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  • An unusually big asteroid will soon pass closer to Earth than the moon

    03/15/2019 4:28:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    cnet ^ | March 15, 2019 | Eric Mack
    An asteroid twice as big as the bolide that exploded over Russia in 2013 will whiz by us next week at a distance that's closer to Earth than the moon. Despite what tabloid headlines might lead you to believe, small asteroids zip by the Earth on a fairly regular basis... and astronomers discover many of them when Earth is already in their rear-view mirror. Asteroid 2019 EA2 could be up to 128 feet (39 meters) wide. It's the rare rock making a close flyby that's also large enough that astronomers spotted it well in advance. The asteroid, detected earlier this...
  • NASA weighs shelving Boeing rocket, using other option for flight to moon

    03/15/2019 2:19:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 52 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 03/13/2018 | Justin Bachman
    The Space Launch System (SLS) “is struggling to meet its schedule,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said at a Senate hearing Wednesday. The rocket won’t be ready for a launch in June 2020, when NASA had planned the Exploration Mission-1 flight of its Orion spacecraft around the moon. The agency is now exploring options for meeting that deadline using “commercial capabilities,” Bridenstine said. He stressed that the agency remains committed to Boeing’s SLS, the largest rocket in U.S. history and a “critical capability” for future deep-space missions. An October 2018 audit by NASA’s Inspector General found multiple management flaws in the...
  • "Apollo 11" movie review (Spoiler: We land on the moon!)

    03/13/2019 7:18:05 PM PDT · by LS · 51 replies
    self | 3/13/2019 | LS
    So far this year, if there is one move you should see it's a space movie. No, not "Captain Marvel." It's "Apollo 11," and believe it or not, it's by (gulp) CNN. That's right. Well done, CNN. Using often the highest quality documentary footage from NASA's moon mission, this film follows the spacecraft from its slow slothlike transit to the launch pad to the three Apollo astronauts climbing aboard to the army of engineers, scientists, and technicians in both Florida and in Houston as Apollo 11 makes its epic voyage. With the exception of a very few well-placed simple animations...
  • Solar Wind Leaves 'Sunburn' Scars on the Moon

    03/04/2019 2:39:34 PM PST · by ETL · 34 replies
    Space.com ^ | Mar 4, 2019 | Samantha Mathewson
    People on Earth who've gotten sunburns are familiar with the sun's powerful rays — but the moon suffers from sunburn, too. Some regions of the lunar surface exhibit a distinctive pattern of darker and lighter swirls. Using NASA's ARTEMIS mission — which stands for Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon's Interaction with the Sun — astronomers have revealed new clues about the origin of these swirls. The sun releases a constant flow of charged particles known as solar wind into space. While Earth's natural magnetic field deflects solar-wind particles, the moon has a weaker magnetic field, leaving some areas of...
  • 30-million-page archive of humanity's achievements headed to the Moon

    02/28/2019 8:07:03 AM PST · by ETL · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Feb 28, 2019 | Christopher Carbone | Fox News
    Tucked away inside Israel’s Beresheet lunar lander, currently on its way to the Moon, is a massive archive documenting humanity’s achievements. The collection of images, text and symbols is the first part of a project to build a “Lunar Library” and part of a bigger push to create a space-based archive of Earth. According to the Arch Mission Foundation (AMF), the library contains 30 million pages of human history that covers a wide range of subjects, languages and time periods, all stored on a DVD-sized archive made of 25 nickel discs that are each only 40 microns thick. An 84-page document...
  • Thirty-million-page backup of humanity headed to moon aboard Israeli lander

    02/24/2019 5:41:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    Cnet ^ | February 24, 2019 9:45 AM PST | Eric Mack
    On board Beresheet is a specially designed disc encoded with a 30-million-page archive of human civilization built to last billions of years into the future. The backup for humanity has been dubbed "The Lunar Library" by its creator, the Arch Mission Foundation (AMF). The disc aboard Beresheet is about the size and thickness of a DVD, but consists of 25 stacked thin nickel films that AMF insists can resist radiation, extreme temperatures and other harsh conditions found in space for billions of years. There is, of course, no way to test how long it will last, but if it survives...
  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces 2020 presidential bid

    03/01/2019 6:42:56 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 94 replies
    CNN ^ | March 1, 2019 | Dan Merica
    Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday that he is running for President, launching a bid in which he intends to make combating climate change the central rationale for his campaign. Inslee announced the bid in a video made public on Friday. He is slated to hold a news conference in Seattle at a solar panel installer to expand upon his presidential announcement. He will be surrounded by friends, family and business owners who the campaign says have benefited from his climate policies in the state. "I'm Jay Inslee and I'm running for president because I am the only candidate...
  • Undeterred by summit collapse, Moon vows closer North ties

    02/28/2019 10:22:04 PM PST · by blueplum · 29 replies
    AP ^ | 28 Feb 2019 | KIM TONG-HYUNG
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Friday his government plans to discuss with the United States the possibility of restarting joint inter-Korean economic projects to induce nuclear disarmament from North Korea. Moon's comments during a nationally televised speech came a day after a high-stakes nuclear summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un collapsed over what the Americans saw as excessive North Korean demands for sanctions relief in exchange for limited disarmament steps...(snip) ..."I vow to help usher in an era of a peace-driven economy on the Korean Peninsula," said Moon,...
  • SpaceX launches Israel's Beresheet lunar rover to Moon

