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First Earthrise Image Taken 50 Years Ago Today

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Earth and the Moon

50 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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Measuring Earth Moon Distances By Laser

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Apollo 11 Laser Reflector

The Earth-Moon-Sun system has traditionally provided the best laboratory for testing the strong equivalence principle.

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Protoplanet Impact May Have Formed Moon's Imbrium Basin

Protoplanet Impact May Have Formed Moon's Imbrium Basin

Around 3.8 billion years ago, an asteroid more than 150 miles across, roughly equal to the length of New Jersey, slammed into the Moon and created the Imbrium Basin -- the right eye of the fabled Man in the Moon.


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Moon Photobombs Earth Again

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For only the second time in a year, a NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth.


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50th Anniversary of Surveyor 1 Landing On The Moon

50th Anniversary of Surveyor 1 Landing On The Moon

Before humans could take their first steps on the moon, that mysterious and forbidding surface had to be reconnoitered by robots.


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Source of Moon's Water Identified

Source of Moon's Water Identified

According to a new study published in Nature Communications, most of the water inside the Moon was delivered by asteroids (not comets) during the early evolution of the Moon, approximately 4.5-4.3 billion years ago.


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Fresh Lunar Craters Discovered

Fresh Lunar Craters Discovered

A Southwest Research Institute-led team of scientists discovered two geologically young craters - one 16 million, the other between 75 and 420 million, years old in the Moon's darkest regions.


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ESA's Lunar Ice Drill For Luna 27

ESA's Lunar Ice Drill For Luna 27

A drill designed to penetrate 1-2 m into the lunar surface is envisaged by ESA to fly to the Moon's south pole on Russia's Luna-27 lander in 2020.


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Tales of a Tilting Moon Hidden in Its Polar Ice

Tales of a Tilting Moon Hidden in Its Polar Ice

The same face of the Moon has not always pointed towards the Earth.


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Lunar Ice Reveals Shift in The Moon's Tilt

Lunar Ice Reveals Shift in The Moon's Tilt

New NASA-funded research provides evidence that the spin axis of Earth's moon shifted by about five degrees roughly three billion years ago.


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Video: Our Changing Moon

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The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) is the focus of this episode of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's "What's New in Aerospace?" series.


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The Last Man on The Moon Wants You To Go Back

The Last Man on The Moon Wants You To Go Back

Nearly half a century ago we sent people on improbable voyages to another world - because we could.


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The Moon Forever Stamp

The Moon Forever Stamp

On February 22, 2016 the U.S. Postal Service will issue The Moon Forever International rate stamp.


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Video: How ESA is Preparing Astronauts for Missions to the Moon

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ESA's European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany, trains and prepares astronauts for their missions into space.


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Moon Zoo Citizen Science Project: Preliminary Apollo 17 Landing Site Results

Moon Zoo Citizen Science Project: Preliminary Apollo 17 Landing Site Results

Moon Zoo is a citizen science project that utilises internet crowd-sourcing techniques.


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Phase of the Moon affects Amount of Rainfall

Phase of the Moon affects Amount of Rainfall

When the moon is high in the sky, it creates bulges in the planet's atmosphere that creates imperceptible changes in the amount of rain that falls below.



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