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2009-06-20 14:45:00

Despite its successful launch, NASA's unmanned moon mission still faces heat damage, instrument glitches and calculation mistakes, a U.S. scientist said. There's always that little bit of tension until you get the first data back on the ground, said Mark Robinson, an Arizona State University scientist overseeing the orbiter's three cameras. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter launched Thursday for a four-day journey to the moon. If all goes as planned, the spacecraft is to enter the moon's orbit...

2009-06-17 15:29:07

The U.S. space agency says when it launches the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, it will be en route to producing the first global survey of the lunar surface. The terrain on the far side of the moon is quite different from that of the near side of the moon, said David Paige, principal investigator at UCLA for the Diviner Lunar Radiometer that will survey the surface from an altitude of 31 miles. The more we learn about the moon, the better scientific questions we can pose and the better...

2009-03-24 11:00:00

Exciting new images of the moon and Mars from NASA's orbiting observatories will enable users of all ages to explore the universe through the Microsoft WorldWide Telescope. WASHINGTON and REDMOND, Wash., March 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NASA and Microsoft Corp. today announced plans to make planetary images and data available via the Internet under a Space Act Agreement. Through this project, NASA and Microsoft will jointly develop the technology and infrastructure necessary to make the...

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2009-03-24 11:20:00

NASA and Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday plans to make planetary images and data available via the Internet under a Space Act Agreement. Through this project, NASA and Microsoft jointly will develop the technology and infrastructure necessary to make the most interesting NASA content -- including high-resolution scientific images and data from Mars and the moon -- explorable on WorldWide Telescope, Microsoft's online virtual telescope for exploring the universe. "Making NASA's scientific...

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2009-02-25 15:45:00

For the first time, a spacecraft from Earth has captured hi-resolution images of a solar eclipse while orbiting another world. Japan's Kaguya lunar orbiter accomplished the feat on Feb. 9, 2009, when the Sun, Earth and Moon lined up in a nearly perfect row. From Kaguya's point of view, Earth moved in front of the Sun, producing an otherworldly "diamond-ring" eclipse. The sequence begins in complete darkness. At first, Kaguya couldn't see the eclipse because it was blocked by the lunar...

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2009-02-11 13:20:00

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, spacecraft was loaded on a truck Wednesday to begin its two-day journey to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Launch is targeted for April 24. The spacecraft was built by engineers at Goddard, where it recently completed two months of tests in a thermal vacuum chamber. During its time in the chamber, the spacecraft was subjected to hot and cold temperatures it will experience as it orbits the moon. The satellite's mission is one of the first...

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2008-11-13 17:25:00

The old moon has a fresh look, after NASA released a newly restored 42-year-old image of Earth on Thursday. Mankind's first up-close photos of the lunar landscape have been rescued from four decades of dusty storage, and they've been restored to rival anything taken by modern cameras. In 1966, the Lunar Orbiter 1 spacecraft took the iconic photograph of Earth rising above the lunar surface. NASA used refurbished machinery and modern digital technology, and produced the image at a much...

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2008-05-23 10:20:00

Meet MIT professor of physics Maria Zuber. She's dynamic, intelligent, intense, and she's on a quest for the Grail. No, not that Grail. Zuber is the principal investigator of the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory "” "GRAIL" for short. It's a new NASA mission slated for launch in 2011 that will probe the moon's quirky gravity field. Data from GRAIL will help scientists understand forces at play beneath the lunar surface and learn how the moon, Earth and other terrestrial planets...

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2008-02-27 14:35:00

NASA has obtained the highest resolution terrain mapping to date of the moon's rugged south polar region, with a resolution to 20 meters per pixel. Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., collected the data using the facility's Goldstone Solar System Radar located in California's Mojave Desert. The imagery generated by the data has been incorporated into animation depicting the descent to the lunar surface of a future human lunar lander and a flyover of Shackleton...

2007-12-03 16:23:19

BEIJING (AP) - China's space program has defended a photo of the moon's surface taken by its lunar probe as authentic, dismissing critics who suggested it had been copied from a similar image captured by a U.S. orbiter. China last week presented the first picture taken by its Chang'e 1 lunar probe at a gala ceremony attended by Premier Wen Jiabao, part of the ruling Communist Party's program of using the space program to instill national pride. However, critics posting on Chinese-language...


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