NASA ‘Exciting New’ Lunar Discovery: Start Time, How To Listen

In 2017, a bright full moon rises at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Buckle up for “an exciting new discovery about the moon”. NASA teased an upcoming conference call to share the results of their Stratospheric Infrared Astronomy Observatory (Sofia), an aircraft equipped with a telescope. “This new discovery adds to NASA’s efforts to learn about the moon in support of space exploration,” the agency said in a statement Wednesday.

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NASA doesn’t release many details about the announcement, but you can access a live audio broadcast of the media conference call on the NASA Live website on Monday, October 26 at 9:00 a.m.

Sofia is a high-flying, bespoke 747 aircraft. “SOFIA flies over 99% of the atmosphere’s opaque water vapor and observes in infrared wavelengths and can pick up phenomena that cannot be seen with visible light,” said NASA.

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NASA was busy investigating the water ice around the lunar south poleThis could be a valuable local resource as astronauts live and work around the moon. The space agency is also interested in lava tubes, spacious caves that could provide shelter for visitors.

We’ll have to wait for the announcement to get all the important details, but there are some topics that it probably isn’t. Despite some entertaining speculation on social media, don’t expect alien or cheese bombs.

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