Latest Luna programme Stories

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...

2009-09-29 11:40:00

China on Monday reported the completion of its three-dimensional map of the moon's surface. The move represents another step in China's eventual goal of putting a man on the surface of the moon. In 2003, China became the first nation to send an astronaut into space. Since then, it has created the goal of launching an unmanned rover to the lunar surface by 2012 and a manned mission to the moon by 2020. China said it used data from the Chang'e 1, the nation's first lunar probe, launched in...

2009-09-17 13:43:43

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), launched on June 18 of this year, has begun its extensive exploration of the lunar environment and will return more data about the Moon than any previous mission. The Lyman-Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP), developed by Southwest Research Institute, is an integral part of the LRO science investigation. LAMP uses a novel method to peer into the perpetual darkness of the Moon's so-called permanently shadowed regions. LAMP "sees" the Moon's surface using...

2009-07-21 07:00:00

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) today extended its congratulations to the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) teams for successfully reaching lunar orbit and returning the first images of the moon from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC). Actel's radiation-tolerant RTAX-S field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are aboard and performing critical functions for...

2009-07-20 12:10:06

Lunar rocks taken during the Apollo space missions suggest our moon was part of the Earth 4.5 billion years ago, scientists said. The rocks obtained four decades ago suggest a smaller planet hit Earth, creating the moon and enlarging the Earth, said Gary Lofgren, a NASA geologist who showed the Apollo astronauts how to spot interesting rocks. The composition of the rocks also suggest the Earth and moon were slammed by violent storms of space debris, possibly triggered by a reshuffling of the...

2009-07-17 14:54:22

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has returned its first images of the Apollo moon landing sites, NASA officials said Friday. The images captured by the orbiter's camera show descent modules sitting on the moon's surface, NASA said. The modules appear as long shadows captured from a low sun angle. The orbiter's camera captured images of five of the six Apollo landing sites with the remaining Apollo 12 site expected to be photographed in coming weeks, NASA said. The orbiter captured the Apollo...

2009-07-17 12:35:00

A lunar geochemist at Washington University in St. Louis says that there are still many answers to be gleaned from the moon rocks collected by the Apollo 11 astronauts on their historic moonwalk 40 years ago July 20. And he credits another WUSTL professor for the fact that the astronauts even collected the moon rocks in the first place. Randy L. Korotev, Ph.D., a research professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in Arts & Sciences, has studied lunar samples and their...

2009-07-08 16:00:00

VANCOUVER, July 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Luna Gold Corp. (TSXV-LGC) ("Luna") is pleased to announce that Luis Baertl has been elected as a director of Luna. Mr. Baertl is currently the President/CEO of La Ermita Ltda., a Chilean limited partnership involved in mining, agriculture and real estate. He brings extensive financial, business and technical expertise related to the mining industry both in Latin America and internationally, having worked and consulted for several mining and...

2009-07-02 13:16:00

GREENBELT, Md., July 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has transmitted its first images since reaching lunar orbit June 23. The spacecraft has two cameras -- a low resolution Wide Angle Camera and a high resolution Narrow Angle Camera. Collectively known as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC, they were activated June 30. The cameras are working well and have returned images of a region a few kilometers east of Hell E crater in the lunar...

2009-07-02 13:45:49

The U.S. space agency says its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has used its two cameras to transmit its first images since reaching lunar orbit June 23. NASA said the LRO's initial images were of a region a few miles east of Hell E crater in the lunar highlands south of Mare Nubium. As the moon rotates beneath the spacecraft, it will gradually build a photographic map of the lunar surface. Our first images were taken along the moon's terminator -- the dividing line between day and night --...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'