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2010-11-16 07:30:00

VANCOUVER, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ - Luna Gold Corp. (TSXV-LGC) ("Luna" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has been granted a further 70,000 ha of new mineral exploration licenses in the Aurizona Regional project area by the Brazilian Mines Department (DNPM). The granting of the eight new exploration licences more than doubles the size of the Aurizona Regional landholding which now totals 130,000 ha of contiguous areas 100% owned by Luna's Brazilian subsidiary company. The...

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2010-10-01 10:15:00

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) launched a second lunar exploration probe on Friday, bringing their country's emerging space program one step closer to fulfilling their goal of placing a man on the moon. According to various media reports, the Chang'e-2 orbiter launched at 1100 GMT from Xichang, a location in the southwestern province of Sichuan. "China Central Television briefly showed images of the rocket blasting off into the night sky--a few seconds after lift-off--before...

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2010-09-16 10:50:00

Europe is making plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon. The European Space Agency (ESA) has given EADS Astrium an $8.4 million contract to do further detailed design work on the mission. The robot would guide itself to the lunar south pole to land and rove around. "The lander will have a set of scientific instruments onboard but the science will be geared towards human exploration," Simonetta Di Pippo, the director of human spaceflight at ESA, told BBC News. "We will be looking...

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2010-09-16 07:25:00

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, will complete the exploration phase of its mission today, after a number of successes that transformed our understanding of Earth's nearest neighbor. LRO completed a one-year exploration mission in a polar orbit approximately 31 miles above the moon's surface. It produced a comprehensive map of the lunar surface in unprecedented detail; searched for resources and safe landing sites for potential future missions to the moon; and measured lunar...

2010-09-02 07:30:00

VANCOUVER, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Luna Gold Corp. (TSXV-LGC) ("Luna" or the "Company") is pleased to provide an update on the exploration programs in progress at Aurizona Main. To date 10 gold targets have been defined by surface geochemical surveys and geologic mapping. In addition shallow auger drilling at the Boa Esperanca target has intersected a continuous zone of gold mineralization exceeding 500 metres in strike and 100 metres in width. A plan map showing the distribution of...

2010-08-26 07:30:00

VANCOUVER, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Luna Gold Corp. (TSXV-LGC) ("Luna" or the "Company") provides an update on the 2010 exploration programs and announces the start of a 20,000 metre drill program at the Aurizona Main project. Highlights include: - Approval of a large exploration program and budget for the Aurizona Main and Regional projects - Mobilization of three diamond drills to the Aurizona Main project - Significant progress on the NI 43-101...

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2010-08-16 15:08:39

Russia and India are battling China in a modern-day space race to land an unmanned probe on the moon. Russian and Indian engineers have started working together on a robotic mission to land on the moon in 2013. China's Chang'e-3 spacecraft is also racing to get to Earth's celestial neighbor during the same time frame. Whichever rover lands first would be the first human hardware to function on the lunar surface since the Soviet Luna-24 spacecraft returned to Earth with Moon soil samples in...

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2010-06-03 15:14:27

A Soviet robot lost on the dusty plains of the Moon for the past 40 years has been found again, and it is returning surprisingly strong laser pulses to Earth. "We shined a laser on Lunokhod 1's position, and we were stunned by the power of the reflection," says Tom Murphy of UC San Diego, who leads the research team that's putting the old robot back to work. "Lunokhod 1 is talking to us loudly and clearly." Almost forgotten in the lore of the Apollo-era space race, Lunokhod 1 was one of the...

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2010-04-28 09:45:00

Using information provided by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) instrument teams, researchers at the University of California San Diego successfully pinpointed the location of a long lost light reflector on the lunar surface by bouncing laser signals from Earth to the Russian Lunokhod 1 retroreflector. The initial imaging of the two Russian rovers, Lunokhod 1 and 2 were made earlier this year by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team, led by Mark Robinson from Arizona...

2010-04-28 07:15:00

BROOKLYN, N.Y., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Gregory Rzeczko runs a small interactive web studio but his ideas are big. Really big. He recently launched The Rocket to Luna (RTL) website (http://www.therockettoluna.com) in cyberspace, promoting an actual lunar rover launch in outer space. The actual Rocket to Luna launch is scheduled for Dec. 21, 2012 and will be broadcast live via rockettoluna.com. Rzeczko's project has lofty goals - to promote peace on earth and end world hunger. The lunar...