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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Finds Widespread Evidence of Young Lunar Volcanism

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Young Lunar Volcanism

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has provided researchers strong evidence the moon's volcanic activity slowed gradually instead of stopping abruptly a billion years ago.


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Lunar Topography

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Lunar Topography

Topography of Earth's moon generated from data collected by the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter, aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, with the gravity anomalies bordering the Procellarum region superimposed in blue.

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GRAIL Mission Points to Origin of the Ocean of Storms on the Moon

GRAIL Mission Points to Origin of the Ocean of Storms on the Moon

Using data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), mission scientists have solved a lunar mystery almost as old as the moon itself.


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Looking at the Moon's North Pole

Looking at the Moon's North Pole

The greyscale pattern of dark and light blotches on the Moon is a familiar sight to stargazers. However, there are regions that remained relatively mysterious to us until surprisingly recently - most notably the Moon's polar regions, which astronomers have dubbed 'Luna Incognita', or 'the unknown Moon'.


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Asteroid 2014 OL339: Yet Another Earth Quasi-satellite

Asteroid 2014 OL339: Yet Another Earth Quasi-satellite

Our planet has one permanently bound satellite -the Moon-, a likely large number of mini-moons or transient irregular natural satellites, and three temporary natural retrograde satellites or quasi-satellites.


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Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Hangout - Inspiring Generations with SpaceIL

Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Hangout - Inspiring Generations with SpaceIL Video in Story

CosmoQuest hosted a Google Hangout with Google Lunar XPRIZE team from Israel SpaceIL. Learn how they've risen to become a major Moon effort, their plans, and how they remain dedicated to inspiring people to get involved with STEM and space.


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New Study: Electric Sparks May Alter Evolution of Lunar Soil

New Study: Electric Sparks May Alter Evolution of Lunar Soil

The moon appears to be a tranquil place, but modeling done by University of New Hampshire and NASA scientists suggests that, over the eons, periodic storms of solar energetic particles may have significantly altered the properties of the soil in the moon's coldest craters through the process of sparking--a finding that could change our understanding of the evolution of planetary surfaces in the solar system.


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ATV Georges Lemaitre Approaches the ISS

ATV Georges Lemaitre Approaches the ISS

A portion of the International Space Station's Zvezda Service Module with the newly attached "Georges Lemaitre" Automated Transfer Vehicle-5 (ATV-5) is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 40 crew member onboard the station.


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A Full Moon Seen From the International Space Station

A Full Moon Seen From the International Space Station

A full moon is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 40 crew member on the International Space Station.


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Hayn Crater on the Moon

Hayn Crater on the Moon

This image was captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera's (LROC) Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter satellite.


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The Floor of Crater Harriot B

The Floor of Crater Harriot B

The planets in the Solar System are continuously bombarded by space rocks. This violent process early on formed the planets by accretion, and impacts still shape the surface of terrestrial and icy bodies today.


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Dorsum Nicol

Dorsum Nicol

Dorsum Nicol is a wrinkle ridge found in southern Mare Serenitatis. The opening Featured Image is an LROC NAC image overlaid with a slope map of the region, with warmer colors representing steeper slopes.


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Still Hot Inside the Moon - Tidal Heating in Deep Mantle

Still Hot Inside the Moon - Tidal Heating in Deep Mantle

An international research team has found that there is an extremely soft layer deep inside the Moon and that heat is effectively generated in the layer by the gravity of the Earth.


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Birt E Crater

Birt E Crater

Birt E crater was not created like most craters on the Moon; there was no meteorite impact. Lava sputtered out of this pyroclastic vent in Mare Nubium over 3.4 billion years ago, dispersing lava onto the surface and leaving the crater we see today.


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Apollo 15: The Original Interplanetary Mountaineers

Apollo 15: The Original Interplanetary Mountaineers

The lofty Apennine Mountain Range has two prominent peaks near the Apollo 15 landing site: Mt. (Mons) Hadley (relative height ~4km, or 13,000 ft) to the northeast and Mons Hadley Delta (~3.5 km, 11,500 ft high) to the south.


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A Tortuous Path in Lunar Crater Posidonius

A Tortuous Path in Lunar Crater Posidonius

This may look like a work of abstract art, but in reality, it's our Moon and is for science. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC, is a system of three cameras mounted on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) that capture high resolution photos of the lunar surface.



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