[FPSPACE] FW: [lunar-update] REAPERS of the DUST - A Prairie Chronicle - And you want to go to the Moon!
ljk4 at msn.com
Thu Mar 1 14:56:53 EST 2007
>From: Larry Kellogg <larry.kellogg at gmail.com>
>To: lunar-update at news.altair.com
>Subject: [lunar-update] REAPERS of the DUST - A Prairie Chronicle - And you
>want to go to the Moon!
>Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2007 11:29:51 -0800
>REAPERS of the DUST - A Prairie Chronicle - And you want to go to the Moon!
>REAPERS of the DUST - A Prairie Chronicle is a small book, a collection
>of stories about the hard times of a North Dakota family during the
>1930s depression and drought. It is by my cousin, Lois Phillips Hudson,
>who was born in 1927. She gave me a copy back in December of 1995 and I
>just finished reading it again.
>Why do I mention this if we are talking about setting up a colony on the
>Sometimes we just think about the adventure and forget what it takes to
>overcome what nature throws at us.
>The first story in the book is entitled "The Dust Storm" and I would
>like to copy the first paragraph and while you read it, think about what
>it will be like on the Moon, in a space suit, putting up with talcum
>powder glass grit that will get into every nook and cranny. Think about
>what the gloves of the space suit will do to your fingers as you battle
>the stiffness of a pressurized suit.
>- LRK -
>Two SPRINGS AGO, according to local newspapers and to coughing, red-eyed
>service-station operators in the Rocky Mountains, we drove through the
>worst dust storm Wyoming had suffered in eighteen years. The wind was
>prematurely aging the young Rockies, pushing dusty fingers under the
>loosening fragments of thin topsoil that covered the grazing plateaus,
>picking up the small greenish gravel from the road shoulders, and
>hurling dust and gravel into the air at sixty miles an hour. If we
>dipped into a trough between plateaus, its shelter enabled us to see the
>laden wind rising over the mountains and the sky running in massive
>dirty currents above us. After reaching the Coast we replace the badly
>pitted window glass, had the car repainted, and cleaned the seats, floor
>mats, and window crevices. Yet months after we thought we had breathed
>the last Wyoming grit, we turned on the defroster and blew bits of the
>Rocky Mountains all through the car
>There may not be any wind on the Moon but the fine regolith will electro
>statically stick to whatever it contacts and as the terminator advances
>you may find it rising into space and settling on items as the lunar day
>begins. This dust won't be rounded grains but rather sharp and
>abrasive. How will you work in this harsh environment?
>- LRK -
>http://esamultimedia.esa.int/images/aurora/Moonbase.jpg [2.8 meg]
>http://moon.jaxa.jp/ja/gallery/moon_base/IMAGE/moon_base06_s.jpg [54 KB]
>Will the Moon be a land of opportunity or hardship?
>Still want to go?
>Thanks for looking up with me.
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>Reapers of the Dust
>*By: Lois Phillips Hudson*
>Format: Paper, xvi, 173 pp., 1984
>Publisher: MHS Press
>Usually ships in: 1-3 business days
>/A Prairie Chronicle/
>First published in 1965, her childhood recollections of living in North
>Dakota are what Lois Phillips Hudson used to spin these unusual, moving
>stories of simple, joyful days and of continuing battles with the
>hostile elements on the Great Plains during the 1930s. Lois Hudson is
>recognized as a major chronicler of America's agricultural heartland
>during the grim years of the Great Depression.
>New Introduction by the author
>WHAT THE MIND CAN CONCEIVE, AND BELIEVE, IT WILL ACHIEVE - LRK
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