Could the Moon Actually Crash Toward Earth?

Could the Moon Actually Crash Toward Earth?

There's a trailer out for a new science fiction film called Moonfall, to be released in early 2022, in which the moon is about to crash into Earth.A gravitational force pulls Earth and the moon toward each other.

NASA's NIAC Program Gives a Sneak Peek at the Future of Space Travel

NASA's NIAC Program Gives a Sneak Peek at the Future of Space Travel

To aid creative reuse of lunar resources, Greig and her colleagues propose a technology called ablative arc mining, which would slurp up water ice and the kinds of metals that could be used as building materials.

Sunny-Day Flooding Is About to Become More Than a Nuisance

Sunny-Day Flooding Is About to Become More Than a Nuisance

Those higher sea levels coupled with another lunar cycle will drive a national leap in high-tide flooding, starting with what Thompson and researchers call “a year of inflection.”.

How to Survive a Killer Asteroid

How to Survive a Killer Asteroid

Then, in the early 1900s, astronomers like Russia’s Nikolai Morozov* began observing newly developed high explosives and made a rather startling discovery: Large explosions differ from thrown rocks in a number of ways, but most ominously—at least for our species’ continued existence—they leave circular craters regardless of their angle of impact.

The ‘Girl Games’ of the ’90s Were Fun and Feminist

The ‘Girl Games’ of the ’90s Were Fun and Feminist

And so, in October 1996, Mattel Media released Barbie Fashion Designer on CD-ROM.Barbie Fashion Designer “really changed the conversation,” says Yasmin B.Before Barbie, “very few games thought about the play space for girls.”.

The Trump Administration Left Biden With a Rocket Dilemma

The Trump Administration Left Biden With a Rocket Dilemma

At the time, NASA engineers at Marshall told Pence they were confident the SLS rocket would make its debut flight in 2020, setting up a schedule to allow astronauts to return to the moon by 2024.

The Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction—and Other Stuff in the Night Sky

The Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction—and Other Stuff in the Night Sky

If you look at the moon with binoculars, you can see much more detail in the craters than with just your naked eye.With a pair of binoculars, you can see things that are otherwise too faint to detect with the naked eye in the dark sky.

A Rocket From 1966 Has Found Its Way Back to Earth’s Orbit

A Rocket From 1966 Has Found Its Way Back to Earth’s Orbit

Meanwhile, the spent Centaur rocket continued on its merry way through space and was pretty much forgotten—at least until August of this year, when astronomers using the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) in Hawaii spotted a mysterious object in a solar orbit that was due to pass close by Earth.

TikTok Witches Are Hexing the Election This Halloween

TikTok Witches Are Hexing the Election This Halloween

So when Hughes and the rest of the Magic Resistance Facebook group, which is about 6,000 people, attempt to bind President Trump to prevent him from doing harm to himself or others each month, they’re really participating in a long-running tradition.

Scientists May Have Found a Material for Building on Mars

Scientists May Have Found a Material for Building on Mars

And back in March, a paper by an international team of scientists suggested that astronauts setting up a base on the moon could use the urea in their urine as a plasticizer to create a concrete-like building material out of lunar soil.

Want to Slow Down Time? Use a Really Slow Clock

Want to Slow Down Time? Use a Really Slow Clock

Now, Thrift is back with Moon, a clock that measures one lunar cycle with each revolution.Scott Thrift's new Moon clock indicates the current phase of the lunar cycle.“We already have timepieces that show us how to be on time,” Thrift says.

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.

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Curtain Call

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Curtain Call

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteLooking down from a great height of one million miles, this view of Saturn’s north pole reveals its hexagon-shaped storm and different windy bands.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteIn this deep dive, Cassini provided a breathtaking view from below Saturn’s rings.

Space Photos of the Week: Europa! Attempt No Landing There

Space Photos of the Week: Europa! Attempt No Landing There

The puzzling, fascinating surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa looms large in this newly-reprocessed color view, made from images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI InstituteOur final image in this series shows more chaos terrain in a region called Chaos Near Agenor Linea.

How Space Travel Tries to Kill You and Make You Ugly

How Space Travel Tries to Kill You and Make You Ugly

How Bad Is Bad. The expected radiation exposure for a Mars excursion for an astronaut—a federal worker—far exceeds the levels permitted for terrestrial workplace activities by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Space Photos of the Week: 50 Years After Apollo 13

Space Photos of the Week: 50 Years After Apollo 13

Photograph: NASAThe crew took this spectacular image of the Earth while returning from the Moon.Photograph: NASAAfter two intense days of what you might call extreme work-arounds, all three crew members of Apollo 13 landed safely back on Earth.

