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  • NASA in a hurry to develop landers to take humans to the Moon

    02/19/2019 11:05:45 AM PST · by yandexja · 33 replies
    Info Banquet ^ | FEBRUARY 19, 2019 | Ibadmin
    NASA wants to jump-start development of landers to take humans to the Moon After more than a year of talk about returning humans to the Moon, NASA is asking the aerospace community to come up with designs for landers that can transport astronauts to the lunar surface. NASA’s goal is to test out these vehicles on the Moon as early as 2024 and then use them to take people to the lunar surface by 2028
  • Buzz Aldrin Took Holy Communion on the Moon. NASA Kept it Quiet

    01/27/2019 5:52:47 PM PST · by Mean Daddy · 46 replies
    History Channel ^ | JUL 31, 2018 | ERIN BLAKEMORE
    When Apollo 11‘s Eagle lunar module landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had to do something hard: Wait. They were scheduled to open the door of their lunar lander and step onto the unknown surface of a completely different world. But for now, their mission ordered them to take a pause before the big event. And so Aldrin spent his time doing something unexpected, something no man had ever attempted before. Alone and overwhelmed by anticipation, he took part in the first Christian sacrament ever performed on the moon—a rite of Christian...
  • Earth-Shattering Theory:FINALLY, THE DETAILS FOR FORMING THE MOON WORK OUT

    10/11/2001 6:53:58 AM PDT · by callisto · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Scientific American ^ | Nov. 1, 2001 edition | GEORGE MUSSER
    If you ever find yourself at a cocktail party of astrophysicists and don't know what to say, try this: "But what about the angular momentum?" No matter what the topic of conversation, you'll be guaranteed to sound erudite. Nearly every field of astronomy, from galaxy formation to star formation, has an "angular momentum problem." Nothing in the cosmos ever seems to spin or orbit at the rate it should. The moon is no exception. It is the flywheel to end all flywheels; if its orbital angular momentum were transferred to Earth's axial rotation, our planet would come close to spinning ...
  • Moon discovery: Ancient 4-billion-year-old relic found on lunar surface [possible Earth rock]

    01/25/2019 10:44:41 AM PST · by ETL · 20 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | Jan 25, 2019 | Chris Ciaccia | Fox News
    A chunk of Earth that could be 4.1 billion years old and is described as the planet's "oldest rock," may have been found and dug up on the Moon by Apollo astronauts, according to a new study. The possible relic was discovered and dug up in 1971 and scientists believe that it was sent off Earth, thanks to a powerful impact, possibly an asteroid or a comet. After colliding with the Moon (which at the time was three times closer to the Earth than it is now), it mixed with other lunar surface materials. "It is an extraordinary find that helps paint...
  • Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night

    01/17/2019 9:38:33 PM PST · by blueplum · 24 replies
    AP ^ | MARCIA DUNN
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Here comes a total lunar eclipse and supermoon, all wrapped into one. The moon, Earth and sun will line up this weekend for the only total lunar eclipse this year and next. At the same time, the moon will be ever so closer to Earth and appear slightly bigger and brighter than usual — a supermoon. "This one is particularly good," said Rice University astrophysicist Patrick Hartigan. "It not only is a supermoon and it's a total eclipse, but the total eclipse also lasts pretty long. It's about an hour." The whole eclipse starts Sunday...
  • China's moon lander sprouted a plant, but now it's dead

    01/15/2019 3:46:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    cnet ^ | January 15, 2019 2:28 PM PST | Amanda Kooser
    The China National Space Agency's Chang'e 4 lander is exploring the mysterious side of our lunar neighbor that faces away from Earth. It also had some unusual guests on board and -- in a first for the moon -- one of them sprouted. Xinhua announced the sprout Tuesday and posted a series of progress images covering the course of nine days and showing a seedling reaching up inside the habitat. The experiment didn't last long A team from Chongqing University in China developed a sealed biosphere habitat stocked with seeds, fruit fly eggs and yeast that it hoped would create...
  • Five Things China is doing In The Far Side of the Moon

