After orbitting the Red Planet for 16 years, NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has captured its first images of the Martian moon Phobos. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) camera on Mars Odyssey orbiter, launched in 2001, observed Phobos on September 29. Phobos has an oblong shape with an average diameter of about 22 kilometres. Cameras on other Mars orbiters have previously taken higher-resolution images of Phobos, but none with the infrared information available from THEMIS. Observations in multiple bands of thermal-infrared wavelengths can yield information about the mineral composition of the surface, as well as the surface texture, NASA said in a statement this week.
The Trump administration will direct NASA to land humans on the Moon and establish a presence on the lunar surface before sending astronauts to the Red Planet and beyond, US Vice President Mike Pence has said. Pence made the administration's intentions known in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, as well as a speech he gave during the inaugural meeting of the National Space Council -- a newly resurrected executive group aimed at guiding the US space agenda, The Verge reported on Thursday.
Using newly calibrated data taken from NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper, which flew aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists have created the first global map of water in the Moon's soil. The study, published in the journal Science Advances, builds on the initial discovery in 2009 of water and a related molecule -- hydroxyl, which consists of one atom each of hydrogen and oxygen -- in lunar soil.
Once nearly thrown out with the trash, a bag that Neil Armstrong used to collect the first ever samples of the moon goes on sale in New York next week, valued at $2-4 million. Traces of moon dust and small rock are embedded in what is the only artifact from the Apollo 11 mission in private hands, says Sotheby's, who is organizing the sale on July 20, the 48th anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969.
NASA has announced that its upcoming mission to explore the habitability of Jupiter's icy moon Europa will be officially called Europa Clipper. The mission is being planned for launch in the 2020s, arriving in the Jupiter system after a journey of several years, NASA said in a statement on Friday.
India's first lunar mission -- the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, which was generally considered lost -- is still orbiting the Moon, NASA scientists have found with new technological application of interplanetary radar. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost communication with Chandrayaan-1 on August 29, 2009, barely a year after it was launched on October 22, 2008.
NASA scientists are developing artificial intelligence for underwater drones that could be used to understand Earths marine environments as well as track signs of life below the surface of icy oceans believed to exist on Jupiter's moon Europa. While satellites can study the ocean surface, their signals cannot penetrate the water and therefore robotic submersibles have become critical tools for ocean research.
The Moon plays a major role in maintaining the Earth's magnetic field, say researchers, adding that the lunar action, overlooked till now, is thought to have kept the geodynamo active. The Earth's magnetic field permanently protects us from the charged particles and radiation that originate in the Sun.
New NASA-funded research provides evidence that the spin axis of Earth's moon shifted by about five degrees roughly three billion years ago. The evidence of this motion is recorded in the distribution of ancient lunar ice, evidence of delivery of water to the early solar system.
Villages on the Moon, constructed through cooperation between astronauts and robotic systems on the lunar surface, can become a reality as early as 2030, a group of scientists has predicted.
On Christmas Eve in 1968, millions around the world listened in a live broadcast to the book of Genesis that describes the creation of the Universe. The only difference was that the broadcast was being made from space - the Moon to be precise.
Make sure to look up to the skies this Christmas as a bright full moon will be an added gift for the holidays, NASA said.
The Swedish space instrument SARA has measured a strong and varied interaction between the Moon and solar wind, proving wrong the long-held belief that the Moon passively absorbs solar wind without affecting its surroundings, according to a researcher.
China's first lunar rover, Yutu, has been operating on the moon for almost two years, setting a record for the longest stay by a rover, officials said on Thursday.
Russia is planning to send its first manned lunar missions by 2029, Vladimir Solntsev, head of Roscomsos Energia consortium, announced on Tuesday.
A pockmarked, icy landscape looms beneath NASA's Cassini spacecraft in new images of Saturn's moon Dione taken during the mission's last close approach to the small, icy world.
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (Ladee) spacecraft has confirmed for the first time the existence of neon gas in the moon's atmosphere.
From nearly 1.6 lakh km away, a NASA camera has captured a stunning view of the far side of the moon as it moved in front of the sun-lit side of Earth last month.
When on a business trip, claiming your expenses from your office is a common practice. Seems like a trip to the moon and back is no different.