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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 Dust Discovered In California Lab
2013-05-27 04:18:11

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Roughly four decades after mysteriously disappearing, vials of Moon dust collected by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin have been discovered at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. Twenty vials containing handwritten labels dated “24 July 1970” were discovered earlier this month by a local archivist named Karen Nelson, according to Slashgear´s Cory Gunther. As it turns out,...

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...

Alaska Moon Rocks Reclaimed, Go On Display In Juneau Museum
2012-12-07 14:51:56

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Some of the rarest rocks on Earth will be once again on display at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau. A collection of moon rocks, which were collected on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 and presented to Alaska´s Governor Keith Miller by President Richard M. Nixon, vanished following a museum fire in 1973. On Thursday state and federal officials displayed the returned relics, which included tiny moon rocks encased in a...

Apollo 17 Launched 40 Years Ago Today
2012-12-07 12:10:28

[ Watch the Video: What Is The Moon ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Today marks the 40th anniversary when astronauts hopped onboard the Apollo 17 spacecraft and made a historic launch towards the moon. On December 7, 1972, astronauts Eugene A. Cernan and Ronald E. Evans, along with scientist-astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt took flight to begin the sixth Apollo lunar landing. Initially, the launch was delayed two hours and forty minutes due to an automatic...

Minnesota’s Apollo 11 Moon Rocks Found In National Guard Storage Unit
2012-11-27 08:17:26

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Hundreds of moon rocks that have been handed out to state governments and foreign countries through the years have gone missing, according to a NASA audit last December. Though some have been recovered, most are still missing. On a good note, another set of lunar pebbles were found this week in a government storage area in St. Paul, Minnesota. The rocks were part of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission on July 20, 1969 in which...

Space Rocks Sell At Auction
2012-10-15 10:14:49

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Sunday, auctioneers in New York put some of the most notable meteorites from modern history up for bid and watched as many of them sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Chunks of Mars and the Moon were among the more than 125 space rocks that were made available during the private auction that brought in over $1 million dollars. Prospective buyers packed the auction room at the Fletcher Sinclair Mansion located next to the...


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