Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Send YOUR NAME To MARS!!!!

Hey Space Placers!

Send YOUR NAME to Mars on NASA's Mars 2020 spacecraft  and be part of the almitted so far.most 700K names sub



Hurry because this opportunity ends September 30, 2020.

C'mon, earn those frequent flyer miles ;-) I've gotten hundreds of millions.......

Sky Guy Greg In VA

Monday, May 20, 2019

ISLANDS IN THE DARK - ON THE MOON

Hey Space Placers!


Image of illuminated peaks near the rim of Shackleton crater
Darkness surrounds illuminated peaks between Shackleton crater (rim crest at right) and de Gerlache crater (out of scene left). As lunar days and seaons progress, darkness creeps along this elevated ridge near the south pole. Image width 15 kilometers, NAC M1195011983LR [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
Enjoy this article about the South Pole of the Moon where there are some very special places.

The lunar South Pole is the next big step in exploration of the Moon.

Sky Guy In VA

Sunday, May 19, 2019

FULL FLOWER BLUE MOON

Hey Space Placers!

If you missed the Full Flower Blue Moon last night here is my pic of it. Be sure to click on the image.

The Moon will be almost full again tonight so get out and enjoy the view!


Enjoy!

Sky Guy Greg

Friday, May 17, 2019

HONEY, I SHRUNK THE MOON

Hey Space Placers! THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THIS BLOG OVER 3.1 MILLION VIEWS!

A little humor in the title but serious science - the Moon is shrinking due to heat loss as is explained in this article.

The findings are based on the study of 12,000 photographs taken by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)  - the spacecraft that continues to rewrite what we know about the Moon - showing new wrinkle features in the northern part of the Moon known as Mare Frigoris.


Region of the Moon called Mare Frigoris
Scientists have discovered these wrinkle ridges in a region of the Moon called Mare Frigoris. These ridges add to evidence that the Moon has an actively changing surface. This image was taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).
NASA/GSFC

The shrinking Moon also is thought to have created "moonquakes" that shaped the Moon's surface, especially in Taurus-Littrow Valley where Apollo 17 astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmidt (the only geologist to to the Moon so far).



An amazing view of Taurus Littrow Valley by LRO:

The Taurus-Littrow valley is the location of the Apollo 17 landing site (asterisk). Cutting across the valley, just above the landing site, is the Lee-Lincoln fault scarp. Movement on the fault was the likely source of numerous moonquakes that triggered events in the valley. 1) Large landslides on of slopes of South Massif draped relatively bright rocks and dust (regolith) on and over the Lee-Lincoln scarp. 2) Boulders rolled down the slopes of North Massif leaving tracks or narrow troughs in the regolith on the slopes of North Massif. 3) Landslides on southeastern slopes of the Sculptured Hills.
Credits: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University/Smithsonian

The more we learn about the Moon the more amazing a place it becomes.

Sky Guy in VA



Thursday, May 16, 2019

LATEST FROM THE CHINA'S FAR SIDE LUNAR MISSION

Hey Space Placers!

If you read my 5/15/19 blog on Artemis, you'll want to read the latest on China's Chang'e 4 mission to the lunar far side.


Image captured by Chang'E 4 showed the landscape near the landing site. (Image by NAOC/CNSA)
Tomorrow we return to the Moon once more - or I should say to the "Incredible Shrinking Moon'.

Sky Guy in VA



Wednesday, May 15, 2019

MEET ARTEMIS - NASA'S RETURN TO THE MOON PROGRAM

Hey Space Placers!

NASA's "Return to the Moon by 2024' finally has a name - Artemis - the twin sister of Apollo. Read about it here  and here.




More on Artemis:



Only time and money will tell if this all comes to fruition.

Make no mistake, if the U.S. doesn't go to the Moon and stay this time, other nations will with China in the forefront.

America must do this to stay relevant in space AND here on Earth.

Sky Guy in VA

Monday, May 13, 2019

UPCOMING EPIC MOON ROCK RESEARCH

Hey Space Placers!

Here is an excellent Washington Post article on upcoming research that will be performed on pristine Apollo lunar samples that have been preserved for the past half century.

This research will be epic because these samples were preserved by NASA nearly 50 years ago with the express intent of waiting for the development of new techniques and instruments to learn new things about the Moon. That time has come later this year.

We know alot about the Moon from prior studies of the Apollo lunar samples  but we are learning more with new methods and instruments. But to study PRISTINE, sealed and frozen samples with these methods - well, it is like a whole new mission to the Moon. We are going to learn so much I do believe.

I will have more on this exciting story as it develops.

Sky Guy Greg