Neil Armstrong is dead at age 82. He became the first man who walk on the Moon with Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin on
July 20, 1969, in the Apollo 11 mission, when he says "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.".
The discovery that the Moon has a tenuous atmosphere composed primarily of helium was made by LACE (Lunar Atmosphere Composition Experiment) a mass spectrometer used by the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, and these days the NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter confirmed the discovery.
It is not yet clear whether the helium is originate from inside the Moon or from an external source like the solar wind or is just "captured" by the Lunar gravity, but in anyway this is another discovery about the Earth natural satellite confirmed in the last days.
An article published at NBCNEWS explain the report with more details. You can read the entire article HERE.
Due to their position, craters adjacent to the lunar south pole cannot receive sunlight and they are permanently shadowed. So, the content of such craters were an enigma for scientists.
Using the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter data now is possible to determine their structure as never before.
Laser scan reveal the presence of ice in the Shackleton crater, an impact crater of 21 km in diameter and 4.2 km deep, located at the Lunar south pole.
While the laser scan performed by the LRO could indicate the presence of water in the polar craters, the current evidence suggests that the crater could be mined for deposits of hydrogen in water form, a chemical element that is expensive to deliver from the Earth.
Another project involve this crater as the location for a large infrared telescope placement. The low temperature of the crater floor makes it perfect for infrared observations.
And also a NASA Outpost Project, involves the construction of the base along the perimeter of the Shackleton crater.
Read the full article by Bill Steigerwald at the NASA website
For millennia the full Moon fascinates us as many lovers well know
and draw inspiration to artists and poets and humans have used the
movement of the moon to kept track of the changing seasons and set
schedules for harvesting and planting.
Ancient cultures over the world have given distinctive names to the
recurring full Moons, so different full moon names can be found among
the Native American, Celtic, Old English, Buddhist and Chinese to name a
few, based on the behavior of the weather, plants and animals during
that month and their names were applied to the entire month in which
So the next full Moon on June 4 having many names around the world.
Strawberry Moon was the name gived by the Native American Algonquian
tribes because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries
comes each year during this month and now this is the most popular name
of June full Moon in North America and used also by people of the United
Kindgom countries although the most popular name in English is Flower
Other names are Rose Moon, Honey Moon, Planting Moon and Hot Moon, reflecting a specific feature of the nature in June.
Full Moon days are sacred according to Buddhist tradition and called
Uposatha (Buddhist Sabbath) in Pali, which is a lingua franca in the
The Vesak Moon date varies according to the various calendars used in
different Buddhist tradition. So many Buddhists who not already have
celebrated the Vesak in the May, will celebrate in the June full Moon.
The Vesak (or Vesākha, in Pali language from Sanskrit but also Buddha
Purnima, Vaishaka) is a holy day for all Buddhists communities.
Also informally called the Buddha’s Birthday the Vesak day celebrate the birth, enlightenment and dead of the Buddha.
Some Buddhist countries have the traditional Vesak relate holy day in
other months of the year, although most of the Vesak Moon falls in the
5th or 6th lunar month. So the holy day was celebrated on May 5 and 6,
in countries such Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar,
Malaysia and Indonesia and it will be celebrate on June 4 in countries
such Thailand where the people know the same day as “Visakha Bucha Day”
(“Visakha Puja Day”) and it means the worship of the Buddha on the full
Moon day of the sixth lunar month.
The celebration in Thailand provides abstinence from alcoholic drinks
and all kinds of immoral acts (Rub Sil), practice of renunciation and
mental discipline observing the Eight Precepts wearing white clothes,
going to temples from Buddhists rituals (Tum Boon) and offering food to
the monks (Tuk Bard), and attending the Candle Light Procession (Vien
Tien) in the evening of the Vesak Day.
The passengers wait eagerly in the ornate lobby of the enormous
spaceport. Soon, a signal indicates that their spaceship is ready for
boarding. As they wait, special displays instruct them about how their
spaceship functions and what to expect once they leave Earth's
atmosphere. Aboard the giant spacecraft — as luxuriously appointed as
any yacht — they are soon on their way to a vacation on the Moon.
No, this isn't a vision of the future of space tourism. It's what
happened in 1901, when people could pay a princely half dollar for a
ticket to ride into space.
(Phys.org) -- With the Moon as the most prominent object in the night sky and a major source of an invisible pull that creates ocean tides, many ancient cultures thought it could also affect our health or state of mind – the word “lunacy” has its origin in this belief. Now, a powerful combination of spacecraft and computer simulations is revealing that the Moon does indeed have a far-reaching, invisible influence – not on us, but on the Sun, or more specifically, the solar wind.
At the International Space Station, the astronaut Don Pettit set the camera from the airlock of the Russian station segment and produce an amazing time lapse video of the Moon rising. During the video you can see the astronaut in the space station's cupola observation window.