References

Here is a list of references that I've made use of during the process of writing these stories.

The Effects of Lunar Dust on EVA Systems During the Apollo Mission's

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.

Apollo 11: 'A Stark Beauty All Its Own'

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.

 

LCROSS Impact Data Indicates Water on Moon

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.

The dinosaur-killing asteroid impact radically altered Earth’s tropical forests

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.

ISRU

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.