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Moon Gets New Face GRAIL
2013-11-11 08:26:13

[ Watch the Video: Man In The Moon Got His Looks From Asteroids ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists have long believed that the moon’s trademark craters were created from the impact of massive asteroids, but new research appearing in the journal Science suggests that smaller planetoids might actually have been responsible for pummeling the lunar surface. The lunar craters were believed to have been created approximately four billion years ago,...

Moon's Interior Was Pulverized By Early Impacts
2012-12-05 13:28:06

[ Watch the Video: GRAIL's Gravity Tour of the Moon ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists using data from NASA's GRAIL mission have determined that the Moon's interior is nearly completely pulverized. The latest finding from the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission suggests that during the Moon's first billion years, it may have endured more fracturing from massive impacts than previously thought. Planetary scientists have stitched...

Montana Students Pick Winning Names For GRAIL Mission Spacecraft
2012-01-17 14:28:41

Twin NASA spacecraft that achieved orbit around the moon New Year's Eve and New Year's Day have new names, thanks to elementary students in Bozeman, Mont. Their winning entry, "Ebb and Flow," was selected as part of a nationwide school contest that began in October 2011. The names were submitted by fourth graders from the Emily Dickinson Elementary School. Nearly 900 classrooms with more than 11,000 students from 45 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia participated in the...

2011-08-23 13:59:23

NASA will host a news conference at 11 a.m. EDT, on Thursday Aug. 25, to discuss the upcoming launch of the Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission. Scheduled to launch Sept. 8, GRAIL will help answer longstanding questions about Earth's moon and provide a better understanding of how Earth and other rocky planets in our solar system formed. The briefing will take place in the NASA Headquarters James E. Webb Auditorium, located at 300 E St. SW in Washington. It will air...

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2008-05-23 10:20:00

Meet MIT professor of physics Maria Zuber. She's dynamic, intelligent, intense, and she's on a quest for the Grail. No, not that Grail. Zuber is the principal investigator of the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory "” "GRAIL" for short. It's a new NASA mission slated for launch in 2011 that will probe the moon's quirky gravity field. Data from GRAIL will help scientists understand forces at play beneath the lunar surface and learn how the moon, Earth and other terrestrial planets...

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2007-12-23 09:28:54

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) may have played a key role in the climate and geochemistry of early Mars, geoscientists at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggest in the Dec. 21 issue of the journal Science. Their hypothesis may resolve longstanding questions about evidence that the climate of the Red Planet was once much warmer than it is today. The Science paper's authors are Itay Halevy, a Ph.D. candidate in Harvard's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences;...


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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