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  • US and seven other countries sign NASA’s Artemis Accords to set rules for exploring the Moon

    10/14/2020 12:57:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 72 replies ^ | 10/13/2020 | Loren Grush
    NASA announced its intention to create the Artemis Accords back in May, after working with the US State Department and the National Space Council to come up with a draft set of rules for exploring the Moon. The document’s name refers to NASA’s Artemis program, an ambitious initiative that aims to send the first woman and the next man to the Moon. NASA hopes to partner with multiple countries for the program, and the agency created the Artemis Accords to ensure that other nations could agree on best practices for sending robots and people to the lunar surface. NASA released...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Mare Frigoris

    10/08/2020 3:33:03 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 20 replies ^ | 8 Oct, 2020 | Image Credit & Copyright: Matt Smith
    Explanation: Lighter than typically dark, smooth, mare the Mare Frigoris lies in the far lunar north. Also known as the Sea of Cold, it stretches across the familiar lunar nearside in this close up of the waxing gibbous Moon's north polar region. Dark-floored, 95 kilometer wide crater Plato is just left of the center. Sunlit peaks of the lunar Alps (Montes Alpes) are highlighted below and right of Plato, between the more southern Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains) and Mare Frigoris. The prominent straight feature cutting through the mountains is the lunar Alpine Valley (Vallis Alpes). Joining the Mare Imbrium...
  • Would you expect anything else from 2020? RARE and spooky FULL MOON on Halloween will be visible to the entire world and not for just parts of it

    09/27/2020 5:11:08 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 31 replies
    ss ^ | 9/18/20 | ss
    In the bizarre year that’s 2020, another highly unusual event is headed our way. This year’s Halloween full moon will be visible to the entire world, rather than just parts of it, for the first time since World War II, astronomy educator and former planetarium director Jeffrey Hunt says. “When I was teaching, my high school students thought a full moon occurred every Halloween,” said Hunt. Not quite, though pop culture decorations sure make it seem that way. The last Halloween full moon visible around the globe came in 1944, he said. He’s written about the event on his web...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Moon Pairs and the Synodic Month

    09/26/2020 6:50:34 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 11 replies ^ | 26 Sep, 2020 | Image Credit & Copyright: Marcella Giulia Pace
    Explanation: Observe the Moon each night and its visible sunlit portion will gradually change. In phases progressing from New Moon to Full Moon to New Moon again, a lunar cycle or synodic month is completed in about 29.5 days. They look full, but top left to bottom right these panels do show the range of lunar phases for a complete synodic month during August 2019 from Ragusa, Sicily, Italy, planet Earth. For this lunar cycle project the panels organize images of the lunar phases in pairs. Each individual image is paired with another image separated by about 15 days, or...
  • LIVE Thread! President Trump Holds Campaign Event in Moon Township, PA 9/22/20 7pm EDT

    09/22/2020 3:42:55 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 551 replies
    Here we go again. I'm barely recovered from yesterday's two rallies, and guess what he's doing it again today at the Pittsburgh International Airport. 7 pm EDT! Moon Township is a suburb of Pittsburgh with a population of 25,464. Moon Township is in Allegheny County and is one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania. Living in Moon Township offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Moon Township there are a lot of bars and parks. Many young professionals live in Moon Township and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in...
  • Glistening 'Gel-Like' Substance on Far Side of The Moon Finally Identified

    07/08/2020 11:44:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies ^ | 8 JULY 2020 | MICHELLE STARR
    A peculiar "gel-like" substance the Chinese Yutu-2 rover discovered in a small impact crater on the far side of the Moon last year has now been identified. According to analysis of the images, and comparison with Apollo samples here on Earth, it's exactly what you'd expect to find on the Moon: rock. More specifically, it's rock that was melted together - likely in the heat of a meteorite impact - to form a dark green, glossy, glassy mass. "Chang'e-4 rover discovered a dark greenish and glistening impact melt breccia in a crater during its traverse on the floor of Von...
  • The moon is 'rusting' and scientists are stunned

