“Lost” moon could explain several Saturn mysteries, say astronomers

Saturn is home to several solar system mysteries. Using data from Cassini, astronomers now suggest a simple answer to a few questions – a lost moon once orbited the planet before being torn to shreds.Continue ReadingCategory: Space, ScienceTags: Saturn… Continue reading “Lost” moon could explain several Saturn mysteries, say astronomers

Moonshot plan looks to recreate lunar experience on Earth

Even if it eventually becomes available, a vacation to the Moon is going to be financially out of reach for most of us. Such is the thinking behind a novel US$5-billion architecture proposal that’s aimed at offering visitors a tiny taste of lunar life … Continue reading Moonshot plan looks to recreate lunar experience on Earth

China discovers new mineral – and a fusion energy source – on the Moon

It seems China’s Chang’E-5 robotic Moon mission has discovered more than water on the lunar surface. Scientists have confirmed the discovery of a new mineral, a transparent crystal named Changesite-(Y), as well as a promising potential fusion fuel.Cont… Continue reading China discovers new mineral – and a fusion energy source – on the Moon

Artificial gravity reduces spaceflight’s health toll in fruit fly tests

Microgravity wreaks havoc on the bodies of astronauts, which is bad news given humanity’s space-bound ambitions. A NASA experiment housing fruit flies on the International Space Station has now shown that artificial gravity can help reduce some of thos… Continue reading Artificial gravity reduces spaceflight’s health toll in fruit fly tests

Watch NASA SLS’s First Launch with a Moon-Orbiting Capsule Named ‘Orion’

A two-hour launch window just opened for the very first launch of NASA’s “Space Launch System” to propel an uncrewed capsule into orbit around the moon. Coverage is streaming now on NASA’s website, Facebook, Twitch , YouTube, and in 4K on NASA’s UHD ch… Continue reading Watch NASA SLS’s First Launch with a Moon-Orbiting Capsule Named ‘Orion’

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Tiny quantum cascade laser could help astronauts find water on the Moon

Engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center have developed a tiny but powerful laser that could one day help astronauts find water on the Moon. Smaller than a US quarter, the laser makes use of quantum mechanical effects to produce a beam in the te… Continue reading Tiny quantum cascade laser could help astronauts find water on the Moon

Countdown on as NASA declares mega Moon rocket “go” for launch

NASA is inching closer to the commencement of a new chapter in lunar exploration, with its Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion capsule now declared “go” for launch. The call was made following a Flight Readiness Review earlier this week, and sets the s… Continue reading Countdown on as NASA declares mega Moon rocket “go” for launch

Scientists Discover 200 Pits On the Moon That Are Always 63F/17C In the Shade.

“Lunar scientists think they’ve found the hottest places on the Moon,” reports Live Science, “as well as some 200 ‘Goldilocks’ zones that are always near the average temperature in San Francisco.”

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Moon caves may offer year-round jeans-and-jacket temperatures

The Moon isn’t the most hospitable place, but that’s not stopping NASA from sending humans back there soon. Thankfully, an orbiter has now found a region of the Moon with year-round jeans-and-jacket weather – underground caves.Continue ReadingCategory:… Continue reading Moon caves may offer year-round jeans-and-jacket temperatures