Seriously, you guys, this is a real story. The Japanese branch of popular American circle-of-grease manufacturer Domino's has unveiled plans to build a dome-shaped Domino's pizza on the moon. The moon. The artist's rendering, above, features a drive-through which the Domino's concept artist thinks you'll be able to drive a space-motorcycle through.
A primordial second moon may have smacked into our existing moon billions of years ago, its remains pancaking across its larger sibling and disrupting the bigger moon’s still-cooling surface. This new theory could explain why the moon’s far side looks so different from the one that perennially faces us.
Before I sat down to write this morning, I poured coffee into my shuttle-emblazoned Space Camp mug and thought about the end of this era. Like many of you, and like legions of space advocates around the globe, I've rolled through a litany of emotions at the denouement of the American space shuttle program.
A Chinese official kicked off an international robotics conference in Shanghai this week by confirming China plans to send a robot to the moon within two years and aims to bring a lunar sample home by 2017.
After a rollercoaster year for NASA, it looks like Congress isn't quite done tinkering with the space agency's future. A return to the moon is back on the table after a Florida congressman introduced a moon-centric bill in the House of Representatives, which he's calling the "Reasserting American Leadership in Space Act," or the REAL Space Act. Really.
Anyone with clear skies Saturday night saw a spectacular swollen moon, 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than our satellite usually appears.
Photos abound from amateur and professional photographers, but we like this picture from NASA, showing a pink-hued moon rising above the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
On Saturday, the moon was 221,565 miles away — the closest it's been to Earth since March 1993.
By Rena Marie PacellaPosted 03.17.2011 at 11:04 am 5 Comments
NASA’s high-resolution 3-D maps of the moon’s pockmarked terrain the most precise topographic measurements to date—bring us one giant leap closer to a return mission. To create the map, the laser altimeter LOLA on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter bounced five laser beams off the surface of the moon 28 times per second and measured the duration of their return flight to gauge elevation. NASA operators calculated the distortion, or spread, of the beam to find what scientists call roughness; the more distortion there was in the beam, the bumpier the landscape.
Earth won’t always be fit for occupation. We know that in two billion years or so, an expanding sun will boil away our oceans, leaving our home in the universe uninhabitable—unless, that is, we haven’t already been wiped out by the Andromeda galaxy, which is on a multibillion-year collision course with our Milky Way. Moreover, at least a third of the thousand mile-wide asteroids that hurtle across our orbital path will eventually crash into us, at a rate of about one every 300,000 years.
On March 19th, the moon will be closer to Earth than it's been since 1992. The full moon that night will appear about 14 percent larger and significantly brighter than usual, but despite the brightness, the supermoon has a dark side. Supermoons have been linked to massive natural disasters in the past, from earthquakes to floods--but that connection is typically touted by astrologists. Astronomers and scientists, with typical drollness, say a catastrophe is unlikely.
In a cosmic first, the Kepler telescope has discovered two planets sharing the same orbit. There is a theory that says our moon was created when a body sharing our orbit crashed into Earth, but up until now no one had found evidence of co-orbiting planets elsewhere in the universe.