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  • 1st SpaceX passenger: 'I choose to go to the moon!'

    09/17/2018 8:07:34 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 16 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 09/17/18 | SOO YOUN
    SpaceX announced on Monday night that its first moonshot passenger will be Yusaku Maezawa, a billionaire estimated by Forbes to be the 18th richest person in Japan. He'll be the first private passenger to visit the moon in the company's much hyped Big Falcon Rocket -- if the launch happens. "I choose to go to the moon!" said the 42-year-old Maezawa, who founded Japan's largest online fashion mall and is worth almost $3 billion. The announcement was made at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California. The launch is scheduled to happen in 2023. It's not the first time the...
  • Israeli moon lander to ride SpaceX rocket in Spaceflight’s first move beyond low Earth orbit

    09/11/2018 2:39:08 PM PDT · by Terry L Smith · 26 replies
    Geek Wire ^ | 09/11/2018 | Alan Boyle
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  • Puzzling Swirls on the Moon May Come from Ancient, Magnetized Lava

    09/08/2018 5:08:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Space.com ^ | September 7, 2018 05:08pm ET | Chelsea Gohd,
    Light and dark markings swirl over the moon, looking like cream swirled into coffee or clouds against a slate gray sky. These lunar swirls may result from ancient, magnetic lava just below the moon's surface, according to one new study. A joint study between researchers at Rutgers University and the University of California, Berkeley, pointed to the moon's internally generated magnetic field and past volcanic activity to explain the lunar swirls. Researchers have known for some time that lunar swirls share space with localized magnetic fields and that when those fields deflect particles from solar wind, parts of the moon's...
  • When Neil Armstrong Walked on Jerusalem

    09/06/2018 11:43:29 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 20 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | Aug 27, 2012 | Adam Chandler
    When American astronaut Neil Armstrong, a devout Christian, visited Israel after his trip to the moon, he was taken on a tour of the Old City of Jerusalem by Israeli archaeologist Meir Ben-Dov. When they got to the Hulda Gate, which is at the top of the stairs leading to the Temple Mount, Armstrong asked Ben-Dov whether Jesus had stepped anywhere around there. “I told him, ‘Look, Jesus was a Jew,'” recalled Ben-Dov. “These are the steps that lead to the Temple, so he must have walked here many times.” Armstrong then asked if these were the original steps, and...
  • The US Geological Survey Is Getting Serious About Space Resources and Mining

    09/06/2018 9:36:42 AM PDT · by ETL · 11 replies
    Space.com ^ | Sept 4, 2018 | Leonard David, Space.com's Space Insider Columnist
    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is starting to earnestly evaluate space resources for future mining.  Since its establishment in the 1870s, the USGS has focused pretty much solely on Earth. But now it's also investigating what benefits may or may not exist in tapping extraterrestrial water, minerals and metals. The agency seeks to portray accurately how humanity could exploit off-Earth assets — a no-nonsense approach that contrasts with the pie-in-the-sky estimates of trillions of dollars of profit proffered by some less scientifically minded space-mining advocates.Proven expertise This past June, several USGS experts took part in a Space Resources Roundtable held at...
  • Moon pairs with brightening Mars tonight

    06/03/2018 8:03:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Saturn will not be too far away. It will be just west of Mars and not as bright as the Red Planet. Mars is growing brighter every night. On July 27, Mars will reach opposition. This is when Earth will be directly between Mars and the sun. Therefore, Mars will look very bright and grace the sky all night. It will be brighter than Jupiter! Before Mars reaches opposition, the Earth passes directly between Saturn and the moon. This is a great time to view Saturn; it’s in the sky all night, and it is bright. Earthsky.com has a great...
  • What if the Moon was split in half?

    If you simply flew up into space and sawed the moon in half with a giant hacksaw, most likely, nothing would happen. This is because gravitational force would hold the two halves together, sort of like a couple of magnets. But what if you were able to get a couple of giant crowbars and put a person on the other side and then count to 3 and totally separate the two halves of the moon? With enough strength applied, you could theoretically push the two halves far enough apart where the gravitational force no longer pulls them together and now...
  • Earth’s days used to be just 18 hours long, but the Moon changed that

    06/07/2018 3:49:48 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 15 replies
    BGR.com ^ | 6 Jun 2018 | Mike Wehner
    describes how the researchers created a method to rewind Earth’s clock by hundreds of millions of years. The system allowed the team to paint a rough picture of what a day on Earth might have been like over a billion years in the past, and better explain the evidence of climate shifts that have been observed in ancient rocks. The researchers note that if you take the timeline back far enough, looking 1.5 billion years in the past, the Moon would have been close enough that Earth’s gravity would have destroyed it. That obviously didn’t happen, but since the Moon...
  • Days on Earth Are Getting Longer, Thanks to the Moon

    06/06/2018 11:11:59 AM PDT · by ETL · 61 replies
    Space.com ^ | June 5, 2018 | Samantha Mathewson, Space.com Contributor
    Days on Earth are getting longer as the moon slowly moves farther away from us, new research shows.  The moon is about 4.5 billion years old and resides some 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers) away from Earth, on average. However, due to tidal forces between our planet and the moon, the natural satellite slowly spirals away from Earth at a rate of about 1.5 inches (3.82 centimeters) per year, causing our planet to rotate more slowly around its axis.  Using a new statistical method called astrochronology, astronomers peered into Earth's deep geologic past and reconstructed the planet's history. This work revealed...
  • That Moon Colony Will Be a Reality Sooner Than You Think

