Fantasist & Futurist
- Nov 23, 2002
Our Moon made a couple of stories this week - with others following after:
1. How dangerous is Moondust?
That's what the European Space Agency (ESA) wants to find out, as unlike the weathered and rounded dust of Earth, Moondust is effectively tiny shards of volcanic glass that has caused breathing problems for every astronaut who walked the lunar surface: The toxic side of the Moon
2. Israel could be next on Moon
Just when you thought it might be a race between China, India, or Japan to put a lander on the Moon, an Israeli company has come from nowhere to announce it's launching one later this year: Israeli spacecraft to land on Moon in 2019
3. Jupiter has more moons!
Jupiter has been found to have an additional 12 moons. Though most are little more than big rocks, they form an intriguing pattern of prograde and retrograde orbits: Jupiter's moon count reaches 79, including tiny 'oddball'
4. Saturn's noisy moon
Enceladus, one of the more intriguing moons around Saturn, has been found to create a lot of noise as it moves through Saturn's electromagnetic field: Sound of electromagnetic energy moving between Saturn, Enceladus
You can listen to it directly here:
5. Radio Galaxy
On the topic of noise, South Africa has completed the first stage of building the world's largest radio telescope: South Africa unveils super radio telescope
The first test image is quite stunning - astronomer Phil Plait provides a write-up of what it all actually means: Stunning chaos in the galactic core
6. Diamonds are for everyone
Diamonds hit the headlines twice:
i) The Earth's crust could contain "quadrillions of tons of diamonds": Sound waves reveal diamond cache deep in Earth's interior
ii) Scientists try to recreate conditions on "diamond planets": Tiny planets full of diamonds have been created in the lab
7. Exoskeletons coming of age?
A group of researchers think so - for general work use, rather than for bashing queen aliens: Exoskeletons promise superhuman powers
8. BONUS! Jumping genes and pink life!
i) Horizontal Gene Transfer may be far more common than we think: Cross species transfer of genes has driven evolution
Not only does this directly life on Earth, but it could also be a major feature of any alien life...
ii) Which, if we catch it early enough, might look pink: World's 'oldest biological colours' found