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.
The next June 4, 2012, will take place a partial lunar eclipse when the Earth will be in the middle by the Sun and the Moon. Because Sun, Earth and Moon will be not in perfect line-up, only a partial umbral shadow of the Earth will cover about a third of the Moon surface, creating a reddish hue shadow.
The event will start at 8:48 UTC and ends at 13:18 UTC, and although the eclipse happens simultaneously worldwide, observers in eastern Asia will be watching it after sunset on June 4 and at the same time people in the Western Americas will be viewing it before sunrise.
It will be visible in the far western part of North America and far southern South America, where the whole dark umbral eclipse will be visible for the observers starting at the moonset at 12:06 UTC. The eastern side of America will completly miss the phenomenon.
The event will be better visible over Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Hawaii when
the Moon will be one-third covered by the Earth's umbral shadow al maximum eclipse (11:03 UTC) and the observers will see the entire event from start to finish.
Eastern Asia observers in Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand will see the eclipse at Moonrise
until the end at 13:18 UTC.
Partial Lunar Eclipse - Dec 21, 2010 - Image taken by James Kevin Ty in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Published at Astrophoto Gallery. The next partial lunar eclipse on June 4, will be very similar.
One More Amazing Video About The Last Anular Solar Eclipse
I don't get enough! I love the Moon and any astro event, so I got excited one more time when I found this amazing video product by Theodore Judah, an american astro-photographer who set his camera at Sundial Bridge, Redding, California. He published his amazing work on May 22, 2012, after a perfect post-production, using as sound track the beautiful and appropriate song by Peter Adams, "Shoot The Moon"!
The United States still has to choose between building a moon base and sending astronauts to asteroid
While NASA administrator Charles Bolden was in Florida to watch the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch,
representatives of space agencies from Russia, India, Japan, and Canada
were at the Global Space Exploration Conference to talk about their
future plans. One of the biggest topics they discussed was the moon:
Japan and Russia revealed plans to establish bases on our planet's
Yesterday many people post this photo in social networks stating it is a
photo of the last solar eclipse (May 20th/21th, 2012) from space... but
it is not.
Today again many people still sharing the photo believing what is not and many threads still discussing if the image is real or not. Now I finally found the original source.
This image is a fake. It is a very good product, outcome by a 38h
rendering made with Terragen 2 in November 2009, published at Deviant
Art. Here you go: http://fav.me/d2dvgyj
On the heels of a bus-sized asteroid that passed harmlessly between
Earth and the orbit of the Moon on May 13, another asteroid between 4.5
and 10 meters (14-33 feet) wide will buzz by at about the same distance
on May 17, 2012. Asteroid 2012 KA was discovered just today (May 16),
and is projected to make its closest approach about 0.0015 AU, or
224,397 kilometers (134,933 miles, .6 lunar distances) from Earth’s
surface at 19:43 UTC on Thursday. The asteroid was discovered by the
Mt. Lemmon Observatory, and at the time of this writing, is the only
observatory that has made any observations.
A moon 30% brighter than usual due to proximity to earth rising above
our city from the East creating an orange radial flare in the clouds. Marama is the local Maori name for moon. Shot by Jonathan Stewart on Panasonic Lumix FZ35 in 720p hd.
I love illusions, and I love astronomy. So what could be better than combining the two?
If you’ve ever seen the Moon rising over the horizon, looking so fat
and looming that you felt like you could fall right into it, then you’ve
been a victim of the famous Moon Illusion. And it is an illusion, a pervasive and persuasive one.
So, how does this thing work? Ah, step right up. Read the full article
So, tonight is the so-called Supermoon,
when the Moon happens to be full at the same time it’s at perigee, the
point in its orbit closest to the Earth. This makes it somewhat larger
and brighter than normal, and that’s getting a lot of attention in the
press. I pointed out a few days ago that in reality, you almost
certainly won’t notice the difference between this full Moon and any
other, mostly because the difference is small, and our eyes and brain
are terrible at judging things like that without something to directly
compare it to.
I was thinking about this last night as I watched the almost-full
Moon rise in the east (which, I’ll add, ironically looked huge due to the Moon Illusion!), and thought of something that might help illustrate this last point.
We already know that farting astronauts are serious business,
but the fact is that even the best-trained moonwalker can't stop
themselves from passing gas. Apollo 16 astronaut John Young didn't just
fart prolifically while on the moon, he colorfully described his
flatulence during a mission debriefing
I'm not sure whether that's an audio recording of the exchange
between Young and NASA Mission Control or whether it's a reenactment
based on the mission transcript, but Young did indeed toss off a "fuck"
or two when describing his OJ-based indigestion to his crewmate Charlie
Duke. (And after all the trouble NASA went through to keep astronauts from swearing over their microphones.)