    05/26/2018 6:10:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 68 replies
    The White House ^ | May 25, 2018 | WIlbur J. Ross, Secretary of Commerce
    The future for American commercial space activity is bright. Space entrepreneurs are already planning travel to Mars, and they are looking to the moon as the perfect location for a way station to refuel and restock Mars-bound rockets. As much as this sounds like the plot of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” it is coming closer to reality sooner than you may have ever thought possible. A privately funded American space industry is the reason. This industry is making progress in leaps and bounds. The global space economy is approaching $350 billion and is expected to become a multitrillion-dollar industry. There...
  • Op-ed | Moon Direct: How to build a moonbase in four years

    03/31/2018 1:47:39 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
    Space News ^ | 3/30/18 | Robert Zubrin
    Op-ed | Moon Direct: How to build a moonbase in four yearsby Robert Zubrin — March 30, 2018SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, which made its debut Feb. 6, is the foundation of author Robert Zubrin’s “Moon Direct” plan for affordably returning humans to the moon within four years. Credit: SpaceX This op-ed originally appeared in the March 26, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine.The recent amazing success of the Falcon Heavy launch offers America an unprecedented opportunity to break the stagnation that has afflicted its human spaceflight program for decades. In short, the moon is now within reach.Here’s how the mission plan...
  • 3D Scan of a Cave Network...Technology Could be Used to Map Out Lava Tubes on the Moon and Mars

    03/17/2018 3:07:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 15 Mar , 2018 | Matt Williams
    Pegasus Backpack, a wearable mapping solution that collects geometric data without a satellite ad synchronizes images collected by five cameras and two 3D imaging laser profilers, and the Leica BLK360 – the smallest and lightest imaging scanner on the market. In less than three hours, the team managed to map all the contours of the lava tube....to produce a 3D visual of all the twists and turns of the lava tube. The scan that resulted covers a 1.3 km section of the cave system with an unprecedented resolution of a few centimeters. Santagata and the Virtual Geography Agency also turned...
  • Must See: United States Space Force Releases Insignia Designs (It's Right Out Of Star Trek)

    06/19/2018 7:25:39 AM PDT · by Proud White Trump Supporter · 106 replies
    United States Space Force ^ | June 19, 2018 | United States Space Force
    Here's a first look at the ranks and insignia designs of the new 6th military branch, the United States Space Force. The ranks are right out of Star Trek's Starfleet Command.
  • Trump Enters History Books, Orders Pentagon to Establish a Space Force

    06/18/2018 4:22:33 PM PDT · by davikkm · 31 replies
    IWB ^ | Chris Black
    President Trump announced on Monday during a press conference that he is aiming at creating a Space Force as soon as possible, and he already ordered the Pentagon to “make it so”. Obviously, service guarantees citizenship, to quote from a famous sci-fi movie from the 90s. The US Space Force would make for an independent service branch and I bet dollars for donuts that today, June the 19th, 2018 will become famous in the future as the day when the US Intergalactic Space Force was created, and all that jazz. Joke aside, President Trump has said on Monday that, just...
  • Trump announces he’s directing Pentagon to create ‘space force’ as independent service branch

    06/18/2018 10:00:09 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 177 replies
    <p>WASHINGTON — Trump announces he’s directing Pentagon to create ‘space force’ as independent service branch.</p> <p>Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</p>
  • US President Donald Trump announces 'Space Force' military wing

    06/18/2018 1:56:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.18.2018 | es/aw (AP, AFP, Reuters)
    US President Donald Trump announced a sweeping new space policy on Monday that will focus both on reducing satellite clutter in space as well as creating a specific “Space Force” as the newest branch of the military. “It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space,” said Trump, saying that he wished to revive the US’ flagging space program that has been bogged down by rising costs and a lack of political will. Trump said he does not want “China and Russia and other countries leading us.” […] He also...
  • Trump directs creation of 'space force' as sixth branch of military

    06/18/2018 9:25:38 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 20 replies
    https://abcnews.go.com ^ | Jun 18, 2018, 6:59 PM ET | By STEPHANIE EBBS
    President Donald Trump announced Monday that he has ordered the creation of a new military branch, adding the "Space Force" to the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. "It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space. Very importantly I'm hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces, that is a big statement," Trump said at a meeting of the National Space Council on Monday. "We are going to...
  • Always Go With the Visionary

    06/19/2018 5:20:36 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 6-19-18 | MOTUS
    "That's no moon. It's a space station." - Obi Wan Kenobi, Star Wars IV A New HopeAir Force, Space Force: may the Force be with you. At a meeting of National Space Council intended to transfer space responsibilities from military to civilian hands, president Donald Trump surprised attendees by ordering the top US military officer to launch a new branch of the military in space.While the creation of a Space Force has been debated for several years, the move has been opposed by the military, which has instead begun restructuring the Air Force Space Command to better address threats in...
  • "Russia Throws in the Towel"

    04/18/2018 10:19:39 AM PDT · by Voption · 39 replies
    Tass via Behind the Black ^ | April 18, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who Putin had placed in charge of Russia’s space effort, today said in a television interview that it makes no sense for them to try to compete with SpaceX in the launch market...
  • China plans to grow flowers and silkworms on the dark side of the moon

    04/13/2018 5:04:02 PM PDT · by vannrox · 46 replies
    The telegraph ^ | 13APR18 | Neil Connor, Beijing
    China hopes to create a 'mini biosphere' on the dark side of the Moon, with flowers and silkworms sustaining each other as they grow on the lifeless lunar surface. The unprecedented plan to create life in outer space is the most intriguing part of China's lunar probe mission later this year, and could be a major boost for dreams that humans will one day live on the Moon.