This February, there has been some fascinating discoveries and moments in history. Let’s start our journey to take a look at the space news!
Starting with Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch its first uncrewed mission from Kennedy space center in preparation for its human-crewed flight on with the Crew Dragon.
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will also be used for shinapaceIL’s lunar lander – the first Israeli moon mission. Being that this is the first Israeli moon mission there is a lot riding on this mission. Whether it be the pride of a nation, or it is the honor and desire to discover.
The SpaceIL is a nonprofit and a government-owned corporation Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), who manufactured the spacecraft, announced a statement that the lunar spacecraft, dubbed Beresheet, will carry a digital time capsule with Israeli national memorabilia, to honor the mission and their nation.
SpaceIL’s mission to the moon was initiated as a part of the Google Lunar X Prize competition. SpaceIL was the only Israeli team that participated in the competition and was offered a first prize of $30 million to the privately-funded team that could put a robotic spacecraft on the moon, move the craft 500 meters and has it beam high-definition photos and video back to Earth. [Moon Rush: These Companies Have Big Plans for Lunar Exploration] This mission is now underway.
Petrologists now concluded that Earth most likely received the majority of its carbon, nitrogen and other life-essential volatile elements from a collision with a Mars-sized planet more than 4.4 billion years ago. We also learned that Earth’s oldest rocks might have been discovered on the moon. According to a new study by Rice University petrologists in the journal Science Advances.
“From the study of primitive meteorites, scientists have long known that Earth and other rocky planets in the inner solar system are volatile-depleted,” said study co-author Rajdeep Dasgupta. “But the timing and mechanism of volatile delivery have been hotly debated. Ours is the first scenario that can explain the timing and delivery in a way that is consistent with all of the geochemical evidence.”
On February 19, The full moon of February, known as the “Full Snow Moon,” will appear slightly more prominent than usual in the night sky because of the moon’s proximity to Earth in its orbit.
(Learn More: https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/snow.html)
On Feb. 13, the two planets will be about 1 degree apart in the night sky. Mars will be shining at magnitude 1.0, and Uranus will be at magnitude 5.8 – just barely bright enough to be visible to the naked eye from dark-sky locations.
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