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Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration Reveals Bright Future For Space Communication
2013-12-24 08:28:38

[ Watch The Video: LLCD Bolden Video to the Moon and Back ] NASA The completion of the 30-day Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration or LLCD mission has revealed that the possibility of expanding broadband capabilities in space using laser communications is as bright as expected. Hosted aboard the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer known as LADEE, for its ride to lunar orbit, the LLCD was designed to confirm laser communication capabilities from a distance of almost a...

NASA Hopes To Utilize China's Lunar Landing For Science
2013-12-16 03:50:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online China’s lunar landing on Saturday is not just a big step for the Chinese space agency; it also offers opportunities for NASA to gather even more data about our moon. NASA said that its four spacecraft currently studying the moon may get an opportunity to gather new data from the Chang’e 3 lunar rover’s landing this weekend. The space agency said that although there is no cooperation between the US and China, researchers see...

NASA Runs Three Mass Spectrometers In Three Different Places In Space
2013-12-06 17:21:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online NASA said that three of its instruments built at the Goddard Space Flight Center were all running three experiments of the same kind at different places in space. The mass spectrometers are designed to take in atmospheric, rock or soil samples and identify particular molecules in them. The instruments help identify gases in atmospheric samples or gases that get released from rock or soil samples as they are processed. “At the...

LADEE Instruments Pass Preliminary Checks And Now Ready For Science
2013-12-04 09:41:51

NASA Now in orbit around the moon, NASA's newest lunar mission has completed the commissioning phase, and its science instruments have passed their preliminary checks. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), launched Sept. 6, 2013, carries three science instruments designed to gather detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere and determine whether dust is being lofted into the lunar sky. A thorough understanding of these...

China's Lunar Mission Lifts Off
2013-12-02 04:19:28

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online China’s first lunar rover mission is underway, as the rocket carrying the six-wheeled robot known as Yutu lifted-off from Xichang at 01:30 Monday morning local time, various media outlets have reported. Live pictures of the launch of the Long March 3B rocket carrying the rover were shown on state television, according to BBC News Science Editor Paul Rincon. The spacecraft should land in the Moon’s northern hemisphere in mid...

China First Lunar Rover December Launchc
2013-11-26 10:27:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a report from China’s state-run media agency Xinhua, the world’s most populous nation will launch a rocket in early December carrying its first lunar rover. Named via an online poll, the rover has been dubbed Yutu, or “jade rabbit,” after the pet of the moon goddess Chang’e who, according to Chinese folklore, flew up to the moon after swallowing an immortality pill. The rabbit’s image is supposedly visible from...

NASA Orbiter To Begin Collecting Atmospheric Data After Lunar Arrival
2013-11-22 10:05:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) successfully entered orbit around the moon’s equator earlier this week and is now set to begin collecting atmospheric data, the US space agency has announced. The spacecraft, which enjoyed a successful launch from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia over two months ago, entered its planned orbit around the moon’s equator on Wednesday. It now orbits the moon...

Apollo Data On Lunar Dust
2013-11-21 04:12:52

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 1969, Neil Armstrong took man's first otherworldly steps onto the lunar surface. He had no idea what a nuisance the soil beneath his feet would prove to be at the time. Scratchy lunar dust clung to everything it touched. This caused scientific instruments to overheat and a type of lunar dust hay fever for Apollo 17 Astronaut Harrison Schmitt. NASA undertook a scientific experiment to figure out how fast the dust collects, but the...


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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
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  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
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