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Snow Moon stuns as one of the largest full moons of 2020 lights up the sky

Skygazers are enjoying the spectacular February full moon, or snow moon, this weekend.

The Snow Moon is one of the largest full moons of 2020 and will light up the sky on Saturday and Sunday.

WHAT IS A SUPERMOON?

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The almost full Snow Moon sets beside the Statue of Liberty before sunrise on February 8, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

In New York City, photographers brazed the cold on the waterfront at Red Hook, Brooklyn, early Saturday morning to capture images of the almost-full moon behind the Statue of Liberty.

The February full moon will reach its peak at 2:33 a.m. ET on Sunday, according to NASA.

“For the best view of this Moon, look for it on the night of Saturday, February 8; it will rise in the east and reach its highest point in the sky around midnight,” according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

‘SUPER SNOW MOON’ STUNS AS THE BIGGEST SUPERMOON OF 2019 LIGHTS UP THE SKY

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The full moon lights up the sky over the Moscow Kremlin waterfront, Spasskaya Tower, St Basil’s Cathedral, on Feb. 8, 2020. (Photo by Marina Lystseva/TASS via Getty Images)

The full moon is the fourth-largest of 2020, according to EarthSky.

Some experts also describe the full moon as a supermoon, although others feel that it does not qualify as that category of celestial event. Supermoons happen when the moon’s elliptical orbit brings it to the closest point to Earth while the moon is full. The phrase was coined in 1979, NASA said.

FEBRUARY SKY: NASA’S TOP TIPS FOR SKYWATCHERS

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The moon rises behind the ancient Acropolis hill with the 500 BC Parthenon temple in Athens, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The February full moon played an important role in Native American culture.

“As the midwinter moon or the second full moon of winter, the Native American tribes of what is now the northern and eastern United States called this the Snow Moon or the Hunger Moon,” NASA said. “It was known as the Snow Moon because of the heavy snows that fall in this season.”

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The almost full Snow moon sets beside the Statue of Liberty, photographed from Red Hook, Brooklyn on the morning of Feb. 8, 2020. (James Rogers/Fox News)

Last February’s full moon, dubbed the “super snow moon,” was the largest supermoon of 2019.

The Associated Press contributed to this article. 

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Snow Moon stuns as one of the largest full moons of 2020 lights up the sky

Skygazers are enjoying the spectacular February full moon, or snow moon, this weekend.

The Snow Moon is one of the largest full moons of 2020 and will light up the sky on Saturday and Sunday.

WHAT IS A SUPERMOON?

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The almost full Snow Moon sets beside the Statue of Liberty before sunrise on February 8, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

In New York City, photographers brazed the cold on the waterfront at Red Hook, Brooklyn, early Saturday morning to capture images of the almost-full moon behind the Statue of Liberty.

The February full moon will reach its peak at 2:33 a.m. ET on Sunday, according to NASA.

“For the best view of this Moon, look for it on the night of Saturday, February 8; it will rise in the east and reach its highest point in the sky around midnight,” according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

‘SUPER SNOW MOON’ STUNS AS THE BIGGEST SUPERMOON OF 2019 LIGHTS UP THE SKY

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The full moon lights up the sky over the Moscow Kremlin waterfront, Spasskaya Tower, St Basil’s Cathedral, on Feb. 8, 2020. (Photo by Marina Lystseva/TASS via Getty Images)

The full moon is the fourth-largest of 2020, according to EarthSky.

Some experts also describe the full moon as a supermoon, although others feel that it does not qualify as that category of celestial event. Supermoons happen when the moon’s elliptical orbit brings it to the closest point to Earth while the moon is full. The phrase was coined in 1979, NASA said.

FEBRUARY SKY: NASA’S TOP TIPS FOR SKYWATCHERS

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The moon rises behind the ancient Acropolis hill with the 500 BC Parthenon temple in Athens, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The February full moon played an important role in Native American culture.

“As the midwinter moon or the second full moon of winter, the Native American tribes of what is now the northern and eastern United States called this the Snow Moon or the Hunger Moon,” NASA said. “It was known as the Snow Moon because of the heavy snows that fall in this season.”

