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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Spica, Mars, and Eclipsed Moon

    04/15/2014 10:01:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    NASA ^ | April 16, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A beautiful, reddened Moon slid through dark skies on April 15, completely immersed in Earth's shadow for well over an hour. It was the year's first total lunar eclipse and was widely enjoyed over the planet's Western Hemisphere. Seen from the Caribbean island of Barbados, the dimmed lunar disk is captured during totality in this colorful skyview. The dark Moon's red color contrasts nicely with bright bluish star Spica, alpha star of the constellation Virgo, posing only about two degrees away. Brighter than Spica and about 10 degrees from the Moon on the right, Mars is near opposition and...
  • Lunar eclipse: ‘Blood moon’ sparks woes about biblical prophecy of apocalypse

    04/13/2014 5:25:38 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 26 replies
    The lunar eclipse this week will be the first of four "blood moons" and because significant events have occurred in history around the time of blood moon tetrads, many are wondering whether the biblical prophecy of the coming apocalypse is near. “Conspiracy websites draw parallels between lunar eclipses and historical events, like the fall of Constantinople and the founding of the State of Israel,” reports CTV News on April 13.
  • ‘Blood Moon’ Lunar Eclipse Visible April 14-15, Beginning Rare Series Of Total Eclipses

    04/08/2014 12:40:28 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 44 replies
    CBS ^ | 4APR2014 | Brandon Mercer
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Just in time for tax day, which may feel like trying to squeeze blood from a rock, the moon will appear blood-red in a total lunar eclipse on the night of April 14th and overnight into April 15h. The total eclipse will be at its best over the Bay Area at 12:46 a.m. on April 15th, but the beginnings of the eclipse will be visible starting around 9:55 p.m. The moon will begin turning red at 12:08 a.m. The eclipse is a rare celestial phenomenon easily observed with the naked eye, and as such it...
  • Triumph of His Will (Elon Musk / SpaceX bio)

    04/07/2014 7:46:11 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 19 replies
    Esquire Magazine ^ | 15NOV2012 | Tom Junod
    He is sitting at his desk, at the headquarters of his company — of one of his companies — SpaceX. He is eating. He is eating a plate of food that his personal assistant gave him. It is late, and he is eating to stay on schedule. He is a man of scrupulously developed politesse, and he worries that eating his scheduled dinner while completing his scheduled interview might give offense. It does not, because although he eats hungrily, he never succeeds in making his food look appetizing. On his white plate is a turkey leg, a sad bouquet of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Lunar Farside

    04/05/2014 4:06:18 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    NASA ^ | April 05, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Tidally locked in synchronous rotation, the Moon always presents its familiar nearside to denizens of planet Earth. From lunar orbit, the Moon's farside can become familiar, though. In fact this sharp picture, a mosaic from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's wide angle camera, is centered on the lunar farside. Part of a global mosaic of over 15,000 images acquired between November 2009 and February 2011, the highest resolution version shows features at a scale of 100 meters per pixel. Surprisingly, the rough and battered surface of the farside looks very different from the nearside covered with smooth dark lunar maria....
  • The billionaire who wants to harvest the moon

    04/04/2014 2:35:10 AM PDT · by kingattax · 11 replies
    Yahoo/CNBC ^ | April 3, 2014 | Susan Caminiti
    As a child growing up in rural India in the 1960s and 1970s, Naveen Jain would gaze up at the moon and imagine a life beyond his modest surroundings. Today he's still gazing at the moon, but for far different reasons. Jain, 55, is co-founder of Moon Express, a Mountain View, Calif.-based company that's aiming to send the first commercial robotic spacecraft to the moon next year. This serial entrepreneur-he founded Internet companies Infospace and Intelius-believes that the moon holds precious metals and rare minerals that can be brought back to help address Earth's energy, health and resource challenges. Among...
  • Scientists May Be Wrong About The Amount of Water In The Moon

