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…

Successful Orion Test Brings NASA Closer to Moon, Mars Missions

From NASA July 2, 2019 RELEASE 19-054 Ascent Abort-2 successfully launched at 7 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida Credits: NASA NASA successfully demonstrated Tuesday the Orion spacecraft’s launch abort system can outrun a speeding rocket and pull astronauts to safety during an emergency during launch.…

UTSA tapped by NASA to help build homes on the moon and Mars

University of Texas at San Antonio (San Antonio, Apr. 10, 2019) — The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has been tapped by The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to join a team that will build homes for human habitation on the moon and Mars. As exploration missions beyond Earth become more ambitious,…

Annular Solar Eclipse 2012 – data and images

I’ve been asked to provide some information on the upcoming eclipse Sunday, so here it is. I’ll actually miss the first part of the Heartland conference (Sunday night and Monday) due to the promise to my children we’d see this together. Timing for the eclipse, getting back from the spot I’ve picked out in the…