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China's Jade Rabbit Lunar Rover Reawakens After Short Hibernation
2014-02-14 14:51:58

[ Watch the Video: Jade Rabbit Lunar Rover Wakes Up ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a dramatic, albeit premature eulogy, China’s lunar rover has sprung back to life like a zombie from The Walking Dead. In January, technical difficulties forced the rover, dubbed Jade Rabbit, into a hibernation period from which many said it may never emerge. "The Jade Rabbit went into sleep under an abnormal status," explained China’s space program spokesperson Pei...

NASA's LADEE Sends Its First Lunar Images Back To Earth
2014-02-14 11:28:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory has sent its first images of the moon back to Earth. LADEE uses its star tracker instrument to help calibrate itself and determine its orientation in space. These images represent the first time that NASA officials have commanded LADEE to send images back to Earth. "Star tracker cameras are actually not very good at taking ordinary images," Butler Hine, LADEE...

Lunar Eclipse Makes Laser Ranging More Accurate
2014-02-12 07:28:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The full moon has long been linked to strange events and even stranger behavior, even though careful scrutiny has dispelled any association, according to Susan Brown of UC San Diego. So when scientists bounced signals off the lunar surface on full moon nights and only received faint echoes in return, they went looking for an explanation based in reason, not superstition. The most compelling evidence, though, arrived during another event...

Picture Of NASA's LADEE Spacecraft Taken By NASA's LRO
2014-01-30 07:23:56

Nancy Neal-Jones - NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. With precise timing, the camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was able to take a picture of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft as it orbited our nearest celestial neighbor. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) operations team worked with its LADEE and LRO operations counterparts to make the imaging possible. LADEE is in an equatorial orbit...

Jade Rabbit Moon Rover In Trouble
2014-01-27 05:13:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online China's Jade Rabbit Moon rover experienced a "mechanical control abnormality," according to BBC China, and is currently in trouble. Xinhua news agency reports that the problems are due to the moon's "complicated lunar surface environment." In the first "soft" landing on the Moon since 1976, Jade Rabbit arrived in December 2013 as part of China's Chang'e-3 mission and was expected to operate around 3 months. Jade Rabbit, also...

2014-01-23 23:21:04

The 4th International Workshop on Lunar and Planetary Compact and Cryogenic Science and Technology Applications (LSA 4) will be held April 8-11, 2014 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The event is designed to be a crossroads for scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs focused on current Lunar missions. New York, NY (PRWEB) January 23, 2014 Flexure Engineering, sponsor of LSA 4 as part of a series of workshops furthering Lunar and space exploration, announced the...

2014-01-21 08:20:11

Student team vows: We will be First to the Moon UNIVERSITY PARK, Penn., Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Penn State's Lunar Lion team, the only university-led team in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, will go live with a crowdfunding campaign on RocketHub. The goal: to raise $406,536 toward the design and build of a prototype of its Lunar Lion moon lander that will land on the Moon by December 2015--the deadline for Google's Lunar XPRIZE. The campaign will run from January 20...

Hungarian Team Taking Big Steps For Google Lunar XPRIZE
2014-01-15 13:33:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A Hungarian team competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE has completed a successful simulation of its rover mission. The Google Lunar XPRIZE is offering $40 million to the first private company that is able to land safely on the surface of the Moon. The competition also requires the rover to travel 1,600 feet above, below or on the Lunar surface, as well as send two videos or photos back to Earth. Team Puli said that during its...

NASA CRaTER Radio Sounds Of Space
2014-01-10 10:11:26

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new NASA-backed Internet radio station from the moon may not have Miley Cyrus on its playlist or give away free concert tickets to the seventh caller, but scientists from the space agency are expecting it to be a hit with astrophysicists. The CRaTER Live Internet Radio Station takes cosmic radiation data on a live stream from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and converts it into a constant flow of soothing cosmic music. The...

January 2014 To Host Two Supermoons
2013-12-30 06:34:56

[ Watch the Video: Two Supermoons Expected In January 2014 ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online Astronomy enthusiasts will be able to ring in the new year with a January 1 supermoon – one of two that will occur during the first month of 2014, and the first of five that will take place before the end of the calendar year. The second supermoon will occur on January 30, according to Bruce McClure of Earthsky. However, the moon will be at the new phase on...


Latest Moon Reference Libraries

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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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