Video: NASA – Tour of the Moon

Although the moon has remained largely unchanged during human history, our understanding of it and how it has evolved over time has evolved dramatically. Thanks to new measurements, we have new and unprecedented views of its surface, along with new insight into how it and other rocky planets in our solar system came to look the way they do. See some of the sights and learn more about the moon here!


Fly me to the moon! Company offers lunar holidays (but it could cost you £100 million)

We all want our holidays to be out of this world – but don’t be surprised if you come back without a suntan from the latest exotic break to hit the tourism market. One British company is offering seats to adventurers willing to go the extra mile on a historic journey to the moon. Read more here.

The Soviets Were Closer to the Moon than We Thought has an excellent article about the Space Race to the Moon. They’ve been able to peer into the Soviet archives and reveal the details on the super rocket that would ferry Soviets to the moon.

Here’s an excerpt:

Research that digs back over the decades is providing an illuminating look at the former Soviet Union’s failed bid to send cosmonauts to the moon.

Between February 1969 and November 1972, Soviet space engineers repeatedly saw any dream of landing a cosmonaut on the moon literally go up in flames.

A succession of four failures of the Soviet-built N-1 mega-booster led to the project’s cancellation by decree of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

A fifth launch of the super-booster was slated in the fourth quarter of 1974, one that gleaned lessons learned from the earlier unsuccessful flights.

Up in smoke and millions of rubles spent, the terminated N-1-L3 space project was to be topped by a lunar system to support a two-cosmonaut crew on a maximum flight time of 13 days to the moon and back to Earth, with one crew member setting foot upon the lunar surface.

Read the rest of this excellent article here.

Fun Animation of the Phases of the Moon

Amazing animation of the complete phases of the moon.

NASA – The Frontier Is Everywhere (Video)

This inspiring fan video, featuring Carl Sagan’s famous “Pale Blue Dot” narration, is made by Reid Gower and he has this to say about NASA’s current public image:

I got frustrated with NASA and made this video. NASA is the most fascinating, adventurous, epic institution ever devised by human beings, and their media sucks. Seriously. None of their brilliant scientists appear to know how to connect with the social media crowd, which is now more important than ever. In fact, NASA is an institution whose funding directly depends on how the public views them.

In all of their brilliance, NASA seems to have forgotten to share their hopes and dreams in a way the public can relate to, leaving one of humanity’s grandest projects with terrible PR and massive funding cuts. I have a lot of ideas for a NASA marketing campaign, but I doubt they’d pay me even minimum wage to work for them. I literally have an MSWord document entitled NASAideas.doc full of ideas waiting to share. I thought maybe, just maybe someone might be able to work their magic for me on that. But the primary point of this post is to vent my frustration with NASA. Sure, they’ve fallen victim to budget cuts but I honestly think cutting media will seal NASA’s own fate. Unless they can find a way to relate to the general public, support for their projects will always be minimal, and their funding will follow suit. A social media department would easily pay for itself in government grants because it could rekindle the public interest in the space program.

Here’s hoping NASA takes a cue from this!

Amazing Picture of the Moon Setting Into Eclipse

This picture comes via NASA and shows the moon setting into an eclipse from the recent lunar eclipse.

Source: APOD

List of Upcoming Lunar Eclipses until 2015

We’ve been pretty wowed by the recent Lunar and Solar Eclipses. The nice thing about astronomical events is that they can be predicted down to the second until the end of time.

So, I thought it’d be a good idea to put up a calendar of all upcoming Lunar Eclipses for the next few years.

Here ya go!

When: 15 June 2011
Type: Total Eclipse
Where Visible: South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia

When: 10 December 2011
Type: Total Eclipse
Where Visible: Europe, East Africa, Asia, Australia, Pacific

When: 4 June 2012
Type: Partial Eclipse
Where Visible: Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas

When: 25 April 2013
Type: Partial Eclipse
Where Visible: Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia

When: 15 April 2014
Type: Total Eclipse
Where Visible: Australia, Pacific, Americas

When: 8 October 2014
Type: Total Eclipse
Where Visible: Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas

When: 4 April 2015
Type: Total Eclipse
Where Visible: Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas

When: 28 September 2015
Type: Total Eclipse
Where Visible: East Pacific, Americas, Europe, Africa, W. Asia

Happy Stargazing!

Photo from Wikipedia.