55 years after Apollo 1 fire, NASA’s lessons live on as Orion aims for the moon

NASA’s last moonbound program for astronauts lifted off under the shadow of a fatal incident on the Apollo 1 spacecraft, 55 years ago today (Jan. 27). Apollo 1 was expected to fly to Earth orbit later in 1967 with astronauts Gus Grissom, Roger Chaffee and Ed White on board. During a test on the launch … Read more

Abandoned SpaceX Rocket Will Crash Into The Moon Within Weeks, Scientists Say

A chunk of a SpaceX rocket that blasted off seven years ago and was abandoned in space after completing its mission will crash into the Moon in March, experts say. The rocket was deployed in 2015 to put into orbit a NASA satellite called the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR).   Since then, the second … Read more

Saturn’s ‘Death Star’ moon could have a secret underground ocean

Scientists have found “compelling evidence” that Saturn’s “Death Star” moon is hiding an ocean just beneath its surface, furthering the search for possible life in our solar system. Researchers say that Mimas, Saturn’s smallest, innermost moon — whose resemblance to Star Wars’ infamous battle station inspired its nickname — revealed the first clue that it could be a … Read more

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission explained in photos

(Image credit: NASA via collectSPACE.com) While Artemis 1 will be uncrewed, it plans to carry several mannequin-type devices to test out how the lunar environment will affect humans.  One example is “Commander Moonikin Campos,” named after Apollo 13 engineer Arturo Campos in a NASA contest. Campos will fly in the commander’s seat and wear an … Read more

Wild New Paper Suggests Earth’s Tectonic Activity Has an Unseen Source

Earth is far from a solid mass of rock. The outer layer of our planet – known as the lithosphere – is made up of more than 20 tectonic plates; as these gargantuan slates glide about the face of the planet, we get the movement of continents, and interaction at the boundaries, not least of which is … Read more

How Was the Moon Formed?

The moon formed a hundred million years after the creation of the solar system. This has left scientists wondering what was the cause of our planet’s satellite to birth if it didn’t come from the events that formation of the planets. Here are just three of the most plausible explanations.  Giant impact hypothesis The prevailing … Read more

Neil Armstrong: First Man on the Moon

Neil Armstrong was a NASA astronaut and aeronautical engineer. He famously became the first person to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969 during Apollo 11. Armstrong also flew on NASA’s Gemini 8 mission in 1966.  He retired from NASA in 1971 and remained active in the aerospace community, although he chose to keep … Read more

The Moon That Resembles The Death Star Has Been Hiding Another Epic Secret

The Solar System may be an even soggier place than we suspected. New analysis of one of Saturn’s moons suggests that it may harbor a liquid ocean. No, not the usual suspects – the new culprit is Mimas, the little moon with a big crater, which gives it more than a passing resemblance to the … Read more

Yutu-2: China’s rover finds sticky soil on the far side of the moon

We haven’t been able to take a close-up look at the far side of the moon until now, and the discoveries being made by the Yutu-2 rover might prove important for future missions 19 January 2022 By Alex Wilkins A photo of the Yutu-2 moon rover, taken by the Chang’e-4 lunar probe AFP The first … Read more