Iceland is the dream country of some travellers. Besides beautiful nature, there is another side of Iceland that you don’t know. The trip to the Moon has been going on for a long time. Looking back, there is one land that helps humans get to know the moon more closely. The land is Iceland. Countries in the northwest of Europe and north of the Atlantic Ocean are human helpers to survive on the moon.
Spotted by Landdisposition Iceland was not just chosen. There are specific reasons why this country was used as a training ground by NASA Behind the beautiful auroras, Iceland is a land where 80 per cent of the area is untouched. More than 60 per cent of the land is rocky, covered with lava deserts and glaciers.
“Iceland really looks like the Moon. It has other world views, especially in summer when there are less snow and ice in the northern Arctic desert,” said Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson, Director of the Museum of Exploration in Husavik. But not just like the Moon. Apollo astronauts were sent here so they learned to choose the best rock samples that could be brought back to Earth.
Not just Iceland. Astronauts were also tested in Hawaii and Meteor Crater, Arizona. But still, the barren plains in Iceland are believed to be the most similar to the Moon, especially Husavik. Most of the astronaut’s training sites are Askja Volcano and Hrossaborg Crater. This crater is 10,000 years old.
“I spent about 10 days exploring active volcanic areas in Iceland, a very barren place and felt as if I was on the Moon,” recalls Al Worden, a command module pilot for the Apollo 15 mission that went to the Moon in 1971.
Given this, a city called Husavik founded a museum specifically for the Moon. Tourists can see several samples of lunar rocks donated by former astronauts to the City of Husavik.