The first South Korean lunar probe sent the first photo of the Earth and the Moon

The Danuri probe, which became South Korea's first lunar probe, sent back to Earth the first image of the Earth and the Moon. Thus, engineers confirmed the functionality of the camera, which examined the far side of the Moon from an unusual distance, according to the website of the Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute… Continue reading The first South Korean lunar probe sent the first photo of the Earth and the Moon

The first launch of the SLS rocket was postponed due to a hydrogen leak

The first flight of the SLS super-heavy launch vehicle carrying the Orion spacecraft was postponed due to problems with a hydrogen leak in one of the rocket's core stage engines. The new launch date is set for September 2, 2022. The first launch attempt was broadcast on YouTube. Artemis 1 is the first flight of… Continue reading The first launch of the SLS rocket was postponed due to a hydrogen leak

Watering with ethyl alcohol protected the rhizome from drought

Japanese geneticists have proposed increasing the drought resistance of plants using ethanol. They watered Tal's rhizomes (Arabidopsis thaliana) with a weak alcohol solution for three days and showed that this helped the plants survive the subsequent three-week drought. In response to alcohol, the plant activates the synthesis of the stress phytohormone, abscisic acid, which helps… Continue reading Watering with ethyl alcohol protected the rhizome from drought

NASA has selected 13 candidates for the first landing sites of Artemis astronauts at the lunar south pole.

NASA has presented 13 possible sites for the first landing of American astronauts on the Moon under the Artemis program, which is scheduled for 2025. All of them are located near the south pole of the Moon, well lit and fairly level, and the final choice will be made after the launch date of Artemis… Continue reading NASA has selected 13 candidates for the first landing sites of Artemis astronauts at the lunar south pole.

A third of zinc fell to Earth with meteorites

Carbonaceous chondrites could deliver up to a third of the total amount of zinc to Earth, although their contribution to the total amount of substances on Earth is no more than six percent. They could also be a source of other elements besides zinc – mercury, selenium, noble gases. Article published in Icarus. The gradual… Continue reading A third of zinc fell to Earth with meteorites

South Korea's first lunar probe, Danuri, launched aboard Falcon 9

The Falcon 9 launch vehicle carrying the Danuri lunar probe, South Korea's first interplanetary spacecraft, launched from Cape Canaveral. The probe will operate in a lunar polar orbit for at least a year, studying the composition and structure of the Moon's surface, and will also look for ice deposits in the Moon's polar craters. The… Continue reading South Korea's first lunar probe, Danuri, launched aboard Falcon 9

The lunar holes turned out to be warm enough to build habitable bases

Planetologists using the LRO orbital probe have determined that the temperature of the soil inside the lunar holes is higher than on the surface of the Moon, and they themselves represent heat traps. Because of this, the sinkholes are suitable for placing research inhabited bases in them. Article published in the magazine Geophysical Research Letters.… Continue reading The lunar holes turned out to be warm enough to build habitable bases

Planetologists have compiled a new global map of hydrogen content in the soil of the Moon

Planetary scientists have presented a new global map of hydrogen content in the surface layer of the Moon, compiled using data from the Lunar Prospector orbital probe. The average hydrogen content of lunar soil is 47 parts per million, indicating that it comes mainly from the solar wind. At the same time, scientists were able… Continue reading Planetologists have compiled a new global map of hydrogen content in the soil of the Moon

NASA has selected a private contractor to deliver seismographs to the far side of the Moon

NASA has awarded Draper Laboratory a contract to deliver three payloads to the far side of the Moon as part of the CLPS program. These will be two seismographs, probes for studying heat flows and electrical conductivity of the lunar interior, as well as sensors for studying electric and magnetic fields near the surface of… Continue reading NASA has selected a private contractor to deliver seismographs to the far side of the Moon

NASA postpones the launch of the VIPER rover for a year

NASA has postponed the launch of the VIPER rover to the south pole of the Moon from November 2023 to November 2024. The delay is due to the need for additional testing of the Griffin lunar module, which is being developed by the private company Astrobotic Technology, according to NASA's website. VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar… Continue reading NASA postpones the launch of the VIPER rover for a year