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Study Reveals Composition Of Gel-like Substance Discovered By Chang'e-4 On The Moon's Far Side

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Impact melt breccia and surrounding context

The unusual dark greenish and glistening "gel-like" substance in a crater on the far side of the moon has attracted widespread interest following its discovery by the Chang'e-4 rover in July 2019.


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Asteroid Shower On The Earth-Moon System 800 Million Years Ago Revealed By Lunar Craters

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The age distribution of lunar craters based on the 800 Ma spike model

A research team led by Osaka University investigated the formation ages of 59 lunar craters with a diameter of approximately 20 km using the Terrain Camera (TC) onboard the lunar orbiter spacecraft Kaguya.

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A Slightly Younger Moon

A Slightly Younger Moon

The Moon formed a little later than previously assumed.


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Radar Points To The Moon Being More Metallic Than Researchers Thought

Radar Points To The Moon Being More Metallic Than Researchers Thought

What started out as a hunt for ice lurking in polar lunar craters turned into an unexpected finding that could help clear some muddy history about the Moon's formation.


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NASA Book Catalogs Four Decades of Human Lunar Lander Concepts

NASA Book Catalogs Four Decades of Human Lunar Lander Concepts

A NASA-published volume traces the history of human lunar lander concepts developed since Apollo's Lunar Module (LM).


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First Global Map of Rockfalls on the Moon

First Global Map of Rockfalls on the Moon

In October 2015, a spectacular rockfall occurred in the Swiss Alps: in the late morning hours, a large, snow-covered block with a volume of more than 1500 cubic meters suddenly detached from the summit of Mel de la Niva.


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New Evidence Shows Giant Meteorite Impacts Formed Parts Of The Moon's Crust

New Evidence Shows Giant Meteorite Impacts Formed Parts Of The Moon's Crust

New research published today in the journal Nature Astronomy reveals a type of destructive event most often associated with disaster movies and dinosaur extinction may have also contributed to the formation of the Moon's surface.


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Research Reveals A Possibly Active Tectonic System On the Moon

Research Reveals A Possibly Active Tectonic System On the Moon

Researchers have discovered a system of ridges spread across the nearside of the Moon topped with freshly exposed boulders.


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Using Astronaut Urine To Build A Moon Base

Using Astronaut Urine To Build A Moon Base

From human waste to superplasticiser, astronaut urine could become a useful resource for making a robust type of concrete on the Moon.


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NASA Names Companies to Develop Human Landers for Artemis Moon Missions

NASA Names Companies to Develop Human Landers for Artemis Moon Missions

NASA has selected three U.S. companies to design and develop human landing systems (HLS) for the agency's Artemis program, one of which will land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon by 2024.


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NASA CubeSat Will Shine a Laser Light on the Moon's Darkest Craters

NASA CubeSat Will Shine a Laser Light on the Moon's Darkest Craters

As astronauts explore the Moon during the Artemis program, they may need to make use of the resources that already exist on the lunar surface.


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New Comprehensive Geologic Map of the Moon Released

New Comprehensive Geologic Map of the Moon Released

Have you ever wondered what kind of rocks make up those bright and dark splotches on the Moon? Well, the USGS has just released a new authoritative map to help explain the 4.5-billion-year-old history of our nearest neighbor in space


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NASA Outlines Lunar Surface Sustainability Concept

NASA Outlines Lunar Surface Sustainability Concept

When NASA sends astronauts to the surface of the Moon in 2024, it will be the first time outside of watching historical footage most people witness humans walking on another planetary body. Building on these footsteps, future robotic and human explorers will put in place infrastructure for a long-term sustainable presence on the Moon.


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Urea From Astronaut Urine Could Be Used To Build Moon Bases

Urea From Astronaut Urine Could Be Used To Build Moon Bases

The modules that the major space agencies plan to erect on the Moon could incorporate an element contributed by the human colonizers themselves: the urea in their pee. European researchers have found that it could be used as a plasticizer in the concrete of the structures.


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Hunting For Water On The Moon

Hunting For Water On The Moon

A map of possible water beneath the surface of the Moon's South Pole, based on temperature data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.


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Help NASA Design a Robot to Dig on the Moon

Help NASA Design a Robot to Dig on the Moon

Digging on the Moon is a hard job for a robot. It has to be able to collect and move lunar soil, or regolith, but anything launching to the Moon needs to be lightweight.



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