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Galactic Suite Vying For Google Lunar X Prize
2012-08-08 13:37:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Keeping their eyes on the prize, one team is attempting to win the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize to send a rover to the moon. Galactic Suite announced it has signed a launch service contract for a Chinese rocket that will carry its robot to the moon in June 2014. The Google Lunar X Prize is an incentive competition that challenges space professionals and engineers to build and launch a privately funded lunar rover that...

GRAIL Mission Complete, Powers Down Kicking Off New Mission In August
2012-05-30 13:24:46

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com NASA reports that its GRAIL mission has already completed its prime mission, ensuring the twin probes are able to extend their scientific endeavors. The GRAIL mission has gathered details about the internal structure and evolution of the Moon since it arrived at the lunar body back at the end of last year. The spacecraft have been operating around the clock for 89 days since March 8, collecting data covering the entire surface three times. GRAIL used...

Image 1 - LRO Reveals Moon Is Still Being Pulled Apart
2012-02-21 09:24:49

[ Watch the Video ] NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has revealed that the surface of the moon is actually being stretched. Researchers said the moon's surface is forming minute valleys in some small areas on the lunar surface. They believe this activity occurred less than 50 million years ago, making it recent activity when considering the moon is over 4.5 billion years old. The team studied high-resolution images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC)...

GRAIL Spacecraft Returns First Video
2012-02-02 11:34:44

[ Watch the Video ] NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission has returned its first unique view of the far side of the moon. The space agency said that in the video, the north pole of the moon is visible at the top of the screen as the spacecraft flies toward the lunar south pole. One prominent geological feature seen on the lower third of the moon is the mare Orientale, which is a 560-mile wide crater that lies on both the moon's near and far side. Towards...

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's LAMP Reveals Lunar Surface Features
2012-01-14 04:27:32

New maps produced by the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal features at the Moon's northern and southern poles in regions that lie in perpetual darkness. LAMP, developed by Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), uses a novel method to peer into these so-called permanently shadowed regions (PSRs), making visible the invisible. LAMP's principal investigator is Dr. Alan Stern, associate vice president of the SwRI Space Science and Engineering...

Grail Spacecraft Twins Reunite In Lunar Orbit
2012-01-02 04:30:05

The second of NASA's two Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft has successfully completed its planned main engine burn and is now in lunar orbit. Working together, GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B will study the moon as never before. "NASA greets the new year with a new mission of exploration," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "The twin GRAIL spacecraft will vastly expand our knowledge of our moon and the evolution of our own planet. We begin this year reminding people...

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2011-12-31 09:00:26

NASA's twin GRAIL satellites are expected to enter tandem orbits around the moon this weekend, beginning their mission to map its gravitational field and solve some of its mysteries. The first of the GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) vehicles, GRAIL-A, is currently scheduled to be put into orbit starting at 4:21pm EST on December 31, according to the official mission website. The second, GRAIL-B, will follow suit at 5:05pm EST on New Year's Day. "Our team may not get to...

LRO Provides High Resolution Global Topographic Map Of The Moon
2011-11-17 10:24:38

The science team that oversees the imaging system on board NASA´s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has released the highest resolution near-global topographic map of the moon ever created. This new topographic map, from Arizona State University in Tempe, shows the surface shape and features over nearly the entire moon with a pixel scale close to 100 meters (328 feet). A single measure of elevation (one pixel) is about the size of two football fields placed side-by-side. Although...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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