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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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“.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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 Slooh.com (you can sign up for a free account). We’ll simulcast that feed on Space.com’s homepage, courtesy of Slooh.
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.
Die chinesische „Chang’e 4“ setzte am frühen Morgen um 3.26 Uhr MEZ am Aitken-Krater in der Nähe vom Südpol des Erdtrabanten auf.
The lunar explorer Chang’e 4 touched down at 10:26 a.m., China Central Television said in a brief announcement at the top of its noon news broadcast.
(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.
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.
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.“
“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.”