With virtually no atmosphere on the moon – and, therefore, no wind – flags that fly freely on Earth would hang like limp cloth in the lunar environment. So Apollo 11 engineers had to rethink flagpole design entirely.
Neil A. Armstrong (left) and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. (right) with the flag on the Moon during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity. Imag via NASA.
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SG Collins explains why moon landings not faked
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The ice age hyenas may have hunted caribou and horses, or scavenged carcasses of mammoths on a cold treeless tundra, says a study of 2 fossil teeth.
An artist’s rendering of ancient Arctic hyenas belonging to the genus Chasmaporthetes. A new study reports that two enigmatic fossil teeth found in Yukon Territory in Canada belonged to Chasmaporthetes, making the teeth the first known fossils of hyenas found in the Arctic. Image via Julius T. Csotonyi https://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2019/06/014.html
The subsurface ocean of Saturn’s moon Enceladus seems possibly habitable in many ways. Now a new study has determined it’s the right age to support life, too.
The geysers of Enceladus: huge plumes of water vapor erupt through cracks in the icy surface at the south pole. Cassini analyzed them and found they contain water vapor, ice particles, complex organic molecules, salts and methane. Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.
Join online as leading space scientists discuss the legacy of Apollo 11 during the mission’s 50th anniversary this week.
Wet conditions from July 2018 through June 2019 resulted in a new 12-month precipitation record in the US
Just 367 days after the last of the Great June Flood of 2018 had left its memorable mark on nearly all of the populated Rio Grande valley, a confluence of atmospheric events came together during the late afternoon and evening of June 24, 2019. New daily rainfall records were set at most Rio Brande Valley climate recording locations, including Harlingen, Texas (shown) with 6.29 inches of rain, about 3x the monthly average. Image via NOAA.
The total solar eclipse of August 22, 1142, may have coincided with the birth of the Iroquois Confederacy, oldest democracy in North America and possibly on Earth.