Ahh. OK. So not an active lunar researcher. His post did seem like he missed the boat on LTPs None of it is a mystery really. Scientists actively plot the bright flashes and most associate with meteor impacts. Provides good data related to activity of the common meteor showers. Also gives important insight into issues if any permanent Moon base is established and one of those hits could be a show stopper.
The white haze LTPs are perhaps more interesting since they have been associated with possible trapped volatiles beneath the regolith and giving insights to possible future mining.
Contrary to his one-sided opinion, LTPs, in the form of ongoing impacts and out-gassings from the regolith, probably need to be surveyed in greater details as future Moon missions and bases now seem more likely than not by multiple countries. LTPs are no longer an amateur observation endeavor, although still fun to try to detect, and really needs more attention so we can better understand and exploit our Moon. If anything, probably one or two orbiting satellites might be in order to better catalog the occurrences more accurately. Potential Moon bases, if above ground, need to be in the safest locations possible from impacts, and the more active outgassing areas also need to be identified and studied so the volatiles can potentially be mined and exploited.
Anyway, all important stuff. Realize that we are going back so we need to know more, not less. NASA has announced that it has signed contracts to deliver payloads to three different Lunar landing sites in 2020 and 2021:
- 4 payloads to Mare Imbrium by September 2020
- 14 payloads to Lacus Mortis by July 2021
- 5 payloads to Oceanus Procellarum by July 2021
And the proposed Artemis lunar exploration program is based on a two-phase approach: the first being focused on speed – returning astronauts to the Moon by 2024 – while the second will establish a sustained human presence on and around the Moon by 2028.
Edited by BillP, 23 July 2020 - 11:38 AM.