Archiv: the Moon (of Earth) / der Mond (der Erde)

10.08.2021 - 13:08 [ International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service - ]

Measuring the irregularities of the Earth’s rotation

The variability of the earth-rotation vector relative to the body of the planet or in inertial space is caused by the gravitational torque exerted by the Moon, Sun and planets, displacements of matter in different parts of the planet and other excitation mechanisms.

26.10.2020 - 18:22 [ CNN ]

The moon may contain more water than previously believed, including on its sunlit surface

The research is based on data gathered by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, in orbit around the moon since June 2009, as well as the agency’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy airborne telescope, called SOFIA. The latter is a Boeing 747SP aircraft modified to carry a 2.7-meter telescope.

27.09.2020 - 15:59 [ ]

Italy, USA sign moon-exploration agreement

Italy and the United States on Friday signed a declaration of intent for exploration of the moon linked to the Artemis programme.
The deal was signed in Rome by Cabinet Secretary Riccardo Fraccaro in video link with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

20.05.2020 - 01:52 [ Ars Technica ]

NASA’s human spaceflight chief just resigned, and the timing couldn’t be worse

The timing of Doug Loverro’s departure is terrible, with NASA’s first launch of humans in nearly nine years due to occur in just eight days.

The space agency offered a bland statement regarding Loverro’s resignation as Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) at NASA.

08.04.2020 - 06:16 [ Space Videos / Youtube ]

Pink Moon / Super Moon. 7th April 2020

This term comes from way back when the full moon at this time of year was associated with the blooming of a particular flower.

Given we as a society dont have the same connection with nature and the phases of the moon, I know a number of people, who wouldn’t normally be interested in astronomy, thinking the moon was turning pink and will be very disappointed even though the moon looks spectacular as it is.

28.02.2020 - 18:35 [ USA Today ]

‚Mini-moon‘ the size of a car discovered orbiting Earth. But it won’t be there for long.

After billions of years, it looks like the moon found some temporary company in the form of a „mini-moon“ that recently entered the Earth’s orbit.

The discovery was made the night of Feb. 15 by Senior Research Specialist Kacper Wierzchos and Research Specialist Theodore Pruyne, both with the Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona College of Science.

15.07.2019 - 10:10 [ NDTV ]

Chandrayaan 2 Launch Called Off Today After „Technical Snag“

The launch of Chandrayaan 2, India’s most ambitious space mission yet, was called off early this morning by the Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO. The powerful GSLV Mark III rocket was set to go up from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 2:51 am with a rover that would land on the moon in about two months‘ time. However, after first being put on hold 56 minutes before blast-off, the launch was scrapped because of a „technical snag“, ISRO said, adding it would announce a new date later. President Ram Nath Kovind was present at the space port for the mission.

15.07.2019 - 10:06 [ Tagesschau ]

Rückschlag für Indiens Mondpläne

Im Rahmen der Mission „Chandrayaan 2“ soll im südlichen Bereich auf der meist dunklen Seite des Mondes nach Wasser gesucht werden. Dafür hat die indische Mondfähre auch Forschungsmaterial der US-Weltraumagentur NASA an Bord.

03.06.2019 - 15:43 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Der Weltraum als „Zukunftsmarkt“

Wie der Verband erklärt, sei nicht nur die deutsche Wirtschaft auf eine eigenständige weltraumgestützte Satellitenkommunikation angewiesen, um sich „strategische Autonomie“ zu sichern; dies gelte auch für staatliche Stellen und vor allem für das Militär. Schließlich seien Einsätze der Bundeswehr „ohne Weltraumsysteme nicht mehr vorstellbar“.

27.01.2019 - 12:04 [ ]

NASA Erased First Moonwalk Tapes, But Restores Copies

(17. Juli 2009) After a three-year search for a set of data tapes that promised to offer an improved view of the first moonwalk by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin 40 years ago this month, NASA revealed on Thursday that the tapes were more than likely erased years ago and reused. But the agency then unveiled the next best thing: restored footage based on their best broadcast quality tapes.

27.01.2019 - 12:01 [ Reuters ]

Moon landing tapes got erased, NASA admits

(16. Juli 2009) The good news is he found where they went. The bad news is they were part of a batch of 200,000 tapes that were degaussed — magnetically erased — and re-used to save money.

27.01.2019 - 11:58 [ ]

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: NASA finds missing moon landing tapes

(28. Juni 2009) The Sunday Express can now reveal that the missing tapes containing the original high quality images have been found.

If the visual data can be retrieved, Nasa is set to reveal them to the world as a key plank of celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the landings next month.

The tapes show in much more detail than almost anyone has previously seen the surface of the moon beneath the patriotic symbol of the US flag.

Crucially, they could once and for all dispel 40 years of wild conspiracy theories.

27.01.2019 - 11:51 [ Sydney Morning Herald ]

One giant blunder for mankind: how NASA lost moon pictures

(5. August 2005) THE heart-stopping moments when Neil Armstrong took his first tentative steps onto another world are defining images of the 20th century: grainy, fuzzy, unforgettable.