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The almost full Snow moon sets beside the Statue of Liberty, photographed from Red Hook, Brooklyn on the morning of Feb. 8, 2020. (James Rogers/Fox News)

Last February’s full moon, dubbed the “super snow moon,” was the largest supermoon of 2019.

The Associated Press contributed to this article. 

Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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Snow moon on deck: Get set for one of the largest full moons of 2020

Skywatchers will soon get a chance to see the snow moon, which will be one of the largest full moons of this year when it lights up the night sky on Feb. 8 and 9.

The February full moon will reach its peak at 2:33 a.m. EST on Sunday, Feb. 9, according to NASA. “For the best view of this Moon, look for it on the night of Saturday, February 8; it will rise in the east and reach its highest point in the sky around midnight,” explains the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Some experts also describe the forthcoming full moon as a supermoon, although others feel that it does not qualify as that category of celestial event. Supermoons happen when the moon’s elliptical orbit brings it to the closest point to Earth while the moon is full. The phrase was coined in 1979, NASA says.

FEBRUARY SKY: NASA’S TOP TIPS FOR SKYWATCHERS

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The Super Snow Moon sets behind the Statue of Liberty as the sun rises on February 19, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

“When a full moon appears at perigee [its closest point to Earth] it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon—and that’s where we get a ‘supermoon’,” explains the space agency on its website.

‘SUPER SNOW MOON’ STUNS AS THE BIGGEST SUPERMOON OF 2019 LIGHTS UP THE SKY

EarthSky notes that, while the Feb. 9 full moon is the fourth-largest of 2020, some experts use different sets of calculations to define a supermoon. One set of calculations uses the Moon’s closest and furthest points to Earth in 2020 as parameters, while the other set uses the closest and furthest points in its current monthly orbit. Using the latter definition, this month’s full moon qualifies as a supermoon, according to EarthSky.

Dubbed the “snow moon,” the February full moon played an important role in Native American culture. “As the midwinter moon or the second full moon of winter, the Native American tribes of what is now the northern and eastern United States called this the Snow Moon or the Hunger Moon,”  explains NASA. “It was known as the Snow Moon because of the heavy snows that fall in this season.”

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Last February’s full moon, dubbed the “super snow moon,” was the largest supermoon of 2019.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.  Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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February sky: NASA’s top tips for skywatchers

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February will be a good month for skywatchers with bright planets and a supermoon shimmering in the sky.

On Feb. 1, the moon will be “half-full,” according to NASA. “On Saturday evening, the moon will appear half-full as it reaches its first quarter at 8:42 p.m. EST,” it wrote on its website. The February full moon, which is also a supermoon, will reach its peak on Feb. 9.

‘SUPER SNOW MOON’ STUNS AS THE BIGGEST SUPERMOON OF 2019 LIGHTS UP THE SKY

Supermoons happen when the moon’s elliptical orbit brings it to the closest point to Earth while the moon is full. The phrase was coined in 1979, according to NASA.

“When a full moon appears at perigee [its closest point to Earth] it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon—and that’s where we get a ‘supermoon’,” explains the space agency on its website.

Dubbed the “Snow Moon,” the February full moon played an important role in Native American culture. “As the midwinter moon or the second full moon of winter, the Native American tribes of what is now the northern and eastern United States called this the Snow Moon or the Hunger Moon,” explains NASA. “It was known as the Snow Moon because of the heavy snows that fall in this season.”

‘FULL WORM SUPERMOON’ LIGHTS UP THE SKY IN STUNNING PICTURES

Last February’s full moon, dubbed the “super snow moon,” was the largest supermoon of 2019.

The bright planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn — are set to feature prominently during February, experts say.

“In February 2020, you might be able to see all five bright planets, two after sunset and three before sunrise,” explains EarthSky, on its website. “Spot the two evening planets – Venus and Mercury – in the west not long after the sun goes down. Then see the three morning planets – Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – in the east before daybreak.”

