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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...

2010-04-26 15:29:00

GREENBELT, Md., April 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using information provided by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) instrument teams, researchers at the University of California San Diego have successfully pinpointed the location of a long lost light reflector left on the lunar surface by bouncing laser signals from Earth to the Russian Lunokhod 1 retroreflector. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The initial imaging of the two Russian rovers, Lunokhod...

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2010-03-31 09:15:00

The south polar region of the Moon, with dark craters and high ridges, is a world away from the relatively smooth terrain visited by Apollo astronauts four decades ago. This rugged moonscape is the target for Europe's next leap into space. The possible deposits of water ice, heavily cratered terrain and long periods of sunlight make the lunar south pole and areas around it extremely interesting for explorers and scientists. It is therefore a prime target for future human missions to the...

2010-03-22 07:30:00

VANCOUVER, March 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Luna Gold Corp. (TSXV-LGC) ("Luna" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has renegotiated the terms of agreement relating to its Cachoeira project which was originally announced on October 9, 2007 and amended on December 12, 2008. The Company has also commenced work programs required to finalize a NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate and technical report on the Tucano deposit. Further details relating to the Cachoeira project are...

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2010-03-17 08:28:02

A researcher from The University of Western Ontario has helped solve a 37-year old space mystery using lunar images released March 15 by NASA and maps from his own atlas of the moon. Phil Stooke, a professor cross appointed to Western's Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Geography, published a major reference book on lunar exploration in 2007 entitled, "The International Atlas of Lunar Exploration." Images and data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) were posted recently....

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2010-01-30 15:25:00

A California state panel on Friday registered a collection of 106 artifacts left on the moon by the Apollo 11 mission as historical resources, according to a recent Reuters report. The goal is to preserve the site where humans first landed on the moon, and create the first designation for cultural artifacts located elsewhere than the Earth. The Historical Resources Commission hopes that recognizing the moon objects on California's registry of historic landmarks and resources will lead...

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2009-12-01 08:54:02

A huge amount of scientific data have been accumulated by the CE-1 lunar orbiter. Using laser altimeter data, Jinsong Ping and Qian Huang et al obtained improved 3D lunar topography, and based on this, they had made new discoveries (such as impact basins and volcanic deposit highlands) of some ancient topographic characteristics on the lunar surface. Chao Chen and Qing Liang et al found the South Pole-Aitken (SPA) basin as the biggest mascon on the moon and put forward a fault structure...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.