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Mysterious Lunar Twilight Rays To Be Studied By NASA Mission
2013-09-04 11:25:34

[ Watch The Video - ScienceCasts: NASA Mission Seeks Lunar Air ] [ Watch The Video - NASA Ames Introduces LADEE Spacecraft Animation ] Science@NASA Back in the 60s and 70s, Apollo astronauts circling the Moon saw something that still puzzles researchers today. About 10 seconds before lunar sunrise or lunar sunset, pale luminous streamers would pop up over the gray horizon. These “twilight rays” were witnessed by crewmembers of Apollo 8, 10, 15 and 17. Back on Earth, we see...

China Enters New Territory With Lunar Lander, Scheduled For Launch This Year
2013-08-29 12:21:57

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online China announced on Wednesday that it will launch its first lunar lander, the Chang'e 3, by the end of the year. Named after the Chinese goddess of the moon, the upcoming Chang’e mission marks the next step in the Asian nation’s ambitious space program. "Chang'e-3 has officially entered its launch stage, following its research and manufacture period," said a government statement released to state media. "The mission will see a...

NASA Prepare Lunar Launch From Virginia
2013-08-23 09:34:43

[ Watch the Video: New Moon Mission Ready For Launch ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA is currently preparing to launch a new mission from Virginia on September 6 that is expected to set many firsts for the space agency. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a robotic mission that will send a car-sized orbiter to the moon in an effort to gather detailed information about the composition of the thin lunar atmosphere and determine if...

2013-08-22 16:21:09

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an attempt to answer prevailing questions about our moon, NASA is making final preparations to launch a probe at 11:27 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 6, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The small car-sized Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the...

2013-07-18 20:20:20

The ILO and ILO-X lunar telescopes delivered by a Moon Express lander will pioneer a new frontier and open a new era of global space research and citizen science with access for educators and the general public to innovative space observation & communication technology on the Moon. KAMUELA, Hawaii and SILICON VALLEY, July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's first mission to the South Pole of the Moon was announced today by the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) and...

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Surveys Moon Landing Sites
2013-07-10 07:46:47

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Like the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the Lunar Orbiter program's primary design function was to obtain images that would allow scientists and engineers to characterize the moon's surface in order to find safe and engaging landing sites for future missions. Five unmanned Orbiters were sent to the moon between 1966 and 1967, collectively photographing most of the lunar surface at 66 to 656 yards resolution. Some of Lunar...

2013-07-02 23:00:24

Innovative book exhibits the fascinating world of lunar exploration. Suffolk Country, NY (PRWEB) July 03, 2013 Invigorating, astounding and innovative,“Moon Stories” is a riveting book that shares author John Halajian’s determined journey into lunar exploration and more. His passion for science is captured in this one-of-a-kind book that elucidates the concept of the power of the mind as he ventured forth in his legendary accomplishments with landing men on the moon in the 1960s....

2013-04-18 23:01:06

SDP/SI announces the donation of components for NASA Lunar Lander Challenge 2013 to Team SpacePRIDE New Hyde Park, NY (PRWEB) April 18, 2013 Stock Drive Products / Sterling Instrument - SDP/SI announces the donation of components for NASA Lunar Lander Challenge 2013 to Team SpacePRIDE, enabling the team to better compete and to further technology used for robotics and automation with possible applications in space. Their space rovers will traverse up to 80,000 sq. meters, avoid obstacles,...

NASA Lunar Orbiter Captures Stunning Images Of Twin GRAIL Impacts
2013-03-21 07:24:08

WATCH VIDEO: [LAMP Observes GRAIL Impact] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After spending nearly a year in lunar orbit studying the moon´s interior, two NASA spacecraft, known as GRAIL A (Ebb) and GRAIL B (Flow), were ordered to embark on a final mission that would hopefully give scientists one last bit of data about the moon´s composition. The twin spacecraft, which were launched in September 2011 and arrived in lunar orbit in late December 2011 and...

Lunarcy Documentary Full Of Lunar Dreams
2013-03-15 22:48:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The concept of a trip to the moon is becoming more of a reality over the years recently, and some lunar colony enthusiasts are actively trying to do whatever they can to speed up the process. This is the subject matter of the very entertaining, and a little quirky, documentary "Lunarcy!" Christopher Carson is one of the stars of the show, complete with massive "chop" sideburns and a mustache that is on its way to rivaling Ron...