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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...

China's Lunar Mission Lifts Off
2013-12-02 04:19:28

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online China’s first lunar rover mission is underway, as the rocket carrying the six-wheeled robot known as Yutu lifted-off from Xichang at 01:30 Monday morning local time, various media outlets have reported. Live pictures of the launch of the Long March 3B rocket carrying the rover were shown on state television, according to BBC News Science Editor Paul Rincon. The spacecraft should land in the Moon’s northern hemisphere in mid...

China First Lunar Rover December Launchc
2013-11-26 10:27:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a report from China’s state-run media agency Xinhua, the world’s most populous nation will launch a rocket in early December carrying its first lunar rover. Named via an online poll, the rover has been dubbed Yutu, or “jade rabbit,” after the pet of the moon goddess Chang’e who, according to Chinese folklore, flew up to the moon after swallowing an immortality pill. The rabbit’s image is supposedly visible from...

How Dust Could Affect Your Google X Prize Lunar Rover
2013-07-02 18:08:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com -- Your Universe Online A French team of scientists have modeled how rovers traveling across the surface of the Moon might be affected by dust. Professor Farideh Honary of the University of Lancaster presented research at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting in St. Andrews about how dust found on the moon's surface could impact the next generation of lunar rovers. He presented a study of the simulated motion of lunar dust near a rover. These simulations were...

Mars Opportunity Rover Beats Apollo Record
2013-05-17 11:32:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It took nine years traveling around the surface of the Red Planet, but NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has finally surpassed a record set by Apollo 17 astronauts over 40 years ago. In 1972, astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt drove their Lunar Roving Vehicle 22.21 statute miles over a three-day period. At the time, this was the farthest total distance for any NASA vehicle driving on a stellar body other than Earth....

NASA Kicks Off 20th Great Moonbuggy Race
2013-04-26 15:50:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's annual Great Moonbuggy Race kicked off today in Huntsville, Alabama, marking 20 years since the competition began. The annual Great Moonbuggy Race involves high school- and college-aged students who build lightweight, human-powered "moonbuggies" that address many of the same design challenges NASA and industry engineers overcame during the Apollo missions. In the late 1960s, NASA engineers designed the Apollo-era Lunar...

2013-03-05 23:03:29

Flexure Engineering has invited specialists from around the world in fields of cold temperature electronics, DeepCrypo Engineering, Lunar science, and space entrepreneurship to take part in the Third Annual International Lunar Superconductor Applications Workshop (LSA 3). SEATTLE, WA (PRWEB) March 05, 2013 Russell Cox, Director of Research at Flexure Engineering, announced today that, “We´re excited to host our third LSA workshop http://www.lsa2013.com/ in Florida to foster the...

Apollo 17 Moonwalk - 40 Years Later
2012-12-11 12:02:07

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Forty years ago, man stepped out onto the surface of the moon for the last time during the Apollo 17 mission. On December 11, 1972, astronauts unloaded the lunar rover for a drive around on the moon's surface, beginning the end of the final Apollo missions. Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, commander of the mission, drove around the rover during the first extravehicular activity. A photo released by NASA of the rover shows Cernan...


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