All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Moon’

Asteroid 1998 QE2 Has Its Own Moon, Will Pass ‘Close’ to Earth

While NASA promises us the latest asteroid to pass close to our planet is no threat, the fact that a moon was discovered in rotation around Asteroid 1998 QE2, does give us an idea of just how big the traveling asteroid really is. According to a report from Space.com, 1998 QE2 is about 1.7 miles across and the rock caught …

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Here’s Video of the Biggest and Brightest Explosion on the Moon That NASA’s Ever Seen

Two months ago, NASA observed the largest explosion on the Moon that they’ve ever seen. And today, they’re talking about it and have released a cool video that shows the event as it took place. The explosion was caused by a meteorite, 0.3 to 0.4 meters wide, weighing in at about 40 kilograms. When it hit the moon, it was …

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The Moon Landing Wasn’t Faked, But Here’s Another Reason Why

There are still people out there who believe that the 1969 Moon landing was a hoax, perpetrated by the U.S. government and that everyone involved has successfully kept that fact from being exposed and proven for over 40 years. If you believe this, feel free to express those feelings to Buzz Aldrin. Anyway, it’s garbage. But it’s always nice to …

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Mapping The Moon And Mars Discussed At Google

Google put up a new At Google talk with Ross Beyer from the Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute and Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA Ames Research Center, who discusses making maps to explore the Earth, the Moon and Mars. “High-quality planetary maps and 3D terrain models have become essential for NASA to plan exploration missions and conduct science,” …

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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 Brushes Off Its Apollo Dust Data

It’s been 40 years since the last Apollo mission, and this week NASA announced that findings from those missions continue to provide researchers with new insights into the the moon. Scientists at the National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC), NASA’s archive for space science mission data, are currently restoring data from Apollo 14 and Apollo 15 dust detectors. “This is …

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Moon is Battered, Reveals New Gravity Map

A new gravity map of Earth’s moon shows a record of billions of years of impacts on its surface. The new map, generated by NASA‘s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, is now the highest resolution gravity field map of any celestial body. It will allow scientists to learn about the internal structure of the moon, its tectonic structures, …

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NASA TV Replays Kennedy’s Moon Speech Exactly 50 Years Later

NASA is set to relive history as it happened today, and they want you to come along for the ride. At exactly 11:15 am ET, NASA TV will ait a high quality stream of President Kennedy’s famous 1962 “Moon speech,” exactly 50 years after it happened – to the day and to the minute. NASA says that the video will …

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Neil Armstrong Funeral Pays Tribute to the First Man on the Moon

The funeral for the first human to set foot on the moon was held this week, and a memorial service was held today to honor his life and achievements. Neil Armstrong died at age 82 last week, reminding the U.S. and the world of the remarkable achievement that was the Apollo 11 moon landing. Armstrong was the commander of the …

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