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Water Formation on the Moon Has Been Demonstrated

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Water Formation on the Moon

For the first time, a cross-disciplinary study has shown chemical, physical, and material evidence for water formation on the Moon.


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A Giant Impact Caused The Difference Between The Moon's Hemispheres

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Massive lunar impact

The stark difference between the Moon's heavily-cratered farside and the lower-lying open basins of the Earth-facing nearside has puzzled scientists for decades.

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Beresheet Lunar Impact Site Spotted By LRO

Beresheet Lunar Impact Site Spotted By LRO

SpaceIL, a non-profit organization, attempted to land its spacecraft in this ancient volcanic field on the nearside of the Moon. After a smooth initial descent, Beresheet made a hard landing on the surface.


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NASA Wants You To Share Your Apollo Story

NASA Wants You To Share Your Apollo Story

July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first time humans walked on the Moon.


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Magma Is The Key To The Moon's Makeup

Magma Is The Key To The Moon's Makeup

For more than a century, scientists have squabbled over how the Earth's moon formed. But researchers at Yale and in Japan say they may have the answer.


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NASA Scientist Leading Team to Combat Lunar Dust

NASA Scientist Leading Team to Combat Lunar Dust

Dust can be a nuisance -- on Earth and the Moon. Astronauts exploring the Moon's South Pole will need a way to help keep pesky lunar dust out of hard to reach places.


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Meteoroid Strikes Eject Water From The Moon

Meteoroid Strikes Eject Water From The Moon

Researchers from NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, report that streams of meteoroids striking the Moon infuse the thin lunar atmosphere with a short-lived water vapor.


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Moon's South Pole Is Among NASA's Landing Sites

Moon's South Pole Is Among NASA's Landing Sites

NASA is working right now to send American astronauts to the surface of the Moon in five years, and the agency has its sights set on a place no humans have ever gone before: the lunar South Pole.


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Lunar Water Molecules Hop as Surface Temperature Increases

Lunar Water Molecules Hop as Surface Temperature Increases

Small amounts of water are attached to lunar grains on the dayside of the Moon and migrate around depending on surface temperature, as reported in a new paper by Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Amanda Hendrix.


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Understanding Lunar Swirls

Understanding Lunar Swirls

Every object, planet or person traveling through space has to contend with the Sun's damaging radiation -- and the Moon has the scars to prove it.


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NASA Selects Experiments for Possible Lunar Flights in 2019

NASA Selects Experiments for Possible Lunar Flights in 2019

NASA has selected 12 science and technology demonstration payloads to fly to the Moon as early as the end of this year, dependent upon the availability of commercial landers.


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NASA is Aboard Israel's Beresheet Moon Lander

NASA is Aboard Israel's Beresheet Moon Lander

An Israeli spacecraft from SpaceIL was launched Thursday, Feb. 21 and is aiming to touch down on Mare Serenitatis two months later.


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Ingredients For Water Could Be Made On The Moon's Surface Naturally

Ingredients For Water Could Be Made On The Moon's Surface Naturally

When a stream of charged particles known as the solar wind careens onto the Moon's surface at 450 kilometers per second (or nearly 1 million miles per hour), they enrich the Moon's surface in ingredients that could make water, NASA scientists have found.


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Chang'e 4 Lander: A Closer Look

Chang'e 4 Lander: A Closer Look

Just after midnight (UTC) on February 1, 2019, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) passed nearly overhead the Chang'e 4 landing site.


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IAU Names Landing Site of Chinese Chang'e-4 Probe on Far Side of Moon

IAU Names Landing Site of Chinese Chang'e-4 Probe on Far Side of Moon

Five sites on the far side of the Moon now have official names, including Chang'e-4's landing site. The names have significance in Chinese culture, reflecting the background of the probe's team.


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How Open Is NASA's Open Lunar Architecture?

How Open Is NASA's Open Lunar Architecture?

NASA held a media briefing session today at NASA HQ. The purpose of the briefing was to talk about the various lunar activities NASA is engaged in.



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