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LRO Provides High Resolution Global Topographic Map Of The Moon
2011-11-17 10:24:38

The science team that oversees the imaging system on board NASA´s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has released the highest resolution near-global topographic map of the moon ever created. This new topographic map, from Arizona State University in Tempe, shows the surface shape and features over nearly the entire moon with a pixel scale close to 100 meters (328 feet). A single measure of elevation (one pixel) is about the size of two football fields placed side-by-side. Although...

Apollo Moon Rock On Public Display At Arizona State University
2011-11-04 03:19:12

A lunar sample from a rock that once sat on the surface of the moon will be on public display at Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, AZ beginning November 5, 2011. The golf ball-sized moon rock, on a long-term loan to ASU from NASA, will be on display in the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Visitor Gallery on ASU´s Tempe campus. Weighing 77 grams, or about 2.7 ounces, the lunar sample comes from a larger moon rock that was collected by Apollo 15 astronauts. The...

Subtly Shaded Map Of Moon Reveals Titanium Treasure Troves
2011-10-08 05:03:01

A map of the Moon combining observations in visible and ultraviolet wavelengths shows a treasure trove of areas rich in Titanium ores. Not only is Titanium a valuable mineral, it is key to helping scientists unravel the mysteries of the Moon´s interior.  Mark Robinson and Brett Denevi presented the results from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission on Friday at the joint meeting of the European Planetary Science Congress and the American Astronomical Society´s Division for...

Image 1 - The Mystery Of The Missing Moon
2011-09-08 06:52:06

  As early as Sept. 8th, NASA's GRAIL mission will blast off to uncover some of the mysteries beneath the surface of the Moon. That cratered gray exterior hides some tantalizing things — even, perhaps, a long-lost companion. If a paper published recently in the journal Nature* is right, two moons once graced our night skies. The proposition has not been proven, but has drawn widespread attention. "It's an intriguing idea," says David Smith, GRAIL's deputy principal...

LRO Produces Sharp Images Of Apollo Landing Sites
2011-09-06 13:01:40

  NASA said on Tuesday that its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has captured the sharpest images ever taken from space of the Apollo 12, 14 and 17 landing sites. The space agency said the images show the twists and turns of the paths made when the astronauts explored the lunar surface. The tracks laid down by the lunar rover during the Apollo 17 site are clearly visible in the images.   The images also show where the astronauts placed some of the scientific...

NASA To Launch GRAIL Moon Mission Thursday
2011-09-06 12:16:43

  NASA will usher in another Moon mission on Thursday when it launches twin probes to measure gravity on Earth's closest cosmic neighbor. The robotic twins will create the most precise lunar gravity map ever, which scientists hope to use to determine what is beneath the surface of the Moon. Near-identical twins GRAIL A and GRAIL B are set to launch on Thursday aboard a small Delta II rocket.  The two spacecraft will separate an hour after launch and will travel...

2011-09-02 13:41:58

NASA will host a media teleconference at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 6, to reveal new images of three Apollo landing sites taken from the agency's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO. Teleconference participants are: -- Jim Green, director, Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington -- Mark Robinson, principal investigator, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, Arizona State University, Tempe -- Richard Vondrak, LRO project scientist, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center,...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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