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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,...

2011-08-24 12:59:17

NASA has selected Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. in Columbia, Md., to provide Ground Systems and Mission Operations support. The total maximum ordering value of the cost-plus-award fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite- quantity contract is $450 million. The effective ordering period is from Nov. 1 through Oct. 31, 2016. The work will be performed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Under this contract, Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. will support a wide range...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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