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Modern Analysis Of Apollo Moon Rocks

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On July 20, 1969, as Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder from the "Eagle" lunar landing module, he found himself surrounded by a sea of grey -- an expanse of powdery dust no human had ever seen in person.


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Mass Anomaly Detected Under The Moon's Largest Crater

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A mysterious large mass of material has been discovered beneath the largest crater in our solar system -- the Moon's South Pole-Aitken basin -- and may contain metal from the asteroid that crashed into the Moon and formed the crater, according to a Baylor University study.

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Review: Apollo 8 -

Review: Apollo 8 - "First To The Moon"

A new documentary on Apollo 8, "First To The Moon", by filmmaker Paul Hildebrandt has been released. I am not going to mince words: this is the finest space documentary I have ever seen. Full stop.


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Lux Aeterna At The Moon's South Pole

Lux Aeterna At The Moon's South Pole

Close to the south pole, the Sun never rises far from the horizon, but as the Moon spins on its axis, the direction to the Sun changes.


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Expeditionary Astronauts Wanted

Expeditionary Astronauts Wanted

As NASA returns humans to the Moon and then heads out to Mars, a new type of astronaut will be required to explore these worlds. Let's called them "expeditionary astronauts".


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Water Formation on the Moon Has Been Demonstrated

Water Formation on the Moon Has Been Demonstrated

For the first time, a cross-disciplinary study has shown chemical, physical, and material evidence for water formation on the Moon.


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A Giant Impact Caused The Difference Between The Moon's Hemispheres

A Giant Impact Caused The Difference Between The Moon's Hemispheres

The stark difference between the Moon's heavily-cratered farside and the lower-lying open basins of the Earth-facing nearside has puzzled scientists for decades.


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Beresheet Lunar Impact Site Spotted By LRO

Beresheet Lunar Impact Site Spotted By LRO

SpaceIL, a non-profit organization, attempted to land its spacecraft in this ancient volcanic field on the nearside of the Moon. After a smooth initial descent, Beresheet made a hard landing on the surface.


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NASA Wants You To Share Your Apollo Story

NASA Wants You To Share Your Apollo Story

July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first time humans walked on the Moon.


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Magma Is The Key To The Moon's Makeup

Magma Is The Key To The Moon's Makeup

For more than a century, scientists have squabbled over how the Earth's moon formed. But researchers at Yale and in Japan say they may have the answer.


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NASA Scientist Leading Team to Combat Lunar Dust

NASA Scientist Leading Team to Combat Lunar Dust

Dust can be a nuisance -- on Earth and the Moon. Astronauts exploring the Moon's South Pole will need a way to help keep pesky lunar dust out of hard to reach places.


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Meteoroid Strikes Eject Water From The Moon

Meteoroid Strikes Eject Water From The Moon

Researchers from NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, report that streams of meteoroids striking the Moon infuse the thin lunar atmosphere with a short-lived water vapor.


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Moon's South Pole Is Among NASA's Landing Sites

Moon's South Pole Is Among NASA's Landing Sites

NASA is working right now to send American astronauts to the surface of the Moon in five years, and the agency has its sights set on a place no humans have ever gone before: the lunar South Pole.


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Lunar Water Molecules Hop as Surface Temperature Increases

Lunar Water Molecules Hop as Surface Temperature Increases

Small amounts of water are attached to lunar grains on the dayside of the Moon and migrate around depending on surface temperature, as reported in a new paper by Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Amanda Hendrix.


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Understanding Lunar Swirls

Understanding Lunar Swirls

Every object, planet or person traveling through space has to contend with the Sun's damaging radiation -- and the Moon has the scars to prove it.


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NASA Selects Experiments for Possible Lunar Flights in 2019

NASA Selects Experiments for Possible Lunar Flights in 2019

NASA has selected 12 science and technology demonstration payloads to fly to the Moon as early as the end of this year, dependent upon the availability of commercial landers.



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