Tag: Moon

Asteroid With Its Own Moon To Have Close Encounter With Earth This Weekend

A potentially hazardous asteroid massive enough to have its own moon will fly by Earth this weekend. It will be the object's second-closest encounter with Earth in the past two decades.

Space May 24, 2019

Satellite Manufacturer Maxar Technologies To Build First Piece Of NASA's Lunar Orbital Station Gateway

In line with the moon mission set for 2024, NASA picked Maxar Technologies to develop the first piece of lunar station Gateway. The power and propulsion element will be the foundation of outpost orbiting the moon.

Space May 24, 2019

Rare Union Between Nitrogen Ice And Carbon Monoxide Ice Observed Neptunian Moon Triton

Neptune's largest moon Triton has a rare mix of carbon monoxide and nitrogen ice on its surface. Researchers used the Gemini Observatory's telescope in Chile to study the distant object.

Space May 24, 2019

Dwarf Planet May Have Collided With The Moon A Long Time Ago

A new study suggests that the Moon's asymmetrical look may have been caused by a direct collision with another space object. The culprit may have been an asteroid or a dwarf planet about 450 to 480 miles in diameter.

Space May 22, 2019

All Water On Earth Originated From The Moon’s Formation, Says Study

New research showed evidence that the same cosmic collision that created the moon also brought water to Earth. It means that life on Earth can be traced to this single collision 4.4 billion years ago.

Space May 22, 2019

NASA Takes A Peek At Crater Made By Beresheet Spacecraft On Moon

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured the impact site of Israel's Beresheet spacecraft. The image shows a black smudge where the first privately built spacecraft on the Moon crash-landed a month ago.

Space May 18, 2019

China's Lunar Rover Sends Back Interesting Data On History Of Lunar Mantle

Chinese scientists reported that the Chang'e-4 mission found rocks on the lunar surface that might have been blasted from the mantle billions of years ago. The discovery could provide clues about the evolution of the moon.

Space May 16, 2019

NASA Working On Solutions To Fix Limitations Of The Human Body During Spaceflight

Astronauts who will venture to the Moon and Mars will be subjected to cosmic radiation, lack of gravity, and other potential health risks. NASA is figuring out ways to protect future spacefarers from the harmful conditions of space.

Space May 16, 2019

Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin Lunar Craft Is Comprised Of Several Multipurpose Modules

Jeff Bezos said that Blue Origin's Blue Moon can carry up to 14,000 pounds of the scientific payload, including multiple rovers, to the lunar surface. A crewed version is also in development.

Space May 14, 2019

Moon Shrinking Like A Raisin, Creating Strong Quakes: Study

The moon is shrinking, generating quakes and wrinkling the surface. With data from the Apollo missions, scientists take a closer look on the moon's mysterious seismic activity.

Space May 14, 2019

NASA Wants You To Record And Share Your Memories Of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

NASA has called on the public to share their memories and recollection about the historic moon landing. The Apollo Stories project will collate recordings that will be featured in NASA's commemorative audio series and social media accounts.

Space May 13, 2019

Tunneling Experts Excited At Prospect Or Boring Tunnels On Lunar Surface

NASA is ramping up plans to return humans back to the lunar surface. Meanwhile, engineers on Earth have started discussing and developing technologies to be used to colonize the Moon.

Space May 11, 2019

Elon Musk Takes Humorous Shot At Jeff Bezos's Moon Lander

On Twitter, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk trolled Jeff Bezos by posting an altered photo of the new Blue Moon lunar lander. Over the years, the two billionaires have clashed because of their contrasting space ambitions.

Space May 11, 2019

Buzz Aldrin Just Called For A 'Great' Human Migration To The Red Planet

Buzz Aldrin is urging the United States to send humans to Mars to set up base permanently. He said that expanding the presence of humans in the universe is necessary to ensure the continuation of the species.

Space May 4, 2019

Moon Formed When Mars-Size Rock Collided With Young Earth Still Covered With Magma Ocean, Theory Suggests

Researchers propose a new theory on how the moon formed. They propose that the moon formed after the giant rock Theia collided with Earth when our planet was still covered in ocean magma.

