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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...

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...

Robot Space Excavator Being Developed By NASA
2013-01-27 04:33:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA engineers are working on a prototype lunar soil excavator that comes equipped with sturdy digging equipment, can take on a wide array of different shapes to complete its various tasks, and is reliable enough to operate on a daily basis for several years. The robot, which is known as the Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot or RASSOR (pronounced “razor”), uses a pair of digging bucket drums —...

Final Science Instrument Installed On NASA’s LADEE Spacecraft
2012-10-26 09:54:25

Engineers at NASA´s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., have installed the third and final science instrument that will fly onboard NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE). LADEE is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. "The installation of the final science instrument to LADEE´s flight structure in the clean...

Lunar Water Found In Apollo Soil Samples
2012-10-15 04:11:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Water molecules discovered in soil samples collected from the moon could have indirectly originated from the sun, claim the authors of a new study published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience. The researchers studied soil samples brought back from the lunar surface during the Apollo missions, and discovered that they contained compounds known as hydroxyls, which are essentially substructures of an H2O molecule, according to...

Water May Have Been Deposited On Vesta Asteroid Long Ago
2012-09-26 14:42:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers suggest that water may have been delivered to Vesta through a build-up of small particles during an epoch when the Solar System was rich in dust. The team presented their research at the European Planetary Science Congress in Madrid on Wednesday, offering up a radically different hypothesis from the way in which hydrous materials are deposited on other cosmic objects. Using data from NASA's Dawn mission, the team...

New Research Better Understands Lunar Swirls
2012-07-19 13:42:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A study of "lunar swirls" on the moon may eventually lead to new developments in engineering to help protect astronauts in space. During the Apollo missions, scientists realized that lunar swirls were associated with localized magnetic fields in the lunar crust. NASA's Lunar Prospector focused on the regions and identified magnetic anomalies that had created fully formed miniature "magnetospheres" similar to what the Earth's...

Weird Lunar Soil Behaviour Explained With Nanoparticles Found In Moon Glass Bubbles
2012-06-13 15:48:29

A stunning discovery by QUT soil scientist Marek Zbik of nano particles inside bubbles of glass in lunar soil could solve the mystery of why the moon's surface topsoil has many unusual properties. Dr Zbik, from Queensland University of Technology's Science and Engineering Faculty, said scientists had long observed the strange behavior of lunar soil but had not taken much notice of the nano and submicron particles found in the soil and their source was unknown. Dr Zbik took the lunar...


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