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Mare Tranquillitatis pit crater
2014-07-21 08:23:00

Bill Steigerwald, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center While the moon's surface is battered by millions of craters, it also has over 200 holes – steep-walled pits that in some cases might lead to caves that future astronauts could explore and use for shelter, according to new observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. The pits range in size from about 5 meters (~5 yards) across to more than 900 meters (~984 yards) in diameter, and three of them were first...

Tycho crater central peak
2014-06-19 05:20:51

Nancy N. Jones, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Today, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) celebrates its fifth anniversary in space. LRO launched from Florida on June 18, 2009. After a four-day journey, the orbiter successfully entered lunar orbit on June 23. [ Watch the Video: The Moon As Art Contest ] In the succeeding five years, LRO has continued to shape our view of our nearest celestial neighbor. LRO data has shown us the tracks and equipment left behind from the Apollo...

NASA Invites You To Select Favorite Moon Image For Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Anniversary Collection
2014-05-23 03:19:59

[ Watch The Video: NASA’s Moon As Art Campaign ] NASA NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) will celebrate five years in orbit June 18. To celebrate the anniversary and LRO's many scientific contributions, NASA invites the public to select a favorite orbiter image of the moon for the cover a special image collection. "'The Moon as Art' collection gives the public the opportunity to see the moon as others have seen it for centuries – as an inspirational muse – but...

2014-05-23 12:20:57

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) will celebrate five years in orbit June 18. To celebrate the anniversary and LRO's many scientific contributions, NASA invites the public to select a favorite orbiter image of the moon for the cover a special image collection. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "'The Moon as Art' collection gives the public the opportunity to see the moon as others have seen it for centuries - as...

First Interactive Mosaic Of Lunar North Pole Released By NASA
2014-03-18 20:40:18

NASA Scientists, using cameras aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have created the largest high resolution mosaic of our moon’s north polar region. The six-and-a-half feet (two-meters)-per-pixel images cover an area equal to more than one-quarter of the United States. Web viewers can zoom in and out, and pan around an area. Constructed from 10,581 pictures, the mosaic provides enough detail to see textures and subtle shading of the lunar terrain. Consistent lighting...

2014-03-18 12:21:13

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists, using cameras aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have created the largest high resolution mosaic of our moon's north polar region. The six-and-a-half feet (two-meters)-per-pixel images cover an area equal to more than one-quarter of the United States. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Web viewers can zoom in and out, and pan around an area. Constructed from 10,581 pictures, the...

Picture Of NASA's LADEE Spacecraft Taken By NASA's LRO
2014-01-30 07:23:56

Nancy Neal-Jones - NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. With precise timing, the camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was able to take a picture of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft as it orbited our nearest celestial neighbor. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) operations team worked with its LADEE and LRO operations counterparts to make the imaging possible. LADEE is in an equatorial orbit...

Moon Mystery Gives Insight Into The Chemistry Of Water Ice
2013-06-20 05:05:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from NASA and the University of New Hampshire believe they have shed light on the cosmic activity occurring on the dark side of the moon. The moon's permanently shaded side has never been exposed to the sun, allowing for the formation of a fairly undisturbed layer of lunar soil. According to the researchers' report in the Journal of Geophysical Research, charged particles have been penetrating the soil, separating water...

NASA Lunar Orbiter Captures Stunning Images Of Twin GRAIL Impacts
2013-03-21 07:24:08

WATCH VIDEO: [LAMP Observes GRAIL Impact] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After spending nearly a year in lunar orbit studying the moon´s interior, two NASA spacecraft, known as GRAIL A (Ebb) and GRAIL B (Flow), were ordered to embark on a final mission that would hopefully give scientists one last bit of data about the moon´s composition. The twin spacecraft, which were launched in September 2011 and arrived in lunar orbit in late December 2011 and...

LRO Finds Traces Of Helium Around The Moon
2012-08-16 05:19:20

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) spectrometer aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), scientists have made the first spectroscopic observations of the noble gas helium in the atmosphere surrounding the Moon. These remote-sensing observations complement the situ measurements taken in 1972 by the Lunar Atmosphere Composition Experiment (LACE) deployed by Apollo 17. LAMP was originally designed to map the lunar...


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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