    01/14/2019 12:56:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Ink Stone News ^ | 01/14/2019 | by Viola Zhou and Arman Dzidzovic
    China has declared its latest moon mission a success, hailing it as a landmark in its quest to become a strong space power by 2030. The country’s Chang’e-4 probe, named after a moon goddess of Chinese legend, was the world’s first spacecraft to land on the far side of the moon, which is not visible from the Earth. The landing on January 3 was the latest leap for Beijing as it tries to catch up with the United States in space. The Chang’e-4 mission did not stop with the historic landing. Here are five other things China’s moon probe has...
  • World's First Private Moon Lander Will Carry Israeli Time Capsule

    12/19/2018 7:47:13 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Space.com ^ | December 18, 2018 04:13pm ET | Samantha Mathewson,
    The nonprofit SpaceIL and the government-owned corporation Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which manufactured the spacecraft, announced in a statement Monday (Dec. 17) that the lunar spacecraft, dubbed Beresheet will carry a digital time capsule with Israeli national memorabilia. SpaceIL’s mission to the moon began as part of the Google Lunar X Prize competition. SpaceIL was the only Israeli team that participated in the competition, which originally offered a first prize of $30 million to the privately-funded team that could put a robotic spacecraft on the moon, move the craft 1,640 feet (500 meters) and have it beam high-definition photos and...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Windmill's Moon

    01/10/2015 6:22:29 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | January 10, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Seen from the Canary Island of Fuerteventura, this bright Full Moon rose at sunset. Reaching its full phase on the night of January 4/5, it was the first Full Moon of the new year and the first to follow December's solstice. Of course, in North America the first Full Moon of January has been known as the Wolf's Moon. But this Full Moon, posed in the twilight above an island of strong winds and traditional windmills, suggests another name. The telephoto image, taken at a distance from the foreground windmill, creates the dramatic comparison in apparent size for windmill...
  • Stephen Curry is pretty sure the moon landing was faked, just in case you cared

    12/10/2018 6:35:08 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 403 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | December 10, 2018 | Ben Rohrbach
    I think what we’re learning here is that NBA players are huge fans of conspiracy theories. Nearly two years after Kyrie Irving said the Earth is flat on a podcast with then-Cleveland Cavaliers teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye, fellow All-Star point guard Stephen Curry informed us that man never landed on the moon during an appearance with Golden State Warriors teammate Andre Iguodala on a new podcast featuring Atlanta Hawks players Vince Carter and Kent Bazemore. Curry even tipped his cap to Irving, suggesting, “They’re gonna come get us,” an ode to the social media firestorm that followed Irving’s...
  • China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon

    12/07/2018 7:19:37 PM PST · by vannrox · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 8DEC18 | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN
    <p>BEIJING (AP) — China launched a ground-breaking mission Saturday to land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and the U.S.</p> <p>A Long March 3B rocket carrying a lunar probe blasted off at 2:23 a.m. from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province in southwestern China, the official Xinhua News Agency said.</p>
  • Next US moon landing will be by private companies, not NASA

    11/29/2018 5:39:09 PM PST · by amorphous · 30 replies
    AP ^ | 11/29/2018 | MARCIA DUNN
    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Thursday that nine U.S. companies will compete to deliver experiments to the lunar surface. The space agency will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting there, he said. The goal is to get small science and technology experiments to the surface of the moon as soon as possible. The first flight could be next year; 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.
  • 9 US Companies Are Going to the Moon! Here Are NASA's New Partners.

    11/29/2018 10:47:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    Space.com ^ | November 29, 2018 05:30pm ET | Meghan Bartels,
    The general idea is that these companies will be able to compete for contracts to deliver NASA science experiments to the surface of the moon by flying lunar landers on rocket launches purchased from other commercial space companies. Those individual contracts would substitute for NASA needing to build those capacities itself. But under this approach, NASA won't be alone in hiring these companies — the agency hopes to spur development that the commercial sector can also utilize. "We want to be first customers, not only customers," Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA's head of the science mission directorate, said during the event. The...
  • Moon's Youngest Crater Discovered

    12/19/2002 7:42:01 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 597+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-20-2002
    Friday, 20 December, 2002, 01:57 GMT Moon's youngest crater discovered Is this the youngest crater on the Moon? By Dr David Whitehouse BBC News Online science editor Astronomers have discovered the only known lunar crater to have been formed in recorded history. In 1953 a flash was seen on the Moon that was taken to be the impact of a small asteroid. But ground-based telescopes were not powerful enough to see any crater. But now, searching more detailed images of the Moon obtained by orbiting spacecraft, researchers have found a small, fresh, crater in the same position as the flash....
  • One of the newest craters on the Moon

