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October 16, 2009
Lunar Lander Floats On Electric-Blue Jets
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 16, 2009
How do you fly on a world with no atmosphere? Wings won't work and neither do propellers. And don't even try that parachute! NASA engineer Brian Mulac has the answer. "All it takes is practice, practice, practice," he says. "And of course, thrusters." The space agency is perfecting the art using a prototype lunar lander at the Marshall Space Flight Center: "What we've got here is a 'flying ... read more

How The Moon Produces Its Own Water
Paris, France (ESA) Oct 16, 2009
The Moon is a big sponge that absorbs electrically charged particles given out by the Sun. These particles interact with the oxygen present in some dust grains on the lunar surface, producing water. This discovery, made by the ESA-ISRO instrument SARA onboard the Indian Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter, confirms how water is likely being created on the lunar surface. It also gives scientists an ... more
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  • NASA Spacecraft Impacts Lunar Crater In Search For Water Ice
    Moffett Field CA (SPX) Oct 12, 2009
    NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, created twin impacts on the moon's surface early Friday in a search for water ice. Scientists will analyze data from the spacecraft's instruments to assess whether water ice is present. The satellite traveled 5.6 million miles during an historic 113-day mission that ended in the Cabeus crater, a permanently shadowed region ... more

    UBC Engineering Students Unveil Moon Dust-Shoveling Robot
    Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Oct 12, 2009
    A robot designed by UBC students will be shoveling moon dust at an international robotics competition next week, vying for a $500,000 prize and the opportunity to contribute to NASA's future space exploration projects. The UBC team has created a robotic machine that can excavate simulated lunar soil (regolith). Excavating regolith will be an important part of any construction project or ... more

    Hubble Observes LCROSS Impact Event
    Pasadena CA (SPX) Oct 12, 2009
    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made a series of observations immediately preceding and following the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) Centaur rocket stage and shepherding spacecraft impacts at the lunar south pole, on October 9 at 7:31 and 7:35 a.m. EDT. Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) were pointed just off the ... more

    NASA blasts moon with rocket in search for water
    Washington (AFP) Oct 9, 2009
    The United States successfully blasted a rocket into the moon on Friday, slamming it into a crater near the lunar south pole in a bid to discover water, US space agency NASA said. No light flash was visible in the thermal images broadcast on NASA television, as the 2.3-tonne rocket impacted the Cabeus crater at 1131 GMT. A second shepherding spacecraft flew through the debris plume, coll ... more

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    Southern Arizona Telescopes Will Point At Lunar Impact Early Friday
    Tempe AZ (SPX) Oct 08, 2009
    Astronomers at the some of the best ground-based telescopes in southern Arizona plan to observe two lunar impacts at 4:30 a.m. and 4:34 a.m. Arizona time Friday, Oct. 9. NASA is scheduled to fire a two-ton Centaur rocket, and four minutes later its shepherding spacecraft, into a crater at the moon's south pole for the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite mission, known as LCROSS ... more

    Updated SMART-1 Image Of New Target For LCROSS Impact
    Paris, France (ESA) Oct 08, 2009
    The European Space Agency's SMART-1 team has released an updated image of the future impact site of NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), after the LCROSS team announced a new target last week. LCROSS will search for water ice on the Moon by making two impacts into a crater named Cabeus at the lunar South Pole. The impacts are scheduled for 11:31:19 UTC and 11:35:45 UTC ... more

    LCROSS Viewer's Guide
    Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 06, 2009
    Just imagine. A spaceship plunges out of the night sky, hits the ground and explodes. A plume of debris billows back into the heavens, leading your eye to a second ship in hot pursuit. Four minutes later, that one hits the ground, too. It's raining spaceships! Put on your hard hat and get ready for action, because on Friday, Oct. 9th, what you just imagined is really going to happen ... more

    NMSU Astronomers Search For Presence Of Water
    Sunspot NM (SPX) Oct 06, 2009
    In the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 9, as many people in New Mexico are still asleep or barely stirring, a momentous event will be happening in outer space that could help define future space travel. That event is a rocket smashing into a permanently shadowed crater on the moon, and New Mexico State University astronomers have a front-row seat on all the action. NMSU is taking part in a ... more

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