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Many Large Lunar Craters Are Less Than One Billion Years Old

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Moon Cratering

Using images and thermal data collected by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Southwest Research Institute scientists and their collaborators have calculated the ages of large lunar craters across the Moon to be less than 1 billion years.


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Chang'e-4 Lunar Panorama Released

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Chang'e-4 panorama

A panorama taken by the Chang'e-4 lander of itself, the Yutu-2 rover, and the surrounding lunar terrain on the far side of the Moon has been released.

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China Lands On The Far Side Of The Moon

China Lands On The Far Side Of The Moon

China landed Chang'e-4 inside of Von Karman crater on the far side of the Moon 10:26 a.m. BJT Thursday.


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NASA Seeks US Partners to Develop Reusable Systems to Land Astronauts on Moon

NASA Seeks US Partners to Develop Reusable Systems to Land Astronauts on Moon

As the next major step to return astronauts to the Moon under Space Policy Directive-1, NASA announced plans on Dec. 13 to work with American companies to design and develop new reusable systems for astronauts to land on the lunar surface.


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NASA Calls for Instruments, Technologies for Delivery to the Moon

NASA Calls for Instruments, Technologies for Delivery to the Moon

NASA has announced a call for Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads that will fly to the Moon on commercial lunar landers as early as next year or 2020.


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Moon to Reveal Secrets of the Infant Universe

Moon to Reveal Secrets of the Infant Universe

The Moon may be the key to unlocking how the first stars and galaxies shaped the early Universe.


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Copernicus Crater's Central Peak

Copernicus Crater's Central Peak

Copernicus (9.62°N, 339.92°E), which is easily seen with a moderately powerful backyard telescope, is one of the best-known craters on the Moon.


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Lunar Craters Named in Honor of Apollo 8

Lunar Craters Named in Honor of Apollo 8

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union has today officially approved the naming of two craters on the Moon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission. The names are Anders's Earthrise and 8 Homeward.


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Lunar Swirls Point to the Moon's Volcanic Magnetic Past

Lunar Swirls Point to the Moon's Volcanic Magnetic Past

The mystery behind lunar swirls, one of the solar system's most beautiful optical anomalies, may finally be solved thanks to a joint Rutgers University and University of California Berkeley study.


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LRO Images SMART-1 Crash Site

LRO Images SMART-1 Crash Site

This greyscale, mottled image shows a patch of the Moon's surface, and features an intriguing shape towards the top of the frame.


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First Earthrise Image Taken 52 Years Ago Today

First Earthrise Image Taken 52 Years Ago Today

52 years ago today, on 23 August 1966, Lunar Orbiter 1 snapped the first photo of Earth as seen from lunar orbit. While a remarkable image at the time, the full resolution of the image was never retrieved from the data stored from the mission.


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Ice Confirmed at the Moon's Poles

Ice Confirmed at the Moon's Poles

In the darkest and coldest parts of its polar regions, a team of scientists has directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon's surface.


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Lunar Meteorite Helps Explain Water On The Moon

Lunar Meteorite Helps Explain Water On The Moon

A team of Japanese scientists led by Masahiro Kayama of Tohoku University's Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences, has discovered a mineral known as moganite in a lunar meteorite found in a hot desert in northwest Africa.


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NASA: Commercial Partners Key to Sustainable Moon Presence

NASA: Commercial Partners Key to Sustainable Moon Presence

As NASA shifts human exploration back to the Moon, U.S. commercial partnerships will be a key to expediting missions and building a sustainable presence on the lunar surface.


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The Moon Holds The Key To Improving Satellite Views Of Earth

The Moon Holds The Key To Improving Satellite Views Of Earth

Many Earth observation satellites make use of an added ingredient to ensure reliable, good quality environmental data: the Moon.


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Magma Ocean May Be Responsible For Moon's Early Magnetic Field

Magma Ocean May Be Responsible For Moon's Early Magnetic Field

Around four billion years ago, the Moon had a magnetic field that was about as strong as Earth's magnetic field is today.



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