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2009-09-24 08:05:00

In a discovery that promises to reinvigorate studies of the moon and potentially upend thinking of how it originated, scientists at Brown University and other research institutions have found evidence of water molecules on the surface of the moon. The molecules and hydroxyl "” a molecule consisting of one oxygen atom and one hydrogen atom "” were discovered across the entire surface of earth's nearest celestial neighbor. While the abundances are not precisely known, as much as...

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2009-09-18 07:20:00

Researchers have discovered an unusual kind of meteorite in the Western Australian desert and have uncovered where in the Solar System it came from, in a very rare finding published today in the journal Science. Meteorites are the only surviving physical record of the formation of our Solar System and by analyzing them researchers can glean valuable information about the conditions that existed when the early Solar System was being formed. However, information about where individual...

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2009-09-14 11:05:00

Last month, officials with the Netherlands' national museum reported that it had been holding a piece of petrified wood, which had been mistaken for a piece of rubble from the surface of the moon. The announcement sparked an investigation, being led by the Associated Press, to recover the whereabouts of about 270 moon rocks. The rocks were collected by US astronauts and distributed to other countries as international gifts from the Nixon administration. But since then, many of the rare stones...

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2009-07-20 12:10:06

Lunar rocks taken during the Apollo space missions suggest our moon was part of the Earth 4.5 billion years ago, scientists said. The rocks obtained four decades ago suggest a smaller planet hit Earth, creating the moon and enlarging the Earth, said Gary Lofgren, a NASA geologist who showed the Apollo astronauts how to spot interesting rocks. The composition of the rocks also suggest the Earth and moon were slammed by violent storms of space debris, possibly triggered by a reshuffling of the...

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2009-07-17 12:35:00

A lunar geochemist at Washington University in St. Louis says that there are still many answers to be gleaned from the moon rocks collected by the Apollo 11 astronauts on their historic moonwalk 40 years ago July 20. And he credits another WUSTL professor for the fact that the astronauts even collected the moon rocks in the first place. Randy L. Korotev, Ph.D., a research professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in Arts & Sciences, has studied lunar samples and their...

2009-06-25 13:45:00

HOUSTON, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will offer reporters an unprecedented chance to conduct interviews with scientists inside the lab that stores moon rocks Apollo astronauts collected during their six missions. The July 2 interview opportunities from the Apollo Lunar Sample Processing Lab and Storage Vaults at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston will take place nearly 40 years after humans first walked on the moon. (Logo:...

2009-06-25 14:41:51

NASA will offer reporters an unprecedented chance to conduct interviews with scientists inside the lab that stores moon rocks Apollo astronauts collected during their six missions. The July 2 interview opportunities from the Apollo Lunar Sample Processing Lab and Storage Vaults at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston will take place nearly 40 years after humans first walked on the moon. Using the NASA Television's Live Interview Media Outlet satellite channel, news organizations will have a...

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2009-06-01 09:15:00

Large bombardments of meteorites approximately four billion years ago could have helped to make the early Earth and Mars more habitable for life by modifying their atmospheres, suggests the results of a paper published today in the journal Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. When a meteorite enters a planet's atmosphere, extreme heat causes some of the minerals and organic matter on its outer crust to be released as water and carbon dioxide before it breaks up and hits the ground. Researchers...

2009-05-20 15:40:15

A U.S. space agency-funded study suggests an intense asteroid bombardment nearly 4 billion years ago might have provided a boost for early life on Earth. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the research suggests the asteroids might not have sterilized the early Earth as completely as previously thought. The study focused on a particularly cataclysmic occurrence known as the Late Heavy Bombardment, or LHB, NASA said. This event occurred approximately 3.9 billion years ago...

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2009-05-20 13:40:00

The bombardment of Earth nearly 4 billion years ago by asteroids as large as Kansas would not have had the firepower to extinguish potential early life on the planet and may even have given it a boost, says a new University of Colorado at Boulder study. Impact evidence from lunar samples, meteorites and the pockmarked surfaces of the inner planets paints a picture of a violent environment in the solar system during the Hadean Eon 4.5 to 3.8 billion years ago, particularly through a...


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2012-06-26 19:51:17

The Hadean is the unofficial geological period of time that lies just before the Archean time period. The Hadean began with the formation of the Earth roughly 4.5 billion years ago (Ga) and ended about 3.8 Ga; the latter date varies according to different sources. Hadean is derived from Hades, Greek for “underworld,” referring to the hellish conditions on the planet at the time. The term was coined in 1972 by geologist Preston Cloud. The period was later classified as the “Priscoan...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Crater -- A crater is a circular depression on the surface of a planet, moon, asteroid, or other celestial body. Craters are typically caused by meteorite impacts, although some are caused by volcanic activity. In the center of craters on Earth a crater lake often accumulates, and in craters formed by meteorites a central island (caused by rebounding crustal rock after the impact) is usually a prominent feature in the lake. Ancient craters whose relief has disappeared leaving only a...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

The Moon -- The Moon is the largest satellite of the Earth, and is occasionally called Luna (Latin for moon) to distinguish it from the general use of the word "moon". The Moon is distinguished from the satellites of other planets by its initial capital letter; the other moons are described in the natural satellite article. The words moon and month come from the same Old English root word. The Moon makes a complete orbit of the celestial sphere about every four weeks. Each hour the...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

The Moon -- natural satellite of a planet, in particular, the single natural satellite of the earth. The Earth-Moon System The moon is the earth's nearest neighbor in space. In addition to its proximity, the moon is also exceptional in that it is quite massive compared to the earth itself, the ratio of their masses being far larger than the similar ratios of other natural satellites to the planets they orbit (with the exception of Charon and Pluto). For this reason, the...

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