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July 12, 2023

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Why the Day Is 24 Hours Long: Astrophysicists Reveal Why Earth's Day Was a Constant 19.5 Hours for Over a Billion Years

Astrophysicists have revealed how the slow and steady lengthening of Earth's day caused by the tidal pull of the moon was halted for over a billion years. They show that from approximately two billion years ago until 600 million years ago, an ...

Large Sub-Surface Granite Formation Signals Ancient Volcanic Activity on Moon's Dark Side

一个大型花岗岩的形成发现以下lunar surface likely was formed from the cooling of molten lava that fed a volcano or volcanoes that erupted early in the Moon's history -- as long as 3.5 billion years ...

Liquid Nitrogen Spray Could Clean Up Stubborn Moon Dust

A liquid nitrogen spray can remove almost all of the simulated moon dust from a space suit, potentially solving what is a significant challenge for future moon-landing ...

Space Dust as Earth's Sun Shield

Dust launched from the moon's surface or from a space station positioned between Earth and the sun could reduce enough solar radiation to mitigate the impacts of climate ...

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Liftoff! NASA's Artemis I Mega Rocket Launches Orion to Moon

Following a successful launch of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket in the world, the agency's Orion spacecraft is on its way to the Moon as part of the Artemis ...

A First: Scientists Grow Plants in Soil from the Moon

Scientists have, for the first time, grown plants in soil from the Moon. They used soil collected during the Apollo 11, 12 and 17 missions. In their experiment, the researchers wanted to know if ...

Lunar Soil Has the Potential to Generate Oxygen and Fuel

Soil on the moon contains active compounds that can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and fuels, scientists report. They are now exploring whether lunar resources can be used to facilitate human ...

Earth's Atmosphere May Be Source of Some Lunar Water

Hydrogen and oxygen ions escaping from Earth's upper atmosphere and combining on the moon could be one of the sources of the known lunar water and ice, according to new ...

Differences Between the Moon’s Near and Far Sides Linked to Colossal Ancient Impact

New research shows how the impact that created the Moon's South Pole -- Aitken basin is linked to the stark contrast in composition and appearance between the two sides of the ...

Arctic Simulation of Moon-Like Habitat Shows Wellbeing Sessions Can Improve Mental Health in Extreme Isolation

Researchers are investigating the psychological impact of social isolation in harsh environments, such as on the ...

Predicting the Efficiency of Oxygen-Evolving Electrolysis on the Moon and Mars

Scientists have today provided more insight into the possibility of establishing a pathway to generate oxygen for humans to potentially call the Moon or Mars 'home' for extended periods of ...

New Explanation for Moon’s Half-Century Magnetic Mystery

A new study reveals how the diminutive Moon could have been an occasional magnetic powerhouse early in its history, a question that has confounded researchers since NASA's Apollo program began ...

'Slushy' Magma Ocean Led to Formation of the Moon’s Crust

Scientists have shown how the freezing of a 'slushy' ocean of magma may be responsible for the composition of the Moon's ...

Engineers Test an Idea for a New Hovering Rover

MIT aerospace engineers are testing a concept for a hovering rover that levitates by harnessing the moon's natural charge. The design uses tiny ion beams to charge up the vehicle and the surface ...

Advanced Analysis of Apollo Sample Illuminates Moon’s Evolution

Sophisticated analysis of a rock sample taken from the Moon during the Apollo 17 mission revealed new information about the complex cooling and evolutionary history of the Moon. The diffusion ...


Lunar Radar Data Uncovers New Clues About Moon’s Ancient Past

尘土飞扬的月球表面,在我不灭的mages of Apollo astronauts' lunar footprints -- formed as the result of asteroid impacts and the harsh environment of space breaking down rock ...

Carbon Dioxide Cold Traps on the Moon Are Confirmed for the First Time

After decades of uncertainty, researchers have confirmed the existence of lunar carbon dioxide cold traps that could potentially contain solid carbon dioxide. The discovery will likely have a major ...

Near-Earth Asteroid Might Be a Lost Fragment of the Moon

Near-Earth asteroid Kamo`oalewa could be a fragment of our ...

A 5-Sigma Standard Model Anomaly Is Possible

One of the best chances for proving beyond-the-standard-model physics relies on something called the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa (CKM) matrix. The standard model insists that the CKM matrix, which ...

Chang'e-5 Samples Reveal Key Age of Moon Rocks

A lunar probe launched by the Chinese space agency recently brought back the first fresh samples of rock and debris from the moon in more than 40 years. Now an international team of scientists has ...

Peering Into the Moon's Shadows With AI

Permanently shadowed lunar craters contain water ice, but are difficult to image. A machine learning algorithm now provides sharper ...

Shining a Light on Moon’s Oldest Geologic Imprints

New research has found the Moon may have been subjected to much greater impacts from asteroids and other bodies than previously thought, building on our understanding of the Moon's earliest ...

Researchers Enlist Robot Swarms to Mine Lunar Resources

Building a base on the moon was once something out of science fiction, but now scientists are starting to consider it more seriously. Researchers are investigating methods for mining lunar resources ...

Here Comes the Sun: Planetary Scientists Find Evidence of Solar-Driven Change on the Moon

A new study uncovered important clues to help understand the surprisingly active lunar surface. The scientists found that solar radiation could be a more important source of lunar iron nanoparticles ...

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