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  • 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 · 173 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.
  • Living Underground on Other Worlds. Exploring Lava Tubes

    04/12/2018 4:08:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 12 Apr , 2018 | Fraser Cain
    Future Moon and Mars colonists will already be facing a life underground, to hide from the surface radiation, micrometeorite bombardment, extreme temperatures and to create a usable atmosphere. These natural tunnels will save them the hard work of needing to dig the tunnel. The natural roofs on these caverns are thought to be 10 meters or more thick, with one site estimated to have a roof that’s 45-90 meters thick. This would be more than enough to protect against solar radiation and galactic cosmic radiation. While the surface of the Moon varies in temperature from -180 C to +100 C,...
  • The Moon WASN'T formed with one giant impact but had a bombardment birth after 20 moonlets hit...

    03/18/2018 6:36:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 67 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 9 2017 | AFP
    In such a scenario, scientists expect that about a fifth of the Moon's material would have come from Earth and the rest from the impacting body. The Moon, our planet's constant companion for some 4.5 billion years, may have been forged by a rash of smaller bodies smashing into an embryonic Earth, researchers have revealed. A bombardment birth would explain a major inconsistency in the prevailing hypothesis that the Moon splintered off in a single, giant impact between Earth and a Mars-sized celestial body. In such a scenario, scientists expect that about a fifth of the Moon's material would have...
  • Should We Open Some Sealed Moon Samples?

    03/12/2018 12:08:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Scientific American ^ | March 5, 2018 | Leonard David, SPACE.com on
    "Samples were intentionally saved for a time when technology and instrumentation had advanced to the point that we could maximize the scientific return on these unique samples," said NASA's Ryan Zeigler, Apollo sample curator and manager of the Astromaterials Acquisition and Curation Office in Houston. But such investigations require careful planning and execution by a consortium of experts with experience in handling and analyzing lunar samples... "Given the recent renewed interest in the moon, and specifically about the volatile budget of lunar regolith, these sealed samples likely contain information that would be important in the design of future lunar missions," Zeigler...
  • The moon formed inside a hot cosmic doughnut, scientists say

    03/03/2018 8:09:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 65 replies
    nbc ^ | Denise Chow
    In recent decades the scientific consensus has been that the moon formed billions of years ago from debris cast off when a Mars-sized object dealt Earth a glancing blow. But a radical new theory holds that some long-ago giant collision actually disintegrated Earth, causing it to balloon out into a vast doughnut-shaped cloud of vaporized rock, which the scientists who developed the theory dubbed a “synestia." They say the moon subsequently formed within this cosmic maelstrom. In the long-accepted explanation of lunar formation, the collision between Earth and the Mars-sized object, known as Theia, ejected part of Earth's mantle —...
  • The moon is about to do something it hasn’t done in more than 150 years

    01/02/2018 10:43:52 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 9 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Jan 02, 2018 | Alex Harris
    Call it whatever you like — a blue red moon, a purple moon, a blood moon — but the moon will be a special sight on Jan. 31. Three separate celestial events will occur simultaneously that night, resulting in what some are calling a super blue blood moon eclipse. The astronomical rarity hasn’t happened for more than 150 years, according to Space.com. A super moon, like the one visible on New Year’s Day, is the term for when a full moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, appearing bigger and brighter than normal. Supermoon rises over Reno, Nevada...
  • President Trump Directs NASA to Return to the Moon, Then Aim for Mars

    12/12/2017 1:53:20 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    space.com ^ | December 11, 2017 | Calla Cofield
    President Donald Trump signed his administration's first space policy directive today (Dec. 11), which formally directs NASA to focus on returning humans to the moon.