    04/02/2014 7:19:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    counselheal.com ^ | counselheal.com | Kamal Nayan
    With the help of a self-developed computer model, a team of researchers forecasted how apatite would have crystalized from cooling bodies of lunar magma early in the Moon's history. The model proved that the abnormally hydrogen-rich apatite crystals seen in many Moon rock samples may not have developed within a water-rich environment as previously though. "The mineral apatite is the most widely used method for estimating the amount of water in lunar rocks, but it cannot be trusted," said Jeremy Boyce of the UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences in a statement. "Our new results show that there...
  • Early NASA diapers forced astronauts to disclose the size of their manhood

    03/30/2014 7:24:24 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 55 replies
    SFGate ^ | 3-24-14 | Craig Hlavaty
    <p>When NASA astronauts were suiting up to go to space in the 1960s, they had to make a big decision before they explored the world above us: How large of a man are you?</p> <p>Getting it wrong could damage the mission.</p>
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Milky Way Dawn

    03/29/2014 5:39:58 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | March 29, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: As dawn broke on March 27, the center of the Milky Way Galaxy stood almost directly above the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory. In the dry, clear sky of Chile's Atacama desert, our galaxy's dusty central bulge is flanked by Paranal's four 8 meter Very Large Telescope units in this astronomical fisheye view. Along the top, Venus is close to the eastern horizon. The brilliant morning star shines very near a waning crescent Moon just at the edge of one of the telescope structures. Despite the bright pairing in the east, the Milky Way dominates the scene though. Cut...
  • It's Time to Extend Routine Space Operations to the Moon (Op-Ed)

    03/26/2014 5:38:22 AM PDT · by lbryce · 29 replies
    Space.com ^ | March 24, 2014 | John Thorton
    John Thornton is CEO of Astrobotic Technology. He contributed this article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. When the XPRIZE Foundation announced the Google Lunar XPRIZE in 2007, Astrobotic Technology chairman Red Whittaker declared his intention to compete on the first day. Since then, we have worked methodically on the technology and operations for the $20 million Grand Prize. We have approached this from the outset as an opportunity to build a business. With only a few lunar landings since Apollo, there remains a deep cultural belief that they are extraordinarily difficult and expensive. Bold, risky pursuits are called...
  • Tesla's 'GigaFactory': Batteries not included?

    03/22/2014 1:43:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | March 21, 2014 | Daniel Mcgroarty
    To convey some sense of the audacity of Tesla's Elon Musk and his plans, consider that the sale of all-electric vehicles in the U.S. reached a high of 100,000 in 2013 — but that's still less than 1 percent of all cars sold. Enter Tesla's GigaFactory, aiming by 2020 for annual production of 500,000 lithium-ion battery packs. Under one roof — a very large one, at 10 million square feet — Tesla will “manage everything from processing raw materials to the assembly of the batteries.” All of which begs the question: Where is all that lithium going to come from?...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Apollo 17 VIP Site Anaglyph

    03/14/2014 9:29:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    NASA ^ | March 15, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Get out your red/blue glasses and check out this stereo scene from Taurus-Littrow valley on the Moon! The color anaglyph features a detailed 3D view of Apollo 17's Lunar Rover in the foreground -- behind it lies the Lunar Module and distant lunar hills. Because the world was going to be able to watch the Lunar Module's ascent stage liftoff via the rover's TV camera, this parking place was also known as the VIP Site. In December of 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt spent about 75 hours on the Moon, while colleague Ronald Evans orbited...
  • Gondwana Supercontinent Underwent Massive Shift During Cambrian Explosion

    08/11/2010 5:32:45 AM PDT · by decimon · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Yale University ^ | August 10, 2010 | Unknown
    New Haven, Conn. — The Gondwana supercontinent underwent a 60-degree rotation across Earth’s surface during the Early Cambrian period, according to new evidence uncovered by a team of Yale University geologists. Gondwana made up the southern half of Pangaea, the giant supercontinent that constituted the Earth’s landmass before it broke up into the separate continents we see today. The study, which appears in the August issue of the journal Geology, has implications for the environmental conditions that existed at a crucial period in Earth’s evolutionary history called the Cambrian explosion, when most of the major groups of complex animals rapidly...
  • Why is the Earth moving away from the sun?

