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Exotic Mix In China's Delivery Of Moon Rocks

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Mars Imaged by Hubble

On 16 December 2020 the Chang'e-5 mission, China's first sample return mission to the Moon, successfully delivered to Earth nearly two kilograms of rocky fragments and dust from our celestial companion.


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Peering Into The Moon's Shadows With AI

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Copernicus Detail

Permanently shadowed lunar craters contain water ice, but are difficult to image. A machine learning algorithm now provides sharper images.

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Moon's Tycho Crater Revealed In Intricate Detail

Moon's Tycho Crater Revealed In Intricate Detail

The National Science Foundation's Green Bank Observatory (GBO) and National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), and Raytheon Intelligence & Space (RI&S) have released a new high-resolution image of the Moon, the highest-ever taken from the ground using new radar technology on the Green Bank Telescope (GBT).


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VIPER Rover To Land Near Nobile Region of Moon's South Pole

VIPER Rover To Land Near Nobile Region of Moon's South Pole

In 2023, NASA's Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) will land near the western edge of the Nobile Crater at the Moon's South Pole to map and explore the region's surface and subsurface for water and other resources.


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International Astronomical Union Names Lunar Crater After Arctic Explorer Matthew Henson

International Astronomical Union Names Lunar Crater After Arctic Explorer Matthew Henson

The International Astronomical Union has named a lunar crater--the "Henson Crater"-- after Dr. Matthew Alexander Henson, an extraordinary explorer who journeyed to Earth's North Pole.


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Ballistic Air Guns and Mock Moon Rocks Aid in Search for Durable Space Fabrics

Ballistic Air Guns and Mock Moon Rocks Aid in Search for Durable Space Fabrics

The surface of the Moon is a harsh environment with no air, low gravity, dust, and micrometeorites--tiny rocks or metal particles--flying faster than 22,000 mph.


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Researchers Enlist Robot Swarms To Mine Lunar Resources

Researchers Enlist Robot Swarms To Mine Lunar Resources

With scientists beginning to more seriously consider constructing bases on celestial bodies such as the moon, the idea of space mining is growing in popularity.


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Evidence Of Solar-driven Change On The Moon

Evidence Of Solar-driven Change On The Moon

Tiny iron nanoparticles unlike any found naturally on Earth are nearly everywhere on the Moon--and scientists are trying to understand why.


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Oxygen And Metal Powder Extracted From Moonrocks

Oxygen And Metal Powder Extracted From Moonrocks

British engineers who are perfecting a technique for transforming moondust into oxygen have made a breakthrough that could shape the future of space exploration.


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CAPSTONE's CubeSat Prepares For Lunar Flight

CAPSTONE's CubeSat Prepares For Lunar Flight

Small spacecraft will play a big role in lunar exploration, including a Moon-bound CubeSat launching later this year.


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NASA Identifies Likely Locations of the Early Molten Moon's Deep Secrets

NASA Identifies Likely Locations of the Early Molten Moon's Deep Secrets

Shortly after it formed, the Moon was covered in a global ocean of molten rock (magma). As the magma ocean cooled and solidified, dense minerals sank to form the mantle layer, while less-dense minerals floated to form the surface crust.


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The Importance of Surface Shadows In The Moon Water Puzzle

The Importance of Surface Shadows In The Moon Water Puzzle

Scientists are confident that water ice can be found at the Moon's poles inside permanently shadowed craters - in other words, craters that never receive sunlight.


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Plans For A Gravitational Wave Observatory On The Moon

Plans For A Gravitational Wave Observatory On The Moon

THE IDEA: Vanderbilt astrophysicist Karan Jani has led a series of studies that make the first case for a gravitational wave infrastructure on the surface of the moon.


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How Were The Carbon Contents In Terrestrial And Lunar Mantles Established?

How Were The Carbon Contents In Terrestrial And Lunar Mantles Established?

According to the theory of planet formation, rocky bodies such as the Earth were formed by repeating collisions from dusty materials.


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ESA Advances Its Plan For Satellites Around The Moon

ESA Advances Its Plan For Satellites Around The Moon

A bold proposal to create a commercially viable constellation of lunar satellites has taken a step closer.


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NASA Rover to Search for Water, Other Resources on Moon

NASA Rover to Search for Water, Other Resources on Moon

As part of the Artemis program, NASA is planning to send its first mobile robot to the Moon in late 2023 in search of ice and other resources on and below the lunar surface.



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