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Chang'e 4 Lander: A Closer Look

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Chang'e 4

Just after midnight (UTC) on February 1, 2019, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) passed nearly overhead the Chang'e 4 landing site.


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IAU Names Landing Site of Chinese Chang'e-4 Probe on Far Side of Moon

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Five sites on the far side of the Moon now have official names, including Chang'e-4's landing site. The names have significance in Chinese culture, reflecting the background of the probe's team.

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How Open Is NASA's Open Lunar Architecture?

How Open Is NASA's Open Lunar Architecture?

NASA held a media briefing session today at NASA HQ. The purpose of the briefing was to talk about the various lunar activities NASA is engaged in.


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LRO Finds Chang'e 4 On The Lunar Surface

LRO Finds Chang'e 4 On The Lunar Surface

On 3 January 2019 the Chinese spacecraft Chang'e 4 safely landed on the floor of Von Kármán crater (186 kilometer diameter, 116 miles).


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Earth's Oldest Rock Found on the Moon?

Earth's Oldest Rock Found on the Moon?

Scientists discover what may be Earth's oldest rock in a lunar sample returned by the Apollo 14 astronauts.


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What the Moon's Craters Reveal About the Earth's History

What the Moon's Craters Reveal About the Earth's History

Most scientists believe the rate at which the moon and Earth have been bombarded by meteorites has remained constant for the past two to three billion years.


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Many Large Lunar Craters Are Less Than One Billion Years Old

Many Large Lunar Craters Are Less Than One Billion Years Old

Using images and thermal data collected by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Southwest Research Institute scientists and their collaborators have calculated the ages of large lunar craters across the Moon to be less than 1 billion years.


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Chang'e-4 Lunar Panorama Released

Chang'e-4 Lunar Panorama Released

A panorama taken by the Chang'e-4 lander of itself, the Yutu-2 rover, and the surrounding lunar terrain on the far side of the Moon has been released.


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China Lands On The Far Side Of The Moon

China Lands On The Far Side Of The Moon

China landed Chang'e-4 inside of Von Karman crater on the far side of the Moon 10:26 a.m. BJT Thursday.


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NASA Seeks US Partners to Develop Reusable Systems to Land Astronauts on Moon

NASA Seeks US Partners to Develop Reusable Systems to Land Astronauts on Moon

As the next major step to return astronauts to the Moon under Space Policy Directive-1, NASA announced plans on Dec. 13 to work with American companies to design and develop new reusable systems for astronauts to land on the lunar surface.


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NASA Calls for Instruments, Technologies for Delivery to the Moon

NASA Calls for Instruments, Technologies for Delivery to the Moon

NASA has announced a call for Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads that will fly to the Moon on commercial lunar landers as early as next year or 2020.


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Moon to Reveal Secrets of the Infant Universe

Moon to Reveal Secrets of the Infant Universe

The Moon may be the key to unlocking how the first stars and galaxies shaped the early Universe.


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Copernicus Crater's Central Peak

Copernicus Crater's Central Peak

Copernicus (9.62°N, 339.92°E), which is easily seen with a moderately powerful backyard telescope, is one of the best-known craters on the Moon.


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Lunar Craters Named in Honor of Apollo 8

Lunar Craters Named in Honor of Apollo 8

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union has today officially approved the naming of two craters on the Moon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission. The names are Anders's Earthrise and 8 Homeward.


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Lunar Swirls Point to the Moon's Volcanic Magnetic Past

Lunar Swirls Point to the Moon's Volcanic Magnetic Past

The mystery behind lunar swirls, one of the solar system's most beautiful optical anomalies, may finally be solved thanks to a joint Rutgers University and University of California Berkeley study.


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LRO Images SMART-1 Crash Site

LRO Images SMART-1 Crash Site

This greyscale, mottled image shows a patch of the Moon's surface, and features an intriguing shape towards the top of the frame.



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