    06/01/2009 6:59:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 69 replies · 1,636+ views
    New Scientist ^ | Monday, June 1, 2009 | Kelly Beatty, Sky and Telescope
    Skywatchers have been trying to gauge the sun-Earth distance for thousands of years. In the third century BC, Aristarchus of Samos, notable as the first to argue for a heliocentric solar system, estimated the sun to be 20 times farther away than the moon. It wasn't his best work, as the real factor is more like 400. By the late 20th century, astronomers had a much better grip on this fundamental cosmic metric -- what came to be called the astronomical unit. In fact, thanks to radar beams pinging off various solar-system bodies and to tracking of interplanetary spacecraft, the...
  • The Curious Case of Missing Asteroids

    03/03/2009 7:31:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies · 720+ views
    NASA Solar System Exploration ^ | February 25, 2009 | Lori Stiles
    University of Arizona scientists have uncovered a curious case of missing asteroids. The main asteroid belt is a zone containing millions of rocky objects between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. The scientists find that there ought to be more asteroids there than researchers observe. The missing asteroids may be evidence of an event that took place about 4 billion years ago, when the solar system's giant planets migrated to their present locations. UA planetary sciences graduate student David A. Minton and UA planetary sciences professor Renu Malhotra say missing asteroids is an important piece of evidence to support an...
  • Where on Earth has our water come from?

    10/25/2010 6:37:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    Highlights in Chemical Science ^ | Friday October 22, 2010 | Rebecca Brodie
    Evidence that water came to Earth during its formation from cosmic dust, rather than following later in asteroids, has been shown by a group of international scientists. The origin of the abundant levels of water on Earth has long been debated with the main differences in the theories being the nature of the material that carries the water, and whether the water came during or after planet formation. Now, Nora de Leeuw at University College London, UK, and colleagues have used molecular-level calculations to prove that dissociative chemisorption of water onto the surface of olivine rich minerals, such as forsterite,...
  • Astronauts, Artists Agree: Moon Stinks of Gunpowder

    10/26/2010 7:03:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    AOL News ^ | Thursday, October 21, 2010 | Lee Speigel
    You can't breathe on the moon, but now you can smell it. A Scottish printmaker has released a series of works that publicize a fact known to astronauts for decades: The moon smells like gunpowder. Apprentice printer Sue Corke worked with flavorist Steven Pearce of Omega Ingredients and Apollo 16 astronaut Charles M. Duke Jr. to create "scratch-and-sniff" moon prints. NASA has known since the 1970s about the gunpowder-like odor of Earth's natural satellite. Even though there's no air on the moon, one moonwalker, Apollo 14 lunar module pilot Edgar D. Mitchell, confirmed to AOL News that the moon smells...
  • Moon's interior water casts doubt on formation theory

    05/26/2011 5:41:31 PM PDT · by decimon · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | May 26, 2011 | Jason Palmer
    An analysis of sediments brought back by the Apollo 17 mission has shown that the Moon's interior holds far more water than previously thought.The analysis, reported in Science, has looked at pockets of volcanic material locked within tiny glass beads. It found 100 times more water in the beads than has been measured before, and suggests that the Moon once held a Caribbean Sea-sized volume of water. The find also casts doubt on aspects of theories of how the Moon first formed. A series of studies in recent years has only served to increase the amount of water thought to...
  • A Celestial Collision

    09/15/2004 9:04:28 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies · 1,075+ views
    Alaska Science Forum ^ | February 10, 1983 | Larry Gedney
    Early in the evening of June 18, 1178, a group of men near Canterbury, England, stood admiring the sliver of a new moon hanging low in the west. In terms they later described to a monk who recorded their sighting, "Suddenly a flaming torch sprang from the moon, spewing fire, hot coals and sparks." In continuing their description of the event, they reported that "The moon writhed like a wounded snake and finally took on a blackish appearance"... [P]lanetary scientist Jack Hartung of the State University of New York... gathered enough clues to suggest that a large asteroid... might have...
  • STEREO Hunts for Remains of an Ancient Planet near Earth...

