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Apollo Physicist Launches Noisy Dustup Over Old Moon Data

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Science  24 Jun 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6037, pp. 1493
DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6037.1493

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The Apollo 17 LEAM instrument was thought to have detected floating dust that could explain the lunar horizon glow seen by Apollo 8 astronaut James Lovell in 1968, but now a former Apollo physicist says that it may have been interference from heaters on nearby instruments. That claim has roused other Apollo scientists and engineers out of retirement.

  • * Lucas Laursen is a writer in Zurich, Switzerland.