Posts tagged with ‘moon

Scientists think they’ve found evidence of Theia, the planet that collided with Earth to create our moon

Among the most likely theories about the formation of the Earth’s moon is that a small-ish Mars sized planet, one of many in the early solar system, crashed into Earth at an angle, and the resulting catastrophic destruction created a disk of dust, rock and other debris around the Earth, which then quickly coalesced into the gray ball we now see in the night sky. This theory had been supported by lunar rock chemistry, but now scientists have gone even further, using lunar samples taken from the Apollo missions and examined them under electron microscopes, and the theory still holds up.

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One man’s crazy awesome plan to put a self-assembling house on the Moon

The Moonhouse Art Project, led by Swedish artist and entrepreneur Mikael Genberg aims to democratize space exploration by bringing man closer to Earth’s nearest celestial body, the Moon. the crowd funding initiative proposes to install a self-assembling house on the Moon, which will be sent up in October 2015 on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 spacecraft. designed by American aerospace company Astrobotic, the 9 sqm red building – trimmed with white fascia, windows and a front door – will bringing the barren, dead moonscape to life for the first time in history.

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If you missed it the first time around, here’s the best explanation for why the moon landings could not have possibly been a hoax, in case you have to debate the topic with a total moron some time this week

tl;dw: While the technology to send humans to the moon certainly did exist in 1969, the technology to have faked such a thing did not. Ta-da.

A car-sized meteorite travelling at 38000mph struck the moon in Sept 2013, and the entire event was caught on video

The explosion was recorded by the MIDAS project (Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System), which consists of several large telescopes in Seville, Spain. The explosion had a yield of about 15 tons of TNT.

China’s Jade Rabbit rover has catastrophic problems. Aw, landing on the moon is hard.

China’s brand new lunar rover, named Jade Rabbit was supposed to easily last three months, if not more, but it’s only been a month and it looks like the Rabbit is dead after encountering catastrophic problems.

The Moon exploration vehicle ran into problems due to the moon’s “complicated lunar surface environment”, Xinhua news agency said, citing science officials. The rover landed in December as part of China’s Chang’e-3 mission - the first “soft” landing on the Moon since 1976. It was expected to operate for around three months.

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NASA announces initiative to help commercial spacecraft land on the moon
Humanity now lives in a new space age after the retirement of the Space Shuttle where it is no longer only government entities sending vehicles into space. In an effort to help NASA continue to do what it has always done best, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in spaceflight, commercial space companies have begun sending their own spacecraft into orbit and docking them with the International Space Station, taking up the slack for NASA and other governments in the job of cargo resupply, and in the next few years, crew transfer as well. The plan has always been that commercial companies can take over where NASA has been so they can move on to bigger things, such as larger operations beyond Earth orbit, including a potential manned Mars mission.
Many people, however, have voiced opinions that NASA is ignoring the Moon simply because they have been there before, and that there is still a lot of value in going there. Now NASA is revealing they have not forgotten about the Moon, but that they are ready to let commercial space companies tackle that in their stead. Right now the idea is limited to proposals for commercial partners to develop robotic landers to help deliver payloads to the lunar surface, but NASA recognizes the benefits of not just expanded scientific potential, but even commercial benefit due to the rich amount of natural resources on the Moon including minerals, water, and even the potentially important isotope of helium-3.

This initiative is currently known as Lunar CATALYST (for Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown) and could be the beginning of some very important commercial space endeavors if things go as well as they have in low-Earth orbit (LEO) so far. To learn more about Lunar CATALYST, head here: http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/space-flight-news/nasa-announces-commercial-lunar-lander-inititative/

While NASA is hoping to get commercial companies involved in important things like that, it is still the group that enables such initiatives to be possible thanks to past experience, and will be the ones to open up newer areas from here, including Mars and beyond. Tell Congress this entitles them to the budget they deserve. If you agree, take action here: http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action

NASA announces initiative to help commercial spacecraft land on the moon

Humanity now lives in a new space age after the retirement of the Space Shuttle where it is no longer only government entities sending vehicles into space. In an effort to help NASA continue to do what it has always done best, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in spaceflight, commercial space companies have begun sending their own spacecraft into orbit and docking them with the International Space Station, taking up the slack for NASA and other governments in the job of cargo resupply, and in the next few years, crew transfer as well. The plan has always been that commercial companies can take over where NASA has been so they can move on to bigger things, such as larger operations beyond Earth orbit, including a potential manned Mars mission.

Many people, however, have voiced opinions that NASA is ignoring the Moon simply because they have been there before, and that there is still a lot of value in going there. Now NASA is revealing they have not forgotten about the Moon, but that they are ready to let commercial space companies tackle that in their stead. Right now the idea is limited to proposals for commercial partners to develop robotic landers to help deliver payloads to the lunar surface, but NASA recognizes the benefits of not just expanded scientific potential, but even commercial benefit due to the rich amount of natural resources on the Moon including minerals, water, and even the potentially important isotope of helium-3.

This initiative is currently known as Lunar CATALYST (for Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown) and could be the beginning of some very important commercial space endeavors if things go as well as they have in low-Earth orbit (LEO) so far. To learn more about Lunar CATALYST, head here: http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/space-flight-news/nasa-announces-commercial-lunar-lander-inititative/

While NASA is hoping to get commercial companies involved in important things like that, it is still the group that enables such initiatives to be possible thanks to past experience, and will be the ones to open up newer areas from here, including Mars and beyond. Tell Congress this entitles them to the budget they deserve. If you agree, take action here: http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action

Check out the first video footage from the moon from China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover

This is China’s first real trip to the moon, and this is what the Jade Rabbit rover saw when it emerged from its rabbit hole.

Check out this beautiful HD video of the rotation of the moon

This beautiful video was created using 110,000 images captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and shows the moon rotating 360 degrees around its axis.

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This year’s Super Moon is coming! Just a heads up - this Sunday is going to be flippin’ crazy.

This year’s Super Moon is coming! Just a heads up - this Sunday is going to be flippin’ crazy.

Earthrise from the perspective of a city on the Moon
One day, your great-grandkids might see such a thing.
By Joseph Cross

Earthrise from the perspective of a city on the Moon

One day, your great-grandkids might see such a thing.

By Joseph Cross

NASA’s detailed simulation of the lunar phases

This visualization shows the moon’s phase and libration throughout the year 2013, at hourly intervals. Each frame represents one hour. In addition, this visualization also shows other relevant information, including moon orbit position, subearth and subsolar points, distance from the Earth









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