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2014-04-02 05:54:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists studying the mineral apatite may have overestimated the amount of water present in the moon, according to a new study led by the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences. In order to accurately predict how apatite would have crystallized from cooling bodies of lunar magma early in the moon's history, Jeremy Boyce led a team of researchers to develop a new computer model....

MOON EXPRESS, INC. SPACECRAFT
2013-12-06 11:03:21

[ Watch the Video: Commercial Lunar Landing Planned For 2015 ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The privately-held company Moon Express has revealed the small exploratory craft it has scheduled to land on the Moon by 2015, which would mark the first American landing on the lunar surface since 1972. Debuted at the Autodesk University show in Las Vegas on Thursday evening, Moon Express’ MX-1 craft is about the size of a coffee table, meaning it isn’t large...

Origin Of Moon Water
2013-09-11 08:38:28

[ Watch the Video: Origins Of Moon's Water Explored ] John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Recent studies by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have found that the Moon is wetter than previously thought - though it is still drier than the driest desserts on Earth. In turn, this has generated renewed interest in identifying the source of this water. Now, a team from The Open University in the United Kingdom has found that a young, still forming Earth may...

New Evidence Water On Moon
2013-08-27 14:35:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists writing in the journal Nature Geoscience say they have found potential evidence of water below the surface of our Moon. NASA-funded researchers, using data from the space agency's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, have detected magmatic water, or water that originates from deep within the lunar interior. This is the first time scientists have...

2013-08-27 12:20:58

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA-funded lunar research has yielded evidence of water locked in mineral grains on the surface of the moon from an unknown source deep beneath the surface. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Using data from NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists remotely detected magmatic water, or water that originates from deep...

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Detects Hydrogen, Mercury From Twin GRAIL Impacts
2013-03-27 12:00:36

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Using instruments on board the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), NASA officials were able to detect mercury and hydrogen in the gas plumes that arose following the impact of the twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft last December, the US space agency announced on Tuesday. The LRO´s Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) also measured the time evolution of those gases as they rapidly expanded into 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...

Robots May Prospect For Lunar Water
2012-11-16 21:16:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The prospect of finding frozen water on the moon has several companies scrambling to stake a claim in “them thar lunar hills.” "This is like the gold rush that led to the settlement of California," said Phil Metzger, a physicist who leads the Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Lab, part of Kennedy Space Center's Surface Systems Office. "This is the water rush." Water has already been found on asteroids and...

Lunar Lander Will Search For Moon Ice And Water
2012-10-22 06:00:34

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online European researchers are in the process of building an unmanned probe that would travel to the moon, where it would search for subsurface ice on the lunar surface, within the next six years. The $800 million (£500 million) project, which is detailed in an October 21 article by Telegraph Science Correspondent Richard Gray, is currently being planned by the European Space Agency (ESA) and is on pace to take place sometime in...

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...