NASA said Thursday it aims to survey the crater formed when the remains of a SpaceX rocket are expected to crash into the Moon in early March, calling the event “an exciting research opportunity." The rocket was deployed in 2015 to put a NASA satellite into orbit and its second stage, or booster, has been floating in the cosmos ever since, a common fate for such pieces of space technology. “On its current trajectory, the second stage is expected to impact the far side of the Moon on March 4, 2022," a NASA spokeswoman told AFP. The impact of the rocket chunk weighing four tons will not be visible from Earth in real time, nor will NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which is currently orbiting the Moon, be in a “position to observe the impact as it happens," the spokeswoman said. The LRO could be used later, however, to capture images for before-and-after comparisons. Finding the crater “will be challenging and might take weeks to months," the spokeswoman said, adding that … [Read more...] about SpaceX Rocket Likely to Crash into Moon in March. Here’s What NASA Plans to Do Next
A NASA spacecraft on Mars is headed for a dusty demise. The InSight lander is losing power because of all the dust on its solar panels. NASA said on May 17 that it will keep using the spacecraft’s seismometer to register marsquakes until the power peters out, likely in July. Then flight controllers will monitor InSight until the end of this year, before calling everything off. “There really hasn't been too much doom and gloom on the team. We're really still focused on operating the spacecraft,” said Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Bruce Banerdt, the principal scientist. Since landing on Mars in 2018 , InSight has detected more than 1,300 marsquakes; the biggest one, a magnitude 5, occurred two weeks ago. It will be NASA's second Mars lander lost to dust: A global dust storm took out Opportunity in 2018. In InSight's case, it's been a gradual gathering of dust , especially over the past year. NASA's two other functioning spacecraft on the Martian surface — rovers Curiosity … [Read more...] about NASA’s InSight Mars lander to run out of power due to dusty solar panels
Nasa has revealed that there are more hidden Easter eggs on the Mars perseverance rover in a perfectly timed announcement over the holiday weekend. The six-wheeled Perseverance rover was landed on Mars on 18 February, and has begun traversing the landscape understand the geology of Mars and seek signs of ancient life. The rover boasts several embellishments, including artwork, signs, and symbols on board thoughtfully chosen to reflect the significance of the machine. And while it was thought that all of the Easter eggs onboard had been officially revealed , CBS News reported that two more unique details were divulged on Easter Sunday. The first Easter egg is an individual 17-digit ID on the mission nameplate, reading "AONREHMELN1730055”. Read more: Entire flight deplaned over ‘maskless toddler’ Secret Service daughter goes viral on TikTok by sharing tips her father gives her Trump caught with secret bottle of Coke after insisting he was … [Read more...] about Nasa reveals Easter eggs hidden on Mars perseverance rover
close Video NASA explains mystery ‘rainbow’ on Mars Former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino joins ‘America’s Newsroom.’ NEW You can now listen to Fox News articles! NASA's InSight Mars lander is losing power due to dust on its solar panels. The agency announced Tuesday that science operations are expected to end later this summer. MARS INSIGHT LANDER RECORDS MASSIVE QUAKE By December, the InSight team expects the lander to have become inoperative. NASA said that it will keep using the spacecraft's seismometer to register marsquakes until the power is out. Then, flight controllers will monitor InSight until the end of the year. Later this month, the team will put the lander's robotic arm in its resting position for the last time. InSight landed on Mars on Nov. 26, 2018, the same year that a global dust storm took out Opportunity . TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE: 'BLOOD MOON' PHENOMENON DAZZLES SKYWATCHERS … [Read more...] about NASA’s InSight Mars lander’s power diminishing, has months left
Lunar water has been a topic of interest for scientists for decades, and that interest has proliferated as humans buckle up to go to the moon by 2025. Having a stable and sustainable base on the Moon is imperative, and water has a key role to play. Discourses regarding water on the Moon are still churning out speculation and claims, and one such claim is the new buzz in the science fraternity. Scientists are claiming that there may be water molecules on the Moon, and those molecules may have been a contribution by our blue planet. The new research, published in Nature, was led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Scientists at the varsity’s Geophysical Institute suggest that hydrogen and oxygen ions escaping from the Earth’s atmosphere can be one of the sources of the lunar water and lunar ice in the forever shadowed parts of the moon. The Earth’s moon is believed to have undergone a heavy bombardment of asteroids on its surface billions of years ago. For many years, these … [Read more...] about Does Water on Moon Come From Earth?
