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NASA to announce mysterious moon discovery on Monday

24 Oct 2020, 12:00 UTC
NASA to announce mysterious moon discovery on Monday
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View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Steven Arthur Sweet of Toronto, Ontario, Canada captured the moon just past 1st quarter on October 23, 2020. See more of Steven’s work at Lunar 101 Moon Book.
NASA wants you to get excited about the moon — or more specifically, about a mysterious new science result the agency plans to unveil via a news conference on Monday, October 26 2020. Tune in here.
More details are expected to be announced during the news conference scheduled for 12 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (16 UTC) that afternoon. A NASA statement promoting the news conference promises “an exciting new discovery about the moon” and references the agency’s ambitious Artemis program, which aims to land astronauts at the moon’s south pole in the year 2024.
What could it be? It’s possible the announcement relates to water ice around the moon’s south pole, considered a possible future resource for astronauts on the moon. Scientists have also predicted that – beneath the surfaces of Mars, Venus and our own moon – there are majestic volcanic caves, or lava tubes, formed by flowing magma and covered in tiny crystals. These lunar caves could provide shelter for future lunar explorers, and ...

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