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2008-06-17 12:00:05

By Sandi Doughton, Seattle Times Jun. 17--MOSES LAKE SAND DUNES, Grant County -- 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...

2008-06-12 03:54:21

The alien and perilous dust on the moon has prompted scientists to ponder lunar health standards that would be set before astronauts go there again. A diverse team that includes flight surgeons, industry air quality experts, toxicologists, lunar geologists, and even an astronaut is examining how harmful lunar dust could be to humans. "Lunar dust is unlike any kind of dust we're used to breathing on Earth," said Noreen Khan-Mayberry, space toxicologist at NASA's Johnson Space...

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2008-05-13 13:20:00

Lunar dust could be more than a housekeeping issue for astronauts who visit the moon. Their good health may depend on the amount of exposure they have to the tiny particles.To prepare for a return to the moon, researchers with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) are evaluating how dust deposits in the lungs in reduced gravity in order to assess the health risk of long-term exposure to the particles. The findings will influence the design of lunar bases and could also...

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2008-05-01 16:30:00

NASA invites people of all ages to join the lunar exploration journey with an opportunity to send their names to the moon aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, spacecraft. The Send Your Name to the Moon Web site enables everyone to participate in the lunar adventure and place their names in orbit around the moon for years to come. Participants can submit their information on the web site, print a certificate and have their name entered into a database. The database will be placed...

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2008-02-27 12:25:00

In a car commercial, it would sound odd: active suspension, six-wheel drive with independent steering for each wheel, no doors, no windows, no seats and the only color it comes in is gold. But NASA's latest concept vehicle is meant to go way, way off-road -- as in 240,000 miles from the nearest pavement, driving on the moon. NASA is working to send astronauts to the moon by 2020 to set up a lunar outpost, where they will do scientific research and prepare for journeys to destinations like...

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2008-01-27 09:10:00

While teams of engineers for NASA and its contractors are drawing up plans for a future moon base, other scientists are developing a new wardrobe for spacewalking astronauts -- the first change of garb for the outer space set in three decades. The puffy, white 300-pound spacesuits now worn by American astronauts when they venture into space to assemble additions to the international space station or to overhaul the Hubble Telescope won't work when it comes to romping around the lunar...

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2007-12-19 06:55:00

It has been 35 years since humans last walked on the moon, but there has been much recent discussion about returning, either for exploration or to stage a mission to Mars. However, there are concerns about potential radiation danger for astronauts during long missions on the lunar surface. A significant part of that danger results from solar storms, which can shoot particles from the sun to Earth at nearly the speed of light and can heat oxygen in the Earth's ionosphere and send it in a...

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2007-12-12 15:17:57

How do you survive in a remote, mountainous region that has no water or wind and sometimes goes without sunlight for weeks? This is not the premise for a survivalist reality show; it's a question NASA must answer before sending humans to live and work on the moon. Within the next twenty years, people again will explore the vast lunar terrain. This time, we're going to build a permanent outpost where we will conduct scientific research, learn to live off the land, and test new technologies...

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2007-12-11 09:56:16

Every September, after the summer rain backs off but before the mornings get too cold, a pack of RATS descends on the desert near Flagstaff, Ariz., to spend two weeks testing technologies that will play a vital role in the future of space exploration. Roughly 150 engineers and scientists participate in the NASA program, known as Desert Research and Technology Studies, or "Desert RATS." The 10-year-old program is part of the agency's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate and involves groups...

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2007-12-05 08:06:29

A new map obtained with SMART-1 data shows the geography and illumination of the lunar north pole. Such maps will be of great use for future lunar explorers. The lunar poles are very interesting for future science and exploration of the Moon mainly because of their exposure to sunlight. They display areas of quasi-eternal light, have a stable thermal environment and are close to dark areas that could host water ice "“ potential future lunar base sites. The SMART-1 north pole map,...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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