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Image 1 - LRO Reveals Moon Is Still Being Pulled Apart
2012-02-21 09:24:49

[ Watch the Video ] NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has revealed that the surface of the moon is actually being stretched. Researchers said the moon's surface is forming minute valleys in some small areas on the lunar surface. They believe this activity occurred less than 50 million years ago, making it recent activity when considering the moon is over 4.5 billion years old. The team studied high-resolution images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC)...

Image 1 - Dutch Scientists Analyze Lack Of Lunar Volcanoes
2012-02-20 05:22:27

A team of Dutch scientists believe that they have discovered why there are no active volcanoes on the Moon, even though recent seismic activity suggests that there is a good amount of magma below the surface. According to Olivia Solon of Wired.co.uk, Mirjam van Kan Parker and Wim van Westrenen from VU University Amsterdam and their colleagues produced microscopic copies of moon rock collected during the Apollo missions, then melted them at extremely high pressures and temperatures in order...

Moon Mineral Discovered In Western Australia
2012-01-09 09:40:57

An Australian paleontologist has discovered a mineral, long thought to be found only on the moon, in a billion-year-old rock formation in Western Australia. The mineral, tranquillityite, was first discovered by astronauts visiting the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, where it was scooped up at the Sea of Tranquility and brought back to Earth to be studied. It was one of three minerals collected on the lunar surface, and the only one of the three, that has not been found anywhere...

NASA Missing Hundreds Of Moon Rocks
2011-12-09 12:07:29

An audit of NASA has turned up evidence that hundreds of moon rocks and other space matter are apparently missing, many of which have been loaned out by the space agency. NASA Inspector General Paul Martin on Thursday issued a report stating that more than 500 pieces of moon rocks, meteorites, and other debris from space were either stolen or have been missing since 1970. That includes 218 moon samples that were stolen and later returned and about two dozen moon rocks and pieces of moon...

Image 1 - Moon 'Sandblasted' By Solar Storms
2011-12-07 04:25:36

Solar storms and associated Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) can significantly erode the lunar surface according to a new set of computer simulations by NASA scientists. In addition to removing a surprisingly large amount of material from the lunar surface, this could be a major method of atmospheric loss for planets like Mars that are unprotected by a global magnetic field. The research is being led by Rosemary Killen at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., as part of the...

Mystery of the Lunar Ionosphere
2011-11-15 10:19:36

[ Watch the Video ] Lunar researchers have been struggling with the mystery for years, and they may have finally found a solution. But first, what is an ionosphere? Every terrestrial planet with an atmosphere has one.  High above the planet´s rocky surface where the atmosphere meets the vacuum of space, ultraviolet rays from the sun break apart atoms of air.  This creates a layer of ionized gas--an "ionosphere." Here on Earth, the ionosphere has a big impact on...

New Model May Explain Magnetized Moon Rocks
2011-11-10 06:06:46

A team of scientists has proposed a novel model for the generation of a global magnetic field in the ancient moon, something that could help solve a decades-old mystery about the presence of magnetized rocks on the moon´s surface. Since the moon currently has no global magnetic field, these rocks have puzzled experts since the days of the Apollo program. The Earth´s magnetic field exists because it has a spinning solid core surrounded by hot metallic liquid, which churns...

Apollo Moon Rock On Public Display At Arizona State University
2011-11-04 03:19:12

A lunar sample from a rock that once sat on the surface of the moon will be on public display at Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, AZ beginning November 5, 2011. The golf ball-sized moon rock, on a long-term loan to ASU from NASA, will be on display in the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Visitor Gallery on ASU´s Tempe campus. Weighing 77 grams, or about 2.7 ounces, the lunar sample comes from a larger moon rock that was collected by Apollo 15 astronauts. The...

Elderly Woman Claims Government Agents Roughed Her Up Over Moon Rocks
2011-10-26 13:42:34

According to an exclusive Associated Press (AP) report, a 74-year-old women claims that government agents roughed her up over some lunar dust. The report said Joann Davis, a grandmother who says she was trying to raise money for her sick son by selling the lunar dust, landed herself in a sting operation at a Denny's restaurant in Riverside County. She said she pulled out the moon sample and about half a dozen sheriff's deputies and NASA investigators rushed into the restaurant. ...


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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Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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