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NASA Hasn't Been This Close to Europa Since 2000

Juno spacecraft got within 219 miles of Jupiter's icy moon

(Newser) - NASA's Juno spacecraft has made the closest approach to Jupiter’s tantalizing, icy moon Europa in more than 20 years. Juno on Thursday zipped within approximately 219 miles of Europa, thought to have an ocean flowing beneath its thick frozen crust, raising the possibility of underwater life. Scientists hailed...

The Universe Has a New Mineral
The Universe Has
a New Mineral

The Universe Has a New Mineral

China identifies transparent crystal on the moon

(Newser) - China has identified a new mineral on the moon, joining the exclusive club of nations able to make that claim. The transparent crystal has been named Changesite-(Y), after the Chinese lunar goddess Chang'e, reports Space.com . The International Mineralogical Association has confirmed the finding, which New Atlas reports is...

Fueling Glitch Threatens Long-Awaited Moon Launch
NASA Has to Scrap
Its Big Moon Launch
UPDATED

NASA Has to Scrap Its Big Moon Launch

Fuel leaks push back next possible launch date to Friday

(Newser) - Update: This summary has been updated throughout. Fuel leaks have forced NASA to scrub Monday's launch of its new moon rocket on a no-crew test flight, per the AP . The next launch attempt will not take place until Friday at the earliest. The 322-foot Space Launch System rocket...

Supermoon Puts on a Show Around the Globe

Missed the show? Don't worry, we've got pics

(Newser) - Did you catch the supermoon? There was a full moon Wednesday night, and at the same time, the moon was closer to Earth than usual. That combo is called a supermoon. The closer proximity to Earth can make the moon appear slightly bigger and brighter, weather permitting, per the AP...

Supermoon Is Upon Us This Week
New Supermoon
Appears This Week

New Supermoon Appears This Week

This month's full moon, on Wednesday, should appear bigger and brighter than usual

(Newser) - If you missed last month's supermoon, you have another chance. This month's full moon is Wednesday. At the same time, the moon's orbit will bring it closer to Earth than usual. This cosmic combo is called a supermoon, per the AP . That can make the moon appear...

China Slams America's 'Dirty Record' in Space

Officials reject NASA chief's accusation that China is trying to take over the moon

(Newser) - China has angrily fired back at NASA Administrator Bill Nelson's criticism of its space program, denying that it is planning to take over the moon. In an interview with Germany's Bild newspaper published Saturday, Nelson said, "We must be very concerned about China landing on the moon...

Double Crater on Moon Left by Space Junk Puzzles NASA

Debris has hit the surface before but never caused a dual crater

(Newser) - Astronomers knew a hunk of debris from an unknown spacecraft was going to slam into the far side of the moon in March, so they got plenty of before-and-after photographs of the surface. Software usually compares the photos, looking for what's changed to tell where the object hit, the...

No, That's Not a Microwave NASA Launched Into Space

Tiny CAPSTONE spacecraft will test-drive a new lunar orbit to be used by astronaut way station

(Newser) - In between the gravities of the Earth and the moon lies a halo-shaped orbit that will be used by NASA's soon-to-come Gateway, a lunar rest stop of sorts for astronauts when they head back to the moon as part of the agency's Artemis missions . The agency has now...

Tonight's Full Moon Has a Colorful Name

Strawberry Supermoon arrives Tuesday

(Newser) - Tuesday night will be a fine night for moongazing, with the Full Strawberry Supermoon at its brightest, astronomers say. The June full moon gets its name from the strawberry harvesting season it coincides with, not its actual hue, though it will be unusually bright, NPR reports. It will also appear...

'Holy Cow. Plants Actually Grow in Lunar Stuff'
'Holy Cow. Plants Actually
Grow in Lunar Stuff'
new study

'Holy Cow. Plants Actually Grow in Lunar Stuff'

Researchers grow plants in dirt brought back from the moon

(Newser) - For the first time, scientists have grown plants in soil from the moon collected by NASA’s Apollo astronauts. Researchers had no idea if anything would sprout in the harsh moon dirt and wanted to see if it could be used to grow food by the next generation of lunar...

