Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why is there crap on the moon?” you ask? Good question. (Besides, it beats answering the question: “Why do some people wipe and flush with the same hand before they wash up?” Worse . . . think about when we use public restrooms . We wipe ourselves, get dressed again and don’t wash our hands until after we’ve done all that. We’ve touched our clothing and the stall and what all else before we get to the sink itself.)
Anyone who has been in scouts knows that when you go to a campsite before you leave you always leave the place better than you found it. In fact, when scouts go on “High Adventure” camping, they even have to take these special plastic sheets and tubes designed to ensure that they don’t even leave their poop behind. Apparently NASA doesn’t know about this “Leave No Trace” stuff.
So it’s not all that surprising that the Apollo astronauts left some stuff behind following their landing on the moon. According to sources such as NASA, Factually and Gizmodo writer Adam Clark Estes , “the lunar module could only lift so much weight off the surface (so) they swapped out unwanted goods and gear for moon rocks.
“Among those unwanted goods were all kinds of weird things.” (What kinds of weird things?) The nastiest stuff included 96 bags of crap, urine and vomit . . . (“and a partridge in a pair treeeee . . . Yeah, so much for “where no man has gone before” . . .)
So there is literally crap on the moon because by leaving their leavings behind oh half a dozen different missions between 1969 and 1972 the ass-tronauts were able to return with 842 pounds of moon rocks, moon dust and core samples. NASA didn’t report how many pounds of poop are probably present on the moon but they did note that there were other things left behind as well.
The crap of course is just the nastiest stuff dropped off there. Astrobiologists claim that another reason why there is crap on the moon is because it would be scientifically valuable to examine 50 year-old excrement to determine if as Estes says “the crap has undergone any genetic mutations while in space.” He notes that “the moon’s surface offer a unique perspective on how different materials hold up in extreme environments . . . where temperatures oscillate between minus 370-degrees to 250-degrees Fahrenheit.”
(For those interested in seeing what things–besides bags of sh*t, p*ss and puke–was left on the moon Estes discovered a report or Captain’s log, if you will. We’ve provided a link here if you want to check it out.) Trash http://trashonthemoon.com/
Why is there crap on the moon? Now you know.
(As someone once said: “That’s one small turd for man, one giant dump for mankind.”)
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