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Thursday, May 6, 2021
A ‘wolf moon’ eclipse is howling at our door: Here’s what that means

A ‘wolf moon’ eclipse is howling at our door: Here’s what...

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A brilliant full moon rises at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2017. NASA/Kim Shiflett The first lunar eclipse of the decade will arrive this week. First, the bad news: The Americas won't get to witness the wolf moon eclipse on Friday, Jan. 10 in person. Now for the good news: You can still…
NASA ‘Female on the Moon’ Artemis logo design radiates power

NASA ‘Female on the Moon’ Artemis logo design radiates power

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NASA created this new Woman on the Moon logo for the Artemis program. NASA NASA is leaning hard into the Artemis name for its program to return astronauts to the moon. The space agency unveiled a new "Woman on the Moon" logo this week that combines a stylized portrait of the Greek goddess Artemis (twin…
NASA wishes to send out nuclear rockets to the Moon and Mars

NASA wishes to send out nuclear rockets to the Moon and...

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Enlarge / Nuclear rockets could be used to cut the travel time to Mars in half. NASA Just north of the Tennessee River near Huntsville, Alabama, there’s a six-story rocket test stand in a small clearing of loblolly pines. It’s here, in a secluded corner of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, that the US Army…
In fact, NASA is taking a look at all choices for the Moon– consisting of rewards

In fact, NASA is taking a look at all choices for...

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Enlarge / NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, far right, tours the Blue Origin facilities near the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 23, 2019. NASA On Thursday, former US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich expanded upon his ideas to use multi-billion-dollar prizes to accelerate the Trump administration's goal of sending humans to the…
Rock Nearly Rolled Into This Crater on the Moon … Nearly

Rock Nearly Rolled Into This Crater on the Moon … Nearly

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The history of the Moon is a tale told by geology, apparent in its rocks, craters, and other surface features. For centuries, astronomers have studied the Moon from afar and for the past few decades, it has been visited by countless robotic missions. Between 1969 and 1972, a total of twelve astronauts walked on its…
The Moon is Older Than Researchers Idea

The Moon is Older Than Researchers Idea

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The most comprehensive and widely-held theory of how the Moon formed is called the ‘giant impact hypothesis.’ That hypothesis shows that about 150 million years after the Solar System formed, a roughly Mars-sized planet named Theia collided with Earth. Though the timeline is hotly-debated in the scientific community, we know that this collision melted Theia…
Why Is The Moon’s South Pole So Important? It’s Everything About Water

Why Is The Moon’s South Pole So Important? It’s Everything About...

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As NASA prepares to return to the Moon by 2024 as part of its Artemis program, the agency is focusing its efforts on exploring the Moon’s polar regions. These are areas of the Moon which seem to have a lot of water mixed in with the regolith. Some of these craters are permanently in shadow,…
Toyota is Developing a Pressurized Lunar Rover for Japan

Toyota is Developing a Pressurized Lunar Rover for Japan

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JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, is teaming up with the nation’s largest company to build a lunar rover. Toyota, the second largest automobile company in the world (only Volkswagen makes more cars) has signed a development deal with JAXA that will last three years. The goal? To design, build, test and evaluate prototypes for…
India’s Chandrayaan-2 is Heading to the Moon

India’s Chandrayaan-2 is Heading to the Moon

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ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) has successfully launched their Chandrayaan-2 mission to the Moon. The mission, which includes an orbiter, a lander, and a rover, was launched into space on a GSLV Mk III rocket on July 22nd, after a week-long delay. On September 7th it will perform a soft-landing on the Moon. The Chandrayaan-2…
2 NASA Heads Demoted, Perhaps as Part of a Shake-Up to Return To the Moon.

2 NASA Heads Demoted, Perhaps as Part of a Shake-Up to...

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On March 26th, 2019, during the fifth meeting of the reestablished National Space Council, Vice President Mike Pence challenged NASA to land astronauts on the Moon within the next five years. This represented an order to expedite Space Policy Directive-1 signed by President Trump on December 11th, 2017, which directed NASA to take all the…

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