Israeli probe Beresheet didn't make it to the moon in one piece, but one of its most intriguing pieces of cargo might have. At this moment, it's possible there's a new crater on the lunar surface created by the spacecraft's crash landing, and in that impact zone is a metal disc containing a full copy of Wikipedia, the history of the world and magician David Copperfield's secrets, among many other things. Beresheet was carrying a 30-million-page "Lunar Library" created by the Arch Mission Foundation (AMF) and built to outlast humanity itself, perhaps for billions of years. "We have either installed the first library on the moon, or we have installed the first archaeological ruins of early human attempts to build a library on the moon," AMF co-founder Nova Spivack said in a statement. While the archive is the size and shape of a DVD, it's actually 25 stacked thin nickel films bonded together with an epoxy and then wrapped in mylar and Kapton tape meant to withstand extreme … [Read more...] about Beresheet crashed on the moon, but its ‘Lunar Library’ likely survived
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Neil Alden Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon and an enduring icon of the the space age for taking "one giant leap for mankind," died today after complications from cardiovascular surgery. He was 82. "We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away," his family said in a statement. "Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. "Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job. He served his nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. He also found success back home in his native Ohio in business and academia, and became a community leader in Cincinnati. "He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits." On July 20, 1969, Armstrong stepped off the footpad of the Apollo 11 lunar lander Eagle and onto the surface of the moon, uttering 11 words -- 12 if you include a dropped or garbled … [Read more...] about Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dies at 82
The footprint of an astronaut in the lunar regolith, the layer of fine gray soil that covers the surface of the moon. NASA During the Apollo 15 and Apollo 17 missions to the moon in 1971 and 1972, astronauts drilled holes in the lunar surface and placed probes there, in an effort to measure the moon's subsurface temperature and quantify how much heat moves from the lunar core to the surface. But after they did, scientists back on Earth noticed a strange phenomenon. The lunar regolith — that is, the layer of soil and rock fragments covering the surface — began to rise in temperature and continued to do so for several years afterward. No one was sure why, though some scientists believed it might have been caused by some sort of natural phenomenon, while others suspected the astronauts themselves might have triggered it. It now looks as if the astronauts were indeed responsible. In a paper published on April 25, 2018 in the Journal of Geophysical Research, a … [Read more...] about Did the Apollo Missions Cause Warming on the Moon?
Humans have landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon for the first time in history.China's Chang'e 4 spacecraft made the world first on Jan. 3, landing their lunar probe in Von Kármán crater on the moon's mysterious far side. Official word was provided at 8 p.m. PT by Chinese State Media service CCTV.Launched on Dec. 7, the Chang'e 4 craft contains both a lunar lander and a six-wheeled rover. The spacecraft entered lunar orbit on Dec. 12 before preparations for landing nudged the spacecraft into an elliptical lunar orbit, getting as close as 15 kilometres (around 9 miles) to the surface.Unlike NASA's history making mission to Mars in November and the agency's flyby of the mysterious Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69 on New Year's Day, the revolutionary landing was not televised. Social media accounts on Chinese giant Weibo reported that the lunar probe touched down at around 6:26 p.m. PT but confirmation of the reports was hard to come by. After tweets … [Read more...] about China’s Chang’e 4 makes historic first landing on the moon’s far side
A 'supermoon' rises behind a tower in the Forbidden City in Beijing. The Chinese will send live insects and plants to the moon in 2018. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images You might be under the impression that humans no longer have any interest in going to the moon. Been there, done that, you might be thinking. But while you sit on your couch with your eyes trained on Mars, Donald Trump has directed NASA to head on back to the moon. And China, it turns out, has a hefty head start with its Chinese Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP), which began in 2007 with a moon mapping mission. In 2013, they moved on to lunar landings, and hope to send a manned mission to our nearest celestial neighbor very soon. But this year, China is sending its fourth mission to our dusty little satellite, this time manned by some actual Earthlings — just not human ones. A container full of potato plants, silkworm eggs and a little roadside weed called Arabidopsis (rockcress) will land on the far side of … [Read more...] about Chinese Insects and Plants Will Be the Next Earthlings on the Moon