Latest Lunar Prospector Stories
Recent radar maps of the Moon's southern pole revealed a dramatic, jagged landscape that astronauts could someday call home. But unfortunately, these radar images didn't provide any new information about something that would make living at the lunar pole much easier: frozen water.
Newly-released images of the lunar south-polar region obtained by ESAâ€™s SMART-1 are proving to be wonderful tools to zero-in on suitable study sites for potential future lunar exploration missions.
In October 1963, two cartographers with the Air Force Aeronautical Chart and Information Center saw a strange glow on the moon. The moon is not dead yet, nor has it revealed all its secrets. Scientists don't even agree how it got here in the first place.
For four days every month the Moon passes through the magnetic field of the Earth and parts of the lunar surface are charged with static electricity.
Near the end of the mission of Apollo 16, on April 24, 1972, just before returning back home to Earth, the three astronauts released one last scientific experiment: a small "subsatellite" called PFS-2 to orbit the Moon about every 2 hours. Then something bizarre happened.
In 1959, a spaceship fell out of the lunar sky and hit the ground near the Sea of Serenity. The ship itself was shattered, but its mission was a success. Luna 2 from the Soviet Union had became the first manmade object to "land" on the Moon.
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA plans to send a two-ton probe crashing into a crater on the moon in hopes of discovering if it harbors water that could be used for manned missions, the U.S. space agency said on Monday.
Ohio State University planetary scientists have found the remains of ancient lunar impacts that may have helped create the surface feature commonly called the "man in the moon."
In 1994, NASA's Clementine mission found candidates for such "peaks of eternal light" on the moon's north and south poles. Today, the European Space Agency's SMART-1 spacecraft is orbiting the moon, hoping to confirm those peaks of light and find others as well.
The surface of the Moon is baldly exposed to cosmic rays and solar flares, and some of that radiation is very hard to stop with shielding. Furthermore, when cosmic rays hit the ground, they produce a dangerous spray of secondary particles right at your feet. All this radiation penetrating human flesh can damage DNA, boosting the risk of cancer and other maladies.
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