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2009-09-29 11:40:00

China on Monday reported the completion of its three-dimensional map of the moon's surface. The move represents another step in China's eventual goal of putting a man on the surface of the moon. In 2003, China became the first nation to send an astronaut into space. Since then, it has created the goal of launching an unmanned rover to the lunar surface by 2012 and a manned mission to the moon by 2020. China said it used data from the Chang'e 1, the nation's first lunar probe, launched in...

2009-09-17 13:46:13

NASA reported Thursday that its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has successfully completed its testing and calibration phase and entered its mapping orbit of the moon. The spacecraft already has made significant progress toward creating the most detailed atlas of the moon's south pole to date. Scientists released preliminary images and data from LRO's seven instruments. "The LRO mission already has begun to give us new data that will lead to a vastly improved atlas of the lunar south...

2009-09-17 13:43:43

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), launched on June 18 of this year, has begun its extensive exploration of the lunar environment and will return more data about the Moon than any previous mission. The Lyman-Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP), developed by Southwest Research Institute, is an integral part of the LRO science investigation. LAMP uses a novel method to peer into the perpetual darkness of the Moon's so-called permanently shadowed regions. LAMP "sees" the Moon's surface using...

2009-09-11 13:25:29

NASA has selected a final destination for its Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, after a journey of nearly 5.6 million miles that included several orbits around Earth and the moon. The mission team announced Wednesday that Cabeus A will be the target crater for the LCROSS dual impacts scheduled for 7:30 a.m. EDT on Oct. 9, 2009. The crater was selected after an extensive review as the optimal location for LCROSS' evaluation of whether water ice exists at the lunar...

2009-08-12 09:10:00

Germany is making plans for its unmanned lunar mission which will begin around 2015, a senior German government official said on Wednesday. Economy Ministry State Secretary Peter Hintze said it would be possible to have a German moon landing "within the next decade, around 2015," in an interview with ZDF television. He also encouraged cooperation with other European countries and the United States. The venture is expected to rack up $2.12 billion over five years and could encourage the...

2009-07-27 09:00:00

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 27, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Sensing technology developed by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) for the U.S. Navy's miniaturized radio frequency system has begun its one-year mission to determine whether the polar regions of the moon contain ice. Launched aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter June 18 and activated July 8, the system, known as Mini-RF, will take high-resolution radar imagery of permanently shaded regions of the moon to attempt to detect ice in areas...

2009-07-16 15:20:00

A British company said it had assembled a dream team to help it capture the Google Lunar X prize, a $30 million award offered to moon-bound entrepreneurs. Odyssey Moon Limited said Thursday it would be joined by Near Earth LLC, an investment bank that specializes in satellites and telecommunications, WPP Group, a marketing company, Aon International Space Brokers, an insurance company specializing in covering risks beyond the stratosphere, and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, a...

2009-06-29 07:30:00

Comprehensive imagery data from onboard cameras providing deeper understanding of the moon and its environment to be copied to CloudNAS-based solution SAN DIEGO, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- An Atlas V 401 rocket carrying two lunar satellites launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 5:32 p.m. EDT on June 18th in what is being described as America's first step to the lasting return to the moon. One of the satellites, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), will begin to...

2009-06-23 09:29:22

The U.S. space agency says its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter entered a lunar orbit at 6:27 a.m. EDT Tuesday. NASA engineers at the Goddard Space Flight Center had to perform a mid-course correction to correctly position the LRO to reach its insertion point. Lunar orbit insertion is a crucial milestone for the mission, said Cathy Peddie, LRO deputy project manager at Goddard. The LRO mission cannot begin until the moon captures us. Once we enter the moon's orbit, we can begin to (build) the...

2009-06-23 06:34:00

GREENBELT, Md., June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After a four and a half day journey from the Earth, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has successfully entered orbit around the moon. Engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., confirmed the spacecraft's lunar orbit insertion at 6:27 a.m. EDT Tuesday. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) During transit to the moon, engineers performed a mid-course correction to get the spacecraft...

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The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.