from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, involving, caused by, or affecting the moon.
- adj. Measured by the revolution of the moon.
- adj. Of or relating to silver.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, or pertaining to, the Moon; moonly.
- adj. Crescent shaped, lunate.
- adj. Of, or pertaining to, silver.
- n. A lunar distance.
- n. The middle bone of the proximal series of the carpus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the moon.
- adj. Resembling the moon; orbed.
- adj. Measured by the revolutions of the moon.
- adj. Influenced by the moon, as in growth, character, or properties.
- n. A lunar distance.
- n. The middle bone of the proximal series of the carpus; -- called also semilunar, and intermedium.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of, pertaining, or relating to the moon: as, the lunar changes; lunar observations.
- Situated or moving like the moon; acting as a moon.
- Measured by the revolutions of the moon: as, lunar months or years.
- Resembling the moon; round: as, a lunar shield, specifically, in anatomy and zoology:
- Supposed to be affected by or due to the influence of the moon: as, lunar madness.
- In anatomy, of or pertaining to the lunare, or semilunar bone of the carpus.
- Pertaining to silver: from the moon being the alchemical symbol of that metal: as, lunar caustic (nitrate of silver).
- In navigation, tables for correcting the apparent distance of the moon from the sun, or from a fixed star, on account of refraction and parallax, and for deducing the longitude of the observer from the lunar data given in the almanac.
- n. In navigation, lunar distance, or an observation for lunar distance: as, to take a lunar.
- In Arabic gram., a fanciful term applied to the class of consonants before which the l of the article al is not assimilated in pronunciation: so called because including q, the initial of qamar, moon. Opposed to solar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to or associated with the moon
The term lunar eclipse means that the Earth comes between the moon and the sun for a brief period so that the moon is either partially or completely covered by the Earth's shadow.
And even if it could land safely upright, might it not sink into the dust, to be trapped in lunar quicksand, never to escape?
Another story -- an ANALOG story -- the clones figure out how to extract oxygen from moon rocks, grow crops in lunar soil, etc.
Considering that they would meet in lunar orbit, the ability of this vehicle to throw the same weight at the Moon as Ares V is probably true -- I hope someone can confirm.
And I assume that the amount of consumables for 6 on a 2 day flight up and a 1 day flight back would be equal to or probably less than the amount for 4 astronauts on the 6 day plus months loiter time in lunar orbit.
When close to the moon, LRO used its rocket motor to slow down until the gravity of the moon caught the spacecraft in lunar orbit.
I still love the idea of arriving in lunar orbit with your ride to the surface waiting for you.
If we really do get Constellation and Ares V, it is beyond belief that it could not be used to service major structures (scientific or otherwise) in lunar orbit, the JWST orbit, and wherever they put the future 10-meter monolith follow-on to HST.
Construct in lunar orbit spacecraft capable of travel with humans and or cargo to Near Earth Asteroids, Mars, or other locations within the inner solar system.
The Shuttle was not the cause for the inability to sustain lunar exploration.