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“For the Washington, D.C., area (and similar latitudes at least), Thursday morning, February 4, 2020, will be the first morning when the planet Saturn will appear just above the horizon in the east-southeast at the time morning twilight begins,” explains NASA, on its website.

The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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Proposed House bill urges NASA to delay putting US boots back on the moon until 2028

An authorization bill introduced on Friday by Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Okla., urges NASA to delay putting U.S. astronauts back on the moon until 2028 in order to boost the space agency’s long-term plans for crewed Mars exploration.

Horn, who is the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee chairwoman, introduced the “National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2020” with ranking member Rep. Brian Babin, R- Texas, as well as members Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, and Rep. Frank Lucas, R- Okla.

“The goal of NASA’s Moon to Mars program shall be to land humans on Mars in a sustainable manner as soon as practicable,” the bill says. “The Moon to Mars program shall have the interim goal of sending a crewed mission to the lunar surface by 2028 and a goal of sending a crewed mission to orbit Mars by 2033.”

NASA REVEALS ITS VISION FOR THE ARTEMIS MOON LANDER THAT WILL RETURN US ASTRONAUTS TO THE LUNAR SURFACE

NASA’s Artemis program aims to land American astronauts on the moon by 2024 and establish a sustainable human presence on Earth’s natural satellite.

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Artist’s rendering of an ascent vehicle separating from a descent vehicle and departing the lunar surface. (NASA)

The authorization bill introduced last week also calls for the continued operation of the International Space Station from 2024 until at least 2028. Additionally, the bill also addresses the construction of the Gateway Space Station and the launch of the Artemis Moon Lander, Space.com reported.

“The NASA Authorization Act of 2020 supports the Administration’s bold space exploration goal to return to the Moon and go on to Mars while maintaining NASA’s other important science and aeronautics work,” Babin said in a statement. “The bill ensures continuity of purpose for major programs like the Space Launch System, Orion, Gateway, and Commercial Crew; directs development of a Human Landing System; and ensures continued operations of the International Space Station to at least 2028.  I will continue to work with my colleagues to perfect this important bill and strengthen the Johnson Space Center as it moves through the legislative process.”

ON APOLLO 11 ANNIVERSARY, PENCE ANNOUNCES THAT ORION CAPSULE FOR MANNED MOON MISSIONS IS READY FOR DEBUT FLIGHT

Last year, NASA revealed details of its vision for the Artemis Moon Lander that will return American astronauts to the lunar surface.

In a notice posted to the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website, NASA seeks “proposals from industry for the development of integrated human lunar landers and execution of crewed flight demonstrations to the lunar surface by 2024.”

Speaking at the Kennedy Space Center on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing on July 20, 2019, Vice President Pence also announced that the Orion capsule, which will take American astronauts back to the moon, is ready.

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In documents posted on the FBO website, NASA explains that astronauts will be flown in an Orion spacecraft to the “Gateway,” a space station orbiting the moon. The Gateway vessel will be used to support the transfer of crew and supplies into the Moon Lander.

Initial mission capability for 2024 involves landing two astronauts on the moon’s South Pole. Astronauts will live and work out of the lander for six and a half days, according to NASA.

Longer-term, the lander will need to transport four people to the lunar South Pole.

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NASA anticipates that a three-stage landing system will be used to take astronauts to and from the lunar surface. “The three-stage concept includes a transfer element for the journey from the lunar Gateway to low-lunar orbit, a descent element to carry the crew to the surface, and an ascent element to return them to the Gateway,” it explained in a statement. “From there, they would board Orion for the 250,000-mile trip back to Earth.”

The space agency, however, says that it is also interested in alternative approaches “that can accomplish the same long-term goals of global lunar access and a reusable landing system.”

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After Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, only 10 more men, all Americans, have walked on the lunar surface. The last NASA astronaut to set foot on the moon was Apollo 17 Mission Commander Gene Cernan, on Dec. 14, 1972.

NASA wants to send astronauts to Mars in the 2030s, although Aldrin thinks that a slightly later target date of 2040 is more realistic. In an interview in 2016, the Gemini 12 and Apollo 11 astronaut told Fox News that by 2040, astronauts could visit Mars’ moon Phobos, which could serve as a sort of stepping stone to the Red Planet.

