Missing Tape Discovery Solves 40-Year Lunar Mystery

Lunar Mystery

When Apollo astronauts returned from the moon in the 1970s, they left behind two pairs of temperature probes drilled into the surface. The sensors measured how easily the soil radiated heat, in the hope of learning how much radioactive heating the moon produced and details about its recent geological activity.The

NASA administrator sees lunar water as key to returning to moon


NASA chiefs are excited about the possibility of “exploiting” the recently discovered water on the Moon, stating it will help humanity’s bid for a lunar settlement and space exploration.In a Reuters TV interview in Washington on Tuesday, one day after the agency announced its payload on board India’s Chandrayaan-1 orbiter

Frozen water confirmed at the moon’s poles

Moon Ice

In the darkest and coldest parts of its polar regions, a team of scientists has directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon's surface. These ice deposits are patchily distributed and could possibly be ancient. At the southern pole, most of the ice is concentrated at lunar craters,

Scientists Announce 10 New Moons for Jupiter

Jupiter moons

Trivia teams across the country will have to update their astronomy notes. Today, a team of astronomers announced the discovery of 10 newly described moons orbiting Jupiter -- including one “oddball” -- bringing the giant planet’s retinue up to a whopping 79.The astronomers were led by Scott Sheppard from the

Distant moons may harbor life


We've all heard about the search for life on other planets, but what about looking on other moons?In a paper published June 13 in The Astrophysical Journal, researchers at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Southern Queensland have identified more than 100 giant planets that potentially host

Scientists may have found a Neptune-sized alien moon


Astronomers have found an abundance of exoplanets, but no exomoons. Despite ongoing efforts, the tiny celestial bodies have just been too elusive to detect using modern technology. However, researchers might have just hit paydirt. They've used Kepler Space Telescope data to discover signs of what looks like a Neptune-sized moon

The worst storm in the solar system


Whenever you want to have a non-controversial conversation with someone you don’t know very well, it’s a safe bet that talking about the weather will do the trick. Everyone has some memorable weather stories — getting soaked in a downpour, the air conditioning breaking during a heat wave, camping in

The Moon’s Interior Could Contain Lots of Water


Ancient volcanic deposits on the moon reveal new evidence about the lunar interior, suggesting it contains substantial amounts of water.Using satellite data, scientists from Brown University studied lunar pyroclastic deposits, layers of rock that likely formed from large volcanic eruptions. The magma associated with these explosive events is carried to the

Eight Other Worlds In Our Solar System Might Have Life Beyond Earth


In all the known Universe, to the best that we've examined it, only our home planet, Earth, contains confirmed signs of life. But the raw ingredients required for life appear everywhere, from the interiors of asteroids to interstellar gas clouds to protoplanetary nebulae to the exploded remnants of supernovae. The

A dust bag from a moon sold for $ 1.8 million

Sotheby's auction

On the 48th anniversary of humanity's first steps on the moon, the bag of lunar dust collected by Neil Armstrong has sold for $1.8 million.Most of the equipment used in the Apollo 11 mission is kept at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., but despite NASA's

Titan Could Support A Huge Human Colony


Mars gets a lot of press when we talk about colonizing another world. But it seems that Saturn’s moon Titan may also be a pretty good bet. If we're going to venture out beyond our home planet and start building colonies elsewhere, then one of the essential resources we're going to