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Martian Crater Brings Back Memories of Apollo 16 Lunar Mission

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Apollo 16 at Plum Crater

Forty-five years after astronauts on NASA's Apollo 16 mission explored the surface of the Moon, a crater recently found on Mars similar to one investigated earlier by the astronauts was informally named for the lunar mission.


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Returning to the Moon

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Moon base concept

The last human mission to the Moon took place in December 1972.

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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Finds New Evidence of Frost on Moon's Surface

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Scientists using data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, have identified bright areas in craters near the moon's south pole that are cold enough to have frost present on the surface.


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The Moon As Viewed From Earth Orbit

The Moon As Viewed From Earth Orbit

The Moon, the Earth's limb and thin blue atmosphere are seen in this photograph taken by an Expedition 51 crew member.


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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Survived 2014 Meteoroid Hit

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Survived 2014 Meteoroid Hit

On Oct.13, 2014 something very strange happened to the camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).


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CubeSats to the Moon

CubeSats to the Moon Video in Story

If you could fly a CubeSat to the Moon, what could such a tiny satellite do there? ESA posed this question - and now four proposals will be studied in more detail for possible flight over the coming decade.


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The Moon Seen Outside The Space Station's Cupola

The Moon Seen Outside The Space Station's Cupola

Thomas Pesquet: The moon was passing by the cupola. My next destination? ;)


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A Dynamo In The Moon's Core May Have Formed A Magnetic Field

A Dynamo In The Moon's Core May Have Formed A Magnetic Field

The moon no longer has a magnetic field, but NASA scientists are publishing new research that shows heat from crystallization of the lunar core may have driven its now-defunct magnetic field some 3 billion years ago.


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How a Young-Looking Lunar Volcano Hides Its True Age

How a Young-Looking Lunar Volcano Hides Its True Age

While orbiting the Moon in 1971, the crew of Apollo 15 photographed a strange geological feature -- a bumpy, D-shaped depression about two miles long and a mile wide -- that has fascinated planetary scientists ever since.


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The Moon as seen by Scriven Bolton, Etienne Trouvelot, Lucien Rudaux, Chesley Bonestell

The Moon as seen by Scriven Bolton, Etienne Trouvelot, Lucien Rudaux, Chesley Bonestell

Scientific illustrations, thanks to the vision of great artists fascinated by astronomical research and astronautics, have provided us with an accurate depiction of the possible views which mankind will one day observed from locations other than our planet.


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Surviving The Long Dark Night of the Moon

Surviving The Long Dark Night of the Moon

Designers of future Moon missions and bases have to contend with a chilling challenge: how might their creations endure the fortnight-long lunar night? ESA has arrived at a low-cost way of surviving.


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NASA Radar Finds India's Lost  Chandrayaan-1 Lunar Spacecraft

NASA Radar Finds India's Lost Chandrayaan-1 Lunar Spacecraft

Finding derelict spacecraft and space debris in Earth's orbit can be a technological challenge.


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The Moon is Older Than Everyone Thought

The Moon is Older Than Everyone Thought

A UCLA-led research team reports that the moon is at least 4.51 billion years old, or 40 million to 140 million years older than scientists previously thought.


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New Theory of Lunar Formation: Multiple Impacts and Mini-Moons

New Theory of Lunar Formation: Multiple Impacts and Mini-Moons

The Moon, and the question of how it was formed, has long been a source of fascination and wonder.


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Solar Storms Could Spark Soils at the Moon's Poles

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Powerful solar storms can charge up the soil in frigid, permanently shadowed regions near the lunar poles, and may possibly produce "sparks" that could vaporize and melt the soil, perhaps as much as meteoroid impacts, according to NASA-funded research.


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Moonrise In Earth Orbit

Moonrise In Earth Orbit

Thomas Pesquet: This is tonight's "super moon" seen from space! The last one I saw was in Baikonur ... I like this one better! ;)



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