NASA has a big announcement to make tomorrow. The agency will release an "exciting new discovery" about the moon, "adding to NASA's efforts to learn about the moon in support of space exploration." If this piques your curiosity, we have the details on how to watch the announcement live.
This is how you see the announcement
NASA will stream audio of the announcement by the director of astrophysics and senior exploration scientist for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission and two researchers on Monday, October 26th at 9:00 am local time.
To hear the announcement, you can use the embedded video at the top of this page or the NASA Live website.
What do you expect from the announcement?
NASA's SOFIA observatory is shadowed by a NASA F / A-18 security fighter during its second checkout flight near Waco, Texas on May 10, 2007. NASA
One thing we know about the discovery is that it was made using NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), an airborne observatory aboard a modified Boeing 747 aircraft. SOFIA has previously made discoveries about stellar winds and star formation, investigated a star nursery and investigated the origin of water on earth. Since SOFIA is stationed on an airplane, it can fly over 99% of the water vapor in the earth's atmosphere, which normally interferes with ground-based measurements. That is, it can collect more accurate data to see further into the cosmos.
There are no further details as to what to expect from the discovery, but although it has been over 50 years since we landed on the moon, we don't yet know much about our neighboring body. A great area of interest is the existence and location of water on the moon, especially ice around its poles, as this could be a valuable resource for supporting future crewed lunar missions such as NASA's upcoming Artemis mission. Water is used to make rocket fuel and to provide astronauts with something to drink, and is hunted by NASA's new lunar rover, VIPER.
Other topics that are of interest for human exploration of the moon are the radiation levels there and their reduction, as well as the study of moon dust and rocks, both for scientific interest and because moon dust is a sensitive topic that can cause technical problems. Another question is what is the best way to design and build a long term lunar base.