All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Lunar’

Moon Craters Mapped by Amateurs as Well as the Pros

CosmoQuest, a collective of amateur astronomers that identify and map craters on various space objects, including the moon, has gotten so adept in their studies that their data has been used in scientific research and at times published. Stuart Robbins, a research scientist at the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics who led a comparative study between …

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Partial Lunar Eclipse Occurring Friday

There will be a partial lunar eclipse on Friday, October 18, though it maybe be a bit tricky to view from the vantage of North America. The eclipse will be at maximum at 7:50 p.m. EDT, as viewed from the Western Hemisphere. Tomorrow’s event will be a penumbral lunar eclipse, which occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s penumbra. …

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Mona Lisa Beamed to the Moon by NASA

This week NASA announced it has beamed an image of the Mona Lisa to a satellite orbiting the moon. The image treveled almost 240,000 miles from the Next Generation Satellite Laser Ranging (NGSLR) station at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter orbiting the moon. The transmission was a test of laser communication with the lunar satellite. …

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NASA Probes Smash Into Moon Mountain as Planned

NASA’s GRAIL project spacecrafts, Ebb and Flow, crash-landed on the surface of the moon yesterday afternoon. The impact had been pre-planned, and occurred as predicted at 5:28 pm December 17, 2012. The landing site has been named in honor of Sally Ride, the first U.S. woman in space and a member of the GRAIL mission team. “Sally was all about …

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NASA Probes Prepare to Slam Into the Moon

NASA‘s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) probes today completed a burn that irreversibly altered their orbit and have begun skimming the surface of the moon. Over the weekend, the probes, named Ebb and Flow, will orbit ever closer to the surface of the moon. On Monday, December 17, at around 5:28 pm EST the probes will slam into the …

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NASA to Crash GRAIL Probes Into the Moon

NASA this week detailed its plans to crash two lunar-orbiting probes into the moon next week. On Monday, December 17 at 5:28 p.m., the probes, named Ebb and Flow, are part the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) project. They will descend and impact a lunar mountain near the moon’s north pole. The crash-landing is purposeful, as the probes’ low …

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NASA’s Curiosity Mission Only 40 Days Till Touchdown

The Curiosity mission is now only 40 days away from touchdown, or complete destruction. The highly risky landing of the Curiosity probe is why this mission is so exciting. Oh, and the fact that the rover’s main mission is to search for bacteria on the surface of Mars. Thats right, this rover is going to look for life with todays …

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NASA Releases New Photo From Apollo 17

In December of 1972, Apollo 17 left the moons surface and to this date no human has been back to step foot on the lunar surface. Moves have been made in the last few years to solve this problem with things going as far as Newt Gingrich calling for a permanent colony on the moon by the year 2020. After …

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