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2009-03-28 14:06:08

China's seismological network says the country's northern region was rattled by a 4.2-magnitude earthquake Saturday. China's state-run news agency, Xinhua, reported the quake in Shanxi province had not resulted in any reported casualties or damages. The seismological network said the quake that rocked Yuanping City was detected at a depth of 3.1 miles at 38.9 degrees north latitude and 112.9 degrees east longitude.

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2009-02-17 11:20:38

The argument over whether an outcrop of rock in South West Greenland contains the earliest known traces of life on Earth has been reignited, in a study to be published in the Journal of the Geological Society on 23 February. The research, led by Martin J. Whitehouse at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, argues that the controversial rocks "Ëœcannot host evidence of Earth's oldest life', reopening the debate over where the oldest traces of life are located. The small island of...

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2009-02-12 13:35:00

The most detailed map of the Moon ever created has revealed never-before-seen craters at the lunar poles. The map is also revealing secrets about the Moon's interior -- and hinting about Mars's interior as well. C.K. Shum, professor of earth sciences at Ohio State University, is part of the international research team that published the map in the February 13 issue of the journal Science. "The surface can tell us a lot about what's happening inside the Moon, but until now mapping has been...

2009-02-02 13:20:09

The U.S. space agency says it has selected four teams to observe the impact of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. The satellite is part of a small companion mission to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., this spring. Instruments aboard the satellite are designed to search for evidence of water ice on the moon as the spacecraft collides with a permanently shadowed crater near one of the moon's poles. The resulting debris plumes from...

2009-01-28 10:41:00

GREENBELT, Md., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Lunar Science Institute selected a proposal to investigate the sun's influence on the moon submitted by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The basic science research supports NASA's human exploration of the moon. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "Many people think of the moon as dead, but if you look with a different pair of glasses - at the atomic level - it is very active," said Dr....

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2009-01-20 13:40:00

A small, 4.2 billion-year-old moon rock collected by an astronaut during Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the Moon, provides evidence that the Moon once had a molten core that generated a magnetic field. Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17's only trained geologist, gathered the rock, known as troctolite 76535, in 1972. Troctolite is a type of rock consisting of the minerals olivine and plagioclase. Considering that lava plains on the Moon's surface suggest a volcanic past that may have lasted...

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2009-01-17 09:30:00

Ancient rock's magnetic field shows that moon once had a dynamo in its coreThe collection of rocks that the Apollo astronauts brought back from the moon carried with it a riddle that has puzzled scientists since the early 1970s: What produced the magnetization found in many of those rocks?The longstanding puzzle has now been solved by researchers at MIT, who carried out the most detailed analysis ever of the oldest pristine rock from the Apollo collection. Magnetic traces recorded in the rock...

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2009-01-08 10:30:00

...I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mineI loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal ....You load sixteen tons, what do you get .... If you listen closely, you might hear a NASA project manager singing this song. Lately, Marshall Space Flight Center's Carol McClemore has been working at the end of a sledge hammer opposite a big pile of rocks, so she has good reason to sing the song Tennessee Ernie Ford made famous. "I call it 'choppin' rocks,' " says McClemore, who manages Marshall's...

2008-10-07 00:00:30

Dull science classes will be transformed into earth-moving lessons for schoolchildren across Devon and Cornwall thanks to a new initiative launched by Westcountry university. Fourteen schools are to be provided with earthquake-monitoring seismometers as part of Plymouth University's regional involvement in the British Geological Survey project. They will be able to use the instruments to record and analyse ground movement data, place the information on the British Geographical Survey...

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2008-09-27 10:55:00

The Apollo Moon missions of 1969-1972 all share a dirty secret. "The major issue the Apollo astronauts pointed out was dust, dust, dust," says Professor Larry Taylor, Director of the Planetary Geosciences Institute at the University of Tennessee. Fine as flour and rough as sandpaper, Moon dust caused "Ëœlunar hay fever,' problems with space suits, and dust storms in the crew cabin upon returning to space. Taylor and other scientists will present their research on lunar dust at the...


Latest Lunar science Reference Libraries

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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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