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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...

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2011-05-23 05:50:00

A California woman is being questioned about her claims that she had a sample from the lunar surface for sale, BBC News reports. "It's possible this is a moon rock, but it has to be tested first," said Gail Robinson, deputy inspector general at NASA. The woman, who has not been identified, was taken into custody on Thursday morning as part of an undercover sting conducted by NASA investigators and aided by local police. She was not arrested, Robinson said. In an investigation several months...

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2011-02-19 05:30:00

The Lunar X PRIZE Foundation, sponsored by Google, has confirmed the final line-up of 29 teams that will vie for the $30 million robotic Moon-explorer challenge. The $20 million grand prize will go to a team that can be the first to build, launch and place a lunar vehicle on the Moon's surface that explores two locations a third of a mile apart. The vehicle must transmit high-resolution images of both locations back to Earth. The second team to accomplish the task will win $5 million. The...

2011-02-10 12:59:00

VANCOUVER, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ - Luna Gold Corp. (TSXV-LGC) ("Luna" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the February 07, 2011 SEDAR filing of a National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report, in support of the recently announced initial resource estimate at the Cachoeira gold project in Northern Brazil (see Luna press release dated December 23, 2010). Cachoeira consists of a series of orogenic gold deposits and is located in the north central portion of the Gurupi Gold Belt. The...

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2011-01-10 08:40:23

The water on the Moon's surface predominantly originated from comets, which would have bombarded its surface early in its existence, claims a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience. As part of the study, astrophysicist James Greenwood from Connecticut's Wesleyan University and colleagues analyzed rock samples collected by NASA astronauts during the Apollo missions. According to AFP reports, they were specifically looking "at variations in hydrogen isotopes in a water-loving...

2010-12-13 08:21:00

VANCOUVER, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ - Luna Gold Corp. (TSXV-LGC) ("Luna" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has been granted a further 35,000 ha of new mineral exploration licenses in the Aurizona Regional project area by the Brazilian Mines Department (DNPM). The granting of the four new exploration licences has increased the Company's landholding to 165,000 ha of contiguous areas 100% owned by Luna's Brazilian subsidiary company. The Aurizona Regional project area is...