Geologic Map of Moon

USGS: First “Unified Geologic Map of the Moon”

Guest “how about that geology fans?” by David Middleton USGS Releases First-Ever Comprehensive Geologic Map of the Moon Release Date: APRIL 20, 2020 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. –  Have you ever wondered what kind of rocks make up those bright and dark splotches on the moon? Well, the USGS has just released a new authoritative map to help explain the 4.5-billion-year-old history of our nearest neighbor in space. For the first time, the entire lunar surface has been completely mapped and uniformly classified by…

Exoplanets: How we’ll search for signs of life

Arizona State University Whether there is life elsewhere in the universe is a question people have pondered for millennia; and within the last few decades, great strides have been made in our search for signs of life outside of our solar system. NASA missions like the space telescope Kepler have helped us document thousands of…

Mars: Noachian River System May Have Flowed >100,000 Years

Noachian (4.1 – 3.7 billion years ago) The Noachian Period is named after Noachis Terra, an ancient highland region located between the huge Argyre and Hellas impact basins of the southern hemisphere. This was still a period of heavy bombardment, with numerous asteroid and comet impacts. These created the Hellas, Isidis and Argyre basins, the…

Trump administration drafting ‘Artemis Accords’ pact for moon mining

From Reuters Exclusive: Trump administration drafting ‘Artemis Accords’ pact for moon mining – sources Joey Roulette WASHINGTON(Reuters) – The Trump administration is drafting a legal blueprint for mining on the moon under a new U.S.-sponsored international agreement called the Artemis Accords, people familiar with the proposed pact told Reuters. The agreement would be the latest…

Mars Magnetic Dynamo: New Timeline

Guest “remote astro-geology” by David Middleton It’s very well established that in the distant past, Mars had enough surface water to erode and deposit a wide range of fluvial sedimentary features, including mudstone (a pretty good indication of past life). In order for Mars to have had liquid water at the surface, it would have…

Kepler-1649c: Earth-Size, Habitable Zone Planet Hides in Plain Sight

From NASA April 16, 2020 A team of transatlantic scientists, using reanalyzed data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, has discovered an Earth-size exoplanet orbiting in its star’s habitable zone, the area around a star where a rocky planet could support liquid water. Scientists discovered this planet, called Kepler-1649c, when looking through old observations from Kepler, which the…

An update on Comet ATLAS…it is breaking apart

Guest post by Paul Dorian This photograph was taken in Switzerland a few days and it shows three fragments of Comet ATLAS confirming what other amateur astronomers have witnessed…the breaking apart of this once-promising comet. Photo courtesy Jose de Queiroz, spaceweather.com Overview There was a chance that Comet ATLAS was going to put on a…