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December ‘cold’ full moon is the decade’s last

The full moon of December — which is the final one of this decade — arrives tonight just after midnight.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this December’s full moon, which is rising in Gemini, is being called the Cold Moon, the Long Night Moon and the Moon before Yule.

“The full moon is the culmination of a cycle. It’s all about peak intensity: concentrated energy from the preceding phase overflowing, spilling out into emotion, action and matter,” Diane Ahlquist, author of “The Moon + You,” told Refinery29.

Besides any astrological significance, full moons tend to be so bright that they overpower less bright objects in the night sky.

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The crew aboard the International Space Station took this image of a full moon on Aug. 13, 2019. They snapped the photo while orbiting 270 miles above the South Pacific Ocean.

According to NASA, Europeans named it the Long Night Moon because it is the full moon closest to the winter solstice.

“Factor in the influence of Gemini — a highly cerebral sign that pivots on a dime — and we may find ourselves with an overwhelming desire to unburden ourselves of our thoughts, opinions and truths on multiple topics,” Ahlquist told Refinery29.

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The moon will be in the sky for a total of 14 hours and 58 minutes, making Wednesday night into Thursday morning the longest full moon night of the year.

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Beer in orbit: Why space is the next frontier for alcohol

The idea of alcohol in space may seem outlandish, but a number of companies and organizations are ready to tap into some new opportunities.

On Dec. 5, SpaceX launched a 3-ton shipment to the International Space Station containing a miniature of a brewery’s malt house. The barley grains were sent into space for a beer-malting experiment by Anheuser-Busch. It’s the latest in a series of Budweiser experiments to explore how barley germination is affected by weightlessness.

In December 2018, for example, Budweiser sent an experiment to the orbiting space lab to analyze strains of barley seeds as they go through rapid hydration, germination and drying associated with malting barley. “Results from this research could help the company develop new malt barley varieties that are more tolerant to extreme stress environments and could also provide valuable insight for the general agricultural community,” explained the ISS U.S. National Laboratory, in a statement released at the time.

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Fox News has reached out to Anheuser-Busch with a request for comment on this story.

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December 5, 2019 – Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo capsule with supplies for the International Space Station launches successfully from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Other alcohol experiments also have been conducted in space. Last month, a dozen bottles of fine French wine arrived at the space station in the name of science. The red Bordeaux will age there for a year before returning to Earth. Researchers will study how weightlessness and space radiation affect the aging process. The goal is to develop new flavors and properties for the food industry.

In 2015, Japanese beverage giant Suntory announced plans to send six samples of whiskey and other alcoholic beverages to the ISS, but the company did not have an update on the experiment when asked by Fox News.

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Chris Carberry, author of “Alcohol in Space: Past, Present and Future,” said that alcohol-related space research has broad implications. Anheuser-Busch’s experiments with barley, for example, could have a direct effect on agriculture in space, according to Carberry.

“You’re getting a completely different industry that is trying to solve problems that we have to solve before we have a sustainable presence on the Moon or Mars,” Carberry told Fox News. “[In space] we need to create our own food fast.”

But what about consuming alcohol in space? In his book, Carberry explains that, while astronauts and cosmonauts are prohibited from imbibing in orbit, there are stories of Russian cosmonauts bringing cognac to the former Mir space station and to the ISS. On occasion, this cognac is said to have been shared with astronauts. “It turned into this bonding in space – floating orbs of cognac, just a little shot,” he said. “I think it has played an interesting diplomatic role.”

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As for the U.S. space program, there have been famous instances of alcohol in orbit. Miniature bottles of brandy, for example, traveled to space on the Apollo 8 mission in December 1968 but remained unopened. The following year, Apollo 11 Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin took communion, including wine, on the lunar surface.

In his book, Carberry discusses the role of  alcohol, and looks to the future, with a possible return to the Moon and manned missions to Mars on the horizon. “Alcohol has played a pivotal role, good and bad, in society,” he said, noting its impact on agriculture, diplomacy and human relations.

