All posts tagged Moon

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Weekly Science Picks

It is with a heavy heart that I must say, this is my final set of Weekly Science Picks here on Australian Science. In fact, it’s to be the final set of Weekly Science Picks. Unfortunately, running a site like [...]

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Pluto’s new moons named: Spock still homeless

The dwarf planet, Pluto, can still generate plenty of public interest – if the naming of its two recently discovered moons is anything to go by. After their discovery, the leader of the research team, Mark Showalter, called for a [...]

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Giant Impact: making the moon

It began… where it always begins — out there — in the vastness of space. What would it look like, that void of empty nothingness? So early on in the sound of creation, indescribable things all around. Not yet planets, [...]

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Neil Armstrong’s speech in Sydney 24 August 2011

UPDATE: Regrettably, the CPA engaged lawyers to threaten me with everything they could think of if I didn’t pull the recording (below). So pull it I have. Please feel free to pass on any feelings about this to them. At least for [...]

Apollo 12 landing site, taken from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2011

The whole Earth-side of the Moon should be protected forever

Earlier this year, the New York Times had an interesting piece about museums seeking to protect small areas of the Moon around the Apollo landing sites. And a good thing too: “…the next generation of people visiting the moon might carelessly obliterate [...]

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Who found the water on the Moon?

At just over two tonnes, the second stage of an Atlas V rocket, makes for an unusual ‘kinetic probe’.  Nonetheless on October 9, 2009 NASA deliberately impacted a spent Centaur rocket into the lunar south polar crater Cabeus.  The target [...]

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GRAIL mission on final approach to Moon

If everything proceeds according to the plan, NASA’s GRAIL will enter the orbit tomorrow at 1:21 pm. GRAIL is a spacecraft designed and dedicated to monitor the orbit of moon. It will be launched in to the space tomorrow. GRAIL-A [...]