The Moon's First Piece Of Art May Have Been The Moon Museum
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There might be Andy Warhol artwork on the moon, but it's hard to know for sure. Doesn't this sound like something people would be certain of? Perhaps the reason no one really knows is because the whole operation to get it there was super secret and, well, illegal. But the scandalous tale is not only believable, it's pretty likely.
Moon Express Is The First Private Company Allowed To Go To Deep Space
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Should you start packing for a private trip to the moon? Not yet, but the opportunity may come sooner than later. In August 2016, the U.S. startup Moon Express became the first private company to receive clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to travel beyond the Earth's orbit. Moon Express CEO Naveen Jain had his eyes on this accomplishment since founding the company in 2010. But don't get excited about private trips to the moon just yet. So far, the FAA's clearance only allows Moon Express to send a robotic probe to the moon in order to scout for valuable resources on and within its surface. The goal is to begin mining the moon for resources like iron ore, water, precious metals, and more. The company hopes that in late 2017 it will become the first private company to land on the moon. Watch the video below for more details on Moon Express and its plans for deep space travel.
Nope, The Full Moon Does Not Make People Go Crazy
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Does the full moon really make people go loony? In other words, does it turn people into lunatics? The word lunatic comes from the word lunaticus, which means "of or relating to the moon." But, no, the full moon does not cause strange events to occur or people to act crazy. This idea, called the lunar lunacy effect, is a myth. It's an illusory correlation, meaning that people have a perception that an association exists where it does not. In the case of the moon, people pay special attention to strange events during full moons, and are less aware of strangeness otherwise. Historians think that it's possible that the bright light from full moons once disrupted sleep schedules, making people act a little wacky due to sleep deprivation. Another theory is that the brightness of the full moon allowed people who lived before electricity to be active at night. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.
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The word lunatic comes from lunaticus, which means "of or relating to the moon." 0:07
The idea that the full moon makes people go crazy is a myth. 1:31
Historians believed that brightness of a full moon may have disturbed people's sleep schedules, causing strange behavior due to sleep deprivation. 3:27
This Asteroid Will Be Earth's Second Moon
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Does Earth have two moons? In April 2016, scientists discovered a new neighbor that appears to have been around for a hundred years and will remain for another few centuries. The asteroid, called 2016 HO3, is a quasi-satellite in Earth's orbit that can almost be considered a second moon. This asteroid is in orbit around the sun, but it circles around Earth at the same time. Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, described 2016 HO3, which is much too far from our home planet to be considered a true moon or natural satellite, as being "caught in a little dance with Earth." The asteroid, which measures only about 40-100 meters across, will cause no threat to our planet. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.
Humans Could Have A Moon Colony By The Year 2022
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Living on the moon may sound crazy, but it actually isn't that outlandish. In fact, humanity could build a fully functional colony on the moon by the year 2022, and it wouldn't even cost very much money. According to estimates, humanity could set up a lunar base in less than ten years for only $10 billion. By contrast, the Apollo mission that helped Neil Armstrong become the first man on the moon cost the equivalent of $150 billion today. NASA's entire 2016 budget is $19.3 billion. The advanced technology we have today is what would make this project relatively inexpensive. Self-driving cars and self-recycling toilets, for example, would work on the moon and bring down the cost of the colony. NASA scientists say that creating a colony on the moon would be a great jumping off point for further deep space exploration.