Tagged: moon

Asteroids: Fun Facts and Information About Asteroids

Asteroids: Fun Facts and Information About Asteroids

Despite their size, asteroids can be dangerous. Many have hit Earth in the past, and more will crash into our planet in the future. That’s one reason scientists study asteroids and are eager to...

Why Russia Did Not Put a Man on the Moon – The Secret Soviet Moon Rocket

Why Russia Did Not Put a Man on the Moon – The Secret Soviet Moon Rocket

At the time the soviets were leading the space race, they had already started with the launch of Sputnik, then launched several probes to the moon, including one in 1959 that orbited and taken...

NASA Prepares to Crash Cassini Probe Into Saturn for Mission’s ‘Grand Finale’

NASA Prepares to Crash Cassini Probe Into Saturn for Mission’s ‘Grand Finale’

NASA’s veteran Cassini mission will officially kick off its farewell tour of the Saturn system on April 22 with a final close encounter of the ringed planet’s largest moon, Titan. Five months later, on...

Lawmakers Call for 1st NASA SLS Rocket to be Named for Last Man on Moon

Lawmakers Call for 1st NASA SLS Rocket to be Named for Last Man on Moon

Two U.S. lawmakers have authored new legislation to name the first of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rockets after the last man to leave footprints on the moon. Culbertson and Aderholt introduced their bill in...

Big Earthquakes May Be More Likely During New and Full Moons

Big Earthquakes May Be More Likely During New and Full Moons

Every two weeks, on the full and new moons, the sun, moon and Earth fall along a nearly straight line. The combination of gravitational forces in this arrangement creates large swings in the tides. But...

Why Solar Eclipses Don’t Happen Every Month (Animation)

Why Solar Eclipses Don’t Happen Every Month (Animation)

Because the moon’s orbit wobbles up and down with respect to the Earth, the satellite’s shadow can be too high or too low to cause a solar eclipse. If the moon partially covers the...

Could We Build a Real-Life Death Star?

Could We Build a Real-Life Death Star?

One of the most infamous weapons in science-fiction movie history is the Death Star, a moon-size planet destroyer from the “Star Wars” universe. In the upcoming movie “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” a...