July 30, 2009
My fellow Apollo astronaut and lunar module pilot, Buzz Aldrin, favors Mars over the moon [" Time to Boldly Go Once More ," op-ed, July 16]. His vision for space policy, however, requires clear thinking instead of just "bold thinking," and Mr. Aldrin missed on several points. The moon is hardly a "dead end. " If that were true, China and other countries would not be so interested. Rather than being "a poor location for homesteading," the moon is ideal for that purpose. Its soils provide resources necessary to support settlements, including an...
June 21, 2012 |
Walk the Moon's self-titled second album could be labeled power-pop, synth-rock or neo-punk-funk. But a more apt term might be "MP3 rock. " This Cincinnati quartet's recordings are so stuffed with sound that they verge on airless, and so amped that they seem loud at any volume. Subtle it's not, but "Walk the Moon" is brisk and catchy. And the band's hyperbolic style suits singer-keyboard player Nicholas Petricca's songs, which are mostly about youthful bravado and boyish lust. "I Can Lift a Car," boasts one song title, while "Anna Sun," the album's...
September 16, 2011
Once and for all scientists have set out to determine if the moon is made of green cheese. Earlier this month NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) launched two probes whose job it is to find out what's inside the moon. While more than 100 spacecraft, including six with astronauts, have been sent to the moon, the interior has remained a mystery. Scientist Maria Zuber says the moon is the Earth's closest relative. "If you think about the people that you know and love, it is not what they look...
October 22, 2012 |
Two scientists are theorizing that the moon was once part of the Earth and that it formed after the Earth collided with another body. In a paper published last week in the journal Science , Sarah Stewart and Matija Cuk said their theory would explain why the Earth and the moon have similar composition and chemistry. The Earth was spinning much faster at the time the moon was formed, they said, with a day lasting only two to three hours. With the Earth spinning so quickly, a giant impact could have launched enough of the...
August 8, 2009
A note at the end of Harrison H. Schmitt's July 30 letter said that he was "the last man to set foot on the moon as Apollo 17's geologist. " More precisely, Schmitt was the last of 12 men over three-plus years to come out of the lunar module and walk on the moon. But Eugene Cernan, his commander, was the last to climb back up the ladder to the Challenger lunar module, presumably making him the last man on the moon's soil before they departed. Cernan also was the last to communicate with Earth from the moon, saying, "As we leave the moon...
August 25, 2013 |
For the first time, a spacecraft is to be launched from Virginia to the moon. The launch is scheduled for Sept. 6 from NASA's facility at Wallops Island on Virginia's Atlantic coast. If all follows the plan, and the clouds cooperate, the 11:27 p.m. launch should be visible in Washington and in much of the Northeast. The mission will not land on the moon, but it is intended to go into orbit around it. The robotic mission is to collect detailed information about the moon's thin atmosphere.