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Mysterious Lunar Twilight Rays To Be Studied By NASA Mission
2013-09-04 11:25:34

[ Watch The Video - ScienceCasts: NASA Mission Seeks Lunar Air ] [ Watch The Video - NASA Ames Introduces LADEE Spacecraft Animation ] Science@NASA Back in the 60s and 70s, Apollo astronauts circling the Moon saw something that still puzzles researchers today. About 10 seconds before lunar sunrise or lunar sunset, pale luminous streamers would pop up over the gray horizon. These “twilight rays” were witnessed by crewmembers of Apollo 8, 10, 15 and 17. Back on Earth, we see...

China Enters New Territory With Lunar Lander, Scheduled For Launch This Year
2013-08-29 12:21:57

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online China announced on Wednesday that it will launch its first lunar lander, the Chang'e 3, by the end of the year. Named after the Chinese goddess of the moon, the upcoming Chang’e mission marks the next step in the Asian nation’s ambitious space program. "Chang'e-3 has officially entered its launch stage, following its research and manufacture period," said a government statement released to state media. "The mission will see a...

NASA Looks To Lasers For Deep Space Communications
2013-08-29 10:57:45

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Laser-based fiber optic technology may slowly be becoming the standard way to send digital communications here on Earth – but for deep-space transmissions, NASA and other space agencies have been relying on radio waves to send data and computer codes. That is expected to change when NASA initiates its Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) aboard the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission. The...

New Evidence Water On Moon
2013-08-27 14:35:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists writing in the journal Nature Geoscience say they have found potential evidence of water below the surface of our Moon. NASA-funded researchers, using data from the space agency's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, have detected magmatic water, or water that originates from deep within the lunar interior. This is the first time scientists have...

2013-08-27 12:20:58

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA-funded lunar research has yielded evidence of water locked in mineral grains on the surface of the moon from an unknown source deep beneath the surface. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Using data from NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists remotely detected magmatic water, or water that originates from deep...

Moon Could Be Cause Of Lack Of Sleep
2013-07-25 17:37:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tossing and turning throughout the night with no one to blame? Well, scientists writing in the journal Current Biology said maybe you should look up in the sky to see the culprit. Researchers have found some of the first scientific evidence to suggest that the moon could be to blame for lack of sleep. The findings add to evidence that humans respond to the geophysical rhythms of the moon, driven by a circalunar clock. "The lunar...

Moon Express Mission To Moon's South Pole
2013-07-19 16:04:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) and Moon Express have just announced not only the first private enterprise mission to the Moon but also the first mission to the Moon's South Pole. The mission will be exploring the Moon's South Pole for mineral resources and water. Lunar probes have provided evidence of mineral and volatile deposits in the Moon's southern polar region where energy and resources may be...

2013-07-18 20:20:20

The ILO and ILO-X lunar telescopes delivered by a Moon Express lander will pioneer a new frontier and open a new era of global space research and citizen science with access for educators and the general public to innovative space observation & communication technology on the Moon. KAMUELA, Hawaii and SILICON VALLEY, July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's first mission to the South Pole of the Moon was announced today by the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) and...

National Park On The Moon Proposed
2013-07-10 11:15:37

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two congresswomen have proposed legislation that would establish a US national park about 240,000 miles outside of America's borders - on the moon. Representatives Donna Edwards of Maryland and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas have co-authored the bill HR 2617, or the Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act, that would essentially establish a national park around American landing sites on the moon. According to a statement released by...


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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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