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The Surprising Appeal of a Cloudy Eclipse
2012-11-25 06:12:45

Author: Dr. Tony Phillips | Science@NASA This is a personal eye-witness account of the Nov. 14th solar eclipse by Science@NASA production editor Tony Phillips. Astrophysicist and legendary eclipse chaser Fred Espenak has a rating scheme for natural wonders. "On a scale of 1 to 10," he says, "total eclipses are a million." Apparently, this is true even when the eclipse is almost completely clouded out. Last week, I experienced such an eclipse on Four Mile Beach outside the resort...

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2012-11-21 12:25:09

[ Watch the Video: Moon Phase & Libration 2013 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has helped to create an animation showing hourly intervals of the moon's surface throughout next year. Topographic measurements by the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter aboard LRO makes it possible to simulate shadows on the Moon's surface. "Thanks to Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, we now have excellent terrain maps of the Moon that can tell us...

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...

Moonbuggy Race Opens For Registration
2012-11-07 21:47:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA has opened up registration for the 20th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race, kick-starting the contest for high school, college and university students from around the world. The two-decade old competition will take place on April 26 - 27 next year at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. NASA originally created the event to help with classroom learning, provide young thinkers and builders with real-world...

Moon: Light Side or Dark?
2012-10-30 19:44:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers are saying the massive dark spot seen on the moon, known as the Ocean of Storms, is a scar from a giant cosmic impact. The team of Japanese scientists says the giant cosmic impact created a magma sea more than a thousand miles wide and several hundred miles deep. The findings may be able to help explain why the moon's near and far sides are so different from one another. The side of the moon that faces Earth has...

2012-10-24 04:02:27

To commemorate the start of shoulder season and the release of two new Hawaii travel guidebooks, Moon Travel Guides is partnering with Hawaiian Airlines to give one lucky winner 60,000 HawaiianMiles, which is good for one round-trip ticket between one of Hawaiian Airlines North American airport hubs and Hawaii. Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) October 23, 2012 Moon Travel Guides is partnering with Hawaiian Airlines to help one lucky winner discover Hawaii. The two are giving away 60,000 HawaiianMiles...

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...

Moon Formation - Evidence Backs Up Giant Impact Theory
2012-10-17 14:15:54

[ Watch the Video: What is the Moon? ] | [ Watch the Video: Planetary Demolition Derby ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are backing up a theory, claiming that the Moon was created when a planetary body the size of Mars collided with Earth. Planetary scientists found evidence that backs up the Giant Impact Theory, which was first proposed at a conference in 1975. The Giant Impact Theory says that Earth´s moon was created in an apocalyptic...

Space Radiation Forecasts In Real Time
2012-10-16 14:06:24

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astrophysicists have created the first online system for predicting and forecasting the radiation environment in near-Earth, lunar, and Martian space environments. The University of New Hampshire's Space Science Center (SSC) astrophysicists created the near real-time tool to provide critical information for potential manned missions to the moon and Mars. "If we send human beings back to the moon, and especially if we're able to go...

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...


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2010-10-29 20:31:07

Harrison Schmitt was a NASA astronaut, and is also an American geologist. He was born Harrison Hagan "Jack" Schmitt on July 3, 1935 in Santa Rita, New Mexico. After high school, he went to the California Institute of Technology and received a B.S. degree in science in 1957. He then went to Norway to study geology at the University of Oslo. In 1964, Schmitt earned a Ph.D. in geology from Harvard University. After receiving his doctorate, he worked at the U.S. Geological Survey's...

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2010-10-12 13:30:20

Edgar Mitchell was an American pilot, engineer, and astronaut. He was also the sixth person to have walked on the moon. He was born Edgar Dean Mitchell, D.Sc. on born September 17, 1930 in Hereford, Texas. During his childhood, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America where he achieved its second highest rank, Life Scout. He attended Carnegie Institute of Technology and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management in 1952. The following year he joined the US Navy and trained...

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2010-10-07 15:28:10

James Irwin was an American astronaut, an engineer, and was the eighth person to walk on the moon. He was born James Benson Irwin on March 17, 1930 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He lived a fairly normal childhood and graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1947. He went on to attend the United States Naval Academy and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1951. Following the Naval Academy, he attended the University of Michigan and earned a Master of Science in...

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2009-03-03 21:11:15

Robert Grant Aitken (December 31, 1864 "“ October 29, 1951) was an American inventor born in Jackson, CA. Aitken worked at the Lick Observatory in California where he systematically studied double stars, measuring their positions and calculating their orbits around one another. He methodically created a large catalog of such stars, which was published in 1932. It was entitled "˜New General Catalogue of Double Stars Within 120 degrees of the North Pole'. It contained orbit information...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Eclipse -- An eclipse occurs when an astronomical body such as a planet, or satellite gets between a source of light (e.g. the Sun) and another body. For instance, Jupiter eclipses its moons when it gets between them and the Sun. -- Lunar eclipses - are where the Earth obscures the Sun, from the Moon's point of view. The Moon moves through the shadow cast by the Earth. This can only happen at full moon. -- Solar eclipses - are where the Moon obscures the Sun, from the Earth's point of...

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