Tag Archives: Moon

Armstrong: One small step for a man

“Damn I really did it. I blew the first words on the moon, didn’t I?” So said Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) to the authors of the 1986 book Chariots of Fire. It seems so characteristic of the man, to admit his human frailty concerning something so immortal as his famous line: “That’s one small step for […]
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New water for life: Lakes on Jupiter’s moon Europa

Europa lake formation between surface and ocean….Credit: Britney Schmidt, U.of Texas, Austin This story begins with chaotic terrain on a moon of Jupiter, Europa. Ever since the space probe Galileo zipped by this part of the solar system and recorded the most detailed pictures of the surface of Europa, astroscientists have pretty much come to […]
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The Big Splat: New two moon hypothesis

It doesn’t sound very scientific, but some scientists are calling it the “Big Splat.” That refers to the results of a new computer model showing the early Earth having two moons that collided. Planetary scientists Martin Jutzi and Erik Asphaug at the University of Southern California, Santa Cruz (USA) and publishing in the journal Nature […]
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Salt water ocean on Enceladus

It could be called the briny deep, but that might be pushing it a little. Nevertheless, a new study confirming a salty ocean under the icy surface of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, is significant. Further analysis of data from the Cassini space probe led by researchers at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and the University of […]
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Sci-fi Movie Review: Moon

[As usual, this spoiler-laden review is written with the assumption that most people reading it have already seen the movie. Moon is out on DVD and Blu-ray.] To start with a conclusion, Moon is a good science fiction movie that some people will like quite a lot. It’s an ‘indie’ film (an independent), meaning that […]
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Published results: LCROSS lunar impact reveals scientific treasure

The hypothesis: In the shadows of deep craters that pock the south pole of the Moon there might be ever-frozen water. The experiment: Guide the final stages of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) rocket into one of the craters and crash it into the surface, hopefully sending a plume of dust into […]
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Update 2: More Moon water

Following headlines such as “Moon Has More Water than the Great Lakes” (astrobio.net) you’d think a new study by the Carnegie Institution Geophysical Laboratory (Washington D.C., USA) has the Moon – once considered one of the driest places in the solar system – to be a veritable swimming pool. Granted, more water in various forms […]
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Update: More Moon water

Last year, in a flurry of “NASA Bombs Moon!” stories, the NASA LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite) project deliberately crashed into a deeply shadowed crater to kick up dust and test its contents – looking particularly for water. They found it. [SciTechStory: On the Moon or elsewhere follow the water] The quantities found […]
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Enceladus has (at least) a sea, possibly life

It’s all but official. New data released from the Cassini spacecraft has confirmed that Enceladus, one of the moons of Saturn, has liquid water – as a sea – underneath its exterior layer of ice. The idea of Enceladus having large bodies of liquid water is not new but thanks to Cassini, the evidence is […]
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To the Moon with reservations

The year is 1966. NASA is preparing the Apollo astronauts for a landing on the Moon. No opportunity to have realistic Moon-like experiences is too cumbersome or expensive, so the astronauts are trucked out to the desert near Tuba City in Arizona. They go a batch at a time to bake their spacesuits and wander […]
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