Moon Fountains

Moon Fountains

Science Fiction becomes science fact … cool!

When astronauts return to the Moon in the years ahead, they might encounter electrified fountains and other strange things.

March 30, 2005: It’s astonishing how prophetic some science fiction has been.

Back in 1956, two years before NASA was even created, Hal Clement wrote a short story called “Dust Rag” published in Astounding Science Fiction, about two astronauts descending into a crater on the Moon to investigate a mysterious haze dimming stars near the lunar horizon. After discarding a wild guess that they were seeing traces of a lunar atmosphere–“gases don’t behave that way”–they figured it had to be dust somehow suspended above the ground.

The last line of the article …

It’s not science fiction any more.

NOTE: Originally posted: March 2005 (recreated from mangled original

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