Tag: Planetary sciences

  • The lunar trenches with mild temperatures could shelter future explorers

    This Mare Tranquillitatis depression is an approximately 328-foot (100-meter) wide pit on the Moon’s surface that stays at a comfortable 63 degrees Fahrenheit.Image: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University Data from a NASA probe suggests lunar pits have comfortable temperatures due to their shaded overhangs, which keep them cool during the day and to prevent the heat to […]

  • Walking on asteroid Bennu would be like stepping into a ball pit, NASA says

    In October 2020, a small spacecraft briefly touched down on an asteroid to take a piece to bring towards the earth. Nearly two years later, scientists learned that if the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft had extended its stay even a little longer, it would have sunk directly into the asteroid. This is because the Bennu asteroid is […]

  • NASA’s DART Mission Will Really Mess Up This Tiny Asteroid

    The DART mission will be the first to test asteroid deflection using kinetic impactor technology. Drawing: Nasa In order to protect the Earth, certain sacrifices must be made. NASA’s DART spacecraft is currently en route to a binary asteroid system known as Didymos and will basically crash into a small asteroid to test a deviation […]

  • NASA’s DART Mission Will Really Mess Up This Tiny Asteroid

    The DART mission will be the first to test asteroid deflection using kinetic impactor technology. Drawing: Nasa In order to protect the Earth, certain sacrifices must be made. NASA’s DART spacecraft is currently en route to a binary asteroid system known as Didymos and will basically crash into a small asteroid to test a deviation […]

  • The most interesting moons of our solar system

    Io, a volcanically active moon orbiting Jupiter.Image: NASA/Newsmaker (Getty Images) There’s only eight planets in our solar system (sorry Pluto), so the neighborhood can feel quite empty. But there is more than 200 moons orbiting objects in the solar system, including planets and large asteroids. Many of these moons have atmospheres, complex topography, and even […]

  • The most interesting moons of our solar system

    Io, a volcanically active moon orbiting Jupiter.Image: NASA/Newsmaker (Getty Images) There’s only eight planets in our solar system (sorry Pluto), so the neighborhood can feel quite empty. But there is more than 200 moons orbiting objects in the solar system, including planets and large asteroids. Many of these moons have atmospheres, complex topography, and even […]

  • Probable crash site of mysterious space junk spotted on the far side of the Moon

    The newly formed twin crater, spotted on the far side of the Moon near Hertzsprung crater. Image: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University Observations made by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have allowed scientists to pinpoint the location where a mysterious object – likely an abandoned rocket body – crashed into the Moon several months ago. The crash site […]

  • NASA’s Curiosity rover discovers evidence of ancient water

    For the past 10 years, the Curiosity rover has scoured the Martian terrain, searching for clues to potentially habitable past of the planet. Recently, the car-sized robot passed through a transition zone, moving from an area that once had lakes on the surface to one that signifies drier conditions for the Red Planet. from NASA […]

  • NASA’s Curiosity rover discovers evidence of ancient water

    For the past 10 years, the Curiosity rover has scoured the Martian terrain, searching for clues to potentially habitable past of the planet. Recently, the car-sized robot passed through a transition zone, moving from an area that once had lakes on the surface to one that signifies drier conditions for the Red Planet. from NASA […]

  • NASA’s Delayed Psyche Launch Presents Major Headaches for Ride-Along Mission

    Artist’s impression of the Janus twin probes. Image: Lockheed Martin A software glitch caused the delay of Psyche, a NASA mission to explore a metal-rich asteroid. Two small probes are included in the launch, but the postponement means they may not be able to meet their respective target asteroids. Psyche, a probe designed to explore […]