I do not think that we were inefficient, and we were in fact well-pleased with what we accomplished (which will result in several peer-reviewed publications), but clearly what we achieved in 42 man-days at one site in Iceland pales into insignificance to what the Apollo astronauts achieved in 25 man-days at six sites on the Moon under far more difficult operating conditions. Based on my own experience I find the field efficiency of the Apollo astronauts to be simply staggering.
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
The Science of the Apollo Missions
On the subject of research papers, I recently came across a paper by Ian Crawford on the science of the Apollo missions. It's a review written at a non-technical level; it's from the journal Astronomy and Geophysics, but the only link I've found is at the arXiv. I encourage anyone curious about the scientific merits of the whole affair to read it. One interesting quote compares what Prof. Crawford achieved on a field trip on Earth to the moon missions, concluding