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Japanese Firm Wants To Build 'Solar Belt' Around Moon's Equator
2013-11-29 14:30:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A Japanese civil engineering and construction firm is planning to install a “solar belt” around the moon’s equator to turn it into a giant solar panel. Shimizu says it plans on building this giant solar panel station, known as Luna Ring, by using remote-controlled robots. Luna Ring would run about 6,800 miles around the Moon’s equator and will be about 248 miles wide. Solar energy collected by Luna Ring would be converted...

NASA Project Looks To Grow Turnips And Basil On The Moon
2013-11-29 13:09:16

[ Watch the Video: NASA Aims For Future Lunar Farming Experiment ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA is planning to take its exploration of the moon to a new level by sowing the first seeds on the lunar surface by 2015. The space agency said it plans to develop a very simple sealed growth chamber that can support germination over a five to 10 day period in a spacecraft on the moon. “If we send plants and they thrive, then we probably can. Thriving plants are...

ESA Helps Chinese Moon Mission
2013-11-29 10:37:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While China and Western nations may be entangled in a daily political struggle, scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) are extending their resources to assist their Chinese counterparts on the upcoming Chang’e 3 Moon mission. The Chinese mission is slated to launch from Earth in early December and land a scientific rover on the Moon. The entire ESA side of the operation will be run from the Estrack Control Centre in ESA’s...

2013-11-26 16:20:25

Moon Express Software Controls NASA's "Mighty Eagle" Prototype Lunar Lander in Closed Loop Free Flight Test HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Moon Express, a commercial lunar enterprise, announces a successful free flight test of its lunar lander software on NASA's "Mighty Eagle" prototype robotic lander. The "closed loop" free flight test conducted yesterday was the latest in a series of progressive tests of the company's flight software being conducted...

China First Lunar Rover December Launchc
2013-11-26 10:27:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a report from China’s state-run media agency Xinhua, the world’s most populous nation will launch a rocket in early December carrying its first lunar rover. Named via an online poll, the rover has been dubbed Yutu, or “jade rabbit,” after the pet of the moon goddess Chang’e who, according to Chinese folklore, flew up to the moon after swallowing an immortality pill. The rabbit’s image is supposedly visible from...

NASA Orbiter To Begin Collecting Atmospheric Data After Lunar Arrival
2013-11-22 10:05:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) successfully entered orbit around the moon’s equator earlier this week and is now set to begin collecting atmospheric data, the US space agency has announced. The spacecraft, which enjoyed a successful launch from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia over two months ago, entered its planned orbit around the moon’s equator on Wednesday. It now orbits the moon...

2013-11-21 20:20:18

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is ready to begin collecting science data about the moon. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) On Nov. 20, the spacecraft successfully entered its planned orbit around the moon's equator -- a unique position allowing the small probe to make frequent passes from lunar day to lunar night. This will provide a full scope of the changes and processes...

Apollo Data On Lunar Dust
2013-11-21 04:12:52

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 1969, Neil Armstrong took man's first otherworldly steps onto the lunar surface. He had no idea what a nuisance the soil beneath his feet would prove to be at the time. Scratchy lunar dust clung to everything it touched. This caused scientific instruments to overheat and a type of lunar dust hay fever for Apollo 17 Astronaut Harrison Schmitt. NASA undertook a scientific experiment to figure out how fast the dust collects, but the...

SpaceX Hits Safety Milestone For NASA Joint Venture
2013-11-15 17:46:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Officials from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announced the successful safety review of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket that are slated to launch humans into low-Earth orbit later this decade – a major milestone for the endeavor. In late October, a team of NASA engineers traveled to SpaceX headquarters for two days of presentations and review sessions that involved the company's safety practices....

2013-11-15 12:20:30

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) met in late October to review the safety of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket being developed to launch humans into low-Earth orbit later this decade. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The detailed overview of safety practices the company is implementing was a major milestone for SpaceX under a funded Space...


Latest Exploration of the Moon Reference Libraries

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2010-10-29 20:38:34

Jack Swigert was a NASA astronaut and one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon. He was born as John Leonard 'Jack' Swigert, Jr. on August 30, 1931 in Denver, Colorado. He attended the Blessed Sacrament School, Regis Jesuit High School, and East High School to complete his primary education. He then went to the University of Colorado at Boulder and played varsity football. He received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, and then went on to earn a master of science...

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