NASA to Announce “Exciting New Discovery” About the Moon Made by Airborne Observatory

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NASA will reveal an interesting brand-new discovery about the Moon from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) at a media teleconference at 12 p.m. EDT Monday, October 26. Audio of the teleconference will stream reside on the firm’s site.

This brand-new discovery adds to NASA’s efforts to find out about the Moon in assistance of deep area expedition. Under NASA’s Artemis program, the firm will send out the very first female and next guy to the lunar surface area in 2024 to get ready for our next huge leap – human expedition of Mars as early as the 2030s. Understanding the science of the Moon likewise assists piece together the more comprehensive history of the inner planetary system.

Galileo North Polar Moon Mosaic

This color photo is a mosaic put together from 18 images taken by Galileo’s imaging system through a green filter. The left part of this photo reveals the dark, lava-filled Mare Imbrium (upper left); Mare Serenitatis (middle left), Mare Tranquillitatis (lower left), and Mare Crisium, the dark circular function towards the bottom of the mosaic. Credit: NASA/JPL/USGS

Briefing individuals are:

  • Paul Hertz, Astrophysics department director at NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • Jacob Bleacher, primary expedition researcher for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters
  • Casey Honniball, postdoctoral fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
  • Naseem Rangwala, job researcher for the SOFIA objective, NASA’s Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley, California

As the world’s biggest air-borne observatory, SOFIA is a customized 747 that flies high in the environment to offer its almost 9-foot telescope with a clear view of deep space and items in our planetary system. Flying above 99% of the environment’s obscuring water vapor, SOFIA observes in infrared wavelengths and can discover phenomena difficult to see with noticeable light.



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