Seven Great Shots of the Solar Eclipse November 17, 2012Posted by Nick Azer in : solar eclipse , add a comment
Posted seven great shots of the solar eclipse (which is, of course, the Moon showing the Sun who’s really boss) over at MyMoon!:
Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundups! August 7, 2012Posted by Nick Azer in : Google Lunar X Prize, Google Lunar X Prize Roundup, MyMoon, NASA , add a comment
Check those out for all the best Google Lunar X PRIZE highlights from everyone’s favorite moon prize, over at my new home–NASA’s MyMoon! :)
Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #1 July 6, 2012Posted by Nick Azer in : Google Lunar X Prize, Google Lunar X Prize Roundup , add a comment
Check those out for the five best items from the Google Lunar X PRIZE and all it’s moon prize goodness each week. Private space is hitting the mainstream, so it’s a fun time to be following the Lunar X PRIZE :) I’ll be posting them every weekend, and I’ll link to them from here.
Google Lunar X PRIZE Rover Fashion Show! February 23, 2012Posted by Nick Azer in : Google Lunar X Prize, MyMoon , 1 comment so far
Stay tuned at MyMoon for Part 3 of the most fabulous fashion show to hit the Moon yet ;)
I’m Officially Part of the MyMoon Street Team! December 30, 2011Posted by Nick Azer in : Luna C/I, MyMoon , add a comment
I am now officially a member of the MyMoon Street Team!
I’ll be blogging, tweeting, and representin’ on all things lunar as part of their efforts to get people really talking about the Moon.
My first blog over there has a Christmas theme to it…check it out:
And keep an eye out for many more musings on all things Moon! I’ll post a link to each new one here at the ‘old haunt’, too :)
And don’t be shy…come join the co-Moon-ity fray over there and get some blogs out there yourself! :)
China Taking Over the Moon? Bigelow Aerospace Worried October 21, 2011Posted by Nick Azer in : Bigelow Aerospace, China, Frontiers , add a comment
Alan Boyle over at the awesome MSNBC Cosmic Log has a great article about China’s moon colonization presence, and how it has private space heavyweight Bigelow Aerospace concerned…
“Is China on course to surpass the United States as the world’s space superpower and stake a claim on the moon in the next 15 years? Billionaire space executive Robert Bigelow is deeply worried about that scenario — and he says Americans need a “kick in the ass” to respond to the challenge.” -Alan Boyle, “Will China Take Over The Moon?“, Cosmic Log
The post is one of the better overviews I’ve seen on why the Moon at all, why China’s leading, and where Bigelow and other private space efforts fit into the moon colonization.
The potential tension between a private-ruled lunar future and China’s preferred UN-style moon is fascinating…and rising, as both sides get closer to serious business. To me, history shows private enterprise opens the way (the American West, for example—government was involved, but it really didn’t develop until more personal, private influence became feasible), but it’s a different world (worlds?) now.
In terms of giving the U.S. a “kick in the ass” (as Bigelow puts it), I think switching the focus from NASA to private space is intended as one—U.S. companies within our free enterprise could theoretically be a much more powerful force than U.S. government presence could ever be. The settlement of Oregon and Washington is a similar example: England was competing for it, and co-managed the territory, but the influx of American settlers tipped the region in the American direction (with England settling for modern British Columbia).
For the full range of Bigelow’s colorful opinions on the lunar situation and details on China’s status, click through to the complete article!
Students Can Name NASA’s Twin Moon-Bound GRAIL Craft! October 10, 2011Posted by Nick Azer in : GRAIL, NASA , add a comment
It’s not quite getting your name on a lunar mare or mountain, but it’s a start…
The twin craft of NASA’s lunar gravity mission, GRAIL, currently carry the thrilling names of GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B…so, NASA has opened up this essay contest to give the mission’s craft more inspiring monikers!
So, what are you waiting for—send this to your favorite budding student and give them a headstart on signing their own John Hancock onto the Moon! :)
For similar awesomeness, see the naming of NASA’s Mars craft, Curiosity :)
When One Door Closes…? July 10, 2011Posted by Nick Azer in : NASA, poll, Simon Jester , add a comment
The rather chance discovery came from a look at pockets within crystals found on the lunar surface. Using new tech, researchers realized this ancient magma was as wet as Earth’s mantle—challenging how exactly the Moon formed, and where it gets its water.
This is similar, but not the same, as an earlier big water discovery involving crystals.
Over just the past couple of years, these water discoveries have been getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger.
Here’s a quick timeline:
- September 2009: A NASA instrument aboard India’s Chandrayaan-1 orbiter makes a big splash, with the first-ever detection of water molecules on the Moon’s surface
- October 2009: NASA bombs the Moon for water, shock and awe ensues as water ice confirmed to be found
- March 2010: The lunar north proven to be very, very, *very* rich in water ice
- June 2010: Initial announcement made that lunar apatite crystals were, in fact, not going thirsty and that the Moon’s interior had 100x more water than first thought
- November 2010: LCROSS’ Cabeus Crater shown to have way the heck more water ice than first considered
From mare to shining mare, the Moon has proven to have not just water, but some downright substantial sources of it…which will prove handy, for fuel, radiation shielding, and a cool drink. The Moon’s prospects as a station for mankind just keep on getting better :)
50 Years Ago Today: May 25, 2011Posted by Nick Azer in : Frontiers , add a comment
“The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in the race for space.
Those who came before us made certain that this country rode the first waves of the industrial revolutions, the first waves of modern invention, and the first wave of nuclear power, and this generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of space. We mean to be a part of it–we mean to lead it. For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding.”