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  • First private Israel lunar mission to be launched this week

    02/18/2019 7:35:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 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...
  • China Grew Cotton Plants on the Moon. They Died in the Darkness and the Cold

    01/18/2019 4:48:35 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 59 replies
    Discover Magazine ^ | January 18, 2019 | Chelsea Gohd
    Earlier this month, an experiment on China’s Chang’e 4 lander got cotton plants to sprout on the moon for the first time. Well, they’re already dead.
  • 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 hopes to be growing potatoes on the moon ‘within 100 days’

    01/16/2019 4:47:25 AM PST · by vannrox · 67 replies
    ATS ^ | 16JAN19 | Editorial staff
    The 18cm high aluminium alloy cylinder - called a moon surface micro-ecological circle - contains silkworm eggs and seeds for potatoes and cress. Chinese scientists now hope both plants will root and sprout in the container, producing the first flower ever grown on the space rock. They hope to see the results towards the end of a 100-day experimental period, according to the country's space agency. Last night, they announced their first breakthrough publishing a picture of cotton seed, bought up on Chang’e 4 actually growing. China hopes to be growing potatoes on the moon ‘within 100 days’ With all...
  • 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...
  • South Korea Raised Taxes in Bid for Growth. So Far, It’s Not Working.

    01/10/2019 4:27:17 PM PST · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 09 Jan 2019 | Michael Schuman
    In contrast to President Trump, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea has embraced a pro-labor program of higher wages and taxes. The early results have been discouraging. As President Trump leads a drive to slash taxes and pare back regulation, one major economy is taking a different approach. Under President Moon Jae-in, South Korea has raised taxes and the minimum wage in the name of economic growth. So far, it hasn’t worked out as planned. Growth has slowed, unemployment has risen and small-business owners like Moon Seung are complaining. Mr. Moon, founder of an auto parts maker called Dasung in...
  • The Challenge of China's Lunar Lander

    01/08/2019 8:10:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/08/2019 | Daniel John Sobieski
    It has been nearly 50 years since an American became the first human being to walk on the Moon and plant the U.S. flag. Judging from the successful landing of China's Chang'e-4 probe on the far side of the Moon and China's ambitious plans, including military ones, it may not be that long before a Chinese astronaut picks up that flag and brings it back to us. We have our own plans, to be sure, and that includes President Trump's already underway U.S. Space Force, yet we still are paying the price for the overreliance on private enterprise to do...
  • Why is Jeff Bezos building a giant ‘millennial' clock inside a mountain? [$42M!]

    02/21/2018 7:18:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 70 replies
    www.techradar.com ^ | 21 Feb 2018 | By Jamie Carter
    The Long Now Foundation’s clock is a symbol for multi-generational thinking Jeff Bezos wants us all to be good ancestors. The Amazon supremo just tweeted that installation has begun on one of his pet projects of the last decade, the 10,000 Year Clock, also called the Clock of the Long Now. Designed to stay accurate for that huge time period, the giant clock will tick once a year, moving its century hand every 100 years, and send out a cuckoo once a millennia – just 10 times in its life. And it costs US$ 42 million. What is Bezos thinking?...
  • China's Historic Mission To The Dark Side Of The Moon Is About More Than Science

    01/03/2019 2:47:03 PM PST · by PIF · 50 replies
    The War Zone ^ | January 3, 2019 | Joseph Trevithick
    The landing is an important stepping stone to manned missions and a possible lunar base, which may have a distinct military purpose. (--) China’s has become the first country ever to land a spacecraft on the far side, or “dark side,” of the Moon, a major achievement for its civilian space program. The mission offers numerous scientific research opportunities, but there is also a possibility that it could be another stepping stone to improving and expanding Chinese military capabilities in space. (--) The lander itself has various cameras, a spectrometer, and a neutron dosimeter in order to gather scientific data....
  • China lunar rover successfully touches down on far side of the moon, state media announces

    01/02/2019 8:54:50 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 63 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/2/19 | Matt Rivers, Helen Regan and Steven Jiang
    Beijing (CNN) — In an historic first, China has successfully landed a rover on the far side of the moon, Chinese state media announced Thursday, a huge milestone for the nation as it attempts to position itself as a leading space power. China's National Space Administration (CNSA) landed the Chang'e 4 lunar probe at 10:26 am Beijing time on Thursday, in the South Pole-Aitken Basin which is an impact crater, China Central Television (CCTV) reported. It made its final descent from a landing orbit 15 kilometers above the moon's surface. State media reported the rover transmitted back the world's first...