    03/30/2010 8:46:36 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 912+ views
    discovermagazine.com ^ | March 29, 2010 | Phil Plait
    On April 14th, 1970, a new crater was carved into the surface of the Moon: How do we know it’s new? Because we made it. That’s the impact scar of the third stage of the Saturn V rocket (technically designated S-IVB) that carried Apollo 13 to — but sadly, not on — the Moon. Earlier missions had placed seismic instruments on the lunar surface to measure if the Moon had any activity. They found it did, and in fact several moonquakes were big enough that had you been standing there, you would have felt them quite strongly (and probably been...
  • 40-year mystery about rising temps on moon solved — and it was probably the Apollo astronauts' fault

    11/25/2018 10:55:45 AM PST · by neverevergiveup · 84 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 12, 2018 | Hilary Brueck
    An explorer's adage says to "take only photos, leave only footprints." But it seems the footprints of NASA's Apollo astronauts had unintended consequences for the surface of the moon after they landed there nearly 50 years ago. Newly discovered temperature data from the 1970s moon landings, released in the Journal of Geophysical Research in April, reveals that NASA astronauts probably warmed up the moon's surface temperature by as much as 6 degrees Fahrenheit by walking around and poking into the lunar surface. The data comes from so-called heat-flow experiments that were installed on the moon in 1971 and 1972 during...
  • A Full Beaver Moon Is Coming Thanksgiving Night — So Don't Fall Asleep Right After Dinne

    11/21/2018 6:03:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 55 replies
    Travel and Liesure ^ | November 21, 2018 | Jamie Carter
    The exact moment of full moon is 12:39 a.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 23 and 9:39 p.m. PST on Thursday, Nov. 22. At that moment, the moon will be 100% illuminated by the sun, something that isn't always visible from the U.S. However, looking at the Beaver Moon at the precise time is not always easy. If the night sky is clear, it will be just too bright to look at. How to observe the Beaver Moon At dusk on Nov. 22, position yourself somewhere with a good view of the eastern horizon and, if it's clear, you will see...
  • NASA accepts delivery of European powerhouse for moonship

    11/16/2018 3:11:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 16, 2018 | Marcia Dunn
    NASA has accepted delivery of a key European part needed to power the world’s next-generation moonship. U.S. and European leaders gathered at Kennedy Space Center on Friday to mark the occasion. The newly arrived powerhouse, or service module, will propel NASA’s Orion capsule to the moon during a test flight without passengers planned for 2020. A mega rocket under development by NASA, known as SLS for Space Launch System, will launch the combo. […] Orion and the attached service module are meant to fly near the moon, but not land. Future missions will carry astronauts, with the goal of building...
  • NASA Is Preparing A 17 Year Old Girl To Become The First Human On Mars

    09/01/2018 2:38:05 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 120 replies
    Galaxy Monitor ^ | 7/10/18 | Lauren Webber
    Mars, NASA NASA Is Preparing A 17 Year Old Girl To Become The First Human On Mars Lauren WebberJuly 10, 2018, 10:15 amJuly 10, 2018 The 17-year-old is training to be on the first NASA trip to the red planet, where she’ll spend two to three years. (Photo: NASA Blueberry) Alyssa Carson fell in love with space when she was only 3 years old and now is making it her life’s work to be the first human to land on Mars.The 17-year-old is training to be on the first NASA trip to the Red Planet, where she says she’ll...
  • Sex robots ‘will colonize Mars’ says love-bot tester

    10/17/2018 8:10:25 AM PDT · by ETL · 56 replies
    The Sun ^ | Oct 10, 2018 | Sean Keach, Digital Technology and Science Editor
    SEX-BOTS will help humans colonise Mars, according to a love-doll enthusiast who helps "test drive" randy robots.YouTuber, love-doll collector and sex-bot consultant Brick Dollbanger told The Sun that we'll soon by relying on droids for space travel – and said we'll eventually become bots ourselves. A divorced property developer in his 60s, Brick (not his real name) has been buying sex dolls for over a decade, and regularly advises California sex robot firm Realbotix on their upcoming Harmony love droid.And he's convinced they're going to help advance the human race: "I think we have to remember [sex robots] are here to help us...