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LRO Moves Closer to the Lunar Surface

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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has completed a maneuver that lowered the spacecraft's orbit to within 20 kilometers (12 miles) above areas near the lunar South Pole, the closest the spacecraft has ever been to the lunar surface.


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3D Printed Lunar Building Block

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Lunar Building Block

This building block of a future Moon base, 3D-printed from simulated lunar material, is now on show at the Hypervital exhibition, part of the International Design Biennale in Saint-Etienne, France.

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A New View of the Moon's Formation

A New View of the Moon's Formation

A crucial difference in the "fingerprints" of Earth and the moon confirms an explosive, interconnected past


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The Shortest Lunar Eclipse of the Century

The Shortest Lunar Eclipse of the Century Video in Story

On Saturday morning, April 4, 2015 not long before sunrise, the bright full moon over North America turned a lovely shade of celestial red during a total lunar eclipse.


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Huge Lava Tubes Could Exist on the Moon

Huge Lava Tubes Could Exist on the Moon

Lava tubes large enough to house cities could be structurally stable on the moon, according to a theoretical study presented at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference on Tuesday (March 17).


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New Lunar Crater Named After Amelia Earhart

New Lunar Crater Named After Amelia Earhart

The discovery of a massive, 124-mile-wide crater on the moon was announced at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference on Monday (March 16).


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Extent of Moon's Giant Volcanic Eruption Revealed

Extent of Moon's Giant Volcanic Eruption Revealed

Scientists have produced a new map of the Moon's most unusual volcano showing that its explosive eruption spread debris over an area much greater than previously thought.


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Lunar Hydrogen More Abundant on Moon's Pole-Facing Slopes

Lunar Hydrogen More Abundant on Moon's Pole-Facing Slopes

Space travel is difficult and expensive it would cost thousands of dollars to launch a bottle of water to the moon.


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Video: The Moon - A View From The Other Side

Video: The Moon - A View From The Other Side Video in Story

A number of people who've seen NASA's annual lunar phase and libration videos have asked what the other side of the Moon looks like, the side that can't be seen from the Earth. This video answers that question. The imagery was created using Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data.


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Moonrise From Orbit

Moonrise From Orbit

@NASA_Astronauts "As far as you can see over the horizon. #Moonrising" #AstroButch


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Video: Destination Moon - The European Space Agency Vision

Video: Destination Moon - The European Space Agency Vision Video in Story

This 8-minute film gives an overview of the past, present, and future of Moon exploration, from the Lunar cataclysm to European Space Agency's vision of what Lunar exploration could be.


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Full Moon Viewed From The Space Station

Full Moon Viewed From The Space Station

This image shows a full moon as viewed from the International Space Station (ISS) on 3 January 2015.


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3-D Printing a Moonbase

3-D Printing a Moonbase Video in Story

Could astronauts one day be printing rather than building a base on the Moon? In 2013 ESA, working with industrial partners, proved that 3D printing using lunar material was feasible in principle.


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LRO Captures Images of LADEE's Impact Crater

LRO Captures Images of LADEE's Impact Crater

NASA'S Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has spied a new crater on the lunar surface; one made from the impact of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission.


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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Finds Widespread Evidence of Young Lunar Volcanism

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Finds Widespread Evidence of 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

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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