    09/08/2020 6:41:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/07/2020 | By Chris Ciaccia
    The rust may be a result of the water discovered on the moon A newly published study notes that the moon is "rusting," leaving experts perplexed by the discovery. The research, published in Science Advances, notes that the rust may be a result of water discovered on the moon, but it's still shocking, given the lack of oxygen and dearth of water on Earth's celestial satellite. "It's very puzzling," the study's lead author, Shuai Li of the University of Hawaii, said in a statement. "The moon is a terrible environment for hematite to form in." Li was looking at data...
  • Russia plans to send lunar lander to the moon next year

    09/07/2020 5:00:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Just The News ^ | 9/06/20 | Alex Nitzberg
    Russia has set its sights on the moon as it prepares to send a lunar lander into space next year. "The Luna-25 space project opens a long-term Russian lunar program, which includes missions to study the moon from orbit and surface, the collection and return of lunar soil to Earth, as well as, in the future, the construction of a visited lunar base and full-scale development of our satellite," a statement from Roscosmos officials says, according to Scientific American. The outlet reported that Russia is working in a partnership with the European Space Agency. The launch is slated for October...
  • The moon is rusting, and Earth is to blame

    09/03/2020 3:49:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    CNET ^ | Sept. 2, 2020 6:36 p.m. PT | Mark Serrels
    So why does rust currently exist on the moon? There are a number of factors, but Earth is partly to blame. To begin with, water exists on the moon in small quantities. Ice water exists in lunar craters, but that water exists on the far side of the moon, far from where the rust occurred. The current theory is that dust particles that often hit the moon are helping release water molecules, mixing those water molecules with iron on the surface. Then there's the oxygen part. That's where Earth comes in. Thanks to the fact it exists in such close...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Crescent Moon HDR

    08/24/2020 5:10:37 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 13 replies ^ | 24 Aug, 2020 | Image Credit & Copyright: Miguel Claro (TWAN, Dark Sky Alqueva)
    Explanation: How come the crescent Moon doesn't look like this? For one reason, because your eyes can't simultaneously discern bright and dark regions like this. Called earthshine or the da Vinci glow, the unlit part of a crescent Moon is visible but usually hard to see because it is much dimmer than the sunlit arc. In our digital age, however, the differences in brightness can be artificially reduced. The featured image is actually a digital composite of 15 short exposures of the bright crescent, and 14 longer exposures of the dim remainder. The origin of the da Vinci glow, as...
  • Miniature moon tech wins big with NASA challenge

    07/27/2020 4:16:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies ^ | 26 July 2020 | Chelsea Gohd
    The public challenge called for people to design instruments that could one day be tiny payloads for future missions to the moon. And on July 14, JPL announced the miniature winners. This challenge was inspired by a need to reduce the amount of payload weight for future missions, as big, heavy payloads require a lot of fuel (and, therefore, money) to get from Earth to the moon. By developing tiny payloads, researchers can work using smaller (and often more mobile) platforms that would cost less to launch, making that research more accessible. The challenge called for payloads no larger than...
  • Asteroid shower rained space rocks on Earth and the moon 800 million years ago

    07/26/2020 5:56:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies ^ | 21 July 2020 | Charles Q. Choi
    An asteroid shower thought to have struck the moon and Earth 800 million years ago may have helped trigger Earth's greatest ice ages, a new study finds... learn more about ancient impacts on Earth, scientists investigated the moon, since craters are preserved well in the vacuum of space on the lunar surface. They investigated 59 lunar craters, each about 12 miles (20 km) wide or larger using the Japanese lunar orbiter spacecraft Kaguya. The researchers analyzed when these craters formed by examining the rings of rock ejected from the impacts which created them. Small meteoroids rain down on the...
  • Moon, Jupiter and Saturn to create celestial triangle Sunday night

    07/05/2020 2:33:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    AccuWeather via Yahoo ^ | 7/03/20 | Brian Lada
    As the weekend comes to a close, the night sky will have one more treat for stargazers as Jupiter, Saturn and the moon rise together to form a triangle on Sunday night. The astronomical meetup will take place one night after the full ‘Buck Moon Eclipse,' but the moon will still appear nearly full as it rises with the two planets on Sunday night. "On Sunday night into Monday morning, July 5 to 6, 2020, the full Moon and the planets Jupiter and Saturn will form a triangle," NASA said. "The Moon will reach its highest [point] in the sky...
  • Naked gardening complaint leads to Harrisburg official’s suspension

