On the Moon, Astronaut Pee Will Be a Hot Commodity

On the Moon, Astronaut Pee Will Be a Hot Commodity

The resulting material is a geopolymer, which has similar properties to concrete and could potentially be used to build landing pads, habitats, and other structures on the moon.Lunar regolith has chemical similarities to fly ash, which makes geopolymers an attractive option for building stuff on the moon.

Alien Hunters Need the Far Side of the Moon to Stay Quiet

Alien Hunters Need the Far Side of the Moon to Stay Quiet

Moving radio observatories to the moon wouldn’t require turning the entire lunar farside into a radio quiet zone, but it would guarantee that at least some portions of the moon are preserved for radio astronomy and the hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence.

India’s Moon Landing May Be Doomed

India’s Moon Landing May Be Doomed

India has lost contact with its Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram, which was scheduled to land near the lunar south pole on Friday.When Vikram was 2 kilometers above the lunar surface, the Indian Space Research Organization lost contact with the lander.

A Moon Landing Goes Awry, Apple Opens Up on iOS Hacks, and More News

A Moon Landing Goes Awry, Apple Opens Up on iOS Hacks, and More News

India has lost contact with its lunar lander, Apple finally speaks out after an iPhone hack, and an electric dump truck has taken over the internet.Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday?

Water Bears Crash Onto the Moon, Cloudflare Ditches 8Chan, and More News

Water Bears Crash Onto the Moon, Cloudflare Ditches 8Chan, and More News

A crashed lunar lander left dehydrated water bears stuck on the moon, Cloudflare has ditched 8chan following this weekend's shootings, and electric cars enter the used car market.After a lunar lander crashed into the moon on April 11, thousands of dehydrated water bears were left on the moon's surface .

SpaceIL’s Crashed Spacecraft Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon

SpaceIL’s Crashed Spacecraft Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon

The lunar library includes thousands of high-resolution images of book pages compressed into just a few square inches.Spivack says that adding the DNA-filled resin to the lunar library at the last minute was a major risk, because any mistakes in how it was incorporated could have ruined the nickel engravings.

Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve

Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve

Zellner says the best way to settle the lunar cataclysm debate will be to visit craters where samples aren’t likely to have been contaminated by the Imbrium impact, such as the south pole or the far side of the moon.

Space Photos of the Week: This Apollo Went to 11

Space Photos of the Week: This Apollo Went to 11

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing . Our lunar adventures are nowhere near done, though it might be a some time until we can all collectively share the awe that the world felt 50 years ago.

Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control

Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control

Shortly after noon on July 20, 1969, as they orbited some 70 miles above the surface of the moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin detached their lunar lander from the Apollo 11 command module in preparation for descent.

Moondust Could Cloud Our Lunar Ambitions

Moondust Could Cloud Our Lunar Ambitions

If NASA hoped to keep its moon-based instruments working on future Apollo missions, O'Brien concluded, it would need to study the matter of dust-spraying thoroughly.

Bad Air Linked To Dementia, Bezos' Lunar Lander, and More News

Bad Air Linked To Dementia, Bezos' Lunar Lander, and More News

Bad Air Linked To Dementia, Bezos' Lunar Lander, and More News. Now, a wave of studies suggests air pollution is more harmful to us than previously thought, especially when it comes to dementia.

Jeff Bezos Unveils Blue Origin's Prototype of a Lunar Lander

Jeff Bezos Unveils Blue Origin's Prototype of a Lunar Lander

As detailed by Bezos, the plan is to send the lunar lander, called Blue Moon, to Shackleton Crater at the moon’s south pole. According to Bezos, the Blue Moon lander will be able to soft land on the lunar surface with up to 6.5 metric tons of payload weight.

Why America Wants to Send Astronauts to the Moon's South Pole

Why America Wants to Send Astronauts to the Moon's South Pole

But Tuesday, at the fifth meeting of the National Space Council, Vice President Mike Pence doled out a big piece of information: When American astronauts go back to the moon, they will land at the lunar south pole.

Space Photos of the Week: One Last Piece of the Moon Rock

Space Photos of the Week: One Last Piece of the Moon Rock

(Astronauts pounded a “drive tube” into the lunar ground to pull a core of material, weighing about 800 grams.) Astronauts on Apollo-era moon-landing missions brought many rock samples down to Earth; these were vacuum-sealed and have never been exposed to our atmosphere.

Watch as SpaceX Launches the First Private Lunar Lander

Watch as SpaceX Launches the First Private Lunar Lander

The Beresheet lander is a joint venture between Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL —one of the participants in the Google Lunar X Prize, which challenged private companies to land spacecraft on the moon without government funds—and Israel Aerospace Industries, the country's largest aerospace and defense company.

China’s Moon Lander Wakes Up From Its Long, Ultra-Cold Night

China’s Moon Lander Wakes Up From Its Long, Ultra-Cold Night

But yesterday, China’s space agency announced that the frigidity of the lunar night is even more intense than we’d thought: The country’s Chang’e 4 spacecraft recorded an icy low of –310 degrees Fahrenheit (–190 degrees Celsius).

Why Does a Lunar Eclipse Get Called a Blood Moon?

Why Does a Lunar Eclipse Get Called a Blood Moon?

“When I see all these headlines about the wolf blood super moon, I go nuts,” says Fred Espenak, scientist emeritus at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

What Is the Dark Side of the Moon?

What Is the Dark Side of the Moon?

(In the case of our moon, astronomers think it once whirled faster about its axis.) But over time, gravity from our planet exerted torque on bulges in the lunar surface, forcing its rotation into synchronization with its orbital period.