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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An Infrared View of the M81 Galaxy

Located in the northern constellation of Ursa Major, which also includes the Big Dipper, nearby galaxy Messier 81 is easily visible through binoculars or a small telescope. M81 is located at a distance of 12 million light-years. M81 was one of the first publicly released datasets soon after the launch of the Spitzer Space Telescope…

NASA and SpaceX: Dragon Crew Extraction Rehearsal

From NASA [Lots of us have our issues with Musk, but %#%&&, look what he’s done for spacesuit style.~ctm] Aug. 15, 2019 On August 13, 2019, NASA at the Trident Basin in Cape Canaveral, Florida, astronauts Doug Hurley, left, and Bob Behnken work with teams from NASA and SpaceX to rehearse crew extraction from SpaceX’s…

Hubble’s Portrait of Star’s Gaseous Glow

From NASA Hubble’s Portrait of Star’s Gaseous Glow Although it looks more like an entity seen through a microscope than a telescope, this rounded object, named NGC 2022, is certainly not algae or tiny, blobby jellyfish. Instead, it is a vast orb of gas in space, cast off by an aging star. The star is…

A Crashed Israeli Lunar Lander Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon

From Wired Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are microscopic animals that can survive for years without food or water. And now they’re on the moon! It was just before midnight on April 11 and everyone at the Israel Aerospace Industries mission control center in Yehud, Israel, had their eyes fixed on two large projector…

More unsettled science-previously unseen ancestors of elliptical galaxies

ALMA finds previously unseen ancestors of elliptical galaxies News Release from the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array Astronomy Now An artist’s impression of remote galaxies seen by ALMA that are not visible to the Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomers suspect the previously unknown galaxies are ancestors of the massive elliptical galaxies visible in the more recent universe.…

Cislunar blueprint to propel space research for the next 50 years

Driving the orbital area around the Earth and Moon Purdue University In its inaugural call to action, Purdue Engineering’s Cislunar Initiative took a giant leap forward in advancing humankind’s presence in space and the development of the economy in the “cislunar region,” the orbital area encompassing the Earth and moon. A video about the project…