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Apollo Rock Samples Capture Key Moments In The Moon's Early History

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Volcanic rock samples collected during NASA's Apollo missions bear the isotopic signature of key events in the early evolution of the Moon, a new analysis found.


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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Enhanced To Continue Exploring the Moon

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NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has far exceeded its planned mission duration, revealing that the Moon holds surprises:

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Successful Test Paves Way for New Planetary Radar

Successful Test Paves Way for New Planetary Radar

The National Science Foundation's Green Bank Observatory (GBO) and National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), and Raytheon Intelligence & Space conducted a test in November to prove that a new radio telescope system can capture high-resolution images in near-Earth space.


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The Artemis Base Camp on the Moon Will Need Light, Water, Elevation

The Artemis Base Camp on the Moon Will Need Light, Water, Elevation

American astronauts in 2024 will take their first steps near the Moon's South Pole: the land of extreme light, extreme darkness, and frozen water that could fuel NASA's Artemis lunar base and the agency's leap into deep space.


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Orbital View Of A Waxing Gibbous Moon Above The Pacific Ocean

Orbital View Of A Waxing Gibbous Moon Above The Pacific Ocean

The waxing gibbous Moon is pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 263 miles above the Pacific Ocean near the island state of Samoa and the U.S. territory of American Samoa.


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NASA Lends A Moon Rock For An Oval Office Display

NASA Lends A Moon Rock For An Oval Office Display

In symbolic recognition of earlier generations' ambitions and accomplishments, and support for America's current Moon to Mars exploration approach, a Moon rock now sits in the Oval Office of the White House.


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Image-based Navigation Could Help Spacecraft Safely Land On The Moon

Image-based Navigation Could Help Spacecraft Safely Land On The Moon

In order for future lunar exploration missions to be successful and land more precisely, engineers must equip spacecraft with technologies that allow them to "see" where they are and travel to where they need to be.


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Supercomputer  Simulations Could Unlock Mystery of the Moon's Formation

Supercomputer Simulations Could Unlock Mystery of the Moon's Formation

Astronomers have taken a step towards understanding how the Moon might have formed out of a giant collision between the early Earth and another massive object 4.5 billion years ago.


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New Data Confirm 2020 SO to Be the Upper Centaur Rocket Booster From the 1960's

New Data Confirm 2020 SO to Be the Upper Centaur Rocket Booster From the 1960's

An object, discovered in September by astronomers searching for near-Earth asteroids, garnered interest in the planetary science community due to its size and unusual orbit.


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Turning Moon Dust Into Oxygen

Turning Moon Dust Into Oxygen

British engineers are fine-tuning a process that will be used to extract oxygen from lunar dust, leaving behind metal powders that could be 3D printed into construction materials for a Moon base.


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Growing Interest in Moon Resources Could Cause Tension

Growing Interest in Moon Resources Could Cause Tension

An international team of scientists led by the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, has identified a problem with the growing interest in extractable resources on the moon: there aren't enough of them to go around.


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New Mineral Discovered In A Lunar Meteorite

New Mineral Discovered In A Lunar Meteorite

A team of European researchers discovered a new high-pressure mineral in the lunar meteorite Oued Awlitis 001, named donwilhelmsite [CaAl4Si2O11].


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Small Water Ice Reservoirs Dot the Lunar Surface

Small Water Ice Reservoirs Dot the Lunar Surface

Small shadowed cold traps scattered across the lunar polar regions could contain up to 20 percent of the frozen water on the Moon, making accessing water sources easier for lunar visitors.


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Automated Technology Allows Unparalleled Space Exploration from Moon, to Asteroids, and Beyond

Automated Technology Allows Unparalleled Space Exploration from Moon, to Asteroids, and Beyond

When landing Apollo 11 in 1969, astronauts looked out the window for distinguishing features that they recognized from maps of the Moon and were able to steer the lander to avoid a disastrous touchdown on top of a rocky area.


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Earth And The Moon Once Shared A Magnetic Shield

Earth And The Moon Once Shared A Magnetic Shield

Four-and-a-half billion years ago, Earth's surface was a menacing, hot mess. Long before the emergence of life, temperatures were scorching, and the air was toxic.


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Moon's Magnetic Crust Research Sees Scientists Debunk Long-held Theory

Moon's Magnetic Crust Research Sees Scientists Debunk Long-held Theory

New international research into the Moon provides scientists with insights as to how and why its crust is magnetised, essentially 'debunking' one of the previous longstanding theories.



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