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HILTON HEAD, Sc. (WSAV) - The Hilton Head high school robotics team is officially world renowned after the team won first place in an international robotics competition at MIT last week. Tuesday morning, they got a very loud welcome back in what the school calls the Champions' Walk. The team of four ...
The first time the Saturn V launched in November of 1967, ceiling tiles in the nearby studio where Walter Cronkite was reporting from live fell to the floor. The power of the five F-1 engines was astonishing, and their combined 7.5 million pounds of thrust hasn't yet been matched. But there were more engines ...

Devastating earthquakes cannot be blamed on the moon or time of year, according to myth-busting scientists. There is an enduring belief that the influence of the moon or sun may help trigger large earthquakes. But this was not supported by the new study, which matched dates and lunar phases to 204 ...
Between NASA, the Chinese National Space Agency, the European Space Agency and Roscosmos, there's no shortage of plans for returning to the moon and creating a permanent base there. Naturally, these plans have given rise to questions of where such bases should be built. So far, the top ...
The next chapter in cosmic exploration is starting to take shape: NASA engineers have proposed a space station that--if Congress approves its funding--would begin orbiting the moon in about a decade. A primary goal is to develop the infrastructure and experience to one day land humans on Mars. The Deep Space ...
"magnetic studies of lunar rocks indicate that the moon generated a core dynamo with surface field intensities of ~20 to 110 μT between at least 4.25 and 3.56 billion years ago (Ga)," she wrote in the abstract of her study. "The field subsequently declined to <~4 μT by 3.19 Ga, but it has been unclear whether ...

The new pits were identified on the northeastern floor of Philolaus Crater, a 43-mile hole about 340 miles from the moon's North Pole of the moon. That the pits are located along sections of winding channels, known on the moon as "sinuous rilles," is significant, as lunar sinuous rilles are widely considered ...
As strange, serious and scary as the erroneous emergency notification Saturday about a missile attack against Hawaii may have been, it was far from the first such false alarm the country has faced. Every decade since the dawn of the nuclear age has seen its share of close calls, experts said. During the ...
There's no lava in them now of course, though that's originally how the tubes formed in the moon's fiery past. But they could indicate easy access to a water source if we ever decide to develop a Moon base sometime in the future. Despite the moon's dry and dusty appearance, scientists think it contains a lot ...
In addition to the big stories we covered today, Wire-to-Wire provides you with some of the other key rock and metal news items from Jan. 12, 2018: - It's a short trip to the "moon." One minute and 57 seconds to be exact. Watch and listen to Turnstile's new video for "Moon" right here, and look for the Time ...
Data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed the presence of tunnels at the moon's north pole that were once filled with lava but now store ... The north pole of the moon appears to be riddled with dozens of pits leading to underground lava tubes, according to new research released Jan.
Future astronauts on the moon might need to hone their spelunking skills before they visit. A new study from the SETI Institute and the Mars Institute looks at a series of pits seen by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). These pits might actually be lava tube skylights, which are entrances to ...
the moon is our closest neighbor and we've learned a lot about it over the past century or so. We've studied it, mapped it, and even visited it on more than one occasion, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have a few surprises in store for us. A new research effort has uncovered one of those mysteries in the ...
NASA is going back to the moon -- somehow, someway. the White House has ordered the agency to put American boots back on the lunar surface. The major unknowns at this point include the when, how, scale of the operation and cost. Also unclear is what exactly NASA would accomplish with such a ...
11 January 2018, Mountain View, CA -The SETI Institute and the Mars Institute announced today the discovery of small pits in a large crater near the North Pole of the moon, which may be entrances to an underground network of lava tubes. The pits were identified through analysis of imaging data from ...
Claudius Ptolemy, the Greco-Roman mathematician, astronomer and father of geography, called the Rwenzori range the Mountains of the moon, and I think he got it about right. Starlight beamed down on the convex glaciers surrounding our camp near Uganda's western border, causing them to glow like ...
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," Armstrong is famously quoted as saying after walking on the moon, but in interviews he claimed that he meant to say "one small step for a man." Above: Armstrong sits inside the lunar module after his historic walk on the surface of the moon.