    02/23/2019 10:42:04 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 21, 2019 | Global News
    SpaceX launches Israel's Beresheet lunar rover to Moon | Global News | Streamed live on Feb 21, 2019
  • 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
  • First private Israel lunar mission to be launched this week

    02/18/2019 7:35:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 18, 2019 | Ilan Ben Zion
    A nonprofit Israeli consortium said Monday that it hopes to make history this week by launching the first private aircraft to land on the moon. SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries told a news conference that the landing craft — dubbed “Beresheet,” or Genesis — will take off from Florida, propelled by a SpaceX Falcon rocket on its weekslong voyage to the moon. The launch is scheduled late Thursday in the United States, early Friday in Israel. It had been originally slated for last December. […] The small craft, roughly the size of a washing machine, is equipped with instruments...
  • NASA seeking proposals for human-rated lunar lander systems

    02/10/2019 3:53:07 AM PST · by vannrox · 17 replies
    Spaceflight insider ^ | 9FB19 | Derek Richardson
    NASA seeking proposals for human-rated lunar lander systems Derek Richardson February 9th, 2019 An artist’s illustration of a completed lunar Gateway flying around the Moon with a commercially-developed lunar lander. Image Credit: NASAWith SLS and Orion in the latter stages of development, NASA wants to work with industry to develop a human-rated lunar lander by the mid-to-late 2020s.NASA is working to return astronauts to the Moon under Space Policy Directive-1. In order to do that sustainably, the agency announced plans on Dec. 13, 2018, to work with U.S. companies to develop systems to land on the lunar surface. A formal...
  • 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...
  • AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS SPOT METEORITE IMPACT DURING LUNAR ECLIPSE

    01/24/2019 9:16:06 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 20 replies
    Hackaday ^ | 23 Jan 2019 | Brian Benchoff
    Several telescopes livestreamed the entire eclipse, and multiple people caught a glimpse of a small flash of light, seeming to come from around Lagrange crater. Because this event was seen by multiple observers separated by thousands of miles, the only conclusion is that something hit the moon, and its impact event was recorded on video. ...Further investigation will be necessary to determine the size of the meteoroid and obtain pictures of its impact crater, but for a basis of comparison, the LCROSS mission plowed a Centaur upper stage (2.2 tons) into the lunar surface at 2.5 km/s. This should have...
  • ArianeGroup and PTScientists to study lunar lander mission for ESA

    01/22/2019 4:03:57 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    spacenews.com ^ | January 22, 2019 | Jeff Foust —
    The proposed mission would be launched on an Ariane 64, a version of the Ariane 6 with four strap-on boosters. PTScientists, a German company that started as a team in the now-defunct Google Lunar X Prize competition for privately developed lunar landers, is responsible for the spacecraft. Belgian company Space Applications Services will provide ground control and communications services. The study contract has a value of several hundred thousand euros, ArianeGroup spokesman Julien Watelet said Jan. 22. The study is intended to study the feasibility of such a mission, including whether it could be done using a more commercial approach....
  • Meteoroid Collides with Moon During Total Lunar Eclipse

    01/22/2019 11:15:57 AM PST · by messierhunter · 27 replies
    BGR ^ | January 22nd, 2019 | Mike Wehner
    "As it turns out, the eclipse was even more special than most observers had noticed, as the Moon was actually struck by a meteorite while everyone was gazing in wonder at its rusty appearance. The meteorite itself wasn’t terribly large, and is estimated to have only been around 22 pounds. Still, its impact was large enough to be spotted by observers as well as the automated MIDAS system, and that’s pretty cool." I caught it as well with my own equipment. The impact flash appears at 1:23:04 in my video at about the 8 o'clock position near the edge of...
  • Super blood wolf moon: What to know and how to watch it

    01/20/2019 6:25:36 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 162 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 20, 2019 | Becky Perlow
    Grab your winter coat, some hot cocoa and your kid's telescope on Sunday and head outside because the next super blood wolf moon won’t be showing its face for another 18 years. While the celestial phenomenon sounds like something you’d read in a teenage werewolf novel, its actual meaning is derived from multiple sources. The term "super" refers to the placement of the moon. This month, the moon will be at its closest point to Earth’s orbit, making it appear larger than normal. The term "wolf" derives from the Native American nickname for January's full moon and the wolves who...
  • Russia to Create Backup Manned Vehicle for Moon Flights Without NASA Funding

    01/20/2019 6:55:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 05:10 20.01.2019
    Russia's State Space Corporation Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin has said that NASA had asked Roscosmos to create a lunar version of the Soyuz spacecraft as a backup manned space transport system for flights to the Moon. A senior Russian space industry source told Sputnik that Moscow will develop an ugraded Soyuz version at its own expense, and no funding from NASA is expected. To ensure the capability of the Soyuz spacecraft to fly to the Moon, an accelerating unit and a new thermal protection that will allow the ship to return to the Earth’s atmosphere at the second cosmic velocity...