The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has reported that they will announce “Exciting New Discovery” about the Moon from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) at a media teleconference at 12:00 PM EDT on October 26, 2020 ( Monday).
“Mark your calendars: We will be revealing a new discovery about the surface of the Moon from our airborne SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, and YOU are invited.”-NASA Facebook Post
Furthermore, NASA added that the audio of the teleconference will stream live on the agency’s website, to check click HERE.
Also, according to NASA’s website, the new discovery on the moon will contribute to the agency’s efforts to learn about the Moon in support of deep space exploration.
SOFIA is the world’s largest airborne observatory and is a modified 747 that flies high in the atmosphere to provide its nearly 9-foot telescope with a clear view of the universe and objects in our solar system. “Flying above 99% of the atmosphere’s obscuring water vapor, SOFIA observes in infrared wavelengths and can pick up phenomenon impossible to see with visible light,” NASA added.
NASA’s Artemis Program
It was also stated by NASA that the agency will send the first woman and next man to the lunar surface in 2024 to prepare for the next giant leap, human exploration of Mars as early as the 2030s, under NASA’s Artemis program.
Additionally, understanding the science of the moon will also help piece together the broader history of the inner solar system NASA stated.