    06/30/2020 3:33:14 PM PDT · by lightman · 63 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 30 June A.D. 2020 | Christine Vendel
    Harrisburg’s finance director has been suspended after a neighbor snapped a photo of him gardening in the nude and called police to complain. Bruce Weber is suspended pending the outcome of a police investigation. The neighbor, ShaVonne Moon, posted a photo Friday on Facebook of her naked neighbor, bent over, pulling weeds in his backyard garden on Boas Street . She complained on her social media post that she’s “sick of it,” and had to keep her young sons away from her home’s windows and backyard to avoid seeing the naked man outside. Weber confirmed Sunday that it was him...
  • NASA wants your help designing future moon toilets

    06/25/2020 10:31:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    ENgadget ^ | 06/25/2020 | Racehk England
    Lunar gravity is approximately one sixth of Earth’s gravity, so bodily fluids and the like will “fall down,” but more slowly, which brings its own icky challenges. There’s $35,000 in prize money up for grabs, plus the unending personal glory of being able to say you helped designed a moon toilet. There’s also a junior category for under-18s. There’s a fairly extensive list of technical requirements for the sought-after toilet, and creators will have to take into account a host of factors including female needs and sickness. For example, while the preferred method for capturing vomit will be emesis bags...
  • Inside the US government’s plans to blow up the moon

    06/20/2020 8:07:47 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 20, 2020 | Reed Tucker
    Blow up the moon. It sounds like the grandiose plan of a James Bond villain. Only the idea came, not from a fictional villain, but the government of the United States of America. The secret mission, code-named “Project A119,” was conceived at the dawn of the space race by an Air Force division located at New Mexico’s Kirtland Air Force Base. A June 1959 report entitled “A Study of Lunar Research Flights” outlined plans to explode the bomb on the moon’s “terminator” — the area between the part of the surface that’s illuminated by the sun and the part that’s...
  • NASA Awards Northrop Grumman Artemis Contract for Gateway Crew Cabin

    06/06/2020 5:42:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    NASA has finalized the contract for the initial crew module of the agency’s Gateway lunar orbiting outpost. Orbital Science Corporation of Dulles, Virginia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Space, has been awarded $187 million to design the habitation and logistics outpost (HALO) for the Gateway, which is part of NASA’s Artemis program and will help the agency build a sustainable presence at the Moon. This award funds HALO’s design through its preliminary design review, expected by the end of 2020. “This contract award is another significant milestone in our plan to build robust and sustainable lunar operations,” said...
  • NASA Wants to Go Nuclear [power] on the Moon and Mars for Astronaut Settlement

    06/01/2020 8:55:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    scitechdaily ^ | May 31, 2020 | American Chemical Society
    With NASA planning its next human mission to the moon in 2024, researchers are looking for options to power settlements on the lunar surface. According to a new article in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, nuclear fission reactors have emerged as top candidates to generate electricity in space. When it comes to powering an astronauts’ settlement, there are many factors to consider, writes correspondent Tien Nguyen in collaboration with ACS Central Science. The power source must be capable of being transported safely from Earth and of withstanding the harsh conditions of other worlds....
  • Earth and Moon through Saturn's Rings (NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day)

    05/27/2020 5:28:59 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 15 replies
    APOD/NASA ^ | 27 May, 2020 | Cassini Imaging Team
    Explanation: What are those dots between Saturn's rings? Our Earth and Moon. Just over three years ago, because the Sun was temporarily blocked by the body of Saturn, the robotic Cassini spacecraft was able to look toward the inner Solar System. There, it spotted our Earth and Moon -- just pin-pricks of light lying about 1.4 billion kilometers distant. Toward the right of the featured image is Saturn's A ring, with the broad Encke Gap on the far right and the narrower Keeler Gap toward the center. On the far left is Saturn's continually changing F Ring. From this perspective,...
  • Days before landmark launch, NASA’s head of human spaceflight quits due to ‘mistake’

    05/19/2020 8:37:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 19, 2020 | Alan Boyle
    NASA’s top executive concentrating on human spaceflight, Doug Loverro, has resigned just a week before the scheduled start of a milestone space mission. Loverro became NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration and operations last December, and was playing a leading role in NASA’s Artemis moon program as well as preparations for next week’s launch of a SpaceX Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station. That mission, set for liftoff on May 27 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is due to send NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the station for a stay that could last...