Humankind has always been aspired to be more – to venture among the stars and to discover the origins of life. Let’s look upon the universe and take a look at the latest space news this month.
May 15: China’s Yutu-2 rover finds ancient rocks in Moon’s biggest crater. Since January, China’s orbiter and rover Chang’e-4 mission has been exploring the far side of the Moon, particularly the prized South Pole-Aitken Basin, an asteroid impact crater that stretches across nearly a quarter of the Moon’s surface. It’s the biggest crater on the Moon, as well as the deepest and the oldest.
May 15: Moon Crash Site Found! NASA has released a series of photographs showing the crash site of Israel’s Beresheet moon lander, which smashed into the lunar surface April 11 after a malfunction caused its descent engine to shut down prematurely.
May 16: SpaceX will have its second attempt to launch the first 60 satellites of its massive Starlink internet constellation. SpaceX will jumpstart its ambitious internet-from-space initiative known as Starlink, by launching the first 60 production satellites of nearly 12,000 planned spacecraft into a low orbit above Earth.“This was one of the hardest engineer projects I’ve ever seen done, and it’s been executed really well,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said during a conference call.
May 18: Blue Moon. The Full Flower Moon will reach full phase at 5:11 p.m. EDT (2111 GMT). It will be the third full moon in one season, making it a “Blue Moon”. Set up your camera and catch the Blue Moon rising this month. AstroReality also has a list of telescope recommendation for beginners.
May 31: 2019 Galaxy Ball is going to happen on May 31. The Galaxy Ball is held to recognize exemplary leaders in the aerospace industry and honor the Federation of Galaxy Explorers’ hardworking volunteers. Galaxy Explorers, awards achievements in space leadership, education, and outstanding initiative in the next generation of leaders.
NASA launches Apollo 10 on May 18, 1969. Apollo 10 was a crewed lunar landing mission, minus the landing. Launched from Cape Kennedy, Apollo 10 was the fourth manned Apollo launch in seven months, and it became the second spacecraft to orbit the moon.
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