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2008-11-13 15:55:11

NASA has concluded nearly two weeks of testing equipment and lunar rover concepts on Hawaii's volcanic soil. The agency's In Situ Resource Utilization Project, which studies ways astronauts can use resources found at landing sites, demonstrated how people might prospect for resources on the moon and make their own oxygen from lunar rocks and soil. The tests helped NASA gain valuable information about systems that could enable a sustainable and affordable lunar outpost by minimizing the amount...

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2008-10-24 08:30:00

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has begun environmental testing in a thermal vacuum that simulates the harsh rigors of space. The spacecraft, built at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has been lifted into a four-story thermal vacuum chamber there for a test that will last approximately five weeks. Once sealed in the chamber, the satellite will undergo a series of tests that simulate the space environment it will encounter when it orbits the moon. During the...

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2008-09-30 13:43:10

A new NASA contest challenges college-level students to design tools or instrument packages that could be used on the next generation of human-driven moon rovers. Students will have the opportunity to engage in NASA's return to the moon by designing equipment that will help astronauts accomplish tasks on the lunar surface. Moon explorers will need to navigate in darkness around the moon's south pole and collect lunar regolith, or moon dust, for on-site analysis and radiation detection. They...

2008-09-17 16:56:38

Nuclear power could make a comeback beyond Earth if NASA goes forward with a proposed a fission reactor in its future moon base. A fission-powered system could generate up to 40 kilowatts and give any lunar outpost enough power to supply eight houses on Earth. More importantly, astronauts will require a reliable and steady energy source on the moon and Mars. "The problem with power on the moon is that, depending on where you're located, you may have 14 days of darkness," said Lee...

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2008-09-10 15:15:00

NASA astronauts will need power sources when they return to the moon and establish a lunar outpost. NASA engineers are exploring the possibility of nuclear fission to provide the necessary power and taking initial steps toward a non-nuclear technology demonstration of this type of system. A fission surface power system on the moon has the potential to generate a steady 40 kilowatts of electric power, enough for about eight houses on Earth. It works by splitting uranium atoms in a reactor to...

2008-08-19 18:00:09

To: SCIENCE EDITORS Contact: Michael Curie, +1-202-358-4715, michael.curie@nasa.gov, or Stephanie Schierholz, +1-202-358-4997, stephanie.schierholz@nasa.gov, both of NASA WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA issued a Request for Information, or RFI, on Monday to gauge interest and solicit ideas from private companies in providing communications and navigation services that would support the development of exploration, scientific and commercial capabilities on the moon over...

2008-07-28 18:00:15

To: TECHNOLOGY EDITORS Contact: Stephanie Schierholz, +1-202-358-4997, stephanie.schierholz@nasa.gov, Grey Hautaluoma, +1-202-358-0668, grey.hautaluoma@nasa.gov, Headquarters, Washington, or Lynnette Madison, lynnette.b.madison@nasa.gov, or Josh Byerly, bill.j.byerly@nasa.gov, +1-281-483-5111, Johnson Space Center, Houston, all of NASA HOUSTON, July 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Constellation Program has selected 11 companies and one university to independently develop concepts...

2008-06-24 12:00:59

The U.S. space agency says it's completed a review designed to help determine the systems needed to establish an outpost on the moon. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's three-day Lunar Capability Concept Review capped a nine-month study that incorporated science and exploration objectives earlier developed by representatives of 14 nations as part of a Global Exploration Strategy. The study looked at possible lunar mission scenarios and compared them to the capabilities of...

2008-06-24 02:25:00

MOSES LAKE SAND DUNES, Wash.-- This patch of desert may resemble the moon, but a team of NASA scientists who came here to test lunar robots, rovers and spacesuits found spring weather in Eastern Washington can be worse than outer space. During the two-week exercise, howling wind blasted sand into every nook and crevice of the machines _ some of which were venturing outside the lab for the first time. Rain squalls forced scientists to shield state-of-the-art prototypes under blue tarps. "It...

2008-06-18 15:00:00

WASHINGTON -- NASA is asking private industry to come up with creative ideas for a lunar outpost that can house four astronauts for one to four weeks on the moon starting about 2024. The moon base must be equipped to send out crews for hundreds of miles in pressurized rovers, bring back scientific samples and return them safely to Earth, NASA officials said. "We're looking for better ways of doing things, for clever ideas," Chris Culbert, the manager of the space agency's Lunar Surface...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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