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2011-07-15 13:26:07

Alaska officials are contesting a lawsuit filed by a former resident who claims he rescued moon rocks from the garbage 38 years ago. The Associated Press (AP) reports that Coleman Anderson sued for formal title to the rocks in December.  He is also asking that if he does not receive the title, he wants to be compensated for finding and returning the rocks. State officials contend that the moon rocks were stolen from a state museum after a fire.  They are disputing Anderson's story...

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2011-07-11 09:25:00

Flag remnants from the July 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon were auctioned off by retired NASA mechanical engineer Thomas Moser, who was put in charge of designing a flag mechanism that could fit in the lunar module, survive the flight to the lunar surface and appear to fly in the no-wind environment of the moon, reports the New York Times. Moser, then 30 years old, was given two weeks to come up with a flag that could be carried to the moon on the Apollo 11 mission. His solution for the...

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2011-07-01 09:00:00

Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, is currently locked in a legal battle with NASA over who owns a movie camera that flew aboard the Apollo 14 mission with him in 1971. Mitchell apparently decided he deserved a souvenir and took the lunar movie camera home with him after his mission ended. Then, 40 years later, he tried to auction off the camera. "Objects from the lunar trips to the moon were ultimately mounted and then presented to the astronauts as a gift after they had...

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2011-06-24 13:25:00

NASA has recovered moon dust that was stolen from the space agency after the 1969 Apollo 11 mission just before it was about to be sold at auction. Officials said the dust was smuggled out of NASA by a staff photographer who gathered it from a camera the astronauts used on the lunar surface. NASA investigators discovered the dust at a St. Louis auction house this month. It is illegal in the U.S. to possess moon rocks or moon dust. "It wasn't much to look at, but I will never be that close...

2011-06-13 08:00:00

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss., June 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's new J-2X rocket engine, which could power the upper stage of the nation's future heavy-lift launch vehicle, is ready for its first round of testing. The fully assembled engine was installed Saturday in the A-2 Test Stand at the agency's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Beginning in mid-June, the engine will undergo a series of 10 test firings that...

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2011-05-31 09:35:00

Four decades after the first Moon landing, our only natural satellite remains a fascinating enigma. Specialists from Europe and the US have been looking at ESA's proposed Lunar Lander mission to find out how to seek water and other volatile resources. Europe is developing the technology for the Lunar Lander mission, a precursor voyage to the Moon in preparation for human exploration beyond low Earth orbit. "Our ambition is to see one day a European astronaut working on the Moon," says ESA's...

2011-05-26 13:01:00

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of NASA-funded researchers has measured for the first time water from the moon in the form of tiny globules of molten rock, which have turned to glass-like material trapped within crystals. Data from these newly-discovered lunar melt inclusions indicate the water content of lunar magma is 100 times higher than previous studies suggested. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The inclusions were...

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2011-05-26 14:45:00

A team of NASA-funded researchers has measured water from the moon that shows some parts of the lunar mantle have as much water as the Earth's upper mantle. The research, from Case Western Reserve University, Carnegie Institution for Science, and Brown University, shows 100 times more water than measured before. Scientists discovered water along with volatile elements in lunar magma trapped inside of crystals that are themselves trapped inside tiny volcanic glass beads. The team of...

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2011-05-25 13:35:00

Video: Buzz Aldrin highlights the successes of the Apollo mission and makes a point to not repeat inefficient strategies in the future of space exploration. According to a newly released White House tape, President John F. Kennedy struggled with how to sell the public on a costly space program he worried had "lost its glamour" and had little political benefits. Kennedy and NASA Administrator James Webb hashed out how to strengthen public backing for the mission, like highlighting its...

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2011-05-23 05:50:00

A California woman is being questioned about her claims that she had a sample from the lunar surface for sale, BBC News reports. "It's possible this is a moon rock, but it has to be tested first," said Gail Robinson, deputy inspector general at NASA. The woman, who has not been identified, was taken into custody on Thursday morning as part of an undercover sting conducted by NASA investigators and aided by local police. She was not arrested, Robinson said. In an investigation several months...


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Ronald Evans Jr.
2012-10-25 11:30:42

Ronald Ellwin Evans, Jr. was an astronaut that worked with NASA on the Apollo missions and served as a Captain in the United States Navy. Evans is one of the twenty-four astronauts to fly to the moon. . Evans was born on November 10, 1933 in St. Francis, Kansas. He graduated from Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas. Boy Scouts of America played a huge role in Evans youth as he attained the highest level of Life Scout. Evans then went on to study at the University of Kansas...

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2011-01-04 16:35:18

Vance Brand is an engineer and former test pilot and NASA astronaut. He was born Vance DeVoe Brand on May 9, 1931 in Longmont, Colorado. As a child, he was active in Troop 64 of the Boy Scouts of America and in the International Order of DeMolay. He graduated from Longmont High School and then went on to receive a Bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1953. Immediately after his graduation, Brand was commissioned as an officer and a naval aviator with the...

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2010-12-03 15:11:46

Frank Borman is a retired NASA astronaut and engineer. He was born Frank Frederick Borman, II on March 14, 1928 in Gary, Indiana. His father moved his family to Tucson, Arizona during Borman's childhood. He graduated from Tucson High School and then graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1950. Upon his graduation, he entered the United States Air Force and became a fighter pilot. He received his Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the California Institute...

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2010-11-19 16:02:45

William Anders is a former United States Air Force officer, NASA astronaut, businessman, and engineer. He is also one of the first three people to have left Earth orbit and traveled to the Moon. He was born William Alison Anders on October 17, 1933 in Hong Kong. As a child, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America and achieved its second highest rank, Life Scout. Anders graduated from Grossmont High School in La Mesa, California. After receiving his high school diploma, he was accepted into...

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2010-11-19 15:53:27

Roger Chaffee was an American aeronautical engineer, a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy and a NASA astronaut in the Apollo program. He was born Roger Bruce Chaffee on February 15, 1935 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he graduated from Central High School. In 1957 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University. That same year, he married Martha Horn in Oklahoma City on August 24. They had two children, Sheryl Lyn and Stephen. Chaffee was a...

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