It’s been almost 50 years since a human first landed on the moon. Since then, our knowledge about Earth’s closest neighbor has improved by leaps and bounds, and our obsession with it has never waned, living on the Moon is one of them. Despite NASA’s successful Apollo landings between 1969 and 1972, humans have spent very little time on the moon. Obviously, they had to bring their own food, water, and air to breathe. Moon-walkers were there for only one to three days on each of the lunar landing missions and were focused on getting historic stuff done as quickly as possible before coming home. The prospect of humans staying on the moon for longer stretches has grown in the recent past, and it will require work by scientists to further assess the challenges. Betway has put their finest minds together and listed 5 weird aspects of living on the moon compared to Earth.
1) No Atmosphere, No Water, No Weather, No Life
The moon has no atmosphere, no oceans of water and no weather. Its surface is in a perpetual vacuum. Absence of atmosphere means no sound can be heard on the Moon, and the sky always appears black. And when you did go outside, there would be no lakes, trees, grass just a barren grey desert with craters, rocks, and rolling hills. The area around the South Pole would be tricky because with the sun low on the horizon, and no atmosphere-scattered sunlight to help light up the landscape. Venturing into larger craters would require artificial lighting.
Astronauts visited Moon found out; walking around with only 1/6 of Earth gravity takes some getting used to. They created a new walk called “bunny hop” for moving around that seemed to help keep them from falling over. Weaker gravity than the earth would weaken your muscles and you would have to have a daily exercise plan to keep from becoming a couch potato.
3) Good Luck Sleeping
The moon takes 29.5 Earth days to rotate, it means two weeks of daylight followed by two weeks of darkness for almost everywhere on the moon. To avoid the problem of a moon base being plunged into darkness for 14 days at a time, a moon base would probably be located near the South Pole, where there are locations that are almost always sunlit, and temperatures remain more moderate.
4) The Day-Night Temperature Range
Because the lunar surface is relatively dark and because there are no clouds or weather to cool the surface, daytime temperatures soar to 250 deg. F at the lunar equator and on lunar nights temperatures fall to -208 deg. F. This is probably too large of a temperature range for humans to cope with in terms of heating and cooling of buildings and spacesuits.
5) Moon Dust
The Apollo moon-walkers found that the lunar soil tended to cling to everything, and it has an odour somewhat like gunpowder or wet sand. Very fine and abrasive, it would probably present a long-term health risk in the pressurized buildings of a lunar base.