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The Moon Eclipses Saturn

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The Moon Eclipses Saturn

What happened to half of Saturn? Nothing other than Earth's Moon getting in the way. As pictured above on the far right, Saturn is partly eclipsed by a dark edge of a Moon itself only partly illuminated by the Sun.


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Lunar Pits Could Shelter Astronauts Video in Story

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Lunar Pit

While the moon's surface is battered by millions of craters, it also has over 200 holes - steep-walled pits that in some cases might lead to caves that future astronauts could explore and use for shelter, according to new observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft.

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Video Archive: Looking Back at Apollo 11 45 Years Ago

Video Archive: Looking Back at Apollo 11 45 Years Ago Video in Story

NASA is marking the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing this month. Here in a series of videos from the archives are some of the events of that fateful mission.


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Landsat Looks to the Moon

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Every full moon, Landsat 8 turns its back on Earth. As the satellite's orbit takes it to the nighttime side of the planet, Landsat 8 pivots to point at the moon. It scans the distant lunar surface multiple times, then flips back around to continue its task of collecting land-cover information of the sunny side of Earth below.


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Free-Air Gravity Map of the Moon

This still image features a free-air gravity map of the Moon's southern latitudes developed by S. Goossens et al. from data returned by the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission.


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Soaring Over Lunar Mt. Hadley

Soaring Over Lunar Mt. Hadley

Apollo mission planners selected an adventurous landing site for Apollo 15 located on a relatively small patch of lava plains, called "mare" on the moon.


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Water in Moon Rocks Provides Clues and Questions About Lunar History

Water in Moon Rocks Provides Clues and Questions About Lunar History

A recent review of hundreds of chemical analyses of Moon rocks indicates that the amount of water in the Moon's interior varies regionally - revealing clues about how water originated and was redistributed in the Moon.


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Craters At The Moon's South Pole

Craters At The Moon's South Pole

The dark and shadowed regions of the Moon fascinate astronomers and Pink Floyd fans alike. Our Moon's rotation axis has a tilt of 1.5o, meaning that some parts of its polar regions never see sunlight - the bottoms of certain craters, for example, are always in shadow.


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New Radar Images Uncover Features Below the Lunar Surface

New Radar Images Uncover Features Below the Lunar Surface

New images of Earth's Moon reveal more than can be seen with the naked eye, thanks to the combined efforts of the two largest radio telescopes of their kind -- the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.


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Lecture: The Surprisingly Diverse Array of Moons in our Solar System

Lecture: The Surprisingly Diverse Array of Moons in our Solar System Video in Story

Hubble Public Lecture Series is presented the first Tuesday of every month at 8pm Eastern Time (12am GMT). They are open to all and available on YouTube Live.


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Laser-powered Farewell to LADEE

Laser-powered Farewell to LADEE

Just before NASA's latest Moon mission ended last week, an ESA telescope received laser signals from the spacecraft, achieving data speeds like those used by many to watch movies at home via fibre-optic Internet.


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Video: ISEE-3 Reboot Trajectory Around The Moon

Video: ISEE-3 Reboot Trajectory Around The Moon Video in Story

Our plan is simple: we intend to contact the ISEE-3 (International Sun-Earth Explorer) spacecraft, command it to fire its engines and enter an orbit near Earth, and then resume its original mission - a mission it began in 1978.


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NASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon's Surface

NASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon's Surface

Ground controllers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. PDT Thursday, April 17.


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Total Lunar Eclipse

Total Lunar Eclipse

The United States was in a prime orbital position and time of day to view the eclipse on April 15, 2014.


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Tonight's Total Lunar Eclipse Explained

Tonight's Total Lunar Eclipse Explained Video in Story

Tonight at 11 p.m. on the west coast or if you're on the east coast at 2 a.m. you'll be able to see the total lunar eclipse. The eclipse will last about three hours.


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LRO and North America to Experience Total Lunar Eclipse

LRO and North America to Experience Total Lunar Eclipse Video in Story

When people in North America look up at the sky in the early morning hours of April 15, they can expect the moon to look a little different.



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