The human race has always been curious about the cosmos. As a result, space explorations and research has been proliferating with time. 2021 was a great year for the field as we witnessed vegetables being grown in space, billionaires flying in space promoting space tourism, and the latest and grandest launch of the year, the James Webb Telescope. Following suit, 2022 also has some exciting missions and projects lined up. And now as we just enter the new year, let’s look at some amazing space missions that the world will witness in 2022: Artemis 1 Moon Mission: NASA The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is all set to launch their uncrewed test flight around the moon. The test flight will be the first launch in the Artemis program, the mission to return humans to the moon. The launch is scheduled for March 12, 2022. Psyche Mission: NASA The Psyche Mission is an exploration mission targeted at a unique asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter called … [Read more...] about ‘Just Look Up’: Incredible Space Missions World is Set to Witness in 2022
Astronomers everywhere are preparing themselves for the first Blood Moon lunar eclipse of the year. This is an event in which the moon will appear to turn red or orange and can be a surreal and spectacular sight. Not only this, but the eclipse is also a supermoon, making the event even more of a must see. The UK will be able to see it as well, though only partially, but NASA is providing an alternative way to watch it as well. If you are considering watching the event, be prepared for an extremely long night as you will have to be awake at an ungodly hour. It’s definitely worth the lack of sleep though, as it is a sight humans have enjoyed and been mesmerised by for thousands of years. You'll have to get up insanely early to see the eclipse in person ( Image: Getty Images) What time is the eclipse in the UK? The Total lunar eclipse will be visible from the early hours of the morning on Monday, May 16. It will begin at 2.32am that morning and then become … [Read more...] about Lunar eclipse 2022: How and when to see Super Blood Moon this week
For the first time, scientists have grown plants in soil from the moon collected by Nasa’s Apollo astronauts. Researchers had no idea if anything would sprout in the harsh moon dirt and wanted to see if it could be used to grow food by the next generation of lunar explorers. The results stunned them. “Holy cow. Plants actually grow in lunar stuff. Are you kidding me?” said Robert Ferl of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Ferl and his colleagues planted thale cress in moon soil returned by Apollo 11 ′s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and other moonwalkers. The good news: All of the seeds sprouted. The downside was that after the first week, the coarseness and other properties of the lunar soil stressed the small, flowering weeds so much that they grew more slowly than seedlings planted in fake moon dirt from Earth. Most of the moon plants ended up stunted. Results were published recently in Communications Biology . The longer the … [Read more...] about Scientists grow plants in lunar dirt. Next stop, the moon!
A large asteroid that could measure around 10 times taller than the Statue of Liberty is set to make a close—albeit safe—approach to our planet on May 27. The asteroid, known as 7335 (1989 JA), is scheduled to come as close as 2.5 million miles to the Earth at 10:26 a.m. ET on May 27, data from NASA 's Center for Near Earth Studies (CNEOS) shows. At this point, the space rock will be zooming past our planet at a staggering speed of around 47,200 miles per hour. While this approach is deemed close by astronomical standards, it is not close by practical measures and there is no threat to the Earth from this asteroid, which was discovered in May 1989 by astronomer Eleanor "Glo" Helin at the Palomar Observatory in California. "This object's orbit and future positions are very well known so that the predicted Earth close approach distance on May 27 is also the minimum possible close approach on this date," Don Yeomans, a former NASA planetary scientist, told Newsweek . The … [Read more...] about Asteroid 10 times bigger than the Statue of Liberty approaching Earth
Stargazers might be in for a treat next week as Earth is expected to pass through the scattered remains of a comet, causing a meteor shower. The shower, which has been named the tau Herculid shower, is forecast to peak on the night of May 30 and into the early morning of May 31, according to NASA . It's been described as a newcomer in terms of meteor showers. For context, meteor showers are generally the result of Earth passing through the "tail" of a comet—a vast cloud of gas and dust released from the comet as it passes near to the sun. Debris inside this cloud can streak through the Earth's atmosphere at enormous speeds—dozens of miles per second. The intense heat generated by the debris slamming into our atmosphere makes the debris glow intensely, which is what causes them to streak brightly across the sky. Some meteor showers are regular, occurring at more or less the same time every year due to the comet's and Earth's orbits around the sun. The Perseid meteor shower, … [Read more...] about Tau Herculid meteor shower could see thousands of shooting stars from comet SW3