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2014-09-15 08:21:05

HELSINKI and BUDAPEST, Hungary, September 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tuxera Inc., the market leader in file system and streaming technologies, announced today a sponsorship agreement with Hungary's Team Puli Space in its mission to send an unmanned robotic probe to the Moon. Team Puli is participating in the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE [http://lunar.xprize.org ], an unprecedented competition challenging privately funded teams to successfully land a spacecraft on the lunar surface...

shackleton crater
2014-08-24 06:16:29

Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online They are the darkest and coldest places on the surface of the moon, but deep in the craters of the polar regions, electrical activity may be creating a kind of “sparking” that has driven changes in lunar soil evolution. New information about these areas could lead to greater understanding of planetary surfaces in the solar system. To the scientists studying data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the moon is a giant...

Mare Tranquillitatis pit crater
2014-07-21 08:23:00

Bill Steigerwald, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center While the moon's surface is battered by millions of craters, it also has over 200 holes – steep-walled pits that in some cases might lead to caves that future astronauts could explore and use for shelter, according to new observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. The pits range in size from about 5 meters (~5 yards) across to more than 900 meters (~984 yards) in diameter, and three of them were first...

moon tidal dance
2014-05-30 04:33:20

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Growing up, we all learned about how the tides of our oceans, seas and large lakes are caused by the moon. The explanation given us had to do with the effect of gravity that the heavenly body had on the fluid surfaces of our planet. It would make sense that Earth's gravity would also have an effect on the moon, save its solid surface. In fact, there is such thing as a lunar body tide. Today, thanks to the combination of observations...

2014-05-23 12:20:57

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) will celebrate five years in orbit June 18. To celebrate the anniversary and LRO's many scientific contributions, NASA invites the public to select a favorite orbiter image of the moon for the cover a special image collection. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "'The Moon as Art' collection gives the public the opportunity to see the moon as others have seen it for centuries - as...

2014-04-30 16:21:41

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA announced Wednesday the selection of three U.S. companies to negotiate no-funds exchanged partnership agreements with the agency to advance lander capabilities that will enable delivery of payloads to the surface of the moon, as well as new science and exploration missions of interest to NASA and scientific and academic communities. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The selected companies are: -- Astrobotic...

Dark Side Of The Moon Is Final Resting Place For NASA's LADEE Probe
2014-04-18 09:01:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After dutifully carrying out its mission, NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) probe crashed into the surface of the Moon on Thursday at an extremely high rate of speed – a planned impact designed to gather information on high speed lunar impacts. NASA said vending machine-sized LADEE slammed into the back of the Moon at a speed of around 3,600 miles per hour – around triple the speed of a bullet shot out...

NASA Wants You To Take The LADEE Impact Challenge
2014-04-04 12:30:20

NASA NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft is gradually lowering its orbital altitude over the moon. LADEE will continue to make important science observations before its planned impact into the lunar surface later this month. When will it impact the lunar surface? NASA wants to hear your best guess! LADEE mission managers expect the spacecraft will impact the moon’s surface on or before April 21. On April 11, ground controllers at NASA's Ames...

NASA's LADEE Satellite Prepares For Planned Lunar Impact
2014-04-05 05:30:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) launched in September 2013 on a mission to gather detailed information about the atmosphere of the Moon. LADEE, pronounced "laddie," was also supposed to report back on conditions near the surface, as well as environmental influences on lunar dust. LADEE's science mission is nearly over, with an impact on the lunar surface planned for April 21 of this year. But LADEE isn't...

2014-03-18 12:21:29

Former ULA-Boeing Executive Dr. Andrew Aldrin Joins Moon Express at a Time of Accelerating Growth. HOUSTON, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Moon Express, Inc. (MoonEx) has named Dr. Andrew Aldrin as President, bringing his 20+ years of business leadership and policy experience in high-profile, aerospace companies to MoonEx as it undergoes accelerating growth on the back of rapid technological progress and business expansion. The announcement was made at the 45(th )Lunar and Planetary...


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