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China Suffers Huge Setback With Satellite Launch Failure
2013-12-09 14:11:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online China’s space program was dealt another setback on Monday when it lost a $250 million Earth observation satellite just days after successfully launching its first lunar rover. The satellite, developed by China and Brazil, was lost when a Long March 4B rocket failed to put the spacecraft into its proper orbit. "The rocket malfunctioned during the flight, and the satellite failed to enter orbit," sources told the state-owned Xinhua...

MOON EXPRESS, INC. SPACECRAFT
2013-12-06 11:03:21

[ Watch the Video: Commercial Lunar Landing Planned For 2015 ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The privately-held company Moon Express has revealed the small exploratory craft it has scheduled to land on the Moon by 2015, which would mark the first American landing on the lunar surface since 1972. Debuted at the Autodesk University show in Las Vegas on Thursday evening, Moon Express’ MX-1 craft is about the size of a coffee table, meaning it isn’t large...

LADEE Instruments Pass Preliminary Checks And Now Ready For Science
2013-12-04 09:41:51

NASA Now in orbit around the moon, NASA's newest lunar mission has completed the commissioning phase, and its science instruments have passed their preliminary checks. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), launched Sept. 6, 2013, carries three science instruments designed to gather detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere and determine whether dust is being lofted into the lunar sky. A thorough understanding of these...

2013-12-02 23:25:10

Following the launch of Chang’e-3 lunar probe, the Camera Pointing System jointly developed by researchers of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and China Academy of Space Technology is now getting closer for landing on the moon’s surface. (PRWEB) December 02, 2013 Following the launch of Chang’e-3 lunar probe in Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, the Camera Pointing System jointly developed by researchers of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and China Academy of Space...

China's Lunar Mission Lifts Off
2013-12-02 04:19:28

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online China’s first lunar rover mission is underway, as the rocket carrying the six-wheeled robot known as Yutu lifted-off from Xichang at 01:30 Monday morning local time, various media outlets have reported. Live pictures of the launch of the Long March 3B rocket carrying the rover were shown on state television, according to BBC News Science Editor Paul Rincon. The spacecraft should land in the Moon’s northern hemisphere in mid...

Japanese Firm Wants To Build 'Solar Belt' Around Moon's Equator
2013-11-29 14:30:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A Japanese civil engineering and construction firm is planning to install a “solar belt” around the moon’s equator to turn it into a giant solar panel. Shimizu says it plans on building this giant solar panel station, known as Luna Ring, by using remote-controlled robots. Luna Ring would run about 6,800 miles around the Moon’s equator and will be about 248 miles wide. Solar energy collected by Luna Ring would be converted...

NASA Project Looks To Grow Turnips And Basil On The Moon
2013-11-29 13:09:16

[ Watch the Video: NASA Aims For Future Lunar Farming Experiment ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA is planning to take its exploration of the moon to a new level by sowing the first seeds on the lunar surface by 2015. The space agency said it plans to develop a very simple sealed growth chamber that can support germination over a five to 10 day period in a spacecraft on the moon. “If we send plants and they thrive, then we probably can. Thriving plants are...


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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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Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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