    04/15/2009 8:45:07 AM PDT · by TaraP · 21 replies · 838+ views
    NASA ^ | April 9th, 2009
    STEREO Hunts for Remains of an Ancient Planet near Earth April 9, 2009: NASA's twin STEREO probes are entering a mysterious region of space to look for remains of an ancient planet which once orbited the Sun not far from Earth. If they find anything, it could solve a major puzzle--the origin of the Moon. The name of the planet is Theia," says Mike Kaiser, STEREO project scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center. "It's a hypothetical world. We've never actually seen it, but some researchers believe it existed 4.5 billion years ago—and that it collided with Earth to form...
  • The Search for the Solar System's Lost Planet

    04/13/2009 12:21:37 PM PDT · by Vaquero · 54 replies · 989+ views
    yahoo/space.com ^ | 4/13/09 | Clara Moskowitz
    Clara Moskowitz The solar system might once have had another planet named Theia, which may have helped create our own planet's moon. Now two spacecrafts are heading out to search for leftovers from this rumored sibling, which would have been destroyed when the solar system was still young. "It's a hypothetical world. We've never actually seen it, but some researchers believe it existed 4.5 billion years ago — and that it collided with Earth to form the moon," said Mike Kaiser, a NASA scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland...
  • STEREO Hunts for Remains of an Ancient Planet near Earth

    04/10/2009 4:04:43 PM PDT · by decimon · 44 replies · 1,154+ views
    NASA ^ | Apr. 9, 2009 | Dr. Tony Phillips
    April 9, 2009: NASA's twin STEREO probes are entering a mysterious region of space to look for remains of an ancient planet which once orbited the Sun not far from Earth. If they find anything, it could solve a major puzzle--the origin of the Moon. "The name of the planet is Theia," says Mike Kaiser, STEREO project scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center. "It's a hypothetical world. We've never actually seen it, but some researchers believe it existed 4.5 billion years ago—and that it collided with Earth to form the Moon." Right: An artist's concept of one of the...
  • Were Mercury and Mars separated at birth?

    01/19/2009 3:32:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies · 542+ views
    New Scientist ^ | Monday, January 19, 2009 | unattributed
    Line up Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars according to their distance from the sun and you'll see their size distribution is close to symmetrical, with the two largest planets between the two smallest. That would be no coincidence -- if the pattern emerged from a debris ring around the sun. Brad Hansen of the University of California, Los Angeles, built a numerical simulation to explore how a ring of rocky material in the early solar system could have evolved into the planets. He found that two larger planets typically form near the inner and outer edges of the ring, corresponding...
  • Neptune Might Have Captured Triton

    05/10/2006 12:31:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 1,120+ views
    Space.com on Yahoo ^ | 5/10/06 | Sara Goudarzi
    Neptune's largest moon, Triton, was originally a member of a duo orbiting the Sun but was kidnapped during a close encounter with Neptune, a new model suggests. Triton is unique among large moons in that it orbits Neptune in a direction opposite to the planet's rotation, which long ago led scientists to speculate that the moon originally orbited the Sun. But until now, no convincing theory for how Triton paired with Neptune existed. Gravity might have pulled Triton away from its companion to make it an orbiting satellite of Neptune, researchers report in a new study published in the May...
  • It Came from Outer Space?

