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Image-based Navigation Could Help Spacecraft Safely Land On The Moon

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IM-1 set to land on the Moon in the fourth quarter of 2021. Image Credit: Intuitive Machines

In order for future lunar exploration missions to be successful and land more precisely, engineers must equip spacecraft with technologies that allow them to "see" where they are and travel to where they need to be.


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Supercomputer Simulations Could Unlock Mystery of the Moon's Formation

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Moon's formation

Astronomers have taken a step towards understanding how the Moon might have formed out of a giant collision between the early Earth and another massive object 4.5 billion years ago.

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New Data Confirm 2020 SO to Be the Upper Centaur Rocket Booster From the 1960's

New Data Confirm 2020 SO to Be the Upper Centaur Rocket Booster From the 1960's

An object, discovered in September by astronomers searching for near-Earth asteroids, garnered interest in the planetary science community due to its size and unusual orbit.


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Turning Moon Dust Into Oxygen

Turning Moon Dust Into Oxygen

British engineers are fine-tuning a process that will be used to extract oxygen from lunar dust, leaving behind metal powders that could be 3D printed into construction materials for a Moon base.


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Growing Interest in Moon Resources Could Cause Tension

Growing Interest in Moon Resources Could Cause Tension

An international team of scientists led by the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, has identified a problem with the growing interest in extractable resources on the moon: there aren't enough of them to go around.


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New Mineral Discovered In A Lunar Meteorite

New Mineral Discovered In A Lunar Meteorite

A team of European researchers discovered a new high-pressure mineral in the lunar meteorite Oued Awlitis 001, named donwilhelmsite [CaAl4Si2O11].


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Small Water Ice Reservoirs Dot the Lunar Surface

Small Water Ice Reservoirs Dot the Lunar Surface

Small shadowed cold traps scattered across the lunar polar regions could contain up to 20 percent of the frozen water on the Moon, making accessing water sources easier for lunar visitors.


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Automated Technology Allows Unparalleled Space Exploration from Moon, to Asteroids, and Beyond

Automated Technology Allows Unparalleled Space Exploration from Moon, to Asteroids, and Beyond

When landing Apollo 11 in 1969, astronauts looked out the window for distinguishing features that they recognized from maps of the Moon and were able to steer the lander to avoid a disastrous touchdown on top of a rocky area.


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Earth And The Moon Once Shared A Magnetic Shield

Earth And The Moon Once Shared A Magnetic Shield

Four-and-a-half billion years ago, Earth's surface was a menacing, hot mess. Long before the emergence of life, temperatures were scorching, and the air was toxic.


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Moon's Magnetic Crust Research Sees Scientists Debunk Long-held Theory

Moon's Magnetic Crust Research Sees Scientists Debunk Long-held Theory

New international research into the Moon provides scientists with insights as to how and why its crust is magnetised, essentially 'debunking' one of the previous longstanding theories.


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MSolo Prepared For Flight To The Moon

MSolo Prepared For Flight To The Moon

Engineers and technicians at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida install the radiator for the Mass Spectrometer Observing Lunar Operations (MSolo) instrument inside the Space Station Processing Facility on Sept. 25, 2020.


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Planet Collision Simulations Give Clues To Atmospheric Loss From Moon's Origin

Planet Collision Simulations Give Clues To Atmospheric Loss From Moon's Origin

Earth could have lost anywhere between ten and 60 per cent of its atmosphere in the collision that is thought to have formed the Moon.


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How Intense And Dangerous Is Cosmic Radiation On The Moon?

How Intense And Dangerous Is Cosmic Radiation On The Moon?

The Chang'e-4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the Moon on 3 January 2019, with a German instrument for measuring space radiation on board.


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New Evidence That Two Planets Collided To Form The Moon

New Evidence That Two Planets Collided To Form The Moon

"There's a huge difference between the modern elemental makeup of the Earth and Moon and we wanted to know why," said NASA planetary scientist Justin Simon. "Now, we know that the Moon was very different from the start, and it's probably because of the 'Giant Impact' theory."


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The Moon Is Rusting, and Researchers Want to Know Why

The Moon Is Rusting, and Researchers Want to Know Why

Mars has long been known for its rust. Iron on its surface, combined with water and oxygen from the ancient past, give the Red Planet its hue. But scientists were recently surprised to find evidence that our airless Moon has rust on it as well.


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A Dustbuster For The Moon

A Dustbuster For The Moon

A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder is pioneering a new solution to the problem of spring cleaning on the moon: Why not zap away the grime using a beam of electrons?



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