Thanks to NASA's trusty Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), we now have some amazing shots of the inside of the lunar crater Aristarchus. It's one of the brightest spots on the moon's surface and while it can be seen by the naked eye on a good night, the LRO was able to get just 16 miles above it and give us some new views.
Earth has a nasty habit of recycling its surface such that old stuff (like dinosaur bones and meteor craters and ancient alien cities) get swallowed up by oceans and volcanoes or eroded into dust. The moon, however, hasn't been geologically active for a very long time, and if aliens ever stopped by our solar system, the moon might be the place to check for artifacts.
NASA has just released the latest topography map of the moon — gathered from information sent back from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) launched in June, 2009.
If NASA can put a man on the moon, rest confidently they can plan an elaborate sting to nab a moon rock thief. NASA recently managed to outwit the 74 year-old grandmother who was attempting to sell a piece of Apollo-era moon rock about the size of a grain of rice for approximately $1.7 million dollars.
Just when you thought it was all winding down for NASA, comes word that we are headed back to the moon, and that the launch is this Saturday.
Domino's Pizza Japan has just unveiled plans to construct a pizza restaurant on the Moon. Seriously. It's going to take 15 rocket launches and 14 billion dollars and will have dart boards and pool tables and delivery motorbikes and awesomeness. It's also possible that this is all just a complicated publicity stunt, but let's just pretend that it's not.
Pack your bags, it's time to nuke ourselves to the moon! And while we're at it, we might as well bring along a few extra nukes, in the form of miniaturized nuclear reactors that can fit inside a suitcase and power a moon base or two.
In the late 1960s, NASA's Lunar Orbiter 2 spacecraft was circling the moon, spotting potential landing sites for the Apollo missions. In 1969, the probe was commanded to crash into the moon's far side, and we don't know for sure what happened after that. This new picture may be the answer.
Sleeping under the moon is wonderful, until you wake up at 3am being eaten either by mosquitos or bears/wolves. Not so beautiful then! That's why I like these much safer moon lights.
In just the past week, Congress has introduced a bill directing NASA to put a manned base on the moon by 2022, and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has said that he'll be sending humans to Mars in a little as 10 years. But can it happen, and do we even want it to?