    11/25/2004 5:13:07 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 972+ views
    American Scientist ^ | November-December 2004 | David Schneider
    Speranza points out another difficulty with the impact-origins theory. Large blocks of limestone sit within the boundaries of the Sirente "crater." Such limestone would not have survived an impact. So if Ormö's theory is correct, one must surmise that somebody set these giant chunks of rock in place since the crater formed. To Speranza, that just didn't make sense. Speranza and colleagues further argue that Ormö's radiocarbon dating gave one age for the main feature (placing it in the 4th or 5th century a.d.) and a completely different age for a nearby "crater" called C9, a date in the 3rd...
  • Moon Has Iron Core, Lunar-Rock Study Says

    12/06/2008 8:51:38 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies · 2,063+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | January 11, 2007 | Brian Handwerk
    Deep down, the moon may be more like Earth than scientists ever thought. A new moon-rock study suggests the satellite has an iron core... The moon's core could be a clue to its ancient origins, which have long puzzled astronomers. "Our moon is too big to be a moon," Taylor said. "It's huge compared to the moons we see around other planets, so it has always been suspected that there was something strange in its origin." ...Rock samples from NASA's Apollo 15 and Apollo 17 moon missions of the early 1970s have now shed more light on the moon's origins,...
  • Far-Flung Space Crash May Help Solve Mystery of Moon's Formation

    06/16/2007 9:45:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 248+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | March 15, 2007 | Richard A. Lovett
    The crash may also someday create the biggest and brightest comet of all time. Astronomer Michael Brown of the California Institute of Technology found the five fragments while studying the Kuiper belt, located in the solar system's outermost reaches. The fragments resemble 2003 EL61, the Kuiper belt's mysterious third largest object, suggesting all six bodies were formed in a single violent crash, Brown said... Measuring about 930 miles (1,500 kilometers) across, 2003 EL61 had puzzled scientists ever since its discovery, because it's oblong and spins end-over-end so fast that it completes a full revolution every four hours... 2003 EL61 is...
  • Crystal is 'oldest scrap of Earth crust'

    02/24/2014 7:56:24 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 50 replies
    bbc ^ | 24 February 2014
    A tiny 4.4-billion-year-old crystal has been confirmed as the oldest fragment of Earth's crust. The zircon was found in sandstone in the Jack Hills region of Western Australia. Scientists dated the crystal by studying its uranium and lead atoms. The former decays into the latter very slowly over time and can be used like a clock. The finding has been reported in the journal Nature Geoscience. Its implication is that Earth had formed a solid crust much sooner after its formation 4.6 billion years ago than was previously thought, and very quickly following the great collision with a Mars-sized body...
  • As Countdown Looms, Israel’s Moon Bid Already a Winner

    02/25/2014 4:13:33 PM PST · by lbryce · 24 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 23, 2014 | David Shamah
    Daniel Saat, business development manager for SpaceIL, is reasonably confident that the lunar lander the Israeli spaceship organization is working on will beat out the competition and reach the moon, winning the big $30 million prize being offered by Google in its LunarX challenge. “Our intelligence sources tell us that Israel’s LunarX satellite is one of the two or three top contenders to win this contest,” Saat told The Times of Israel on Sunday. And he’s also pretty certain the 140 kilogram spacecraft will actually land safely on the moon and perform the stunts Google requires to award the prize...
  • Watch the Moon Meet Venus in the Dawn this Wednesday

    02/24/2014 5:37:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | February 24, 2014 | David Dickinson on
    Are you ready for some lunar versus planetary occultation action? One of the best events for 2014 occurs early this Wednesday morning on February 26th, when the waning crescent Moon — sometimes referred to as a decrescent Moon — meets up with a brilliant Venus in the dawn sky. This will be a showcase event for the ongoing 2014 dawn apparition of Venus that we wrote about recently. This is one of 16 occultations of a planet by our Moon for 2014, which will hide every naked eye classical planet except Jupiter and only one of two involving Venus this...
  • 5 Private Moon-Race Teams Compete for Bonus $6 Million