To be human is to have a relationship with our nearest celestial neighbor, the moon. Every culture has lore and legends, rituals and beliefs associated with it. Some worshipped it as a god -- which is sensible given how uncommon and unusual earth's moon is, comparatively speaking. Not only are we the ...
The first person to fly six times into space -- seven, if you count his launch off of the moon in 1972 -- and the only astronaut to command four different types of spacecraft, Young died on Friday (Jan. 5) following complications from pneumonia.. He was 87. "NASA and the world have lost a pioneer," said ...
For many, humanity's first steps on the moon are a triumphant relic of modern history, the unparalleled glory of which will be replaced once we reach our next destination: Mars. However, in recent years, other have expressed an interest in returning to scene of humankind's giant leap for further exploration.
Judging from news articles and comment sections where America's renewed "return to the moon" policy is discussed, there is a lot of misunderstanding surrounding the important issue of lunar polar water. Much of this confusion stems from a lack of familiarity with the types of remote sensing used to make ...
It was of course the vigorous vision of one president, John Kennedy, that launched us toward putting men on the moon in the 1960s. Our space program had been embarrassed both on the robotic and the manned sides when the Russians' Sputnik beat JPL's Explorer as the first satellite into orbit and Yuri ...
Apollo 11's moon landing followed shortly in July 1969, allowing Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin a little over two hours to walk on the surface of the moon and collect rock samples to bring home to Earth for further analysis. Later that year, Apollo 12 demonstrated that a precision landing was possible, which ...
the moon has always been a popular subject for photographers. But whether you're trying to take a photo of it in plain view or during a lunar eclipse, it can be very tricky to capture on camera. the moon will usually look like a flat white circle and will be too far away to become the focus of your image.
It's fitting that 2018 started off with a supermoon on New Year's day, with another one--plus an eclipse--coming at the end of January. This promises to be a banner year for lunar exploration, and not just because of the renewed interest in sending astronauts back to the moon's surface. Robotic lunar ...
StarTalk Radio Host Neil Degrasse Tyson knows a thing or two about the cosmos. He explains what 'shoot for the moon' really means and offers a more accurate alternative. Check out more of StarTalk Radio's podcasts here . StarTalk on Mashable is a video series, produced by Mashable and StarTalk ...
This looping animation depicts the naked-eye view to the south-southeast as seen from the heart of the British Isles at 7:15am GMT from 4 to 14 January 2018. mercury, the solar System's innermost planet, is visible very close to the southeast horizon until about 10 January for UK observers. Mars passes ...
This week, he is joined by lunar expert Sarah Noble to discuss how the moon was formed, lava tubes and moonquakes, the "dark side of the moon," and mysteries we have yet to solve about Earth's nearest neighbor. You can listen to the full podcast here, or read the second part of the transcript below, ...
This is a composite image of the lunar nearside taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in June 2009, note the presence of dark areas of maria on this side of the moon. Credit: NASA. Call it whatever you like--a blue red moon, a purple moon, a blood moon--but the moon will be a special sight on Jan.
If you love space and astronomy, 2018 will be an exciting year. NASA has announced windows of time for sending spacecraft to Mars and the sun. Japanese and American probes already in space are set to enter orbit around two near Earth asteroids. And a variety of eclipses and meteor showers offer ...
The distance between London, where I live, and Oxford, where I used to live, is about 100 km (or 60 miles). It takes about 90 minutes by car and about 120 minutes by bus. I can easily make sense of that distance. Harder to consider: the distance between the Earth and the moon, which is 384,400 km ...
The Indian Space Research Organization intends to send an unmanned orbiter, lander and rover to the moon in the first half of 2018. Known as Chandrayaan-2, the mission aims to demonstrate that India can land a spacecraft on the moon in one piece and drive a rover there. The orbiter also is to beam ...
the moon is called blue because it's the second full moon in the month and it's red because it's going to be eclipsed. On Jan. 31 the moon will still be very close to its perigee, or closest point in its orbit around the earth (less than 360,000 kilometers away) and a total lunar eclipse will be visible in much of ...
The back and forth between President Donald Trump and the media in 2017, Americans were starting to get political whiplash, but looking up towards the sky proved to be the distraction people needed. It was a good year for the moon. Millions of people risked their retinas to stare at it during the total solar ...
