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.
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.
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.