China and the U.S. both have big plans for the Moon, but there are a number of reasons why no country could actually claim ownership of any land there.
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A comment by Bill Nelson, the NASA administrator, sparked a strong public response from the Chinese government. But due to legal and practical reasons, no country could take over the Moon anytime soon.
Exceptional high tides hit eastern Québec in 2010 and 2016.
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Popular belief suggests the highest tides in the St. Lawrence River are reached around the equinoxes. In truth, they arrive close to the solstices.
The Moon often looks enormous when it first rises because of what is known as the Moon illusion.
The Moon illusion is what makes the Moon look giant when you see it rising over a distant horizon. An astronomer explains what causes this awe-inspiring trick of the mind.
Pluto was recategorized from a planet to a dwarf planet in 2006.
A curious kid asks: Why does it matter if Pluto is a planet or a dwarf planet?
The greenhouse at McMurdo Station in Antarctica is the only source of fresh food during winter.
Scientists just grew plants in soil from the Moon, but Antarctica has long provided researchers with the perfect place to test their agricultural techniques for a future in space.
Harvest Moon - October 1 2020.
Take note, future colonisers: you may be able to grow stuff in certain places on the Moon.
There is a U.S. flag on the Moon, but in the future, countries may start to turn access to the Moon and asteroids into serious wealth.
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Current trends suggest that powerful nations are defining the rules of resource use in space and satellite access in ways that will make it hard for developing nations to ever catch up.
In the next decade, both a U.S.-led group and a collaboration between Russia and China aim to set up bases on the Moon.
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In the past 10 years, international alliances on Earth have begun to expand into space. Nations with similar interests collaborate with one another while competing with other space blocs.
Plus, a section of a rocket is about to crash on the Moon. What scientists hope to learn from it. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
All moons and planets are constantly under barrage from asteroids and comets.
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Across the solar system, asteroids and comets crash into moons and planets every day. The rocket collision will provide researchers with important data on how these collisions work.
2022 is set to be humanity’s busiest year in space.
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With about 200 orbital launches scheduled and ambitious missions on everything from lunar bases to the search for life in the works, there’s a lot to watch in 2022. An astronomer explains the highlights.
A frame from A Trip to the Moon.
Some people are outraged that human negligence will disfigure the Moon. But that’s not the main issue.
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When a hunk of space junk smashes into the Moon in a few weeks, it will join a long history of lunar collisions.
The mission is set to launch in March 2022. Here’s what you need to know.
The Earth spins as it orbits the Sun. Elements of this image furnished by Nasa.
Only a planet crashing into it might stop the Earth’s spin.
The rocket boosters for the Space Launch System that will launch Nasa’s Artemis I mission to the Moon.
Nasa plans to test its new rocket system for the Moon, and a new rover is due to begin its journey to Mars.
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Penguins will have the best seat in the house as a total solar eclipse passes over Antarctica on December 4. Australia and New Zealand will experience a minor partial eclipse, but not a noticeable one.
The International Space Station is a great example of how space has, for the most part, been a peaceful and collaborative international arena.
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Activities in space today are far more numerous and complicated compared to 1967, before humans had landed on the moon or Elon Musk had been born. Two experts explain the need for better laws to keep space peaceful.
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A partial lunar eclipse during moonrise will let viewers in most Australian capitals see the Moon partly shrouded in Earth’s shadow, while the “Moon illusion” makes it look larger than life.
A new tool to detect hidden layers of the surface of the far side of the Moon could provide vital information about what lies beneath and how Earth’s satellite evolved.