You'll need to squint to spot it, but NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter managed to capture a look at the Chinese National Space Agency's (CNSA) Chang'e 4 lander hanging out on the far side of the moon. Chang'e 4 touched down on Jan. 3 in the Von Kármán crater. LRO took the image on Jan. 30. "As LRO approached the crater from the east, it rolled 70° to the west to snap this spectacular view looking across the floor towards the west wall," writes Mark Robinson for Arizona State University's LRO Camera site.The lander, which is about the size of a car, appears as a tiny bright spot. Chang'e 4 released its Jade Rabbit 2 lunar rover in early January, but the small machine is not visible in the LRO image.NASA announced in mid-January it had discussed observing Chang'e 4's landing plume with CNSA in order to learn more about how dust is kicked up during a spacecraft landing. China's lander is the first spacecraft to land on the far side of the moon, sometimes … [Read more...] about NASA moon orbiter spots Chang’e 4 lander in a crater
Did we go to the moon?Yes. That's the answer. Yes we did go. We, us humans, went to the moon, in 1969, when Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed the Eagle lunar module on the surface of our planet's natural satellite. There's no grand conspiracy theory, no reason to think we haven't stretched our legs on the soil of our moon. We went up there -- and we left footprints.However, Stephen Curry, who plays for NBA team Golden State Warriors, doesn't believe this great achievement of human endeavor occurred at all. Appearing on The Ringer's "Wingin' It" podcast Sunday, Curry, along with hosts Vince Carter and Kent Bazemore, resoundingly suggested humans have never been to the moon."We ever been to the moon?" Curry asks.The hosts quickly respond in the negative."They gonna come get us, I don't think so either," Curry responds, presumably using "they" to refer to the Men In Black who usually silence this type of universal truth speaking.Shouts in the background then decry the … [Read more...] about NBA star Steph Curry drops ball, suggests NASA moon landing was faked
The founders of Martek and many of its lead scientific team spent time as researchers for NASA, and it was there that they first conceived of a nutritional supplement called Formulaid — baby formula. Image Source/Getty Images The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA, has been the space program for the U.S. government since it was established by the National Aeronautics and Space Act on July 29, 1958. Since then, Americans have seen man walk on the moon and explore the interstellar highways. The very way we look at space has been redefined ever since astronaut Neil Armstrong took his "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Because of the prestige that comes with working for NASA, the space program has always attracted the top engineers and pilots and is known for consistently being on the leading edge of all kinds of technology. Over the years, regular civilians have benefited from some of this technology. NASA has impacted our … [Read more...] about How Did NASA Improve Baby Food?
Start the Countdown Astronaut Dale A. Gardner holds up a 'For Sale' sign referring to the two satellites he and another astronaut retrieved from orbit after their Payload Assist Modules (PAM) failed to fire. NASA On any successful space mission, the crew's morale is at the top of the list of priorities. After all, the final frontier can be one high-stress workplace. So it's no wonder that, in the 59 years since it was first established, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has seen a small army of passionate pranksters. Now we're not talking anything too serious of course. That could get dangerous on a NASA mission. These pranks are all relatively mild and silly, but still not necessarily what we'd expect from the crew of astronauts who were the first men to walk on the moon. But when your job consists of being launched into space at 17,500 miles per hour (28,000 kilometers per hour), sometimes a little comedy to go with the cosmos isn't a bad thing. … [Read more...] about Ridiculous History: 5 of NASA’s Greatest Pranks
A fascinating new NASA video gives us a glimpse into the atmosphere of one of our solar system neighbors like never before. The footage shows cloud streaks developing, moving and eventually fading above the surface of Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. Traveling at a speed of about 14 to 22 miles per hour (22.5 to 35.4 kph), the clouds are composed of methane. Besides Earth, Titan is the only other body in the solar system where we've found large amounts of liquid on its surface. NASA's time-lapse video above was created using a narrow-angle camera and infrared filters over a period of 11 hours, with one image taken every 20 minutes. While the Cassini probe has photographed clouds on Titan before, most have been one-off snapshots — this new sequence of images is the best instance yet of allowing scientists to examine cloud formation and movement on Titan. An artist's interpretation of what the methane lakes on the surface of Titan might look like. Steven … [Read more...] about NASA Captures Mesmerizing Footage of Clouds Drifting Above a Distant World