Space April 30, 2019

Blue Origin Posts Mysterious Tweet With Image Of Antarctic Exploration Ship Endurance

Many speculated that Blue Origin is set to make an important announcement at the Satellite Conference in Washington DC this week. The space company's recent tweet suggested a possible lunar expedition.

Space April 29, 2019

Astrophotographer Grant Petersen Used His Smartphone To Capture Image Of Saturn 'Touching' The Moon

A photographer was able to capture stunning images of the Saturn-moon conjunction with the use of his smartphone. The planet Saturn can be seen 'touching' the moon in the images.

Space April 27, 2019

China Wants To Build A Moon Base In The Lunar South Pole

China is setting its sights on the Moon. After the successful landing of its rover in the lunar far side this year, China announced that it will construct a scientific research station in the Moon's south pole.

Space April 25, 2019

China Releases New Images Of Dark Side Of The Moon

China is serious about its lunar and deep space exploration. The rover and lander tandem Chang’e-4 and Yutu-2 sent back fresh images showing the far side of the moon.

Space April 24, 2019

NASA's Lunar Retroreflector Array Experiment May Have Survived Crash of Israel's Beresheet Moon Lander

An additional NASA payload may have survived the crash of Israel's Beresheet moon lander on April 11, scientists said. The payload contained the Lunar Retroreflector Array experiment.

Space April 18, 2019

April's Full Pink Moon To Rise On Friday

April's full moon earned the moniker 'Pink Moon' not because it causes a rosy hue in the sky, but because it signals the appearance of pink spring flowers. The best time to catch the full moon will be at dawn.

Space April 17, 2019

Meteorites Slamming Into Moon Can Expose Water Hidden Underground

A new study revealed the moon may be losing a lot of water every time meteorites strike. These findings can impact lunar explorations and desire for human colonization in the future.

Space April 17, 2019

Technical Glitch Caused Israel's Beresheet Spacecraft To Crash On The Moon

Israel falls short of landing the Beresheet spacecraft on the moon, coming close to making a soft landing before its sudden crash on the surface. What caused the crash?

Space April 13, 2019

Lockheed Martin Has A Plan To Bring Astronauts Back To The Moon By 2024

Lockheed Martin has unveiled the reimagined lunar lander that will carry astronauts to the surface of the Moon. The new design was in response to NASA's accelerated timeline to return to the lunar surface by 2024.

Space April 13, 2019

Israeli Spacecraft Beresheet Crashes Into The Moon, Fails To Make History

Israel failed to make history as the first nation to send a privately funded spacecraft to the moon. The robotic vehicle Beresheet crashed into the lunar surface instead of making a soft landing.

Space April 11, 2019

Israel Now 7th Nation To Orbit The Moon With Beresheet Spacecraft's Successful Lunar Capture Maneuver

Israel succeeded in being the seventh nation to send a space vehicle to orbit the moon. The lunar capture moved the mission one step closer to its ultimate goal of landing on the surface.

Space April 5, 2019

Australia Reveals Plans To Mine Water On The Moon Within 5 Years

Mining water from the moon could drastically cut down the cost of space exploration and future long-term space missions. Australia's Space Agency recently announced plans to mine water from the lunar surface.

Space April 5, 2019

Apollo 11 Astronauts Neil Armstrong And Buzz Aldrin Planted British Flag On The Moon

A British engineer made Apollo 11 astronauts put a British flag on the moon. The sneaky move was successful and actually had Armstrong and Aldrin inject Britishness to the lunar mission.

Space April 5, 2019

Cassini Spacecraft Spots Tiny 'Ring Moons' On Saturn

During its final days, NASA's Cassini made several close flybys of Saturn's tiny ring moons. In a new study, scientists found that the moons are made up of the same materials as the planet's rings and icy particles from Enceladus.

Space March 30, 2019

Amateur Astronomer Ken Lawson Captures Photo Of International Space Station In Front Of The Moon

An amateur astronomer was able to take a photo of the International Space Station as it passed by the moon. It took Ken Lawson a simple camera, a manual telescope, and eight years of waiting.

