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2009-05-21 10:09:00

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsat Systems Canada Inc. (MSCI), formerly the Space Division of Dynacon Inc., announced today that the company has won a contract with the NASA Ames Research Center to provide engineering model Reaction Wheels for the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission. The main objective of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission will be to orbit the Moon and characterize the atmosphere and lunar dust...

2009-05-19 14:53:00

WASHINGTON, May 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will hold a briefing about two upcoming lunar missions scheduled to launch in June that will begin a journey to better understand the moon. A briefing with members of the mission and science teams will be held Thursday, May 21, at 4 p.m. EDT, in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW, in Washington. The briefing will air live on NASA Television and the agency's Web site. (Logo:...

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2009-05-19 15:15:00

NASA will hold a briefing about two upcoming lunar missions scheduled to launch in June that will begin a journey to better understand the moon. A briefing with members of the mission and science teams will be held Thursday, May 21, at 4 p.m. EDT, in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW, in Washington. The briefing will air live on NASA Television and the agency's Web site. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, focuses on the selection of safe...

2009-03-14 09:21:45

Early science results from the Kaguya, Chandrayaan-1 and Chang\'e-1lunar missions and the Venus Express spacecraft will highlight the 40thannual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference March 23-27 in Houston.The conference will include presentations on the latest findings from these missions and special sessions on the icy satellites of Jupiter and Saturn and the MESSENGER spacecraft\'s two flybys of Mercury last year. Exciting new results from a variety of planetary science disciplines also...

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2009-03-06 13:24:39

In an attempt to avoid falling behind in the Asian "space race," government reports showed on Friday that Japan is working toward putting a robot on the moon by 2020 and an astronaut by 2030, Reuters reported. Last year marked China's first space walk, and India launched its first unmanned moon mission. While China announced it eventually plans to put astronauts on the moon, no firm dates have yet been set, according to Beijing officials. The report said that Japan's first robot and astronaut...

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2009-03-02 06:30:00

On Sunday, China ended a 16-month lunar mission by intentionally crashing its probe into the moon. According to Xinhua News Agency, the Chang'e 1 lunar satellite collided with the moon mid-afternoon Beijing time. The Chang'e 1, which is named for the moon goddess, was under remote control by two observation stations in east China's Qingdao and Kashgar, a small city in northwest China. The lunar probe surveyed the surface of the moon using stereo radar. Originally launched in October 2007, the...

2009-03-01 21:44:23

China's first unmanned lunar probe reached the moon's surface Sunday, completing its 16-month mission, Chinese sources said. Sources with the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense did not say how fast the orbiter, called Chang'e-1 -- named for a legendary Chinese moon goddess -- was traveling at impact, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The orbiter sent its first full map of the moon's surface back to China one month after it was launched Oct....

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2009-02-25 15:45:00

For the first time, a spacecraft from Earth has captured hi-resolution images of a solar eclipse while orbiting another world. Japan's Kaguya lunar orbiter accomplished the feat on Feb. 9, 2009, when the Sun, Earth and Moon lined up in a nearly perfect row. From Kaguya's point of view, Earth moved in front of the Sun, producing an otherworldly "diamond-ring" eclipse. The sequence begins in complete darkness. At first, Kaguya couldn't see the eclipse because it was blocked by the lunar...

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2009-02-25 10:50:00

China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense will be taking contributions from qualified institutions, such as universities, to help build the nation's first lunar probe, which is expected to land on the moon by 2012, according to the Guangming Daily newspaper. Since becoming the third nation to put a man into space as of October 2003, China has continued to step up its efforts in space, which include plans to reach the moon. The country hopes to put...

2009-02-18 11:36:31

The U.S. space agency says its Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, known as LCROSS, is en route to Florida for a scheduled spring launch. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration satellite -- being moved from the Northrop Grumman Corp. facility in Redondo Beach, Calif., to the Kennedy Space Center -- will search for water ice on the moon in a permanently shadowed crater near one of the lunar poles. NASA said LCROSS is a low-cost, accelerated-development, companion mission...