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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...

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2009-02-12 13:35:00

The most detailed map of the Moon ever created has revealed never-before-seen craters at the lunar poles. The map is also revealing secrets about the Moon's interior -- and hinting about Mars's interior as well. C.K. Shum, professor of earth sciences at Ohio State University, is part of the international research team that published the map in the February 13 issue of the journal Science. "The surface can tell us a lot about what's happening inside the Moon, but until now mapping has been...

2009-02-11 12:35:34

The U.S. space agency's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was en route Wednesday to the Kennedy Space Center for a scheduled April 24 launch. The spacecraft was built by engineers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., where it recently completed two months of tests in a thermal vacuum chamber, exposed to the extremely high and low temperatures it will experience as it orbits the moon. The satellite's mission is one of the first steps...

2009-02-02 13:20:09

The U.S. space agency says it has selected four teams to observe the impact of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. The satellite is part of a small companion mission to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., this spring. Instruments aboard the satellite are designed to search for evidence of water ice on the moon as the spacecraft collides with a permanently shadowed crater near one of the moon's poles. The resulting debris plumes from...

2008-12-22 12:26:00

GREENBELT, Md., Dec. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing, which simulates the extreme hot, cold and airless conditions of space LRO will experience after launch. This milestone concludes the orbiter's environmental test program at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The orbiter will carry seven instruments to provide...

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2008-12-22 12:10:00

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing, which simulates the extreme hot, cold and airless conditions of space LRO will experience after launch. This milestone concludes the orbiter's environmental test program at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The orbiter will carry seven instruments to provide scientists with detailed maps of the lunar surface and increase our understanding of the moon's topography, lighting...

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2008-12-17 08:45:00

A Google backed initiative to land a privately operated spacecraft on the moon and transmit back to Earth, announced two international teams that will be competing for a $30 million prize. There are 16 total teams that plan to take part in the Google Lunar X PRIZE.  The teams must land a vehicle on the Moon, travel 500 meters, and transmit a "Mooncast" back to Earth. Google announced a new Europe based team called "Eurolina". Palle Haastrup will lead the team; he is a founding member and...

2008-08-23 00:00:11

By Srinivas Laxman MUMBAI: Preparing to its first unmanned mission to moon, Chandrayaan-1, between October and December, India joined seven other nations to team up with Nasa for the future exploration of earth's only satellite. Confirming this, Isro spokesperson S Satish told TOI that a key pact was signed at a conference of International Lunar Users' Group at Nasa's Ames Research Centre last month. India was represented by Devi Prasad Karnik, space counsellor attached to the Indian...

2008-08-19 09:00:56

Partial elipse to test China's lunar probe TIANJIN, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- China's first lunar probe satellite, Chang'e 1, will have its solar energy supply tested on Sunday, when the earth eclipses the sun. This will be the satellite's second such challenge this year, after it successfully ran on battery power for two hours during a full eclipse on Feb. 21. Sunday's eclipse would occur between 3:35 a.m. and 6:44 a.m., when the satellite would be hidden from the solar rays and switch to...

2008-08-19 09:00:00

China's solar-powered lunar probe satellite Chang'e 1 stood the test of a partial eclipse on Sunday as scientists altered its orbit and temporarily turning off some facilities. Based on the signals sent by the satellite after the eclipse, the Chang'e 1 was operating as expected, Monday's Beijing News quoted Liu Junze, of the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC), as saying. The ground control center changed the orbit of the satellite to shorten the time it was out of direct sunlight to...


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