Gas May Hide in 50-Year-Old Moon Sample

Sample 73001, vacuum-sealed in 1972, is now being opened

(Newser) - The last time astronauts set foot on the moon, in 1972, they hammered two 1.5-by-14-inch tubes into the lunar surface, which were then retrieved along with the soil inside. Sample 73002 was brought back to Earth in an unsealed container, which was opened in 2019. But sample 73001 was...

Here's What It'll Look Like When Rocket Crashes Into Moon

Moon dust to fly hundreds of miles from impact crater, which is expected to be quite large

(Newser) - The moon is about to get walloped by 3 tons of space junk, a punch that will carve out a crater that could fit several semitractor-trailers. A leftover rocket will smash into the far side of the moon at 5,800mph on Friday, away from telescopes' prying eyes, the AP...

China: Rocket Set to Crash Into Moon Isn't Ours

Experts disagree, say Chang'e-5T1 booster will make impact March 4

(Newser) - China is denying responsibility for a wayward rocket expected to crash into the far side of the moon next month. Though the rocket was initially misidentified as a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that failed to return to Earth after launching a weather satellite in 2015, experts— including those at NASA'...

Rocket Due to Crash Into the Moon Isn't From SpaceX

Expert says WE0913A is likely a Chinese rocket, launched in 2014

(Newser) - Update: The space expert shouting about a rocket smashing into the moon says he made a big mistake. The item dubbed WE0913A is still projected to hit the dark side of the moon at 7:26am EST on March 4, but it's not the upper stage of a SpaceX...

Think You Can Build a Nuclear Power Plant On the Moon?

If so, NASA would like to hear from you

(Newser) - NASA wants there to be a nuclear power plant on the moon, and it needs your help. The goal is to build a fission reactor within 10 years, and the plan is to get someone else to get it started, the AP reports. In a statement , Battelle Energy Alliance and...

Small Space Traveler May Be a First
Small Space
Traveler
May Be
a First
in case you missed it

Small Space Traveler May Be a First

Rock the size of a Ferris wheel appears to be a long-lost piece of the moon in orbit around sun

(Newser) - It's not the first asteroid near Earth to show up in astronomers' telescopes, but this one appears to have a rare distinction. The rock dubbed with the Hawaiian name Kamo`oalewa seems to have come not from deep space, but from our own moon, reports the Guardian . Assuming the theory...

NASA: Bezos Lawsuit Has Delayed Return to the Moon

Astronauts won't get there until 2025 at the earliest

(Newser) - NASA says its return to the moon has been pushed back from 2024 until 2025 at the earliest—and a lawsuit from Jeff Bezos' space company is one of the main causes for the delay. "We've lost nearly seven months in litigation, and that likely has pushed the...

Bezos to NASA: Let's Make a Deal on the Moon
Jeff Bezos
Makes NASA
a $2B Offer

Jeff Bezos Makes NASA a $2B Offer

Ex-Amazon CEO wants to again compete in moon race against SpaceX

(Newser) - If Elon Musk thought he had the sole lock on building NASA's next lunar landing vehicle, there may be a new wrench in the works. In April, the space agency announced it was offering Musk's SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract to build the spacecraft that will take...

Moon Could Help Trigger a Decade of Flooding
Moon Could
Help Trigger
a Decade
of Flooding
in case you missed it

Moon Could Help Trigger a Decade of Flooding

Effects on tides might not be huge, but researchers say some coastal areas are 'close to the brim'

(Newser) - Flooding in the 2030s might make us look back fondly on this decade. NASA sea level researchers say high tide flooding could seriously worsen next decade along US coastlines, NPR reports. That's the sort of flooding in which water invades streets and yards in coastal areas. "Nuisance floods,...

Full Moon Will Be Putting On a Show
Full Moon Will Be
Putting On a Show

Full Moon Will Be Putting On a Show

People on the West Coast can watch a lunar eclipse early Wednesday

(Newser) - The first total lunar eclipse in more than two years coincides with a supermoon early Wednesday for quite a cosmic show, per the AP . East Coasters are out of luck when it comes to the eclipse part, though West Coasters will get to see it. This super “blood” moon...

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