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SCIENTISTS DISCOVER ‘FRESH’ LUNAR CRATERS

Two geologically young craters have been discovered by scientists. One of the craters is 16 million years old and the other estimated to be between 75 to 420 million years old – in the darkest regions of the Moon. A Southwest Research team of scientist used data generated by the LAMP instrument which is on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to make this discovery. The instrument uses the far-ultraviolet band and light from ultraviolet-bright stars to see the shaded parts of the Moon in the dark.

HOLES IN THE SUN HAVE SPOTTED BY NASA

Does this discovery indicate trouble for us? Over the years, the sun has been continuously investigated by scientist in a mission to fully understand how it behaves. Any odd behavior will surely affect all forms of life that depend of it for energy. Of recent, NASA studied the Coronal Holes which are black holes on the Sun’s surface using the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) to make this discovery.


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According to NASA’s report, the other hole is among the biggest which has been seen in decades, and it is about 6-8 percent of the solar surface. This discovery is necessary in not only understanding the Sun, but also space in general. It is also useful in determining if it will be possible to travel through space, since high-speed solar particles are also emitted from the Coronal holes.

NASA’S JUNO SPACECRAFT HAS CROSSED JUPITER/SUN GRAVITATIONAL BOUNDARY

Since it was launched 5 years ago, three forces have been tugging the Juno spacecraft as it speeds through space. The Earth, Sun and Jupiter have all played a major role. Today, the force of gravity influenced by Jupiter is neck and neck with the gravitational force of the Sun.

SPACE X OFFERS FIRST MARS POSTAL SERVICE

This postal service offered by SpaceX is going to cost $62m per load to deliver cargo to red planet. Elon Musk who is the owner of the company already has plans to launch a rocket to Mars in 2018 – that is the next time Mars and the Earth will be at the closest point to their orbits. In line with this, Musk is also offering a space haulage service to those that can afford it. He is currently developing two spacecrafts that will be used to accomplish this mission.