One small grain of moon dust, one giant leap for lunar studies

Back in 1972, NASA sent their last team of astronauts to the Moon in the Apollo 17 mission. These astronauts brought some of the Moon back to Earth so scientists could continue to study lunar soil in their labs. Since we haven’t returned to the Moon in almost 50 years, every lunar sample is precious. … Read more One small grain of moon dust, one giant leap for lunar studies

UBC researcher studies yeast to protect astronauts from space radiation

Corey Nislow is not an astronaut, but if humanity makes it to Mars safely, he will have played a vital role. In his lab at UBC, he’s working to develop drugs and other treatments that can protect space mission crews from the impact of cosmic radiation. “Outside Earth’s protective atmosphere, mission crew are exposed to … Read more UBC researcher studies yeast to protect astronauts from space radiation

The lunar cycle drives the nightjar’s migration

GPS tracking data reveals that the foraging activity of the European nightjar more than doubles during moon-lit nights, and the birds then migrate simultaneously about 10 days after the full moon, according to a study published October 15 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by Gabriel Norevik and Anders Hedenström of Lund University in Sweden, and colleagues. … Read more The lunar cycle drives the nightjar’s migration

Tin isotopes indicative of liquid–vapour equilibration and separation in the Moon-forming disk

The Moon is thought to have formed after a planetary embryo hit the Earth ~4.5 billion years ago. This produced a phenomenom that has never been observed by any human being. This so called ‘giant impact’ generated a lot of heat and some matter was ejected into space to form a large cloud of vapor … Read more Tin isotopes indicative of liquid–vapour equilibration and separation in the Moon-forming disk

Precious metals may still be locked inside the Moon

According to a new study by geologists at Dalhousie University, Carleton University and the Geophysical Laboratory, the Moon’s repository of precious metals may still be locked inside. “We have been able to link the sulfur content of lunar volcanic rocks to the presence of iron sulfide deep inside the Moon,” says James Brenan, of the … Read more Precious metals may still be locked inside the Moon

Continuing the Apollo legacy: Study shows that the Moon is older than previously believed

A new study spearheaded by Earth scientists at the University of Cologne’s Institute of Geology and Mineralogy has constrained the age of the Moon to approximately 50 million years after the formation of the solar system. After the formation of the solar system, 4.56 billion years ago, the Moon formed approximately 4.51 billion years ago. … Read more Continuing the Apollo legacy: Study shows that the Moon is older than previously believed

New Analysis Shows the Moon Is Tectonically Active

Thousands of young cliff-like, fault scarps detected in images taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) are evidence of a shrinking moon and recently active lunar faults. But just how recently these faults were active was not known. The Apollo astronauts placed seismometers on the moon that recorded shallow moonquakes, but the source of … Read more New Analysis Shows the Moon Is Tectonically Active