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New Images of the Moon’s Far Side Released as Chinese Lunar Mission Quietly Chugs Along

The Chang’e 4 lander and the Yutu 2 rover are currently in hibernation mode, sitting out the frigid lunar night, which lasts for about two Earth weeks. The Chinese mission to explore the lunar far side is now well into overtime, lasting longer than initially intended.Read more...
Tags: Science, Moon, Lunar Exploration, Chang, China National Space Administration, Lunar Rovers, CNSA, Change 4, Yutu 2 Rover


Yes, there’s a full moon tonight, but it won’t be pink

If you're an aspiring skywatcher looking for a good reason to stay up past your bedtime and gaze into the cosmos, I have good news: Friday, April 19th will feature a full moon. However, if you're eagerly anticipating tonight's full moon because it carries the nickname "Pink Moon," I have a devastating truth to reveal: It won't be pink.Tonight's full moon -- or "Full Pink Moon" or "Pink Full Moon" or whatever you see it called around the web and beyond -- carries its nicknamed...
Tags: Science, Earth, Moon, Pink Moon, Farmers Almanac It s, Harvest Moon Wolf Moon Pink Moon Beaver Moon


This is the last photo Israel’s Beresheet lunar lander captured before it was smashed into oblivion

Last week's attempted lunar lander by SpaceIL's Beresheet spacecraft didn't quite go as planned. Actually, that's putting it mildly; it totally crashed. Nevertheless, the privately funded mission accomplished a number of firsts, and returned some lovely images from its descent as an added bonus.First we were treated to a view from high above the lunar surface -- a selfie of sorts -- and then, shortly after the crash, a second image emerged that appeared to be the last thing that ...
Tags: Science, Israel, Earth, Moon, Beresheet


Spacewatch: Israel's private moon mission crash-lands

Beresheet spacecraft hit moon’s surface at 500km per hour and would have been destroyed on impactIsrael’s Beresheet lander has failed in its attempt to become the first privately funded mission to land on the moon. The 150kg spacecraft began its descent on 11 April but ran into difficulties about 14km above the lunar surface, when the main engine shut down unexpectedly. The spacecraft was still six minutes before the scheduled landing time. Telemetry signals received from the lander made it clea...
Tags: Space, Science, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Moon, The moon


NASA plans to send astronauts to the Moon’s South Pole in five years

NASA is moving forward with plans to send a crewed mission to the lunar surface by 2024, a goal that will be impossible to achieve without additional funding and support that the U.S. government has not yet confirmed it is willing to offer. Nevertheless, the agency is working hard on many of the preliminary aspects of the mission, including choosing a landing site, and boy did they pick a neat one.In an announcement on NASA's website, the agency reveals that it will be targeting the South Po...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Moon, Boeing, South Pole, Steven Clarke


We now know why Israel’s lunar lander crashed into the Moon

Yesterday, Israel's first mission to the Moon ended in a rather abrupt and unsatisfying manner. SpaceIL's Beresheet lunar lander, which was part of a privately-funded mission that would have made Israel the fourth country to successfully land on the Moon, faltered at the very last second.In the immediate aftermath of the lander's crash it as unclear exactly what went wrong. An issue with the spacecraft's engine was suspected, but the lander's signal was lost shortly after the...
Tags: Science, Israel, Moon, Beresheet


Watch Israel’s first-ever Moon landing live

It's been a number of weeks since Israel launched a privately-funded mission orbit and then land on Earth's Moon. Things got off to a bit of a rough start, with the spacecraft experiencing a strange computer glitch that prevented it from completing traveling all the way to lunar orbit on schedule, but it quickly got back on track and is about to perform a Moon landing that we will all get to enjoy.The spacecraft, called Beresheet, is schedule to begin its landing maneuver at approximatel...
Tags: Science, China, Israel, Moon, United States Russia, Beresheet


Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft is lost during historic lunar landing attempt