But just 37 years after Apollo 11, it is feared the magnetic tapes that recorded the first moon walk – beamed to the world via three tracking stations, including Parkes’s famous „Dish“ – have gone missing at NASA’s Goddard Space Centre in Maryland.

A desperate search has begun amid concerns the tapes will disintegrate to dust before they can be found.

27.01.2019 - 11:27 [ ]

India’s first lunar mission finds water on moon: Two other studies back findings from Chandrayaan-1

(24. September 2009) The man who led the mission, Dr Mylswamy Annadurai, told the Times today how pleased he was at the discovery, which significantly enhances India’s position in its space race with China.

„It’s very satisfying,“ he said. „This was one of the main objectives of Chandrayaan-1, to find evidence of water on the moon.“

The reports from the Indian mission were backed up by the findings of two other studies to be published in the journal Science on Friday, showing that the water may be actively moving around, forming and reforming as particles mixed up in the dust on the surface of the moon.

27.01.2019 - 11:24 [ ]

Water Ice Confirmed on the Surface of the Moon for the 1st Time!

(21.8.2018) As that statement indicates, scientists already knew that the lunar underground isn’t bone-dry. For example, in 2009, an impactor released by NASA’s Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) blasted a bunch of water into space after slamming into a permanently shadowed region of Cabeus Crater, which lies near the moon’s south pole.

But it wasn’t clear from the LCROSS data where, exactly, that excavated ice originally lay — how much gray dirt once sat atop it. And, while several instruments have spotted tantalizing hints of exposed lunar ice over the years, these detections had remained unconfirmed until now.

27.01.2019 - 11:13 [ ]

Earth’s Oldest Known Rock Found on Moon – Scientists Explain How It Got There

This rock was formed between 4 and 4.1 billion years ago, about 12.4 miles beneath the Earth’s crust, yet the most curious thing about it that it was found far beyond our planet’s surface – on the Moon.

The rock was among the samples discovered by the Apollo 14 crew. The Apollo missions brought back a whole bunch of rock samples, and scientists have been methodically analyzing them ever since.

19.01.2019 - 04:38 [ SPACE ]

Super Blood Wolf Moon Webcasts! How to Watch the 2019 Total Lunar Eclipse Online

On the night of Jan. 20, beginning just minutes after 10:30 p.m. EST (7:30 p.m. PST), the moon will noticeably, progressively get darker. The sun, the Earth and the moon will converge in an instance of perfect cosmic alignment to create a total lunar eclipse. The online observatory Slooh will host a free webcast on (you can sign up for a free account). We’ll simulcast that feed on’s homepage, courtesy of Slooh.

19.01.2019 - 04:22 [ Xinhuanet ]

NASA cooperates with China on moon exploration

NASA and China National Space Administration (CNSA) have agreed that „any significant findings resulting from this coordination activity“ will be shared with the global research community at a UN meeting for peaceful uses of outer space to be held in Vienna in mid-February, according to NASA.

12.11.2018 - 13:31 [ ]

NASA unveils new goals for Moon, Mars, including space privatization ​

(1.10.2018) These certainly mean more dollars headed toward research and development; while the original Apollo and other missions were government-funded and ultimately fell under the purview of the military (indeed, one of the primary stated goals of the Gemini and Apollo programs was to lessen the „Missile gap“ between the United States and the Soviet Union), this new concept relies heavily on private investment, corporate involvement and funding, and the eventual mining and financial rewards of „exploration and use“ of the lunar and Mars surfaces.

12.11.2018 - 12:08 [ Europäische Weltraumagentur (ESA) ]

ESA’s space vision presented at Paris Peace Forum

ESA astronaut Claudie Haigneré attended the Paris Peace Forum this weekend, presenting the Agency’s vision for engaging humankind in multilateral cooperation for space exploration with peaceful objectives.

05.11.2018 - 18:18 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Der Mond als Marktplatz

Jarzombek wiederum hat die Forcierung eines Weltraumgesetzes angekündigt, das die Haftungsrisiken der Weltraumindustrie mindern soll, etwa bei Schäden, die durch Fehlstarts oder Satellitenkollisionen entstünden. Ziel der Gesetzesinitative sei es, „dass unsere Regeln nicht schlechter sind als die anderer europäischer Länder“, erklärt der Raumfahrtkoordinator der Bundesregierung. Jarzombek schwebt eine Art „Space-Hermes“ vor: „Eine Versicherung nach dem Muster der staatlichen Hermes-Exportkreditversicherung.“

05.10.2018 - 01:50 [ ]

NASA signs deal with Israel Space Agency for lunar mission

“I’m thrilled to extend progress in commercial cooperation we’ve made in low-Earth orbit to the lunar environment with this new agreement with the Israel Space Agency and SpaceIL,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said. “Innovative partnerships like this are going to be essential as we go forward to the Moon and create new opportunities there.”