Space Photos of the Week: The Super Pink Moon

Space Photos of the Week: The Super Pink Moon

This past week, much of the world was treated to a Super Pink Moon and if you were one of many who missed out due to clouds or rain, don’t worry!Writers and poets love the moon, super or not, so this week we’ll offer a series of moon-related quotes and poems.

The Sea Is Getting Warmer. Will the Shrimp Get Louder?

The Sea Is Getting Warmer. Will the Shrimp Get Louder?

But climate change may turn up the volume on this liquid symphony as warmer sea temperatures boost the volume of noise produced by the small but incredibly loud percussionist in this orchestra: the snapping shrimp.

Katherine Johnson’s Math Will Steer NASA Back to the Moon

Katherine Johnson’s Math Will Steer NASA Back to the Moon

The retired NASA mathematician, who died Monday at the age of 101, calculated the trajectories of the agency’s first space missions, including John Glenn ’s 1962 spaceflight in which he became the first American to orbit the planet, and the first moon landing in 1969.

A Star's Auroras Light the Way to a New Exoplanet

A Star's Auroras Light the Way to a New Exoplanet

As the moon rotates around its host planet, this charged gas swipes across Jupiter’s magnetic field lines “like plucking strings on a guitar,” said Nichols, who studies space-based magnetic fields.

NASA Puts a Price on a 2024 Moon Landing

NASA Puts a Price on a 2024 Moon Landing

NASA's human spaceflight chief, Doug Loverro, shared this number Monday at Johnson Space Center, as the Trump White House released its fiscal year 2021 budget.

Here's What the World Will Look Like in 2030 ... Right?

Here's What the World Will Look Like in 2030 ... Right?

When the last person left the moon in 1972, few could have predicted that humans wouldn’t return for another 50 years.The agency is planning a crewed mission to the moon in 2024 , and this time it wants to stick around.

So You Think You Know Gravity? Let Us Drop Some Knowledge

So You Think You Know Gravity? Let Us Drop Some Knowledge

But maybe a better way to approach gravity is to think not about being stuck on Earth but about being weightless.“What you’re really doing when you’re experiencing gravity isn’t being heavy in your chair, it’s falling weightlessly in the gravitational field,” says astrophysicist Janna Levin.

Space Photos of the Week: Starkiller Base? Nope, Just Real-Life Icy Moons

Space Photos of the Week: Starkiller Base? Nope, Just Real-Life Icy Moons

Photograph: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research InstitutePerhaps the most famous moon in the solar system (aside from our own) is Jupiter’s Europa.Photograph: NASA/JPL/Space Science InstituteIn 1989 after visiting the outer planets, Voyager 2 flew past Neptune and its large moon Triton.

Want Vintage NASA Space Photos? Sotheby's Can Help

Want Vintage NASA Space Photos? Sotheby's Can Help

The image, developed in NASA’s photographic laboratories immediately after the mission and autographed by Bean himself, is one of more than 200 prints peddled by the auction house in its first-ever space photos sale, taking place today.

Space Photos of the Week: Terrific, Tantalizing Titan

Space Photos of the Week: Terrific, Tantalizing Titan

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASIThe photos Cassini sent back during its 13 years at Saturn are so stunning, they can make this already beautiful planet seem like something out of fairy tales.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASIOn September 15, 2017, before Cassini set a death course into Saturn, it took one last photo of Titan.

Astronomers Detect Water Vapor Around Jupiter's Moon Europa

Astronomers Detect Water Vapor Around Jupiter's Moon Europa

Planetary scientists have long suspected Europa may harbor a vast liquid water ocean beneath its thick, icy crust.In 2016, scientists used the Hubble Space Telescope to detect what appeared to be water plumes erupting from Europa’s surface.

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.

For All Mankind Imagines an Alternate History for NASA

For All Mankind Imagines an Alternate History for NASA

In the team’s most recent creation, For All Mankind, Moore and company introduce audiences to a new history of the space program: One where the Russians made it to the moon first; where Ted Kennedy cancelled his party on Chappaquiddick; and where national heroes like Buzz Aldrin and Wernher von Braun become people, wracked with their own insecurities, flaws, and humanity.

Space Photos of the Week: Moon Walks for Moon Rocks

Space Photos of the Week: Moon Walks for Moon Rocks

Cernan/JSCThe Apollo 14 mission landed on the moon in 1971, and this photo taken by a crew member shows a rock about the size of a basketball—but small enough to take back to Earth.