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Tag: Moon

Scientists Find Evidence Of Solar-Driven Change On Moon
Scientists Find Evidence Of Solar-Driven Change On Moon

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.

Journey Odisha To NASA To The Moon: Young Scientists Near-Ready With Their Lunar Rover

Cuttack: Some 58 teams from 22 US states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and 28 more international teams from eight different countries will be competing in the 27th annual NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC) scheduled in April 2021. One of the teams representing India comprises 10 students from Odisha who are now […]

NASA Confirms Water On Sunlit Surface Of Moon For 1st Time

Washington: Water on Moon could be more easily accessible than previously thought as NASA on Monday said it found traces of water on a sunlit surface of the Moon for the first time. The discovery was made using Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a joint project of NASA and the German Aerospace Centre. “We […]

Nokia Wins NASA Contract To Put 4G network On Moon

San Francisco: NASA has awarded Nokia of the US $14.1 million to deploy a 4G cellular network on the moon. The grant is part of $370 million worth of contracts signed under NASA’s “Tipping Point” selections, meant to advance research and development for space exploration. “The system could support lunar surface communications at greater distances, […]

NASA Plans To Return Humans To Moon By 2024

NASA has shared an update on its Artemis programme, including the latest plans to land the first woman and the next man on the surface of the Moon in 2024 at a cost of nearly $28 billion.

Odisha Fixes Eyes On Sky To Witness 2019's Last Solar Eclipse Tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: With only a few hours left for the rare annular solar eclipse tomorrow, people across Odisha are all geared up to witness the celestial phenomenon. From telescopes to special eye glasses, protective devices have been kept for visitors at the Pathani Samanta Planetarium and APJ Abdul Kalam Planetarium in Bhubaneswar and Sambalpur, respectively. “Nobody […]

Moon may have more frozen water than previously thought

Washington: Earth’s Moon and Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, may have far more water ice than previously thought, new evidence suggests. “If confirmed, this potential reservoir of frozen water on the Moon may be sufficiently massive to sustain long-term lunar exploration,” said Noah Petro, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Project Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space […]

World celebrates 50 years of Apollo 11 touchdown at Moon

Washington: The world on Saturday celebrated the success of Apollo 11 — one of humanity’s greatest achievements — when American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first humans ever to land on the Moon on July 20, 1969. US Vice President Mike Pence was set to visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in […]

'207 feet' Asteroid To Move Towards Earth Today; Will It Harm Us?

A huge asteroid named 2019 NJ2 with a diameter of nearly 2017 feet will move towards Earth today. According to the NASA’s CNEOS(Center For Near Earth Studies), asteroid 2019 NJ2, will reach its closes distance to Earth today at 7.53 pm (Standard Time). Reports claim that the asteroid 2019 NJ2 is currently moving at a speed […]

Moon's crust hides early history of Sun: NASA scientists

Washington: A team of astrophysicists, including one of Indian origin, has found that the Moon, where NASA will be sending astronauts by 2024, contains clues to the ancient mysteries of the Sun, which are crucial to understanding the development of life. Our natural satellite took shape when a Mars-sized object smashed into Earth about 4.5 […]

India to land near moon's south pole on Sept 6

Bengaluru: Embarking on its second voyage to the moon on July 15, an Indian spacecraft and rover would land near the lunar south pole by September 6 or 7, a top official said on Wednesday. “We will launch our second moon mission (Chandrayaan-2) on July 15 at 02:15 a.m., to land by September 6 or7 […]

Trump trolled after he claims moon part of Mars

San Francisco:  US President Donald Trump has left people astonished with his knowledge of space and the universe and has become a laughing stock yet again after he claimed that the moon is a part of Mars. In a tweet on Friday, he said: “For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be […]

NASA spots Israeli spacecraft's crash site on Moon

Washington: NASA’s Moon orbiting spacecraft has spotted the impact site of the Israeli Beresheet spacecraft on a region of the Moon called “Sea of Serenity” where it crash landed on April 11. SpaceIL, a non-profit organization, attempted to land its spacecraft on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in the ancient volcanic field on […]

NASA's Artemis to put first woman on Moon

Washington: NASA’s ambitious plan to put the first woman on the Moon by 2024 has been named Artemis. It was set in motion following an additional increase to the agency’s budget. NASA’s plans for the first woman on the lunar surface ever comes nearly five decades after the men set their foot there. Artemis is […]

Space rock hit Moon at 61,000 km an hour in January

London: A space rock collided with the Moon at 61,000 km an hour, making a 10-15 metres crater during January’s total lunar eclipse, say astronomers. Unlike the Earth, the Moon has no atmosphere to protect it and even small rocks can hit its surface. Since these impacts take place at huge speeds, the rocks get […]

Meteor showers depriving Moon of precious water: NASA

Washington: As billions of people on Earth stare at an imminent water shortage, precious, ancient water is being released into the lunar atmosphere by meteor showers from the Moon that can hamper future long-term exploration on the lunar surface. Researchers from NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, found that streams […]

NASA spacecraft observes movement of water molecules on Moon

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 […]

Chinese satellite sends image of moon's captures rear side

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 […]

First evidence of moon outside our solar system: Astronomers

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 […]

Chinese rover set to explore far side of Moon

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 […]

Blood Moon to appear tonight during longest total lunar eclipse

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 […]

Moon may have harboured life 4 bn years ago

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 […]

Moon to have 4G network in 2019

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 […]

India's Chandrayaan-1 helps scientists map water on Moon

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 […]

Partial Lunar Eclipse tonight

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 […]

'Dark side' of moon revealed by NASA's EPIC camera

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

NASA mission spots all Pluto family members

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. […]

'Robotic Eel' to explore Jupiter's moon Europa

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 […]