Latest Lunar science Stories

Astronomers Catch Bright Explosion On The Moon
2013-05-17 13:55:31

[ Watch the Video: Bright Explosion on the Moon ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you take a good look at the Moon it isn´t too difficult to paint a pretty clear picture of the lunar surface´s violent past. Our neighboring natural satellite is pock-marked with thousands upon thousands of craters from meteors and asteroids that have been pelting its surface for more than a billion years. Over the past eight years, NASA astronomers have been...

Underground Explosions Responsible For Pits Inside Twin Craters On Mars
2013-04-11 11:32:25

ESA Dramatic underground explosions, perhaps involving ice, are responsible for the pits inside these two large martian impact craters, imaged by ESA´s Mars Express on 4 January. The ℠twin´ craters are in the Thaumasia Planum region, a large plateau that lies immediately to the south of Valles Marineris, the largest canyon in the Solar System. The northernmost (right) large crater in this scene was officially given the name Arima in early 2012, but the southernmost...

Copernicus crater
2013-04-03 04:40:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Large impacts on the Moon produce unimaginable amounts of energy; however, they may not wipe the mineralogical slate clean. New research, led by Brown University geoscientists, has discovered a rock body with a distinct mineralogy snaking 18 miles across the floor of Copernicus crater — a 60-mile-wide feature on the Moon's near side. Mineralogical signatures of rock present before the impact that created the crater appear to...

Solar Wind Helps Lunar Dust Leap Around The Surface
2013-03-18 14:36:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA scientists describe using new calculations just how odd the surface of the moon really is, saying dust on the moon can actually leap from the dark side to the light side. Even though the moon has no atmosphere, solar wind from the sun actually generates some unseen commotion on the surface of our neighboring satellite. Solar wind is a stream of electrically conducting gas known as plasma shot off the surface of the sun at...

Seas Of Molten Rock Created By Lunar Impacts
2013-03-12 04:54:36

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An ocean of molten rock covered the entire lunar surface during the early part of the Moon's history. Over millions of years, that magma ocean cooled, differentiating to form the crust and mantle. According to new analysis of NASA's Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) data, led by Brown University planetary scientists, this wasn't the last time the Moon's surface melted on such a massive scale. Graduate student William Vaughan led...

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...

Traces Of Water Found In Apollo 15 Lunar Sample
2013-02-18 14:39:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online University of Michigan scientists have found traces of water from a lunar sample brought back during the Apollo 15 mission. The lunar sample, known as "Genesis Rock," was thought to be a piece of the moon's primordial crust, and researchers writing in Nature Geoscience are now reporting they have found traces of water in the rock. The traces of water were detected within the crystalline structure of mineral samples taken from...

2013-02-06 09:43:42

Revising and revisiting the Giant Impact Theory Scientists are revisiting the age-old question of how Earth's moon formed with the development of two new models that work out the complicated physics of planetary collisions. The idea of a moon-forming collision is not new: The Giant Impact Theory put forth in the 1970s suggested that the moon resulted from a collision with a protoplanet approximately half the size of ancient Earth. But the physics underlying such a collision implied that...

Using 3D Printing Technology To Build A Lunar Base
2013-02-01 15:16:12

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Three-dimensional printing is growing rampantly and the European Space Agency (ESA) has decided to utilize the up-and-coming technology to build a base on the moon using lunar soil. ESA is partnering with industrial partners, including architects Foster + Partners, to see if the idea of building a lunar habitat on the moon is a feasible one. Foster + Partners created a dome with a cellular structured wall that could help to...

Disney Name Goes Interplanetary With Impact Crater Identity
2012-12-21 13:55:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Mercury has gained a little more fame in the eyes of Hollywood, after the International Astronomical Union (IAU) agreed to name nine impact craters after Walt Disney. The MESSENGER Science Team proposed nine names for impact craters on Mercury, all of which refer to either a blues singer, animation pioneer Walter Elias "Walt" Disney, or other artists. IAU has been the gatekeeper for planetary and satellite nomenclature since 1919,...

Latest Lunar science Reference Libraries

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...

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...

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...

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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