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Ranger 7 moon image
2014-07-31 12:59:54

Elizabeth Landau, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory In the early days of lunar exploration, no one knew what the surface of the moon was really like. On July 31, 1964, NASA obtained the first close-up photographs of the moon from Ranger 7, a spacecraft that made a historic impact that day. A short 1964 documentary "Lunar Bridgehead," produced by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, chronicles the moments leading up to and following Ranger 7 mission's lunar impact 50...

Manned Moon Mission A No Go, Says NASA's Charles Bolden
2013-04-09 07:04:40

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We are less than a week away from the third anniversary of President Barack Obama´s Kennedy Space Center speech where he announced ambitious goals to launch a human mission to an asteroid in 2025 and to further work toward a manned Mars mission. And while some would like to see humans return to the Moon, the President said during that April 2010 speech: “We´ve been there before. Buzz has been there. There´s a lot...

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2009-09-23 11:10:00

India announced Wednesday the launch of seven satellites in a single day. The successful launch of six foreign and one domestic satellite from the Sriharikota space center came less than one month after the country ended its Moon mission. The Oceansat-2 satellite will monitor ocean patterns, wind speeds, and track monsoons and cyclones, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) spokesman S Satish told BBC News. The satellite will improve upon the first Oceansat, which launched in 1999. Four...

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2009-06-18 17:30:00

NASA launched two probes into space on Thursday in a landmark mission to search for water sources and potential landing sites on the Moon. The mission is a critical step in NASA's plan to return astronauts to the moon by 2020. The space agency launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) via an Atlas V rocket at about 5:32 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. "LRO is the ever important first step in...

2005-08-15 22:35:00

BEIJING -- China plans to launch its first unmanned lunar flight by 2007 in a three-phase mission that aims to bring back rock samples, state media said on Tuesday. In the second stage, a lunar vehicle would land on the moon by 2012 and by 2017 the rock samples could be collected, the report said quoting aerospace officials. "Scientists hope to get to know the moon's environment and analyze the composition of lunar rocks," the China Daily quoted Luan Enjie, chief commander of China's lunar...


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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