You are a member of a space crew originally scheduled to rendezvous with a mother ship on the lighted surface of the moon. However, due to mechanical difficulties, your ship was forced to land at a spot some 200 miles from the rendezvous point During reentry and landing, much of the equipment aboard was damaged and, since survival depends on reaching the mother ship, the most critical items available must be chosen for the 200 mile trip.
Below are listed the 15 items left intact and undamaged after landing. Your task is to rank order them in terms of their importance for your crew in allowing them to reach the rendezvous point. Place the number 1 by the most important item, the number 2 by the second most important, and so on through number 15 for the least important.
Box of matches - 6 (to light flares) Food concentrate - 3 50 feet of nylon rope - 7 Parachute silk - 8 Portable heating unit - 14 (space suits insulated against extreme temps) Two .45 caliber pistols - 11 (nothing to shoot at) One case of dehydrated milk - 10 (would have to waste water) Two 100 lb. tanks of oxygen - 1 (vital, would have no weight on moon surface) Stellar map - 12 (not needed; going nowhere else) Self-inflating life raft - 15 (no water except possibly at poles) Magnetic compass - 13 (too many magnetic rocks on moon surface) 5 gallons of water - 2 Signal flares - 5 (help mother ship locate them) First aid kit, including injection needle - 9 (would require removing space suit) Solar-powered FM receiver-transmitter - 4 (to contact mother ship)
Give your answer and if possible, some of your reasoning. NASA’s answers wiill be posted at the end of January.
Will I win a prize for this head pounding undertaking?
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Answers to the Survival on the Moon Exercise (As promised...)
1) Two 100 lb. tanks of oxygen. Most pressing survival need. (weight is not a factor since gravity is one-sixth of the Earth’s — each tank would weigh only about 17 lbs on the moon.) 2) 5 gallons of water. Needed for replacement of tremendous liquid loss on the light side. 3) Stellar map. Primary means of navigation - star patterns appear essentially identical on the moon as on Earth. 4) Food concentrate. Efficient means of supplying energy requirements. 5) Solar-powered FM receiver-transmitter. For communication with mother ship. (but FM requires line-of-sight transmission and can only be used over short ranges.) 6) 50 feet of nylon rope. Useful in scaling cliffs and tying injured together. 7) First aid kit, including injection needle. Needles connected to vials of vitamins, medicines, etc. will fit special aperture in NASA space suit. 8) Parachute silk. Protection from the sun’s rays. 9) Self-inflating life raft. CO2 bottle in military raft may be used for propulsion. 10) Signal flares. Use as distress signal when the mother ship is sighted. 11) Two .45 caliber pistols. Another possible means of self-propulsion. (Kinetic energy produced from firing.) 12) One case of dehydrated milk. Bulkier duplication of food concentrate 13) Portable heating unit. Not needed unless on the dark side. 14) Magnetic compass. The magnetic field on the moon is not polarized, so it’s worthless for navigation. 15 Box of matches. Virtually worthless —there’s no oxygen on the moon to sustain combustion.
Scoring: For each item, mark the number of points that your score differs from the NASA ranking, then add up all the points. Disregard plus or minus differences. The lower the total, the better your score. 0 -25 excellent. 26-32 good. 33 -45 average. 46-55 fair. 56 -70 poor — suggests use ofEarth-bound logic. 71 -112 very poor-you’re one of the casualties of the space program!
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