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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 Lunar Explorer Now In Orbit Around The Moon
2013-10-10 04:07:32

[ Watch the Video: LADEE Is Now In Orbit Around The Moon ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) probe successfully achieved orbit around the moon on Sunday, officials from the US space agency confirmed earlier this week. LADEE blasted off from Wallops Island, Virginia on September 6, beginning the first leg of a month-long journey to the moon aboard a Minotaur 5 rocket. The probe entered Earth’s...

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Continues Imaging On The Moon
2013-09-25 10:32:57

NASA Repeat imaging of anthropogenic (human-made) targets on the Moon remains a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) priority as the LRO Extended Science Mission continues. These continuing observations of historic hardware and impact craters are not just interesting from a historical standpoint - each image adds to our knowledge of lunar science and engineering, particularly cartography, geology, and photometry. Making sure that the lunar cartographic network is accurate is a...

LADEE Launches Towards Moon
2013-09-07 04:32:33

[ Watch the Video: LADEE Launches! ] Lee Rannals & Staff for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission launched on Friday night, and is now making its way towards the Moon. The latest lunar mission from NASA seeks to gather more information about the moon's atmosphere, as well as understand environment influences on lunar dust. LADEE took off towards the moon from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia aboard a...

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...

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...


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