitted" the videos showed the gravity was the same as on Earth when Armstrong actually was answering an altogether different question. Gee, what a silly article. I suppose there may be some Russians who like it, though, since it caters to their national pride. But they whupped us so bad in the space race up until Apollo that I don't see why they would feel terribly ashamed that Russia didn't land people on the Moon first. You can't win 'em all.
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