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For curious people from all backgrounds.

Today, October 16, is International Observe the Moon Night! 🌝

As my contribution to this global effort to get people excited and look up at and to the Moon, here are my Moon projects for curious people from all backgrounds to learn about our Moon.


Twitter is pushing its users to follow “Topics” to serve them tweets of their interest from across the platform, not just derived from people they follow. I love space exploration and so based on my tweets and timeline interactions, Twitter suggested me to follow the “Space” topic. I ignored it…


Or why you should have a blog/website, and get a domain name.

A friend recently told me, “(Her) Blog feels like home.”

I couldn’t agree more.

That led me to think of analogies for social platforms and websites in terms of how much power and freedom they actually give you over your content. …


Here’s everything that happened in Moon exploration and science in just a week.

Highlight

NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Missions Directorate (HEOMD) has been taking care of everything U.S. crewed exploration for the last decade, from sending NASA astronauts to the International Space Station and commercializing human activities in Earth orbit to preparing a return of humans to the Moon. …


Hailed as India’s most successful space mission, Mangalyaan has an ugly vacuum of science results.

Seven years have passed by and science output from India’s Mars orbiter remains underwhelming. And yet the national government’s and media’s spin on the mission’s science continues to be irrationally positive. I’m republishing the following article from last year as a little reminder of the actual, concerning situation. …


Crossed a 1,000 subscribers on my space blog! 🚀

Unlike YouTube or Instagram, blogs are much harder to gather an audience on. This must be equivalent to 50K YouTube followers.

If you love space exploration and want to follow our amazing return to the Moon, check out my blog. 🌗


South Korea is about to have its Chandrayaan 1 moment.

China’s Long March 2F rocket lifting off. Credit: Xinhua

South Korea is less than a year away from launching its first Moon mission. I wrote details of the mission for The Planetary Society. It reminded me of Chandrayaan 1, India’s first Moon mission, in technical as well as inspirational ways.

Both space missions are first of their kind for…


On our celestial companion’s immense scientific and exploration value.

Many people think that the Moon is just a gray ball of rock in the sky. Surprisingly, many scientists share this notion too. I once had a physicist tell me the Moon is boring. So I’m writing this article to summarize the immense scientific and exploration value of our Moon.

View of the Moon by the Galileo spacecraft as it flew by it on December 7, 1992. Credit: NASA

Why do we explore the Moon?


How the Apollo missions transformed our understanding of the Moon’s origin

This article was originally published on The Planetary Society as a contribution for the Apollo 11 landing anniversary. This is a mirror of the same.

Where did the Moon come from? The origin of our cosmic neighbor is a fundamental question in planetary science. From Galileo’s first telescopic observations of…

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