Here is a list of references that I’ve made use of during the process of writing these stories.
This report is a summary of the effects of Lunar dust during the Apollo missions. It details some of the affects of the dust on the astronauts and their equipment. It describes the difficulties encountered with the dust contaminating the interiors of the space vehicles. The dust is very abrasive and also is slippery. As new rovers land on the Moon, we can expect this information to be supplemented with more modern studies.
The lunar reconnaissance orbiter (LRO) has imaged the Apollo 11 landing site nearly 50 years afterwards. One clear thing from the image is the trails left by the walking astronauts. Images like this reveal the timelessness of the lunar environment. A track left will remain.
In 2009 the LCROSS impacted on the lunar surface. The resulting plume provided evidence that water ice, along with other volatiles existed in the bottom of one permanently shadowed crater located near the lunar south pole. This article describes the earliest results from the mission.
Article from Science News that details study comparing the tropical forests before and after the end of the Cretaceous Era. The key finding is that the ferns and conifers suffered more than the leafy trees. The biodiversity of the forests went down (along with that of the rest of the world) because of the 75% kill off of all species. In the case of the forests, that change led to the dark dense forest we think of today.
In Situ Resource Utilization. This is living off the land, an activity that humanity has been doing for millennia. This page details NASA’s activities for living off the land in the lunar environment. The goals are associated with lunar water from the polar craters. Among other things, the water can be turned into rocket fuel.
This is the first stop for almost anything related to spaceflight. It helps establish the possible and sifts out the impossible and the downright silly. I am a patron for this site. Nyrath has done an amazing job and continuously adds new content. The side notes from Rocket Cat are downright hilarious.
Article of a means to avoid a super volcano eruption. Could the magma chambers be cooled in this way? The heat energy from the chambers is removed through heating water, much like the geysers in the park but on a bigger scale. Math can be done to figure out the scale of the project. Bottom line, this is a class I civilization type of problem to solve.