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I On the Moon, could you melt dirt by focussing sunlight?

  1. Mar 21, 2017 #1

    Al_

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    On the Moon, could you melt dirt into bricks and paths by focussing sunlight?
    If you had a large metal parabolic reflector and just pointed it at the ground, would it melt the dirt? Could you make a path that way? In the vacuum there would be less escape of heat to cool it.
    If you piled dust into a tungsten mould could you melt it into bricks?
     
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  3. Mar 21, 2017 #2

    mfb

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    Sunlight on the Moon is the same as sunlight on Earth (a bit more UV and a bit more infrared as no atmosphere filters it). You can melt things with it, sure.
    The tungsten mold would be single-use because the brick sticks to it after getting solid.
     
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