Space March 30, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence Wants NASA To Send Astronauts To Moon Within 5 Years

Vice President Mike Pence wants NASA to put astronauts back on the moon within five years. The future of space exploration is at a standstill, however, due to funding.

Space March 27, 2019

NASA Is Considering Flying Commercial Space Flights Signaling Shift In Space Industry

NASA might have to change the way it conducts its deep space mission to make next year's Orion uncrewed flight around the Moon possible. The space agency might use a commercial rocket to launch the spacecraft.

Space March 16, 2019

SpaceX May Be Likeliest Contender To Win Moon Rocket Contract

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said that the space agency is considering the use of a commercial rocket to launch the Orion crew capsule next year. He told a Senate committee that the SLS will not be ready by June 2020.

Space March 14, 2019

NASA Wants To Open 50-Year-Old Moon Samples From Apollo Missions

NASA is opening lunar samples for the first time since the Apollo program ended nearly 50 years ago. Two teams of scientists were granted permission to study the samples in preparation for the space agency's planned return to the moon.

Space March 13, 2019

NASA Boss Jim Bridenstine Says First Person To Step On Mars Likely To Be A Woman

The head of NASA reveals that the first human to visit Mars is likely to be a woman. Future missions to the moon will also include women, which will be the first time in history.

Space March 13, 2019

Toyota Is Building Japan's Fuel Cell-Powered Moon Rover

Toyota sets its sights on the moon as it partners with JAXA for a self-driving vehicle that will keep astronauts impressively mobile on the moon.

Space March 12, 2019

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Spots Water Molecules Around The Moon

Scientists working on the NASA-commissioned research Lyman Alpha Mapping Project have successfully observed water molecules sparsely scattered on the surface of the moon. This new research can shed light on the lunar water movement.

Space March 12, 2019

Israel Lunar Mission Beresheet Completes Another Maneuver On Its Way To The Moon

Israel’s Beresheet lander successfully made another maneuver to the moon after a computer glitch on Feb. 25. If successful, the spacecraft will be the first privately-funded mission to land on the lunar surface.

Space March 9, 2019

Moon Coloration Could Be Sunburn Scars On Lunar Surface

A report from NASA explained how the moon can get what seems like sunburn scars. The harsh particles and radiation emitted by the sun showed that it can cause moon coloration, thus affecting the lunar surface's appearance.

Space March 9, 2019

Yale Researchers Find Reason Behind Odd Exoplanet Configurations

Yale University astronomers have found a surprising link between exoplanet pairs' axial tilt and their orbit. The discovery provides an answer to a mystery that has been baffling scientists since Kepler's launch in 2009.

Space March 5, 2019

Elon Musk Wants Permanent Base With Human Residents On Moon

Elon Musk sets his sights toward the moon following Saturday's successful Crew Dragon launch to the ISS. During the post-launch press conference, he hinted that SpaceX's partnership with NASA could go beyond Earth's low orbit.

Space March 4, 2019

Israeli Moon Mission Beresheet Encounters Technical Glitches On Its Way To The Lunar Surface

Israel's first moon mission encountered a technical glitch on its journey toward the lunar surface. The spacecraft missed a scheduled maneuver because the computer rebooted on its own.

Space February 27, 2019

30-Million-Page Archive Of Our Civilization On Its Way To The Moon

The Lunar Library was launched onboard the Beresheet lander from SpaceIL. The archive, which contains a backup of the human race, is the first library to be placed on a celestial body.

Space February 25, 2019

The Moon Flies Through The Earth's Atmosphere, SOHO Observations Reveal

Observations made by the SOHO observatory more than two decades ago revealed how far Earth's atmosphere's reaches. Researchers found it reaches nearly twice as far as the moon.

Space February 25, 2019

Israel Moon Mission: What Are The Objectives Of World's First Privately Funded Lunar Mission?

Israel will join the ranks of United States, China, and Russia if Beresheet successfully lands on the lunar surface. What are the scientific missions and the objectives behind the first privately funded mission to the moon?

Space February 23, 2019

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