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Green moon hoax goes viral ahead of April 20

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Green moon hoax goes viral ahead of April 20

Claims that a green moon would be visible for the first time in 420 years on April 20 went viral on Facebook this week — and space experts are ready to set the record straight: there's no such thing as a "green moon," and there won't be any lunar surprises any time soon. EarthSky says the fake phenomenon has been the top searched on their site for several weeks now, which means many are taking the "green moon literally." But the green moon is simply a made up event that stems from (you guessed it) 4/20, the numerical code for...

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Could Boeing's 'Starliner' Spacecraft Be a Next Step for Reaching the Moon and Beyond?

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Could Boeing's 'Starliner' Spacecraft Be a Next Step for Reaching the Moon and Beyond?

Picture this: A team of space travelers blasts off from Earth in a fully automated shuttle that carries them to an outpost orbiting around the moon, where they will embark on a voyage to Mars. Though it sounds like science fiction, this fantastic journey may be closer than you think: An automated spacecraft designed to transport people into low Earth orbit could be ready for its maiden (uncrewed) voyage as early as this summer. The new spacecraft, called the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner, is being developed in partnership with NASA by a private company generally associated with commercial airplanes:...

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Saturday's Blue Moon Is the Last One Until 2020 (Don't Miss It!)

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Saturday's Blue Moon Is the Last One Until 2020 (Don't Miss It!)

Skywatchers take note: The last Blue Moon of 2018 is just around the corner. If you miss it, you'll have to wait to 2020 for the next one. The upcoming Blue Moon — the name given to the second full moon to occur in a single calendar month — rises on Saturday (March 31). It'll be the second Blue Moon of the year; the first occurred on Jan. 31, when we experienced the "Super Blue Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse." If you're a Blue Moon fan, make sure to get an eyeful on Saturday; the next one won't come until Halloween...

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Why Are We Going to the Moon, Again? Oh Right, to Make It a “Gas Station for Outer Space”

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Why Are We Going to the Moon, Again? Oh Right, to Make It a “Gas Station for Outer Space”

Space travel is back on the United States’ radar in a big way, with the Trump Administration declaring in October 2017 that it wants the U.S. to be a leader in the space industry. This includes going to the Moon and being the first country to send astronauts to Mars. Speaking to CNBC’s Squawk Box about the country’s future commercial space projects, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said our future successes largely depend on what we accomplish by going to the Moon, such as turning it into a refueling station by establishing a lunar colony. “I think a lot depends upon...

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Should We Open Some Sealed Apollo Moon Samples?

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Should We Open Some Sealed Apollo Moon Samples?

Between 1969 and 1972, Apollo astronauts brought back to Earth a total of nine containers of moon material that were sealed on the lunar surface. Two of the larger sealed samples were collected by Apollo 17 moonwalkers in December 1972. Three sealed samples from Apollo 15, 16 and 17 remain unopened. According to several key lunar researchers, now is the right time to consider opening at least one of the still-sealed sample containers. Protected, preserved and processed Home for the Apollo geological samples — specimens that are physically protected, environmentally preserved and scientifically processed — is the Lunar Sample Laboratory...

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