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Landsat Looks To The Moon For Calibration
2014-07-14 03:12:07

[ Watch The Video: Landsat Looks To The Moon] Kate Ramsayer, NASA Every full moon, Landsat 8 turns its back on Earth. As the satellite’s orbit takes it to the nighttime side of the planet, Landsat 8 pivots to point at the moon. It scans the distant lunar surface multiple times, then flips back around to continue its task of collecting land-cover information of the sunny side of Earth below. These monthly lunar scans are key to ensuring the land-imaging instrument aboard...

Dark Side Of The Moon Is Final Resting Place For NASA's LADEE Probe
2014-04-18 09:01:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After dutifully carrying out its mission, NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) probe crashed into the surface of the Moon on Thursday at an extremely high rate of speed – a planned impact designed to gather information on high speed lunar impacts. NASA said vending machine-sized LADEE slammed into the back of the Moon at a speed of around 3,600 miles per hour – around triple the speed of a bullet shot out...

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...

Scientists Examine New Methods For Powering Moon Missions
2013-12-20 16:25:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online A new system to produce electricity on the Moon at night would rule out the need for batteries and nuclear power sources for future lunar missions. An international collaboration of scientists has developed a new concept for providing electricity on the Moon. A lunar night can last about 14 days, during which temperatures can reach to as lows as -238 degrees Fahrenheit. The team proposed that a system of mirrors, processed lunar...

NASA Orbiter To Begin Collecting Atmospheric Data After Lunar Arrival
2013-11-22 10:05:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) successfully entered orbit around the moon’s equator earlier this week and is now set to begin collecting atmospheric data, the US space agency has announced. The spacecraft, which enjoyed a successful launch from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia over two months ago, entered its planned orbit around the moon’s equator on Wednesday. It now orbits the moon...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'