A small moon rock gifted to Cambodia by the United States amid the Vietnam War has resurfaced after being all but lost to time and strife. Officials representing the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh and the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia unveiled the museum's display of the "goodwill" moon rock on Monday (June 18), following an extensive effort to determine its origin. "Last fall, the National Museum approached the U.S. Embassy to investigate the background of this unique artifact," said Michael Newbill, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy. "The history and background remained a mystery until after six months of research with NASA, the U.S. National Archives, the U.S. Library of Congress, the Cambodian National Library and Archives and the Center for Khmer Studies library." [Should We Open Some Sealed Apollo Moon Samples?] "We can now reveal today, for the first time, the history of this unique gift from the United States to Cambodia," said Newbill at the exhibit's … [Read more...] about Apollo Moon Rock Rediscovered in Cambodia Debuts on Display
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Tech & Science The Moon NASA A decades-old lunar mystery has now been solved thanks to the recovery of once lost data tapes and a massive amount of sleuthing. The results confirm that inexplicable changes in the moon’s temperatures recorded in the 1970s were not the result of some strange inner heat source, but rather the by-product on astronauts stomping around and stirring up moon dust. In a study published in April in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, researchers from Texas Tech University used recovered tapes from the 1970s Apollo missions to understand why the moon’s surface appeared to have warmed. These records were taken on the Apollo 15 mission, the fourth mission to land men on the moon in 1971, The Smithsonian reported. The primary purpose of this trip was to observe the moon’s surface through a variety of experiments. This included drilling probes into the moon that sent information back to Earth. Records of the moon’s … [Read more...] about Apollo Moon Landing Mystery Solved By Discovery Of Long Lost NASA Tapes
NASA has taken "one small step" towards celebrating its history, while also promoting its next "giant leap." The space agency on Friday (June 1) unveiled its logo for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program. From October 2018 through December 2022, NASA will celebrate a half century since astronauts journeyed to the moon. Over the same four years, NASA will continue its push to return astronauts to the lunar surface and, ultimately, send crews to Mars. [Moon Memories: Thousands of Apollo Photos Released Online] "The logo offers a nod to the past with a few elements borrowed from the original program emblem, and a glimpse into the future with a graphic depiction of NASA's vision for the next half-century of deep space exploration," NASA described on its website. The original Apollo Program insignia, dating back to the early 1960s, bore a large letter "A" with the constellation Orion oriented so that its three central stars formed the bar crossing the letter. To the right of the … [Read more...] about NASA Reveals Logo for 50th Anniversary of Apollo Moon Missions
Between 1969 and 1972, Apollo astronauts brought back to Earth a total of nine containers of moon material that were sealed on the lunar surface. Two of the larger sealed samples were collected by Apollo 17 moonwalkers in December 1972. Three sealed samples from Apollo 15, 16 and 17 remain unopened. According to several key lunar researchers, now is the right time to consider opening at least one of the still-sealed sample containers. [NASA's 17 Apollo Moon Missions in Pictures] Protected, preserved and processed Home for the Apollo geological samples — specimens that are physically protected, environmentally preserved and scientifically processed — is the Lunar Sample Laboratory Facility, a special building at NASA 's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. The Apollo collection consists of lunar rocks, core samples, pebbles, sand and dust from the lunar surface. Thanks to the six Apollo landing expeditions, 2,200 separate samples made it back to … [Read more...] about Should We Open Some Sealed Apollo Moon Samples?
When it comes to space policy, reliving the glory days too often means pouring billions of taxpayer dollars into black holes. Preliminary budget plans suggest that the Trump Administration will provide funding for Space Policy Directive 1, which tasks NASA with getting humans back to the moon for the first time in over 45 years. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Ross Marchand (@RossAMarchand) is the policy director for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance in Washington DC. NASA is already testing the feasibility of using the Orion space capsule to get humans to and from alien worlds. President Trump’s directive, hatched from a unanimous recommendation from the National Space Council in June, has the agency eager to prove that it can once again taxi humans into space. The itch to have a crewed mission to another world is one that afflicts every Administration, regardless of ideology. President George W. Bush also tried to set a Moon trip in motion, but plans were scuttled by his successor when a … [Read more...] about NASA’s Proposed Moon Mission Offers Little Value at Astronomical Cost