NASA make announcement on ‘exciting new discovery’ about the Moon
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NASA says it will announce an "exciting new discovery about the Moon" next week.
The space agency has released few details of its latest bombshell discovery, but says it "contributes to NASA’s efforts to learn about the Moon in support of deep space exploration".
The announcement will be made from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).
Sofia, a modified Boeing 747 that flies in the high the atmosphere allowing a built-in nine-foot telescope to get a view of our solar system and the broader universe, is the world’s largest airborne observatory.
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Flying above 99% of the atmosphere’s obscuring water vapor, SOFIA observes in infrared wavelengths and can pick up "phenomenon impossible to see with visible light", NASA noted in the announcement.
The briefing for the announcement also made reference to NASA's Artemis program, which aims to put the first woman on the Moon by 2024 as well as first man since 1972.
NASA says the mission will help to prepare for its next giant leap – human exploration of Mars as early as the 2030s.
It also added that "understanding the science of the Moon also helps piece together the broader history of the inner solar system".
The briefing will also be attended by Paul Hertz, Astrophysics division director at NASA Headquarters, Jacob Bleacher, chief exploration scientist for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, Casey Honniball, postdoctoral fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland and Naseem Rangwala, project scientist for the SOFIA mission, NASA’s Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley, California.
The event will take place at noon eastern time, or 5pm in the UK, on Monday, October 26, NASA said.
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