Israel’s SpaceIL almost made history today as its Beresheet spacecraft came within an ace of landing on the surface of the Moon, but suffered a last minute failure during descent. Israel missed out on the chance to be the fourth country to make a controlled lunar landing, but getting 99 percent of the way there is still an extraordinary achievement for private spaceflight. Beresheet (“Genesis”) launched in February as secondary payload aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and after a month and a ...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Space, Spacex, Science, Israel, International Space Station, Moon, Xprize, Falcon Heavy, Peter Diamandis, Ansari, SpaceX Falcon, Mojave, Diamandis, Israel Aerospace Industries


Watch Israel Make History as It Attempts to Land the Beresheet Probe on the Moon

On Thursday afternoon, the Beresheet probe will attempt to land on the lunar surface. If all goes well, the achievement will make Israel just the fourth country to have placed a probe on the Moon. You can watch the action live right here, with coverage from SpaceIL starting at 2:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. PT).Read more...
Tags: Science, Israel, Moon, Planetary Science, Rovers, Lunar Rovers, Beresheet, Beresheet Lander, Lunar Landings


Watch Israel Make History as It Attempts to Land the Beresheet Probe on the Moon [Update: It Crashed]

Update 4:03 p.m. ET: Unfortunately, the SpaceIL team lost contact with the Beresheet probe. Details here.Read more...
Tags: Science, Israel, Moon, Planetary Science, Rovers, Lunar Rovers, Beresheet, Beresheet Lander, Lunar Landings


‘Apollo 11’ Live 360-Degree Immersive Show to Touch Down in Los Angeles This Summer

Former astronaut Charlie Duke is one of only 12 people ever to set foot on the moon, and he is now bringing that experience to millions as ambassador of the upcoming live show “Apollo 11 – An Immersive 360° Adventure.”Premiering at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on July 5, the show’s launch ties in the with the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first lunar landing on July 20, 1969.Duke served as capsule communicator in NASA’s Mission Control for that historic mission, ...
Tags: Spacex, Hollywood, Science, Los Angeles, Nasa, Moon, Mars, Ryan Gosling, Duke, Claire Foy, Rose Bowl, Neil Armstrong, Damien Chazelle, Neil, Jan, Pasadena California


Israeli spacecraft starts orbiting moon on maiden voyage

An Israeli spacecraft on the country's first lunar mission began orbiting the Moon on Thursday, completing a key manoeuvre ahead of a planned touchdown next week, mission chiefs said. The move -- known as a "lunar capture" -- shifted the unmanned Beresheet craft into an elliptical orbit that brought it within 500 kilometres (310 miles) of the Moon. "This manoeuvre enabled the spacecraft to be captured by the Moon's gravity and begin orbiting the Moon – and with the Moon, orbiting the Earth," t...
Tags: Science, Moon


Antony Gormley, Lunatick review, The Store X: this lifeless VR piece is no step forward for the artist

On July 26, it’ll be 50 years since man first walked on the Moon. But only 12 men have ever made those steps, and it’s been 46 years since the last one. For most of us gazing up each night, outer space is an inaccessible realm. Antony Gormley’s new artwork Lunatick, co-created with the astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan, won’t let such inconvenient facts get in the way. In designing it, Gormley has set aside the four decades of superb sculptural practice that earned him a knighthood and a Turne...
Tags: Science, London, Moon, Pacific, Antony Gormley, Gormley, Priyamvada Natarajan, Antony Gormley Lunatick, Lunatick, Lunatick Gormley


NASA is going to need more money to make Trump’s Moon dreams a reality

Last week, Donald Trump sent Mike Pence to relay a message to NASA demanding that the agency speed up its timeline for landing crewed missions on the lunar surface for the first time in decades. Pence's address to the National Space Council was clear and to-the-point, but it was also completely unrealistic and probably won't actually change anything.Nevertheless, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine -- who was appointed by Trump shortly after he took office -- is going to try to make it ha...
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington Post, Nasa, Moon, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Pence, Jim Bridenstine, National Space Council, Bridenstine


