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2012-11-21 12:25:09

[ Watch the Video: Moon Phase & Libration 2013 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has helped to create an animation showing hourly intervals of the moon's surface throughout next year. Topographic measurements by the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter aboard LRO makes it possible to simulate shadows on the Moon's surface. "Thanks to Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, we now have excellent terrain maps of the Moon that can tell us...

Space Radiation Forecasts In Real Time
2012-10-16 14:06:24

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astrophysicists have created the first online system for predicting and forecasting the radiation environment in near-Earth, lunar, and Martian space environments. The University of New Hampshire's Space Science Center (SSC) astrophysicists created the near real-time tool to provide critical information for potential manned missions to the moon and Mars. "If we send human beings back to the moon, and especially if we're able to go...

The Moon In 3D
2012-09-25 13:22:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are using data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to develop a way to explore the Moon in three dimensions. The team used images taken from different angles and were able to generate rich 3D maps of the surface of the Moon. The way a human brain deciphers three dimensions is that our eyes are slightly apart, and are able to see the world at separate angles at the same time. The human brain is able to interpret...

Ice On The Moon May Be Possible
2012-08-31 13:17:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Somewhere between five to ten percent of the walls of Shackleton crater could contain small patches of ice, according to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters. Shackleton Crater is an impact crater at the south pole of the Moon. The peaks of the crater's rim are almost continually in sunlight, while the interior is perpetually in shadow. The rotational axis of the Moon lies within Shackleton. A team of scientists,...

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...

American Flags Still Standing On The Moon
2012-07-30 06:56:29

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA´s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera has relayed images back to Earth showing that five of the six American flags placed on the Moon during the Apollo missions were still standing and casting shadows on the surface. The images confirm that one flag was knocked down, a incident that Buzz Aldrin has long stated occurred from the force of exhaust during the Apollo 11 lift-off from the Moon´s surface in 1969, according...

Evidence For Ice On Moon's South Pole Found
2012-06-20 12:36:31

[ Watch the Video ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com Little did Neil Armstrong know back on July 21, 1969 that while he was taking his first foot-steps on our celestial neighbor, water was actually accompanying him on the Moon, researchers say. Scientists from MIT, Brown University, and NASA´s Goddard Space Flight Center have found possible evidence for small amounts of ice on the Moon's south pole. They found that the area around the Moon´s Shackleton crater could host...


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