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So what would a hangover in space feel like? Carberry says that it is still unknown. “We do not know how [alcohol] would metabolize in space,” he said.

And, additionally, he points out that in orbit, “nobody has ever become inebriated.”

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NASA announces new VIPER Moon rover that will explore the lunar surface

NASA has unveiled its plan to send a new lunar rover, VIPER, to the surface of the Moon.

“VIPER is going to rove on the South Pole of the moon and assess where the water ice is,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine during a wide-ranging speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Washington D.C. on Friday.

The government space agency notes that the Moon has vast reservoirs of water ice, an amount that could potentially reach millions of tons. The water will be used to sustain a human presence on the lunar surface.

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“Water ice is oxygen to breathe, it’s water to drink,” Bridenstine said, adding that hydrogen in the water ice could also be used for rocket fuel. “We’re going to utilize the resources of the Moon to live and work for long periods of time.”

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Artist’s impression of NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER. (Credits: NASA Ames/Daniel Rutter)

NASA plans to land VIPER, which stands for Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, on the Moon in December 2022. When it reaches the lunar surface, the golf-cart sized rover will collect about 100 days of data, roaming several miles. VIPER’s instruments, including a 1-meter (3.28 foot) drill, will be used to perform soil samples.

The lander and launch vehicle that will deliver the mobile robot to the Moon will be provided through NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract to deliver science and technology payloads to and near the Moon, the space agency said, in a statement.

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NASA’s Artemis program aims to land American astronauts, including the first woman, on the Moon by 2024 and establish a sustainable human presence on Earth’s natural satellite.

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A VIPER mobility testbed, an engineering model created to evaluate the rover’s mobility system. (Credits: NASA/Johnson Space Center)

Initial mission capability for 2024 involves landing two astronauts on the Moon’s south pole. Astronauts will live and work out of the lander for six-and-a-half days, according to the agency.

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Speaking at IAC, Bridenstine also raised the possibility that the next two astronauts to reach the moon could both be female. “That’s an important point to make,” he added.

NASA recently released a “woman on the Moon” illustration for the Artemis mission. “Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo and Goddess of the Moon and the hunt, encompasses all of our present efforts to return humans to the Moon — to prepare us and propel us on to Mars,” the space agency explains on its website. “The portrait of the Greek Goddess, Artemis is illustrated in the highlights and shadows of the crescent Moon topography. Her features are abstract enough that any woman can see themselves in her.”

Earlier this year, NASA released details of its vision for the Artemis Moon lander that will return U.S. astronauts to the lunar surface.

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In July, NASA said it was seeking “proposals from industry for the development of integrated human lunar landers and execution of crewed flight demonstrations to the lunar surface by 2024,” according to a notice posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website.

Speaking at Kennedy Space Center on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing on July 20, Vice President Mike Pence also announced that the Orion capsule that will take American astronauts back to the Moon is ready.

In documents posted on the FBO website, NASA explained that astronauts will be flown in an Orion spacecraft to the ‘Gateway,’ a space station orbiting the Moon. The Gateway vessel will be used to support the transfer of crew and supplies into the Moon Lander.

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After Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the Moon on July 20, 1969, only 10 more men, all Americans, walked on the lunar surface.  Apollo 17 Mission Cmdr. Cernan became the last NASA astronaut to set foot on the Moon on Dec. 14, 1972.

Last week, NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made history when they completed the first all-female spacewalk.

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Moon ice could be billions of years old, study suggests

It has long been established that the Moon contains significant amounts of ice and water, including frozen water found on the lunar surface last year. Now, a new study suggests that the ice could be billions of years old and come from different sources.

The study, published in the scientific journal Icarus, suggests that some ice could be almost as old as the Moon itself. Other ice deposits could be much younger, perhaps put there by comets and asteroids, or even underground volcanic activity.

