The Moon and Mercury May Have Thick Ice Deposits

From NASA Earth’s Moon and Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, may contain significantly more water ice than previously thought, according to a new analysis of data from NASA’s LRO and MESSENGER spacecraft. The potential ice deposits are found in craters near the poles of both worlds. On the Moon, “We found shallow craters…

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“Other ‘First Words’ on the Moon”

Guest Apollo program nostalgia by David Middleton For my fellow WUWT space program groupies… We’d better have something appropriate to say. What are you guys gonna say? If you had any balls you’d say, “Oh, my God! What is that thing?” Then scream and cut your mic. –Cary Elwes as Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot…

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Moon Rock Mineralogy: Yes, the Apollo missions were real, QEDirt

Guest geological story-telling by David Middleton One of the coolest things about WUWT is the enthusiasm that Anthony and many other regulars here have for the space program. As a life-long space junkie, I know that my enthusiasm for the space program pushed me toward the sciences in school. My career as a geologist/geophysicist in…

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NASA “Surprised”: Undetected City Killer Asteroid Just Whizzed By Earth

Guest essay by Eric Worrall This asteroid, estimated between 187 to 426ft wide and 55,000MPH, passing just 45,000 miles from Earth, wasn’t detected until a few days ago. ‘It snuck up on us’: Scientists stunned by ‘city-killer’ asteroid that just missed Earth By Allyson ChiuJuly 26 Alan Duffy was confused. On Thursday, the astronomer’s phone was…

Commercial Space Ride Secured for NASA’s New Air Pollution Sensor

From NASA July 22, 2019 RELEASE 19-050 NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument will provide near-real-time North American air quality information that will be available to the public. Credits: Ball Aerospace NASA has secured a host satellite provider and ride into space for an instrument that will dramatically advance our understanding of air…

First Data from NASA’s OCO-3 Mission: ‘CO2, I See You’

From NASA Global Climate Change Features | July 12, 2019 NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3), the agency’s newest carbon dioxide-measuring mission to launch into space, has seen the light. From its perch on the International Space Station, OCO-3 captured its first glimpses of sunlight reflected by Earth’s surface on June 25, 2019. Just weeks later,…

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From Eclectic Method Published on Jul 15, 2019 This week is the 50th Anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission to the moon. I’ve turned a bunch of NASA’s footage into a rhyming remix tribute to the historic journey by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Hubble Peers at Galactic Cherry Blossoms

July 12, 2019 From NASA The galaxy NGC 1156 resembles a delicate cherry blossom tree flowering in springtime in this Hubble image. The many bright “blooms” within the galaxy are in fact stellar nurseries — regions where new stars are springing to life. Energetic light emitted by newborn stars in these regions streams outwards and…