Latest Bill Cooke Stories
If you stare at the Moon long enough, you start seeing things. "82 things to be exact," says Bill Cooke, leader of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Group.
The best meteor shower of the year peaks this week on Dec. 13th and 14th. The source of the Geminids is a mysterious object named 3200 Phaethon.
Meteoroids are smashing into the Moon a lot more often than anyone expected. If correct, this conclusion could influence planning for future moon missions.
Mariner 4 was cruising the dark emptiness between Earth and Mars. Having shot past Mars in 1965 without enough fuel to turn around and go back, there was nothing else to do. All was quiet. Fuel was running low. That's when the meteor storm hit.
Amateur astronomers, grab your telescopes. A spaceship is about to crash into the Moon, and you may be able to see the impact. The spacecraft is named SMART-1, a lunar orbiter belonging to the European Space Agency (ESA).
There's a new crater on the Moon. It's about 14 meters wide, 3 meters deep and precisely one month, eleven days old.
Every day, more than a metric ton of meteoroids hits the Moon. They literally fall out of the sky, in all shapes and sizes, from specks of comet dust to full-blown asteroids, traveling up to a hundred thousand mph.
NASA scientists have observed an explosion on the moon. The blast, equal in energy to about 70 kg of TNT, occurred near the edge of Mare Imbrium (the Sea of Rains) on Nov. 7, 2005, when a 12-centimeter-wide meteoroid slammed into the ground traveling 27 km/s.
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