    02/20/2014 6:51:23 AM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 10 replies
    Space.com ^ | February 19, 2014 | Miriam Kramer
    Landing on the moon is no easy feat, and five teams competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize might just get a little more money to help them send their probes to the lunar surface. Astrobiotic, Moon Express, Team Indus, Hakuto and Part-Time-Scientists are all in the running to win "milestone prizes" later this year, Google Lunar X Prize officials announced today (Feb. 19). The total purse for the awards is $6 million with the teams competing in three different categories for the funds, X Prize officials said. Each company's ultimate goal is to ready its probe for...
  • Moon Lasers Are Creating the Galaxy’s Fastest Internet

    02/18/2014 2:20:30 PM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    http://www.nationaljournal.com ^ | February 18, 2014 | By Alex Brown
    Want this article to load more quickly? Read it in space. Hong Kong has the world's fastest Internet. Internet on the moon is 10 times faster. How do our lunar-exploring spaceships get buffer-free video? Lasers. NASA and MIT are shooting "lasers full of Internet" to a ship named LADEE that's exploring the moon's atmosphere. According to NASA, speeds have reached 622 megabits per second (Hong Kong tops out at 63.6). Right now, the agency is using a pulsed laser beam to transmit a pair of HD video signals to and from the moon. The 239,000 miles between the New Mexico...
  • Will SpaceX Super Rocket Kill NASA's 'Rocket to Nowhere'? (Op-Ed)

    02/17/2014 1:50:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Space.com ^ | February 10, 2014 | R.D. Boozer
    The private spaceflight company Space X plans to build a rocket so big it would "make the Apollo moon rocket look small,"the company's CEO, Elon Musk, announced on "CBS This Morning"on Feb. 3. The huge rocket would ultimately send colonists to Mars, but what would SpaceX do in the meantime? The company's primary focus right now is giving NASA astronauts access to the International Space Station (ISS) on American vehicles, drastically lowering prices to Earth orbit versus what the Russians are charging, Musk said... This all begs the question: If SpaceX is going to build this gargantuan rocket on its...
  • Sleeping Or Dead? Fate Of China's Yutu Moon Rover Uncertain

    02/12/2014 4:18:23 PM PST · by zeestephen · 30 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | 12 February 2014 | Devin Coldewey
    Yutu entered a controlled hibernation mode despite mechanical problems on Jan. 24 to weather the 14-day lunar night cycle, but should have woken up days ago. China's mission control has yet to offer an official statement of failture, though it did report that Yutu did not wake up on schedule and was not responding to stimuli.
  • NASA is now accepting applications from companies that want to mine the moon

    02/12/2014 12:38:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Verge ^ | February 9, 2014 | Adrianne Jeffries
    NASA is now working with private companies to take the first steps in exploring the moon for valuable resources like helium 3 and rare earth metals. Initial proposals are due tomorrow for the Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown program (CATALYST). One or more private companies will win a contract to build prospecting robots, the first step toward mining the moon. The contract will be a "no funds exchanged" Space Agreement Act, which means the government will not be directly funding the effort, but will receive NASA support. Final proposals are due on March 17th, 2014. NASA has...
  • Planetary alignment caused tsunami: Scientist

    04/21/2005 1:43:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies · 998+ views
    Press Trust of India ^ | April 16, 2005
    The deadly tsunami on December 26, 2004 was the result of Saturn, Moon, Earth and the Sun falling in a straight line, claims a retired scientist of Department of Atomic Energy. Paramahamsa Tewari, who supervised construction of Narora and Kaiga atomic plants and authored controversial "space vortex theory", says his conclusion about the cause of tsunami stems from his theory that all spinning cosmic objects including the Sun develop electrical fields that repel each other. On the fateful day, Saturn, Moon, Earth and the Sun were perfectly aligned. As a result, Earth was subjected to the repulsive electrical force of...
  • Nasa reveal plans for the biggest rocket ever made to take man to Mars..

