The women of NASA are looking to the lunar horizon

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Hard soil, big jumps and epiphanies: what it’s like on the Moon

Publisher: The Standard
Date: 895B0BFD6A675ED63FA74B3DDCFB918B
Author: AFP
Twitter: @StandardKenya
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Defending the lunar landscape

John Budden calls for certain areas on the Moon to be protected from human interference so that they can be dedicated to radio astronomy

When the team behind the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) released the first images of a black hole in April, the observation made headlines around the world. The spectacular picture of the black hole at the heart of the Messier 87 galaxy was made possible thanks to a worldwide network of radio telescopes, which painstakingly combined their signals to give the necessary resolution to take that first image.

Since its conception in the 1930s, radio astronomy has gone from strength to strength. Just witness the success of the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR), which is mainly based in the Netherlands, or the excitement around the planned Square Kilometre Array ‘ a huge radio telescope that is being constructed in southern Africa and Australia. Both these observatories are expected to reveal vast new areas of the universe that have never been seen before.

Publisher: Physics World
Date: 2019-07-11T08:30:03+00:00
Twitter: @PhysicsWorld
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NASA hopes to fund Mars mission by renting out space on ISS

The International Space Station is past its prime, and NASA is looking to rent it out to commercial concerns as the agency looks towards the Moon and Mars.

While a return to the Moon and a trip to Mars are on the horizon, such projects cost a lot of money and leave the ISS hanging like an albatross around NASA’s neck.

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‘NASA is opening the International Space Station to commercial opportunities and marketing these opportunities as we’ve never done before,’ said the agency’s chief financial officer, Jeff DeWit. ‘The commercialization of low Earth orbit will enable NASA to focus resources to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024, as the first phase in creating a sustainable lunar presence to prepare for future missions to Mars.’


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An Apollo astronaut says the greatest moment of NASA’s program was not the moon landing ‘ it was the ‘cosmic birth’ of humanity

People sometimes throw around the phrase “Apollo moment” to describe a seemingly impossible, yet possibly reachable, pinnacle of achievement.

Today, this term gets used for business ventures, scientific discoveries, national projects, and more. But it originally comes from NASA’s Apollo moon-landing program of the 1960s and 1970s. And to most people, it specifically refers to July 20, 1969: when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto lunar soil for the first time in history.

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“I’ve thought a lot about what does Apollo mean ‘ after 50 years, what is the real significance of Apollo?” Schweickart told Business Insider during a recent interview at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in New York. “I think it is epitomized most directly by the Apollo 8 crew going out to the moon.”


Publisher: Business Insider
Date: 2019-07-02
Author: Dave Mosher
Twitter: @SciInsider
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