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The Moon as seen by Scriven Bolton, Etienne Trouvelot, Lucien Rudaux, Chesley Bonestell

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Various views of the Moon

Scientific illustrations, thanks to the vision of great artists fascinated by astronomical research and astronautics, have provided us with an accurate depiction of the possible views which mankind will one day observed from locations other than our planet.


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Surviving The Long Dark Night of the Moon

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Earth and the Moon

Designers of future Moon missions and bases have to contend with a chilling challenge: how might their creations endure the fortnight-long lunar night? ESA has arrived at a low-cost way of surviving.

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NASA Radar Finds India's Lost  Chandrayaan-1 Lunar Spacecraft

NASA Radar Finds India's Lost Chandrayaan-1 Lunar Spacecraft

Finding derelict spacecraft and space debris in Earth's orbit can be a technological challenge.


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The Moon is Older Than Everyone Thought

The Moon is Older Than Everyone Thought

A UCLA-led research team reports that the moon is at least 4.51 billion years old, or 40 million to 140 million years older than scientists previously thought.


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New Theory of Lunar Formation: Multiple Impacts and Mini-Moons

New Theory of Lunar Formation: Multiple Impacts and Mini-Moons

The Moon, and the question of how it was formed, has long been a source of fascination and wonder.


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Solar Storms Could Spark Soils at the Moon's Poles

Solar Storms Could Spark Soils at the Moon's Poles Video in Story

Powerful solar storms can charge up the soil in frigid, permanently shadowed regions near the lunar poles, and may possibly produce "sparks" that could vaporize and melt the soil, perhaps as much as meteoroid impacts, according to NASA-funded research.


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Moonrise In Earth Orbit

Moonrise In Earth Orbit

Thomas Pesquet: This is tonight's "super moon" seen from space! The last one I saw was in Baikonur ... I like this one better! ;)


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November Supermoon a Spectacular Sight

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The moon is a familiar sight in our sky, brightening dark nights and reminding us of space exploration, past and present.


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Explaining The Moon's Weird Orbit

Explaining The Moon's Weird Orbit

The moon, Earth's closest neighbor, is among the strangest planetary bodies in the solar system.


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GRAIL Insights Into Giant Lunar Impacts

GRAIL Insights Into Giant Lunar Impacts

New results from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission are providing insights into the huge impacts that dominated the early history of Earth's moon and other solid worlds, like Earth, Mars, and the satellites of the outer solar system.


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Using The Moon to Study Impact Event That Killed The Dinosaurs

Using The Moon to Study Impact Event That Killed The Dinosaurs

A team of scientists led by Universities Space Research Association's David Kring at the Lunar and Planetary Institute is using observations of the Moon to further understand the impact on Earth that is linked to the extinction of the dinosaurs.


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Small Lunar Impacts More Common Than Previously Thought

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The Moon's surface is being "gardened" -- churned by small impacts -- more than 100 times faster than scientists previously thought.


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Dry Debris or Liquid Flow on The Moon?

Dry Debris or Liquid Flow on The Moon?

Stevinus A (31.75°S, 51.55°E) is an 8 km diameter crater with very smooth, high albedo crater walls and low albedo streamers and streaks.


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First Earthrise Image Taken 50 Years Ago Today

First Earthrise Image Taken 50 Years Ago Today

50 Years ago today, on 23 August 1966, Lunar Orbiter 1 snapped the first photo of Earth as seen from lunar orbit. While a remarkable image at the time, the full resolution of the image was never retrieved from the data stored from the mission.


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Measuring Earth Moon Distances By Laser

Measuring Earth Moon Distances By Laser

The Earth-Moon-Sun system has traditionally provided the best laboratory for testing the strong equivalence principle.


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Protoplanet Impact May Have Formed Moon's Imbrium Basin

Protoplanet Impact May Have Formed Moon's Imbrium Basin

Around 3.8 billion years ago, an asteroid more than 150 miles across, roughly equal to the length of New Jersey, slammed into the Moon and created the Imbrium Basin -- the right eye of the fabled Man in the Moon.



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