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Lunar Eclipse Makes Laser Ranging More Accurate
2014-02-12 07:28:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The full moon has long been linked to strange events and even stranger behavior, even though careful scrutiny has dispelled any association, according to Susan Brown of UC San Diego. So when scientists bounced signals off the lunar surface on full moon nights and only received faint echoes in return, they went looking for an explanation based in reason, not superstition. The most compelling evidence, though, arrived during another event...

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2010-06-03 15:14:27

A Soviet robot lost on the dusty plains of the Moon for the past 40 years has been found again, and it is returning surprisingly strong laser pulses to Earth. "We shined a laser on Lunokhod 1's position, and we were stunned by the power of the reflection," says Tom Murphy of UC San Diego, who leads the research team that's putting the old robot back to work. "Lunokhod 1 is talking to us loudly and clearly." Almost forgotten in the lore of the Apollo-era space race, Lunokhod 1 was one of the...

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2010-04-28 09:45:00

Using information provided by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) instrument teams, researchers at the University of California San Diego successfully pinpointed the location of a long lost light reflector on the lunar surface by bouncing laser signals from Earth to the Russian Lunokhod 1 retroreflector. The initial imaging of the two Russian rovers, Lunokhod 1 and 2 were made earlier this year by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team, led by Mark Robinson from Arizona...

2010-04-26 15:29:00

GREENBELT, Md., April 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using information provided by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) instrument teams, researchers at the University of California San Diego have successfully pinpointed the location of a long lost light reflector left on the lunar surface by bouncing laser signals from Earth to the Russian Lunokhod 1 retroreflector. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The initial imaging of the two Russian rovers, Lunokhod...

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2010-04-14 15:47:17

Light bounced off reflectors on the moon is fainter than expected and mysteriously dims even more whenever the moon is full. Astronomers think dust is a likely culprit, they report in a forthcoming issue of the journal Icarus. "Near full moon, the strength of the returning light decreases by a factor of ten," said first author Tom Murphy, associate professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego who leads an effort to precisely measure the distance from earth to moon by timing...

2009-08-18 16:34:00

ATLANTA, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- - Bit9's Chief Strategist, Tom Murphy, will speak at the United States Computer Readiness Teams' 5th Annual GFIRST National Conference on August 27 in Atlanta. The conference will include an in-depth analysis of the Five Pillars of Cyber Security and focus on providing a framework for securing information systems by identifying the core components of incident management. Murphy will participate in the 'Mitigation' pillar with a presentation entitled,...


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