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Elderly Woman Claims Government Agents Roughed Her Up Over Moon Rocks
2011-10-26 13:42:34

According to an exclusive Associated Press (AP) report, a 74-year-old women claims that government agents roughed her up over some lunar dust. The report said Joann Davis, a grandmother who says she was trying to raise money for her sick son by selling the lunar dust, landed herself in a sting operation at a Denny's restaurant in Riverside County. She said she pulled out the moon sample and about half a dozen sheriff's deputies and NASA investigators rushed into the restaurant. ...

2011-09-09 12:00:00

Surveying experts of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) have successfully developed methodologies for precise mapping of the Moon, after intensive analysis of the data captured by the Chinese lunar orbiter ChangE-1 and other lunar exploration missions. (PRWEB) September 09, 2011 Surveying experts of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) have successfully developed methodologies for precise mapping of the Moon, after intensive analysis of the data captured by the Chinese...

Image 1 - The Mystery Of The Missing Moon
2011-09-08 06:52:06

  As early as Sept. 8th, NASA's GRAIL mission will blast off to uncover some of the mysteries beneath the surface of the Moon. That cratered gray exterior hides some tantalizing things — even, perhaps, a long-lost companion. If a paper published recently in the journal Nature* is right, two moons once graced our night skies. The proposition has not been proven, but has drawn widespread attention. "It's an intriguing idea," says David Smith, GRAIL's deputy principal...

NASA To Launch GRAIL Moon Mission Thursday
2011-09-06 12:16:43

  NASA will usher in another Moon mission on Thursday when it launches twin probes to measure gravity on Earth's closest cosmic neighbor. The robotic twins will create the most precise lunar gravity map ever, which scientists hope to use to determine what is beneath the surface of the Moon. Near-identical twins GRAIL A and GRAIL B are set to launch on Thursday aboard a small Delta II rocket.  The two spacecraft will separate an hour after launch and will travel...

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2011-08-17 13:50:00

According to new research, the Earth's moon could be younger than previously thought. The theory for lunar formation says that a rock known as ferroan anorthosite (FAN) is the oldest of the Moon's crustal rocks, but scientists have had difficulty dating FAN samples. Researchers used newly refined techniques to determine the age of a sample of FAN from the lunar rock collection at the NASA Johnson Space Center. They analyzed isotopes of the elements lead and neodymium to place the FAN...

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2011-08-03 15:20:00

Astronomers say that the Earth may have once had two moons, until the current moon devoured the other. A new study by planetary scientists at the University of California - Santa Cruz said that the far side of the moon, known as the lunar farside highlands, may be the remains of a collision with a similar companion moon. The near side of the moon is low and flat, while the far side is mountainous with a thicker crust.  The new study suggests that Earth's once second moon eventually...

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2011-06-21 14:25:00

NASA said on Tuesday that its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has taken a picture of the moon, the likes of which have never been seen before. The new image by LRO consists of over 192 terabytes of data, images and maps, which is equivalent of about 41,000 typical DVDs. "This is a tremendous accomplishment," Douglas Cooke, Associate Administrator of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, Washington, said in a statement. "The exploration phase of the mission...

2011-06-15 15:31:00

PITTSBURGH, June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Astrobotic Technology Inc. and Carnegie Mellon University researchers have completed structural assembly of the lunar landing craft that will deliver the Red Rover robot to the moon in 2014. The half-ton aluminum structure will now be shipped to Boeing Co. facilities in El Segundo, Calif., for shake testing to confirm its soundness and its compatibility with the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. (Photo:...

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2011-06-14 13:33:27

Orbiting about 31 miles above the lunar surface, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft will get a "front-row seat" to the total lunar eclipse on June 15, says Noah Petro, Associate Project Scientist for LRO at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes into Earth's shadow, and a total lunar eclipse occurs when Earth completely blocks the sun, causing the moon to darken and appear to change color. However, the moon doesn't...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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