Because of no air or wind on the moon, the footprints or any other such marks left there won’t be erased for billions of years. The last time humans were able to leave prints on the lunar surface was in 1972. After that, no one was able to leave any marks there, well at least not the humans. But NASA scientists have discovered some footprints on the lunar surface, that if not were left by humans then what caused them? Is it someone from the hut found on the lunar surface? Is it the aliens or whatever it is, has got scientists scratching their heads. Welcome to Cosmos Lab, your one station for all the news from space. Join us in today’s video to find out about the non-human footprints found on the surface of the moon.
Our moon is the closest space object to us, and as a result, astronomers have focused their attention on it. Many probes were sent to the artificial satellite for research, but it was first visited in person in 1969. It was Apollo 11 that first landed humans on the Moon. On July 20, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin formed the American crew and became the first humans to set foot on the lunar surface. The two iconic astronauts thus achieved President John F. Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the Moon by the end of the 1960s, effectively ending the Space Race with the Soviet Union.
Apollo 11 was followed by six further trips to the Moon, five of which landed successfully. 12 men walked on the lunar surface in total and the final Apollo mission, Apollo 17 in 1972 was the last time the foreign body felt the foreign feet. Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt is one of the last men to step foot on the lunar surface.
In a Quest TV documentary, Harrison Schmit, who is a geologist by profession, explained how he walked there and what he did. He collected over 700 lunar samples on the longest moonwalk in history. As they did not have plenty of time, the geologist came up with a walking method through which he could cover more ground. He said, “I was trying to think ahead about how I am going to get everything done that I need to do in the limited time available. I would glide above the surface and push with my toes each time I came down and accelerate that way.’
Those were the last footprints on the moon and they are still visible on the lunar surface. Schmitt said, ‘as we launched off the Moon, you could glance out of the window and see the launch pad, as well as the tracks left around it.’ To make the most of their time, Schmitt and fellow astronaut Eugene Cernan covered more than 20 miles in the lunar rover. Those tracks were still there almost 40 years later when NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter sent back high-resolution images of the Moon in 2009.
Mr. Schmitt added during the documentary that “It has been really fun to see these pictures of where you were 40 years ago and nothing has changed.’’