Posts tagged with ‘moon

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

This is what the first permanent Moon base could look like

Tech geeks with their eye on putting a permanent settlement on the Moon have lately been talking a lot about the idea of using 3D printing technology to print parts for a permanent base out of what the Moon has a fuckload of— dust. And this is what such a base might look like.

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HD stabilized video of the lunar rover from Apollo 16 in 1972

Using a HD transfer of the original Apollo 16 moon rover footage from 16mm film, it was cleaned up and stabilized. It’s almost like you’re right there, except with less real moon dust.

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NASA wants to rope in an asteroid around the moon. It’s like a pet moon for the moon.

Asteroid mining will be here before you know it, but instead of sending wild mountain men into the asteroid belt, the best idea seems to be to rope an asteroid in closer. The Chinese want to pull one into Earth’s orbit, but NASA has a safer idea— pulling an asteroid into the moon’s orbit. It’s close, and if something goes wrong, you crash on the moon.

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Today, NASA will be live streaming the GRAIL probes crashing into the Moon

At the end of their mechanical life, the twin GRAIL probes that have been taking all kinds of moon measurements, will crash ceremoniously into the surface of the moon while NASA watches to see what comes up in the plume. Oh, and NASA will be live streaming this moon crash today at 2pm. 

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Moon-based 3D printers could make tools out of moon dust

Humans have always been clever at finding things to make tools out of, but if you’re up on the Moon and you’re in a jam, you can’t really sit down in your spacesuit and knap a moon rock into the tool you need. So for future lunar explorers, the other option might be 3D printing tools out of moon dust. Because if there’s one thing the Moon has way too much of, it’s dust. Those moon turds above are three different test prints, using moon dust as the 3D printing medium.

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