In a recent announcement, NASA has confirmed it will unveil an exciting new discovery about Earth’s very own Moon on Monday (October 26). “Mark your calendars: We will be revealing a new discovery about the surface of the Moon from our airborne @SOFIATelescope observatory, and YOU are invited. Pencil us in for 12pm ET on Monday, Oct. 26,” NASA said in a tweet.
According to the press release by NASA, this special announcement will be made via media teleconference at 12 pm EDT on Monday and the audio of the teleconference will stream live on NASA’s website.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration in a tweet has said that a new discovery about the surface of the Moon is courtesy of its airborne Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Telescope observatory.
SOFIA is the largest airborne observatory in the world. To provide its nearly 9-foot telescope with a clear view of the universe and objects in our solar system SOFIA is now a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft that it flies high in the atmosphere. It observes in infrared wavelengths and can detect phenomena impossible to see with visible light, as it can fly above 99% of the atmosphere’s obscuring water vapor.
The briefing participants:
- Paul Hertz, Astrophysics division director at NASA Headquarters, Washington
- Jacob Bleacher, chief exploration scientist for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters
- Casey Honniball, postdoctoral fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
- Naseem Rangwala, project scientist for the SOFIA mission, NASA’s Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley, California
Interested members of the news media should contact Felicia Chou to participate in the teleconference, at [email protected] by 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26, to receive the dial-in information.
“This new discovery contributes to NASA’s efforts to learn about the Moon in support of deep space exploration. Under NASA’s Artemis program, the agency will send the first woman and next man to the lunar surface in 2024 to prepare for our next giant leap – human exploration of Mars as early as the 2030s. Understanding the science of the Moon also helps piece together the broader history of the inner solar system,” the press release reads.
Source: NASA TV