    01/16/2014 5:20:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 15, 2014 | Mark Prigg
    It is set to become the largest rocket ever built, dwarfing the rockets that took man to the moon and paving the way for manned missions to Mars. Nasa today reveal stunning new pictures of its SLS (Space Launch System), which will eventually be capable of lifting 130 tonnes into orbit. The rocket will be used to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, and to help us explore the outer reaches of the solar system. It is even hoped the craft could play a role in manned missions to Mars, being able to launch 'stepping stone' bases into orbit.
  • The Biggest Rocket Ever made

    01/15/2014 1:55:44 PM PST · by MarkBsnr · 63 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 15 January 2014 | MARK PRIGG
    It is set to become the largest rocket ever built, dwarfing the rockets that took man to the moon and paving the way for manned missions to Mars. Nasa today reveal stunning new pictures of its SLS (Space Launch System), which will eventually be capable of lifting 130 tonnes into orbit. The rocket will be used to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, and to help us explore the outer reaches of the solar system. It is even hoped the craft could play a role in manned missions to Mars, being able to launch 'stepping stone' bases into orbit....
  • NASA's Pivot Back to the Moon

    02/08/2014 11:04:54 AM PST · by Marcus · 14 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | February 8, 2014 | Mark R. Whittington
    It is a commentary on how adrift NASA space policy is when one considers that four years after President Obama made his "we choose not to return to the moon" speech that the space agency may be pivoting back to the moon. Paul Spudis, a planetary geologist and return to the moon advocate, has read the tea leaves and has seen the first, tentative steps toward a pivot back to the moon. Elon Musk, the space entrepreneur and political ally of Barack Obama, has recently conceded that expeditions to the moon would be useful. NASA is partnering with private companies,...
  • BILL DE BLASIO TO CLOSE NEW YORK SCHOOLS FOR RAMADAN'S END, CHINESE NEW YEAR

    02/07/2014 7:21:14 AM PST · by mandaladon · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Feb 2014 | ROBERT WILDE
    <p>Newly-minted Mayor of New York City Bill De Blasio is calling for school closures on two Muslim holidays and the Lunar New Year.</p>
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Lunar Time Lapse Panorama including Yutu Rover

    02/04/2014 6:53:46 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    NASA ^ | February 03, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Where has the Yutu rover been on the Moon? Arriving in 2013 mid-December, the Chinese Yutu robotic rover has spent some of the past month and a half exploring Mare Imbrium on Earth's Moon. Because it uses solar power, the mechanical Jade Rabbit goes into sleep mode to endure the two-week long lunar night. Pictured above is a digitally created time-lapse composite panorama showing the region surrounding the Chang'e 3 lander, capturing the desk-sized rover in three positions. On the far right, Yutu is seen heading south to investigate greener pastures, likely never to return to its lander again....
  • US ready to return to moon

    02/03/2014 7:26:16 PM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 6 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 6:40PM GMT 03 Feb 2014 | By David Millward, US Correspondent
    OK this is the first I've heard of this. Is this true? I sure hope so.
  • US ready to return to moon

    02/03/2014 2:39:35 PM PST · by tom h · 62 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03 Feb 2014 | David Millward
    America is preparing to land a robot on the moon for the first time in four decades. Nasa is looking for private partners to participate in the project that will see a new generation of rovers wandering across the moonÂ’s surface. The American space agency has set up a programme called Catalyst to exploit commercial opportunities offered by the moon. It believes that eventually there will be a market for commercial cargo trips to the lunar surface. "As Nasa pursues an ambitious plan for humans to explore an asteroid and Mars, US industry will create opportunities for Nasa to advance...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- From the Northern to the Southern Cross

