The research team included scientists at NASA Ames Research Centre and the University of Glasgow, UK, and their simulation findings have been published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.
The study finds that a part of the signal could be arising from a thin veneer of sodium atoms weakly bound to the lunar grains.
As NASA prepares to land the first woman and the next man on the surface of the moon by 2024 as part of the Artemis mission, understanding the solar radiation environment and possible resources on the moon are critical.
Bhubaneswar: People residing in Odisha and almost the entire Indian subcontinent will get a chance to witness another celestial phenomenon when a partial lunar eclipse, the first visible eclipse this year happens tonight. Earlier in February 10, a penumbral lunar eclipse had occurred but was not visible. Entire Asia, Australia along with most parts of […]
New York: Using the Hubble Space Telescope and the Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have found the first compelling evidence for a Neptune-sized moon orbiting a giant gas planet 8,000 light-years away. The detection of the candidate exomoon — moons orbiting planets in other star systems — is unusual because of its large size, comparable to […]
Beijing: China’s space agency has revealed images of the exploration vehicle with which it hopes to reach the far side of the Moon by the end of this year, a feat no country has ever accomplished, the media reported on Thursday. In December, the vehicle will travel aboard the unmanned lunar probe Chang’e 4, which […]
New Delhi: If you missed the trilogy of supermoons earlier this year, the Lunar eclipse — the longest of the 21st century — set to occur on Friday, will offer you a rare celestial treat. The celestial spectacle, which would be seen in its entirety from all parts of India, last for 1 hour 43 […]
Washington: While the Moon is presently unsuitable for habitation, there could have been life on its surface about four billion years ago, researchers have suggested. There may have been actually two early windows of habitability for Earth’s Moon, according to the study published in the journal Astrobiology. According to the researchers, conditions on the lunar […]
Berlin: The moon will have its first 4G cell phone network in 2019, the network builder Vadafone has said. The German branch of the multinational telecommunication company has teamed up with Nokia to do the mission, London-headquartered Vadafone said in a statement on Tuesday. The network is to support a private lunar rover mission by […]
New York: Using newly calibrated data taken from NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper, which flew aboard India’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists have created the first global map of water in the Moon’s soil. The study, published in the journal Science Advances, builds on the initial discovery in 2009 of water and a related molecule — hydroxyl, which […]
From nearly 1.6 lakh km away, a NASA camera has captured a stunning view of the far side of the moon as it moved in front of the sun-lit side of Earth last month
Washington: For the first time, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has photographed Kerberos and Styx – the smallest and faintest of Pluto’s five known moons. It completes the Pluto family as of now. If the spacecraft observes any additional moons as it gets closer to Pluto, they will be worlds that no one has seen before. […]
Washington: NASA is planning a “robotic eel” to explore the icy waters of Jupiter’s moon Europa where it will derive energy from the local magnetic fields. Part of NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) programme, the soft-robotic amphibious rover will resemble an eel or a squid. The robot will use innovative means to power itself, as […]
Beijing: A Chinese lunar orbiter has taken a stunning image that shows the giant rear side of the moon with a tiny planet Earth nearby, the media reported. The image was snapped by a camera aboard the Chinese DSLWP-B/Longjiang-2 satellite on February 4. It might just be the first image of the moon’s rear side […]
Washington: NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has observed water molecules moving around the dayside of the Moon, a finding that may prove beneficial as the agency plans to put astronauts back on the lunar surface. Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) — the instrument aboard LRO — measured sparse layer of molecules temporarily stuck to […]