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

James Webb saw auroras on Jupiter

The James Webb Infrared Space Telescope has captured new images of the Jupiter system. On them, in addition to details in the planet’s atmosphere and auroras, you can see the rings of Jupiter and a couple of its satellites, according to the NASA website. The Jupiter system, like the gas giant itself, represents important targets… Continue reading James Webb saw auroras on Jupiter

Galileo Galilei's manuscript turned out to be a fake

American historian Nick Wilding discovered that Galileo Galilei's manuscript in the University of Michigan library is a forgery. Supposedly it was made by the famous forger Tobia Nicotra in the 1930s. This was reported in a press release from the University of Michigan. For almost a century, the library of the University of Michigan has… Continue reading Galileo Galilei's manuscript turned out to be a fake

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.

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 Mayan Indians were suspected of using the ashes of their rulers in making balls

Archaeologists, while examining the pyramidal temple of the Sun in the ancient city of Tonina, discovered a room and a crypt containing more than 400 vessels with organic materials: human ashes, wood ash, rubber and plant roots. Scientists have suggested that the discovered remains of people (possibly rulers or high-ranking persons) were used by the… Continue reading The Mayan Indians were suspected of using the ashes of their rulers in making balls

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