Message to the Moon Back in Action!

We are proud to announce our Message to the Moon project is back in action with a new launch contract and date.

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You can now send a text message for FREE on the staggering 250,000 mile journey to the Moon!

As it stands, you have 99 Days 14 hours in which to form your message and upload it via our new website. Why wait? Head on over now to secure your place in our lunar time capsule!

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‘Blood Moon’ falls across the Americas

Those keen enough to stay awake in the Americas will catch the rare celestial show as the Earth’s shadow falls across the Moon…. Creating a ‘blood moon’

The Moon has begun change in color, from orange to blood red in a total lunar eclipse.

The blood moon will unfold over three hours from 06:58 BST (05:58 GMT) as the Moon moves into the Earth’s shadow.

From 07:06 GMT the Moon will be fully eclipsed for more than 75 minutes and shrouded in a red glow.

Parts of the eclipse can been seen from north-west Africa and the eastern half of South America, but some stages will be missed because they occur after moonset.

08:45 BST is the best time to catch the eclipse.

However if you weren’t fortunate enough to see this one there will be a further three eclipses during 2014: an annular solar eclipse on 29 April, a total lunar eclipse on 8 October and a partial solar eclipse on 23 October.

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“Goodnight Earth, Goodnight Humanity…”; Chinese Yutu Rover’s eerie farewell

China’s recently launched lunar rover ‘Yutu’, named so after the Jade Rabbit of Chinese mythology, has sent a heartfelt, if not a little creepy, message to the world;

“The sun has set here on the moon, and it’s getting very cold very quickly. I’ve already said so much today, but it never feels like it’s enough. I’ll let you in on a secret. Actually, I don’t feel very sad. Like all protagonists, in the story of my own adventure, I’ve just hit a little problem. Goodnight earth, Goodnight humanity.”

A photo of YUTU; or a pirate copy of Wall-E?

Yutu has encountered an ‘abnormality’ in its mechanisms which is preventing the rover from hibernating. As a result, the scientists that run the rover have been forced to admit defeat, but as per usual aren’t exactly releasing a lot of information to the public. They instead appear to think that pretending their vehicle can talk will save them from having to go into the semantics of their failure…still, pretty cute though right.

During the 14 day long lunar-day, Yutu can potter about across the surface, relying on solar power. But the rover usually goes into hibernation mode for the lunar-night, which activates the radioisotope heater protecting it from the -170C temperatures. Given Yutu’s admission that it “may not survive the night”, it is easy to deduce that some problem with the rover means it can’t go into hibernation mode. Perhaps given its sudden capability to feel human emotion, the robot is experiencing a bit of insomnia?

An image created by a superfan; ‘Yutu’s Dream’.

However the rover does seem to be being inspirationally noble about its demise. “Before departure, I studied the history of mankind’s lunar probes. About half of the past 130 explorations ended in success; the rest ended in failure. This is space exploration; the danger comes with its beauty. I am but a tiny dot in the vast picture of mankind’s adventure in space”, she said bravely. Being as it is impossible to communicate with Yutu during the lunar night, we will only know for sure what has happened to her by around Feb 8th. So I think that means we can expect another tear-jerker, this time…from beyond the grave.

In other lunar news, Valentine’s Day is coming up…and I bet that yours would find it pretty hard not to love you forever if you get them a Message on the Moon! Click here to send a picture, text, audio or video file to the moon for your loved one!

Greetings Aliens!

Oakfield Primary School in Cardiff have been thinking hard about the kind of questions they would ask alien lifeforms that live in outer space. Here are some of their (extremely crafty) Messages to the Moon.

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If you would like to send your own message, please visit our website at http://www.messagetothemoon.com.

Gregory Wiseman Sends a Message to the Moon

We’ve been receiving some fantastic messages from space-lovers all over the globe for our Message to the Moon time capsule so far, including some from those bold enough to have travelled into space themselves.

Our most recent addition is from Gregory Wiseman, the International Space Station Capsule Communicator for NASA’s Johnson Space Centre, who has been signed up for an exciting mission to the International Space Station in June 2014. He has undertaken his rigorous astronaut training and in preparation for his journey to space, he sent us this delightful message:

Gregory Reid Wiseman - NASA Flight Engineer and International Space Station Capsule Communicator.

Gregory Reid Wiseman – NASA Flight Engineer and International Space Station Capsule Communicator.

“My kids and I are fascinated by you, Moon.  What would Earth be like without its little friend?  Gene Cernan was your last visitor and that was much too long ago.  I think you’re in for some new footprints very soon.  Worry not Moon, we will come in peace just as the first 12 Americans did.  But we might poke and prod you while we’re there or even take a little of you home with us, just for the fun of it!”

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And in true Valentine’s Day spirit, the amorous glow of the Moon has proven to really bring out the inner romantic in you; we’ve been flooded with declarations of love and affection, which you can browse here: Message to the Moon Valentine’s Day. It seems it really is possible to love someone to the Moon and back.

Halloween Fireballs to make meteor watchers night

Each year, between mid-October and mid-November, the Taurid meteors, or the “Halloween fireballs” as they’ve become known, shoot across the night sky.

This year, the prime viewing times are between the 5th and 12th November, and can be spotted before the moon rises — around 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 5, and about 55 minutes later on subsequent nights — some 10 to 15 meteors may appear per hour. They are often yellowish-orange in colour and appear to move rather slowly, quite uncharacteristic for meteors.

For more viewing tips, please see here.