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posted 01-18-2014 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A nice little story about an Irish experiment taken to he moon's surface (and returned) by Apollo 16 is mentioned in this Irish Times article/video:
They used what look like no more than plastic rectangles, which if hit by a cosmic or solar particle would leave a tiny track.

These detectors flew with the astronauts on Apollo 16.

“It was hung outside the landing module, attached to one of its feet. It was left outside for several hours and then brought back to Earth so we could study the tracks,” he said. “We carried out the very first cosmic ray analysis from outside the Earth’s magnetosphere while on the moon.”

These detectors are to be presented to the museum.

The scientist shows some interesting Apollo 16 memorabilia etc.

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posted 01-18-2014 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This experiment is discussed in Chapter 15 of the Apollo 16 Preliminary Science Report. Pictures of it are on pages 15-1 and 15-2, Prof. O'Sullivan's contribution is Part B beginning on page 15-11.

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