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
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This content is not compatible on this device. Most people know the basics about the moon. It orbits our planet in a slight ellipse, just as our planet orbits the sun. The relationship between the Earth, the sun and the moon creates the moon's phases as well as solar and lunar eclipses. On clear nights, a full moon outshines many stars by reflecting light from the sun. But the moon is more than just a pretty face. It contributes to the ocean's tides on Earth. Its presence also helps regulate the Earth's orbit. Space.com's article on moon mechanics explains many of the ways that the moon affects the Earth. But how did it get here? There are four main theories: It's a broken piece of Earth. During the early, rapidly spinning days of the solar nebula, the moon might have broken away from the Earth. Scientists question this theory because the Earth probably wasn't rotating fast enough to spin off a whole moon.It's the Earth's baby brother. As the Earth was forming through accretion, the … [Read more...] about Where did the moon come from?
Looking at the full moon, you can clearly see dark areas (maria) and light ones (terrae). See more moon images. NASA/Photodisc/Getty Images From anyplace on Earth, the clearest thing in the night sky is usually the moon, Earth's only natural satellite and the nearest celestial object (240,250 miles or 384,400 km away). Ancient cultures revered the moon. It represented gods and goddesses in various mythologies -- the ancient Greeks called it "Artemis" and "Selene," while the Romans referred to it as "Luna." When early astronomers looked at the moon, they saw dark spots that they believed were seas (maria) and lighter regions that they believed was land (terrae). Aristotle's view, which was the accepted theory at the time, was that the moon was a perfect sphere and that the Earth was the center of the universe. When Galileo looked at the moon with a telescope, he saw a different image -- a rugged terrain of mountains and craters. He saw how its appearance changed during the month … [Read more...] about How the Moon Works
This diagram shows the different phases of Earth's moon. Ron Miller/Stocktrek Images/Getty Images "Destroy All Monsters," a classic sci-fi movie from Japan's Toho Studios, predicted that mankind would colonize the moon by the year 1999. Needless to say, that didn't happen — and it still hasn't happened all these years later. But there have been serious talks about the feasibility of building a permanent lunar outpost or settlement. (A set of scientific papers released in 2016, for example, argued that a small moon base could be finished at a cost of $10 billion as soon as 2022.) Imagine what life would be like for the settlers up there. Among the many things they'd need to get used to are the long, cold nights that Earth's moon experiences . Yet despite the frigid temperatures, some lunar areas have brightly lit nighttimes. For those who dream of following in Neil Armstrong's footsteps, here's a short guide to lunar nights and lunar days. Phases and Faces With apologies to … [Read more...] about What Are Days and Nights Like on the Moon?
Kronos Quartet, pictured here in 2015, will create a quasi-improvised performance to be paired, and shaped by, the sonification of the Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse. Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images Over the past four decades, Kronos Quartet has collaborated with such diverse artists as Tom Waits, Nine Inch Nails, Natalie Merchant, Amon Tobin and Philip Glass. Now the musical combo is looking to add another couple of acts to the list: NASA, the sun and the moon. And it's all thanks to the total solar eclipse of Monday, Aug. 21. As NASA points out in this delightful post, there aren't a whole lot of eclipse-related tunes to blast during a totality. Aside from Pink Floyd's "Eclipse" and Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart," what do you have? So they've teamed up with San Francisco's Exploratorium and Kronos Quartet — the prominent contemporary string quartet established in 1973 — for a grand conjunction of astronomy and music. The following video from the San … [Read more...] about How Kronos Quartet and NASA Will Transform the Solar Eclipse Into Music