Archive for the ‘Moon’ Category

Russia to Send Manned Mission to Moon by 2030

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Russia is planning to send a manned mission to the moon by 2030, Russian space agency Roscosmos said on its website on Friday.

Dazzling satellite views of vast Moon crater

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), overseen by ASU professor Mark Robinson, has been busy taking high resolution photos of the Moon’s surface. Most recently, LROC captured stunning photos of the Moon’s enormous Aristarchus crater. Wired Science reporter and freelance journalist Adam Mann posted a story on Wired’s website today about this crater, which is two times as deep as the Grand Canyon.

NASA’s Twin Grail Spacecraft Reunite in Lunar Orbit

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

The second of NASA’s two Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft has successfully completed its planned main engine burn and is now in lunar orbit. Working together, GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B will study the moon as never before.

NASA prepares for moon tourism

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

“Looting, that would be pretty bad,” says archaeologist Beth O’Leary of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Looting is the bane of archaeological sites and O’Leary has spearheaded efforts to declare moon landing sites as historic preserves or national parks, seeking to head off similar depredations before before tourists leave Earth for the moon. “I put landing people on the moon up there with creating fire as a technological achievement.”

Will Russia end its curse at Mars?

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

The Russian space agency Roscosmos marked Halloween by publishing a photo essay of preparation work on Phobos-Grunt, the Mars probe set to launch from Baikonur on Wednesday. Although the timing was likely coincidental, the symbolism was rich. Mars has been a house of horrors for the Russian and Soviet space programs for the past 50 years.

Moons like Earth’s could be more common than we thought

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

About one in 10 rocky planets around stars like our Sun may host a moon proportionally as large as Earth’s, researchers say.
Our Moon is disproportionately large – more than a quarter of Earth’s diameter – a situation once thought to be rare.

NASA-Funded Scientists Make Lunar Watershed Discovery

Friday, May 27th, 2011

A team of NASA-funded researchers has measured for the first time water from the moon in the form of tiny globules of molten rock, which have turned to glass-like material trapped within crystals. Data from these newly-discovered lunar melt inclusions indicate the water content of lunar magma is 100 times higher than previous studies suggested.

Apollo 17 moon rocks are surprisingly wet

Friday, May 27th, 2011

The moon is not exactly the shrivelled prune of a satellite we once thought. Beneath its dusty surface there is water – quite a lot of it. A recent analysis of lunar rocks reveals that they have the same concentration of water as the Earth’s upper mantle, the layer of near-molten rock just beneath the crust. The findings leave traditional thinking about how the moon formed in deep water.

Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriation Act restricts NASA’s collaboration with Chinese scientists, may limit UCLA studies of the moon

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

UCLA lunar researchers were planning on collaborating with Chinese scientists this summer to better understand the moon’s temperature, but a recent congressional act might stand in the way.

Moon’s Rough ‘Wrinkles’ Reveal Clues to its Past

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Written on the moon’s weary face are the damages it has endured for the past 4-1/2 billion years. From impact craters to the dark plains of maria left behind by volcanic eruptions, the scars are all that remain to tell the tale of what happened to the moon. But they only hint at the processes that once acted—and act today—to shape the surface.

NASA Sun-Watching Probe Sees Moon Mountains

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

When NASA launched the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in February 2010, engineers placed it in what’s called a geosynchronous orbit over Earth.
The idea is that the craft circles our planet at the same speed as Earth’s rotation about its axis. To an observer on the planet’s surface, the satellite seems to return to the same place in the sky at exactly the same time every day.


Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Engineers think there’s a better way to explore the moon or Mars than stationary landers or slow-moving rovers — hopping robots that can leap over boulders, land inside pits and survey tall peaks.

Nations and Companies Vie in New Moon Race

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Space Farms Could Mine Minerals From Moon Dirt This illustration shows a lush green land on the moon inside a crater covered by a dome to protect and feed lunar astronauts while siphoning elements from the moon’s regolith.

UT scientists discover source of lunar water

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

UT researchers have recently uncovered the probable source of water deposits left on the lunar surface.
Lawrence Taylor, professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science, has already achieved great acclaim in the scientific community, proving the existence of abundant water deposits on the Moon. His new findings indicate that some of this water originated from various comets’ collision with the moon.

Exploring Our Relationship With the Lonely Moon

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

The Moon is Earth’s only satellite, a quarter of its size, moving around our home planet in cold and lifeless isolation, in an orbit that increases an inch and a half a year.


Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

“The Dark Side of the Moon” made a memorable album title for the rock group Pink Floyd in 1973. But the term is a common misnomer. The moon rotates like Earth, but so slowly it keeps one side facing Earth though synchronous rotation. When we have new moon on Earth, the lunar far side is fully illuminated; there is no “dark side.”

NASA Probe Maps Moon in Unprecedented Detail

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

A NASA lunar probe’s meticulous observations are allowing scientists to create the most precise and complete map of the moon’s surface to date, researchers said.

China unveils photos of moon

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

China on Monday unveiled photos taken by its lunar probe of the moon’s Sinus Iridium, the area marked out for the nation’s first landing, highlighting the success of the mission so far.

New rock type found on moon

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

For the first time in decades, astronomers have identified a new rock type on the moon. Tucked away on the lunar farside, unseen until a space probe spotted its odd mineralogy, are a few deposits of what is probably ancient material that originated deep inside the moon.

Manned flight around Moon considered

Monday, October 11th, 2010

The possibility of using the space station as a launching point to fly a manned mission around the Moon is to be studied by the station partners.
Letters discussing the concept have been exchanged between the Russian, European and US space agencies.