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June 28, 2022

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Scientists Release First Analysis of Rocks Plucked from Speeding Asteroid

Scientists have now begun to announce the first results from the analysis of a handful of dirt that Hayabusa2 managed to scoop off the surface of a speeding asteroid. What they found suggests that ...

Astronauts May One Day Drink Water from Ancient Moon Volcanoes

If any humans had been alive 2 to 4 billion years ago, they may have looked up and seen a sliver of frost on the moon's surface. Some of that ice may still be hiding in craters on the lunar surface ...
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 ...

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 ...
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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 ...

Lunar Samples Solve Mystery of the Moon's Supposed Magnetic Shield

Tests of glass samples gathered on Apollo missions show magnetization may result from impacts of objects like meteors, not as a result of magnetization from the presence of a magnetic ...

Astrophysicist Outlines Plans for the Gravitational Wave Observatory on the Moon

Not a moonshot: Astronomers explore possibility of lunar observatory to better understand fundamental physics, astronomy and ...

New Lunar Map to Help Guide Future Exploration Missions

A new map of the Schrodinger basin of the moon could help guide future exploration ...

Measuring the Moon's Nano Dust Is No Small Matter

Researchers are now measuring tinier moon dust particles than ever before, a step toward more precisely explaining the Moon's apparent color and brightness. This in turn might help improve ...

Engineers Propose Solar-Powered Lunar Ark as 'Modern Global Insurance Policy'

Researchers are taking scientific inspiration from an unlikely source: the biblical tale of Noah's Ark. Rather than two of every animal, however, his solar-powered ark on the moon would store ...

Apollo Rock Samples Capture Key Moments in the Moon's Early History

Volcanic rock samples collected during NASA's Apollo missions bear the isotopic signature of key events in the early evolution of the Moon, a new analysis found. Those events include the ...

Scientist Proposes a New Timeline for Mars Terrains

A scientist has updated Mars chronology models to find that terrains shaped by ancient water activity on the planet's surface may be hundreds of millions of years older than previously thought. ...

Image-Based Navigation Could Help Spacecraft Safely Land on the Moon

Engineers have demonstrated how a series of lunar images can be used to infer the direction that a spacecraft is moving. This technique, sometimes called visual odometry, allows navigation ...

Supercomputer Simulations Could Unlock Mystery of Moon's Formation

Astronomers have taken a step towards understanding how the Moon might have formed out of a giant collision between the early Earth and another massive object 4.5 billion years ...

Growing Interest in Moon Resources Could Cause Tension

An international team of scientists has identified a problem with the growing interest in extractable resources on the moon: there aren't enough of them to go around. With no international ...

Mining Rocks in Orbit Could Aid Deep Space Exploration

The first mining experiments conducted in space could pave the way for new technologies to help humans explore and establish settlements on distant worlds, a study ...

New Mineral Discovered in Moon Meteorite

The high-pressure mineral Donwilhelmsite, recently discovered in the lunar meteorite Oued Awlitis 001 from Apollo missions, is important for understanding the inner structure of ...

New Remote Sensing Technique Could Bring Key Planetary Mineral Into Focus

The mineral olivine, thought to be a major component inside all planetary bodies, holds secrets about the early formation of the solar system, and a team of researchers has a new way to study it ...

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