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Sometimes games that are classics in other countries aren't titles we ever get to play here in America. One of the games that launched over two decades ago was promised for the States and never came here is an RPG from a company called Onion Games, and it is called moon. This time around, the game is being ported to the popular Nintendo Switch platform. The game is hailed as a sort of anti-RPG looking at themes in many RPG games like stealing supplies from strangers and killing animals for XP. The original launch for the game was 22 years ago on the original PlayStation. Over the years since that launch, English translations of the game have started and stopped for various reasons.... Read more...
On July 16th, 1969 the Apollo 11 mission commenced, shooting Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin into an orbit around the Moon. Four days later, the Apollo Lunar Module “Eagle” touched down on the Moon, after which Armstrong first stepped onto the surface to deliver this historic phrase: “That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Leading up the actual anniversary, Google is paying homage to Apollo 11 starting with a new augmented reality (AR) experience. In order to join in on the action, you will need to have an AR-capable smartphone in your possession and search for “Apollo 11” in Google Search. From there, you should see... Read more...
Scientists and casual stargazers alike have been trying for thousands of years to identity the flashes of light that come from the moon. One scientist believes that they are close to pinning down the origins of the phenomenon. Dr. Hakan Kayal from the University of Würzburg in Bavaria will use telescopes and AI to explain the flashes of light on the moon. Dr. Kayal has spent several years studying this lunar mystery as well as other topics such as nano satellites. These light sources are referred to as transient lunar phenomenon or TLP. Dr. Kayal and his team have built a custom telescope in Spain that is over 62 miles (100 km) from the nearest sources of light pollution. Kayal’s system... Read more...
Several astronauts have explored the far side of the moon, but no spacecraft has touched the surface until now. China just successfully landed its Chang'e-4 probe in the Von Kármán crater. The China National Space Administration reported that the probe landed on January 3rd at 10:26am Beijing Time (January 2nd at 9:26pm EST). The Chang’e-4 launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in early December. The probe spent three days traveling to the moon and then a few weeks in orbit to prepare for its descent. Since the moon blocks radio transmissions, the Chang’e-4’s relay satellite was launched earlier this year. The Queqiao or “Magpie Bridge” is... Read more...
One lucky person is about to “boldly go where no [private passenger] has gone before”. SpaceX recently announced that they have booked the world’s first private flight to the moon. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk promised in early 2017 that two tourists would take to the stars by the end of of 2018. Musk hinted that the potential passengers had already paid significant deposits and would begin training for their flights later that year. The passengers were originally supposed to be aboard the Falcon Heavy carrying a Dragon capsule and take off from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Pad 39A near Cape Canaveral. It now appears that the promised passenger will fly in SpaceX’s to-be-revealed... Read more...
We don't know what the going rate is for venturing off to infinity and beyond, but if you'd like to boldly go where man has gone a few times before, a company called Excalibur Almaz will take you there... for a price. The commercial aerospace company said it's ready to start selling tourists trips to the moon, tickets of which will reportedly cost around $155 million at the outset. "Suborbital flight experience will serve as an integral preparatory step for the safety, education and enjoyment of our customers traveling on crew expedition missions," said Art Dula, Excalibur Almaz Founder and Chairman. "The XCOR flights will enhance the overall spaceflight experience of our program and will help... Read more...
Scientists have theorized that there might be frozen water on the moon for decades—while water vapor quickly boils away on the moon's surface, frozen water was predicted to exist inside permanently shadowed polar craters as far back as the 1960s. Evidence has mounted for the existence of water in the last 10 years, but new findings from NASA confirm the presence of a whole lot of H2O. Using data from a NASA radar that flew aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists have detected ice deposits near the moon's north pole. NASA's Mini-SAR instrument, a lightweight, synthetic aperture radar, found more than 40 small craters with water ice. The craters range in size from 1 to 9 miles (2 to15... Read more...
NVIDIA CUDA TECHNOLGY USED TO RECOVER HISTORIC APOLLO 11 MAN ON THE MOON VIDEO Lowry Digital Relies on NVIDIA GPUs to Recover Historic Video by Upgrading 1960s Television Footage to 21st Century High-Definition SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 5, 2009 - When NASA's original Apollo 11 moon landing video was accidentally destroyed, it seemed the world had lost a visual record of one of man's greatest achievements. Fortunately, unique digital video restoration technology from Lowry Digital, powered by NVIDIA Tesla GPUs (graphics processing units) with CUDA technology, has enhanced television coverage of the original video so that we can now watch Neil Armstrong take a giant leap for mankind in high-definition... Read more...
Rolling Rock, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch, has come up with an interesting ad campaign: offbeat, though definitely high-powered.  Or requiring a lot of power, anyway.It appears to be a teaser to a new advertising campaign for Rolling Rock beer. According to their “Moonvertising,” web site: “…we’re trying a new, more tasteful advertising campaign this year: Putting our logo on the moon.” It goes on to invite readers to “broadcast your own message on the moon as well.”Why, of course! There has to be a social media aspect to the campaign in this day and age. The web site is clever, but painfully slow — especially the videos.Of course, being able to supply enough power to really burn something... Read more...
It sort of makes sense, since Google recently paid NASA $1.3 million just to be able to land their jet at NASA's Moffett Field.  Google is funding a $30 million dollar prize for a privately developed moon rover.The Google Lunar X Prize, announced today by the search-engine giant and the X Prize Foundation at the Wired NextFest in Los Angeles, ranks among the richest contests ever offered for technological innovation. It follows up on the $10 million Ansari X Prize for manned spaceflight, which was won nearly three years ago by the SpaceShipOne rocket plane.The new prize calls upon teams to create autonomous rovers that could land on the moon, travel at least three-tenths of a mile (500 meters)... Read more...