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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...

Image 1 - Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Brings 'Earthrise' To Everyone
2012-04-21 06:20:59

[ Watch the Video ] Imagine yourself in orbit, your spacecraft flying backward with its small window facing down toward the surface of the moon. You peer out, scouring the ash-colored contours of the cratered landscape for traces of ancient volcanic activity. Around you, the silent, velvety blackness of space stretches out in every direction. The spacecraft rolls over, and you glimpse a sliver of intense light starting to climb over the rough horizon. It might be dawn, except that the...

Cosmic Rays Alter Chemistry Of Lunar Ice
2012-03-20 02:52:10

Space scientists from the University of New Hampshire and multi-institutional colleagues report they have quantified levels of radiation on the moon's surface from galactic cosmic ray (GCR) bombardment that over time causes chemical changes in water ice and can create complex carbon chains similar to those that help form the foundations of biological structures. In addition, the radiation process causes the lunar soil, or regolith, to darken over time, which is important in understanding the...

2012-03-15 12:12:53

In honor of 1,000 days in orbit, the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt Md. has released two new videos. One video takes viewers through the moon's evolutionary history, and reveals how it came to appear the way it does today. Another video gives viewers a guided tour of prominent locations on the moon's surface, compiled by the spacecraft's observations of the moon. "Evolution of the Moon" explains why the moon did not always...

Image 1 - NASA Pinning Down 'Here' Better Than Ever
2012-02-25 05:16:20

Before our Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation devices can tell us where we are, the satellites that make up the GPS need to know exactly where they are. For that, they rely on a network of sites that serve as "you are here" signs planted throughout the world. The catch is, the sites don't sit still because they're on a planet that isn't at rest, yet modern measurements require more and more accuracy in pinpointing where "here" is. To meet this need, NASA is helping to lead an...

Image 1 - LRO Reveals Moon Is Still Being Pulled Apart
2012-02-21 09:24:49

[ Watch the Video ] NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has revealed that the surface of the moon is actually being stretched. Researchers said the moon's surface is forming minute valleys in some small areas on the lunar surface. They believe this activity occurred less than 50 million years ago, making it recent activity when considering the moon is over 4.5 billion years old. The team studied high-resolution images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC)...


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