This massive antenna is going to help NASA learn a lot about Europa

NASA has spent decades studying many of the planets in our solar system up close. Probes like Juno and Cassini have taught us a lot about the conditions of the planets they are sent to, but oftentimes the moons orbiting these planets are just as interesting as the planets themselves. Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, is of particular interest to astronomers, and NASA is going to send a new spacecraft to check it out.The mission, called Europa Clipper, will see a spacecraft sent to Europa and r...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Jupiter, Europa, Cassini, Juno, Langley Research Center, Europa Clipper


URI researcher calculates temperature inside moon to help reveal its inner structure

Little is known about the inner structure of the Moon, but a major step forward was made by a URI scientist who conducted experiments that enabled her to determine the temperature at the boundary of the Moon's core and mantle.
Tags: Science, Moon


South Korea's Moon to meet Trump over stalled North Korea talks

Moon and U.S. President Donald Trump scheduled a summit in Washington on April 11 to discuss North Korea and other alliance issues, the White House said. "The alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea remains the linchpin of peace and security on the Korean peninsula and in the region," it said in a statement. South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha met U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Friday, where they were expected to discuss Moon's visit and ways...
Tags: South Korea, Science, Washington, North Korea, White House, United States, Moon, Kim Jong Un, Donald Trump, Hanoi, Trump, State, Korean Peninsula, Republic of Korea, Mike Pompeo, Kang Kyung


Trump desperately wants the US in another space race that simply doesn’t exist

Donald Trump threw NASA for a loop shortly after taking office when he directed them to find a way to get humans back on the Moon. Putting astronauts on the Moon is obviously easier said than done, but NASA has been piecing together how such a mission might work ever since.Now, at a meeting of the National Space Council in Alabama this week, Trump ordered Mike Pence to light a fire under NASA and speed up the process. Repeatedly pointing out that he was essentially relaying the wishes of Trump, ...
Tags: Japan, Science, China, Russia, US, Alabama, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Moon, European Space Agency, Donald Trump, Boeing, Roscosmos, Trump, Mike Pence


US to speed up astronaut return to Moon: target 2024

Donald Trump's administration announced Tuesday it was speeding up plans to send US astronauts back to the Moon, from 2028 to 2024, calling for a "spark of urgency" to prevail over delays that have plagued NASA's lunar return plans. "It is the stated policy of this administration and the United States of America to return American astronauts to the Moon, within the next five years," Vice President Mike Pence vowed in a speech in Huntsville, Alabama, the "Rocket City" where American launchers ha...
Tags: Science, US, Nasa, Moon, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, United States of America, Huntsville Alabama, Rocket City, Jim Bridenstine


US to speed up astronaut return to Moon: target 2024

Donald Trump's administration announced Tuesday it was speeding up plans to send US astronauts back to the Moon, from 2028 to 2024, calling for a "spark of urgency" to prevail over delays that have plagued NASA's lunar return plans. "It is the stated policy of this administration and the United States of America to return American astronauts to the Moon, within the next five years," Vice President Mike Pence vowed in a speech in Huntsville, Alabama, the "Rocket City" where American launchers ha...
Tags: Science, US, Nasa, Moon, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, United States of America, Huntsville Alabama, Rocket City, Jim Bridenstine


US wants astronauts back on Moon within five years: Pence

Vice President Mike Pence announced Tuesday that the United States intends to send astronauts back to the Moon within five years, with a woman first in line to set foot on the lunar surface. "It is the stated policy of this administration and the United States of America to return American astronauts to the Moon, within the next five years," Pence said in a speech in Huntsville, Alabama. In his speech, Pence criticized the "bureaucratic inertia" and "paralysis by analysis" that he said had res...
Tags: Science, US, United States, Moon, Mike Pence, United States of America, Pence, Huntsville Alabama


Rare super worm moon will loom large as it coincides with equinox

Phenomenon last occurred in spring 1905 and won’t happen again until the year 2144Those gazing up into the sky on Wednesday night are set to witness an unusual event: a super worm moon that coincides with the equinox.It will be the third time this year a full moon has occurred near to the moon’s closest approach to the Earth – making it a supermoon – and will be the last such event in 2019. Those venturing out can expect to see the moon looming larger than usual in the night sky. Continue readin...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, UK News, Earth, Moon, The moon