    01/27/2014 4:22:54 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | January 27, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: There is a road that connects the Northern to the Southern Cross but you have to be at the right place and time to see it. The road, as pictured above, is actually the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy; the right place, in this case, is dark Laguna Cejar in Salar de Atacama of Northern Chile; and the right time was in early October, just after sunset. Many sky wonders were captured then, including the bright Moon, inside the Milky Way arch; Venus, just above the Moon; Saturn and Mercury, just below the Moon; the Large and...
  • Yutu rover Suffers Significant Setback at Start of 2nd Lunar Night

    01/26/2014 6:22:48 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | January 26, 2014 | Ken Kremer on
    The six wheeled Yutu rover, which means ‘Jade Rabbit’, has “experienced a mechanical control abnormality” in a new report by China’s official government newspaper, The People’s Daily. ‘Jade Rabbit’ was traversing southwards from the landing site as the incident occurred just days ago – about six weeks into its planned 3 month moon roving expedition. However very few details have emerged or been released by the Chinese government about Yutu’s condition or fate.
  • President Obama responds to North Korean invasion [Layers of satire]

    01/26/2014 11:19:25 AM PST · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 26, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Having been briefed by top security advisers about North Korea's success in landing an astronaut on the Sun, President Obama today announced His decisive response. On January 21st, a satirical post "appeared at the Waterford Whisper News...." Mimicking typical North Korean propaganda, it proclaimed, THE STATE News Agency of North Korea has confirmed today that the country has become the first in the world to ever land a man on the sun. It reported that astronaut Hung Il Gong left for the sun on a specially designed rocket ship at approximately 3 am this morning. Hung, who traveled alone, reached his destination some four hours...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Micro Moon over Super Moon

    01/21/2014 3:39:55 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | January 21, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Did you see the big, bright, beautiful Full Moon last Wednesday night? That was actually a Micro Moon! On that night, the smallest Full Moon of 2014 reached its full phase only a few hours from lunar apogee, the time of its the most distant point from Earth in the Moon's elliptical orbit. Of course, last year on the night of June 22, a Full Super Moon was near perigee, the closest point in its orbit. The relative apparent size of January 15's Micro Moon is compared to the June 22 Super Moon in the above composite image digitally...
  • Is this an alien structure or a secret human moon base?

    01/19/2014 10:01:11 PM PST · by Errant · 84 replies
    Sunday World ^ | 18 January 2014
    A mystery object spotted on the surface of the moon has sent conspiracy theorists into overdrive. The bizarre wedge-shaped structure with rows of seven light-like dots along its edge appears on the lunar surface. It was discovered on the Google Moon viewer at coordinates 22042'38.46N and 142034'44.52E. Speculation has exploded over the images of the anomaly that UFO websites have likened to an alien lunar base or spaceship. There are also theories that it is an alien spaceship nestled under the dust of the moon or even a secret moon base occupied by humans.
  • A Modest Proposal: A Joint Commercial/Israeli/Saudi Return to the Moon

    01/19/2014 8:46:21 AM PST · by Marcus · 9 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | January 19, 2014 | Mark R. Whittington
    A couple of fairly unlikely developments are pointing to a scenario that could result in an unexpected return to the moon mission involving two unlikely partners if a number of parties are willing to think and work outside the box. That return to the moon could be a joint Israeli/Saudi Arabian project, fostered by an American commercial company.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Apogee's Full Moon

    01/18/2014 9:48:34 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | January 18, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: This big, bright, beautiful Full Moon rose over Lick Observatory Wednesday night. Traditionally a full moon in January might be called the Wolf Moon. But this moon reached its full phase on January 16, 4:54 UT, within about 2 hours of apogee, the most distant point in its elliptical orbit around planet Earth. That also makes it the smallest full moon of 2014. Of course the difference in apparent size between the largest and smallest full moons is hard to see, because the difference in distance between lunar apogee and perigee, or closest point in the Moon's orbit, is...