It's not often that science can answer questions with an easy "yes" or "no". Usually it's more of an "evidence suggests" or "this correlation proposes" sort of situation, even if the public's understanding is generally a little less nuanced. So USGS Seismologist Susan Hough found the right question.
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To date, the best use of augmented reality has been running around parks trying to capture virtual Pokémon. But as that fad has (mercifully) faded away, a company called AstroReality has come up with a more compelling use of AR technology that works with an astonishingly detailed replica of the moon that's as much a work of art as it is a learning tool.
For years, scientists have wondered if dark, crater-like features on the lunar surface might be entrances to giant caverns carved long ago by flowing lava. Researchers from Japan and the United States have uncovered new evidence to prove that these features actually exist -- which is good news for future lunar colonists looking for a convenient and safe place to live.
If you made a building out of bricks and cinderblocks, then hundreds of years later you'd expect it to still be, well, a building made of bricks and cinderblocks. But planets are not buildings if you haven't noticed. Earth, for instance, just doesn't seem to have the same composition as the meteors thought to have formed it. And scientists want to know how it got to be that way.
Most people (wrongly) assume the moon is barren and boring. Sure, our satellite might be a little clingy, but it also has moonquakes, orange soil, and could be hiding abundant water resources. New research from satellite data offers more evidence that the Moon does indeed have water trapped in its mantle, which could be huge for companies looking to mine the Moon for resources. Still no word about where the cheese is, though.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, whose prior plan for stellar colonisation involved sending people who are not Elon Musk to go die on Mars, thinks this noble endeavour will require a practice round of sending people to die on the Moon first.
For decades, scientists have wondered if frost persists inside the dark and cold craters of the Moon's poles. The recent discovery of unusually bright areas near the Moon's south pole suggests this very well may be the case. But as a potential source of water for aspiring lunar colonists, the quantity of this surface frost may come as a disappointment.
Good news! Three space telescopes, including Hubble, have combined their celestial powers to spot a moon orbiting a dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt -- the region beyond Neptune where Pluto and countless other icy bodies live. According to NASA, the dwarf planet's moon has a lot to teach scientists about how moons formed in the early solar system -- but sadly, it has no name. Its planet's name, on the other hand, is garbage -- 2007 OR10 and its satellite friend desperately need some rebranding.
On August 21, millions of people across the United States, from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, will be able to witness something that hasn't been seen here since 1979: a total solar eclipse. To commemorate the rare celestial occurrence, the US post office has issued a new forever stamp.
Saturn is having a moment. Today, NASA announced that one of its moons, Enceladus, has the key ingredients to support microbial life. Around the same time, NASA's Cassini spacecraft dropped some jaw-dropping images of another one of Saturn's quirky moons, and while this one may not have a subterranean ocean, it sure is an adorable little pasta.
Humans (not you, you'll be dead) are going to have to live somewhere other than Earth eventually. There might be some options for new homes on Mars, the planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, or even one of the planets in the Trappist-1 system. But what about the Moon for starters? It's round like our Earth, it's close, it has gravity -- what more could you want?
We're all a little uncoordinated at times, but when you're a hunk of metal hurling through space, the consequences are a bit more severe. This week, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN), which has been orbiting the Red Planet for two years, had to perform a last-minute manoeuvre to avoid a disastrous collision with Mars' moon, Phobos. NBD, though.
On Monday, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced that for the first time in history, it will be sending two private citizens on a trip around the Moon, in a Dragon 2 spacecraft. Because sending untrained civilians into space apparently isn't enough of a gamble, Musk added that this mission would be taking place in Q4 of 2018. As an added reminder for emphasis, that's next year. Another reminder: SpaceX has yet to send any humans into space, period.