Japan might get an awesome new Moon rover built by Toyota

Sending humans back to the Moon is something that NASA and a number of other space agencies around the world are currently working towards. Getting back there won't be easy, but that's not stopping anyone from trying.It's been several decades since man has walked on the lunar surface, and the last time we were there, we brought a fancy car with us to help us get around. When humans head to the Moon again, they're going to need transportation, and a new partnership between Japanes...
Tags: Japan, Science, Nasa, Moon, Toyota, JAXA


NASA boss says first Martian ‘likely to be a woman’

An upcoming spacewalk at the International Space Station will feature two female astronauts for the very first time. NASA didn't specifically plan it as an "all-woman spacewalk," but things just kind of shook out that way, and as NASA's ranks are inching closer to an even split between male and female astronauts, some are wondering about how that might affect upcoming trips to the Moon and eventually Mars.When NASA's Apollo missions sent mankind to the Moon things were a lot differen...
Tags: Science, Nasa, International Space Station, Moon, Mars, Jim Bridenstine, Bridenstine


NASA is finally going to study Moon samples it gathered 50 years ago

NASA has been to the Moon several times, but it's been a while since the last visit. When astronauts explored the lunar surface during the Apollo missions they hauled back a whole bunch of Moon material for scientists to study back on Earth.With decades having passed since the last manned Moon mission you might assume that any lunar samples NASA gathered back then had already been thoroughly studied by eager researchers. Well, you'd be wrong, and now after sitting for some 50-or-so years...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Thomas Zurbuchen


Water Molecules Bounce Around the Moon. Here's Why.

When the clock strikes lunar noon, water molecules begin to dance around on the light side of the moon.As the moon's surface heats up, water molecules detach and find another, cooler spot to hang out until temperatures cool back down, scientists found using data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance orbiter (LRO), which has been circling the moon since 2009.Water on the surface of the moon exists mainly in two forms: frozen as stretches of ice always shrouded in darkness near the poles and as...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Planetary Science Institute, Geophysical Research Letters, Amanda Hendrix


Scientists found moving water on the Moon

The Moon apparently isn't nearly as dry as scientists once thought. That's the message from researchers using data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to detect water molecules and the behavior of the moisture over the course of a lunar day.Earth's Moon was once assumed to be a dry and dusty place, but over time that image has changed. Scientists discovered ice present near its poles, and more recently we've learned that liquid water does indeed exist within the lunar su...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Moon, Geophysical Research Letters, LRO, Lyman Alpha Mapping Project


NASA Satellite Captures Optical Illusion Where the Moon Appears to Go Backwards

Earlier this week, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured a strange series of images in which the Moon appears to go rogue, crossing the Sun as usual but then briefly pausing to change direction. No, it’s not a sign of cosmological armageddon, but an optical illusion familiar to astronomers.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Moon, SDO, Solar Dynamics Observatory SDO, Lunar Transits


China’s lunar rover is awake again after an extended nap

China's space program is making big waves as of late, and its soft landing on the far side of the Moon earlier this year — a feat nobody else has accomplished — is the biggest feather in its cap yet. The country has already declared the mission a success, but it's not done yet, and the rover that was aboard the lander when it touched down on the surface is once again exploring the lunar landscape after an extended nap. Days on the Moon last a whole lot longer than they do on Earth, but s...
Tags: Science, China, Earth, Moon, Chang, China National Space Administration, CNSA


South Korea proposes clear-air project with China

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in has proposed a joint project with China to use artificial rain to clean the air in Seoul, where an acute increase in pollution has caused alarm. Moon also on Wednesday instructed government officials to quicken the retirement of old coal-burning power plants. Seoul has been […]
Tags: South Korea, Business, Science, News, China, Nation, Moon, Seoul, Seoul South Korea, Moon Jae



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