Battered desolation spreads below us. The rugged landscape is a study in contradiction. It lies virtually unchanged from its formation nearly 4 billion years ago, and yet its dramatic face has been bruised by a hail of mountain-sized meteors, washed in torrential storms of solar radiation, baked by relentless heat, and freeze-dried in the wintry lunar vacuum. The Sun stays low in the sky, grazing mountain and crater rim with blistering heat. But in the ebony shadows, cheek by jowl with baking rock and sand, temperatures drop to −387° F.
KeywordsLunar Surface Lunar Soil Home Site Lunar Explorer Stirling Engine
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