“We quantify the amount of available cold-trapping surface area that is occupied by water ice in order to examine the relationship between the patchiness of ice within each crater and the age of each host crater,” the study’s abstract states. “The majority of surface ice is contained in old craters [greater than 3.1 billion years], where the majority of cold-trapping area on the pole exists.”

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(Credit: EarthView, Arizona State University Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Team from imagery returned by the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter)

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“Just because the crater is old doesn’t mean that the ice within it is also that old too, but in this case, there’s reason to believe the ice is indeed old,” the researchers said in a statement.

The scientists, led by Brown University researcher Ariel Deutsch, used data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (which was recently used to make a 3D map of the Moon) to come up with their conclusions.

“There have been models of bombardment through time showing that ice starts to concentrate with depth. So if you have a surface layer that’s old, you’d expect more underneath,” Deutsch said.

The newer, smaller craters, which also hold ice, were a “surprise,” she added. “There hadn’t really been any observations of ice in younger cold traps before.”

The age of the ice could have implications for space travel, including NASA’s return to the Moon in 2024 and the exploration of deep space.

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“When we think about sending humans back to the Moon for long-term exploration, we need to know what resources are there that we can count on, and we currently don’t know,” Brown University professor and the study’s co-author, Jim Head, said in the statement. “Studies like this one help us make predictions about where we need to go to answer those questions.”

A study published in August theorized that there may be more ice water on Earth’s natural satellite and Mercury than previously thought. Until recently, it was believed that the water was trapped in “cold traps” at the Moon’s poles, but a 2018 discovery found that there is frozen water on the lunar surface.

Water was first discovered on the Moon in 2009.

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Purdue honors Apollo 11 with Moon-themed helmets for homecoming game

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, Purdue football players will wear a moonwalk-inspired helmet and commemorative astronaut-themed patch during Saturday’s homecoming game against Maryland.

Purdue is the alma mater of a host of astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, Gus Grissom, who was the second American in space, and Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon. The West Lafayette, Ind. school, dubbed ‘the cradle of astronauts,’ counts 25 former and current astronauts among its alumni.

Designed to resemble an astronaut’s helmet, the Boilermakers will take the field on Saturday wearing white helmets with a chrome gold mask. A gray and white Moon pattern on the helmets honors Armstrong and Cernan, and a center stripe commemorates Armstrong’s famous first steps on the lunar surface.

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The helmet stripe also features the numbers 2, 25 and 64 — two Purdue alum walked on the Moon;  25 total Purdue astronauts; and 64 space missions completed by the school’s alums.

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Purdue players will wear the moon-inspired helmets for the homecoming game against Maryland. (Purdue University)

Additionally, a mission sticker with the Griffin from Purdue’s crest placing the school’s flag on the surface of the Moon will be featured on the back of the helmet. The school’s anniversary motto “150 years of giant leaps” is also incorporated into the sticker design.

A patch with the same design will also be on the players’ jerseys for the game against the Terrapins.

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In 2012, Purdue honored Neil Armstrong with a special helmet decal during a game at Notre Dame.

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The Boilermakers will take the field wearing white helmets with a chrome gold mask, which is designed to resemble an astronaut’s helmet. (Purdue University)

Some 13 Purdue astronaut alums will be attending Saturday’s homecoming game, including NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, who is a veteran of three spaceflights. Beth Moses, who became the first female commercial astronaut on Virgin Galactic’s spaceplane earlier this year, will also attend.

During a recent interview, Feustel told Fox News that America’s return to the Moon could unlock a vast trove of space resources.

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NASA’s Artemis program aims to land American astronauts on the Moon by 2024 and establish a sustainable human presence on Earth’s natural satellite.

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The helmet stripe celebrates Purdue alums’ contribution to space exploration. (Purdue University)

After Apollo 11 astronauts Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the Moon on July 20, 1969, only 10 more men, all Americans, walked on the lunar surface.  Apollo 17 Mission Cmdr. Cernan became the last NASA astronaut to set foot on the Moon on Dec. 14, 1972.

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Purdue players will also wear a specially-designed commemorative patch for the homecoming game. (Purdue University)

Purdue’s game against Maryland kicks off at noon ET Saturday.

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