It has been four years since any country attempted a lunar mission. In 2013, China successfully landed the unmanned 'Yutu' rover for a month-long walk. And, it should be noted that the United States has been the only country to put a man on the moon, with the last man on the moon being NASA astronaut ...
If you love space and astronomy, 2018 will be an exciting year. NASA has announced windows of time for sending spacecraft to Mars and the sun. Japanese and American probes already in space are set to enter orbit around two near Earth asteroids. And a variety of eclipses and meteor showers offer ...
Had the mission been a success, the next launch for the Long March 5 rocket, planned for late 2017, would have carried the Chang'e-5 spacecraft. That mission would do something not attempted in more than four decades: land on the moon, collect samples, and return them to Earth. Those plans are now ...
Bengaluru-based aerospace startup, Team Indus, will attempt to place its spacecraft on the moon's surface, move it at least 500 m and transmit high-definition video and images back to the Earth stations before March 31, 2018. If successful, it will win the $30 million prize from Google and earn its place in ...
If all goes according to plan, China will have done something no other space-faring superpower has been able to do: land on the far side of the moon. China is rocketing ahead with its plans for lunar exploration. In 2018, they will launch a pair of missions known collectively as Chang'e 4. It is the fourth ...
As the moon's shadow crisscrossed the country on Aug. 21, about 154 million American adults saw the eclipse directly, with another 60 million watching electronically -- 88 percent of the adult population. It was the most-observed and most-photographed eclipse in history. In a time of so much bitter division, ...
the moon can hide four first-magnitude stars, and Aldebaran, the star marking the angry right eye of Taurus, the Bull, is the brightest of the four. the moon will be about 2.5 days before full and 92 percent sunlit during this occultation. For easterners, the natural satellite will be at least one-third of the way up ...
New Orleans --Despite President Trump's declared intention to send human explorers to the moon before Mars, Astronomers and Planetary Scientists remained wary. While some expressed their enthusiasm for the plan, others questioned whether it would ever become a reality. "It's all hot air until ...
Donald Trump isn't the first president to suggest we send people back to the moon, but his recent declaration sparked a lot of questions here at PopSci. Being science journalists, we went ahead and answered those queries, then compiled them here in case you're curious, too.
NASA/Goddard and the University of Arizona also released an image (below) showing the MapCam's field of view when it snapped the shot. OSIRIS-REx had recently received a big gravity boost from Earth, sending it on its way to the asteroid Bennu, where it will arrive later this year. On October 2nd, it was ...
The answer could be the moon Village, a common conception of the moon as a destination for multiple users and missions, for science, utilization and human presence and more. the moon Village is not an "ISS on the moon" but rather the ensemble of all efforts -- private, governmental and other -- aiming ...
Folklore and legend credit terrific power to the moon. Some stories claim it controls rain, which is why farmers sometimes used the lunar phases to dictate planting and harvest and when to slaughter cattle. While it's true the moon impacts tides, most stories about the moon are mostly that: stories not rooted ...
For this reason, then-President Richard Nixon's speechwriter, Bill Safire, prepared a speech entitled "IN EVENT OF MOON disaster" that the President would have used to try to console a nation in mourning. The text of the speech follows below: Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to ...
the moon can hide four first-magnitude stars, and Aldebaran, the star marking the angry right eye of Taurus, the Bull, is the brightest of the four. the moon will be about 2.5 days before full and 92 percent sunlit during this occultation. For easterners, the natural satellite will be at least one-third of the way up ...
New Orleans --Despite President Trump's declared intention to send human explorers to the moon before Mars, Astronomers and Planetary Scientists remained wary. While some expressed their enthusiasm for the plan, others questioned whether it would ever become a reality. "It's all hot air until ...
There has always been a point in the orbit of the moon when it passes closest to Earth, since the orbit isn't a circle but sort of egg-shaped. When that closest point -- called perigee -- coincides with the full moon phase, we can have a full moon that appears up to 14 percent larger than the most distant full ...


 

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