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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...

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Continues Imaging On The Moon
2013-09-25 10:32:57

NASA Repeat imaging of anthropogenic (human-made) targets on the Moon remains a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) priority as the LRO Extended Science Mission continues. These continuing observations of historic hardware and impact craters are not just interesting from a historical standpoint - each image adds to our knowledge of lunar science and engineering, particularly cartography, geology, and photometry. Making sure that the lunar cartographic network is accurate is a...

NASA: There Really Is No 'Dark Side Of The Moon'
2013-09-18 09:54:33

[ Watch the Video: Moon's Dark Side Doesn't Exist ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A newly released NASA video reminds us that there is no such thing as a dark side of the moon – just a far side. Created from a patchwork of images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the video shows a 360-degree rotation of a fully-illuminated moon. "It shows every surface of the moon being full," NASA lunar geologist Noah Petro told the New York Daily News....

NASA Looks To Lasers For Deep Space Communications
2013-08-29 10:57:45

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Laser-based fiber optic technology may slowly be becoming the standard way to send digital communications here on Earth – but for deep-space transmissions, NASA and other space agencies have been relying on radio waves to send data and computer codes. That is expected to change when NASA initiates its Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) aboard the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission. The...

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Surveys Moon Landing Sites
2013-07-10 07:46:47

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Like the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the Lunar Orbiter program's primary design function was to obtain images that would allow scientists and engineers to characterize the moon's surface in order to find safe and engaging landing sites for future missions. Five unmanned Orbiters were sent to the moon between 1966 and 1967, collectively photographing most of the lunar surface at 66 to 656 yards resolution. Some of Lunar...

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...

Moon Radiation Study Reduce Health Risks Astronauts
2013-06-12 10:23:11

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the space scientists at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) reports that data collected by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) reveals that lighter materials like plastics provide effective shielding against the radiation hazards faced by astronauts during extended space travel. The findings, published in the journal Space Weather, could help reduce human health risks...


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