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Washington, D.C. — In the wake of confirmation of water on Mars NASA Thursday came out with its map to transport man to Mars possibly within the next two decades. They are not just talking about a short visit here but establishing man as a presence on planet Mars.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said he will be discussing details of the plan with Congress in the next week as well as NASA’s commercial and international partners who will be attending the international Astrological Congress next week.
NASA describes the plan that will take us to Mars in incremental steps including earth reliant exploration now taking place on the International Space Station, working to develop self reliant missions in space that can send large amounts of cargo and equipment, make space missions self reliant and keep man healthy on deep space missions that could last as long as 1,100 days or span decades.
NASA says the challenges presented to man by space exploration are solvable and will help him answer these questions: Was Mars home t microbial life? Is it today? Could it be a safe home for humans one day? What can it teach us about life elsewhere in the cosmos or how life began on Earth? What can it teach us about Earth’s past present and future?
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The Supermoon lunar eclipse of Sept. 27
The Supermoon lunar eclipse of Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, was a rare event observed in most of North and South America and Western Europe and West Africa. It has about 30 years since the last one, and as fate will have it, Hill ’n Holler Land will not see its likes again until 2133.
A rare set of circumstances produced a blood moon which appeared as dark burnt orange on Sunday evening, Sept. 27, for more than one hour during the eclipse totality. The color of the eclipsed Moon was due to the Sun’s rays passing through the Earth’s thick atmosphere and projecting it off the Moon’s visible disk.
See the interesting NASA site of this event for further pictures HERE.
Lunar eclipses are frequent, but don’t occur at every full moon, and more rarely when the Moon is a Supermoon. A Supermoon occurs when there is a full moon at the Moon’ perigee (closest orbital distance to the Earth). The Moon does not orbit the Earth in a perfect circular orbit; the full Moon was a mere 220,000 miles from Earth on Sept. 27. Its close proximity made the Moon appear larger from Earth’s perspective. This eclipse was also a harvest moon event. The harvest moon is the first full moon after the Autumnal Equinox.
It was an event worth seeing, but America will be atwitter over the upcoming total solar eclipse coming Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.