Posts filtered by tags: LRO[x]


 

Scientists found moving water on the Moon

The Moon apparently isn't nearly as dry as scientists once thought. That's the message from researchers using data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to detect water molecules and the behavior of the moisture over the course of a lunar day.Earth's Moon was once assumed to be a dry and dusty place, but over time that image has changed. Scientists discovered ice present near its poles, and more recently we've learned that liquid water does indeed exist within the lunar su...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Moon, Geophysical Research Letters, LRO, Lyman Alpha Mapping Project


Amazing NASA satellite photos show China's new lunar lander and rover on the far side of the moon

China recently landed the first-ever robotic mission on the far side (not "dark side") of the moon, called Chang'e 4. NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a moon satellite, photographed the Chinese spacecraft on January 30. NASA published the first satellite image of China's landing site on Wednesday. The image shows the Chang'e 4 spacecraft on the floor of an expansive crater. China landed its Chang'e 4 lunar mission on January 3, setting down the first-ever robots on the moon's far side. M...
Tags: Congress, China, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mark Robinson, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Don, Chang, Robinson, Yutu, John Logsdon, Von Karman, LROC, LRO


Watch the moon get pounded by 1 billion years' worth of big asteroids in a 1-minute animation

Asteroid impacts on Earth are hidden by erosion, but the moon keeps a pristine record of them. Researchers dated 111 larger craters on the moon to reconstruct Earth's impact history over the past 1 billion years. The team discovered that larger asteroid strikes were 2.6 times more common in the latter 300 million years of that time period. An animation illustrates the impact data with light and sound. The moon has been hiding a big secret about Earth in plain sight. Evidence of ancient aster...
Tags: Trends, Nasa, Earth, Don, Bottke, William Bottke, Southwest Research Institute, LRO


A scientist at NASA has located the exact place China landed its historic lunar mission on the moon's far side

For the first time in history, China landed a spacecraft on the moon's far side. The Chang'e-4 mission safely placed a rover and lander on the lunar surface Wednesday night (early Thursday morning in China). Broadly, the moon mission landed inside a crater that's located within a large, ancient collision site called the South Pole-Aitken Basin. China has not been specific about precisely where its mission landed, but NASA lunar scientists may have located the exact spot. For the first time in...
Tags: England, China, Russia, Israel, US, Trends, Nasa, Mark Robinson, Don, Chang, UTC, Noah Petro, China National Space Administration, Petro, LRO, CNSA


A scientist at NASA has figured out exactly where China landed its historic lunar mission on the moon's far side

For the first time in history, China landed a spacecraft on the moon's far side. The Chang'e-4 mission safely placed a rover and lander on the lunar surface Wednesday night (early Thursday morning in China). Broadly, the moon mission landed inside a crater that's located within a large, ancient collision site called the South Pole-Aitken Basin. China has not been specific about precisely where its mission landed, but NASA lunar scientists may have located the exact spot. For the first time in...
Tags: England, China, Russia, Israel, US, Trends, Nasa, Mark Robinson, Don, Chang, UTC, Noah Petro, China National Space Administration, Petro, LRO, CNSA


The moon has ice on its surface in hundreds of places — and it could be the 'first step in building a space economy'

Ice may be exposed at hundreds of locations on the surface of the moon, a new study suggests. This surface water appears to be trapped in shadowed craters at the lunar poles. Robotic or human missions could harvest lunar ice and turn it into fuel for spacecraft. However, engineers who study space mining say we need to send rovers into craters to find out how wide and deep the ice deposits go. Shadowy craters near the moon's poles may hide untold reserves of ice — an incredibly precious resou...
Tags: Amazon, Elon Musk, China, India, Israel, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Ames Research Center, National Academy of Sciences, Missouri University of Science and Technology, NASA s Science Mission Directorate


Ice may lurk on the moon's surface in hundreds of locations — and it could be the 'first step in building a space economy'

Ice may be exposed at hundreds of locations on the surface of the moon, a new study suggests. This surface water appears to be trapped in shadowed craters at the lunar poles. Robotic or human missions could harvest lunar ice and turn it into fuel for spacecraft. However, engineers who study space mining say we need to send rovers into craters to find out how wide and deep the ice deposits go. Shadowy craters near the moon's poles may hide untold reserves of ice — an incredibly precious resou...
Tags: Amazon, Elon Musk, China, India, Israel, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Mars, Jeff Bezos, National Academy of Sciences, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Chandrayaan, Colorado School of Mines


Ice may exist on the moon's surface at hundreds of locations — and that could be very good news for colonizing space

A new study suggests there are hundreds of spots where ice may be exposed on the surface of the moon. This surface ice appears to be trapped in shadowed craters at the lunar poles. Human or robotic missions could harvest such water and turn it into fuel for spacecraft. However, engineers who study space mining say we need to send rovers into craters to find out how wide or deep the ice deposits go. Shadowy craters near the moon's poles may hide untold reserves of ice — an incredibly precious...
Tags: China, India, Israel, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Moon, National Academy of Sciences, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Chandrayaan, Colorado School of Mines, LRO, LCROSS, Leslie Gertsch, Gertsch


Moon ice may be much easier to harvest than previously thought — and it could be the 'first step in building a space economy'

Ice may be exposed at hundreds of locations on the surface of the moon, a new study suggests. This surface water appears to be trapped in shadowed craters at the lunar poles. Robotic or human missions could harvest lunar ice and turn it into fuel for spacecraft. However, engineers who study space mining say we need to send rovers into craters to find out how wide and deep the ice deposits go. Shadowy craters near the moon's poles may hide untold reserves of ice — an incredibly precious resou...
Tags: Amazon, Elon Musk, China, India, Israel, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Mars, Jeff Bezos, National Academy of Sciences, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Chandrayaan, Colorado School of Mines


A NASA moon mission got smacked by a piece of space debris and lived to tell the tale

Way back in October 2014, one of NASA's spacecraft had a very bad day.  The space agency's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) — which launched on its mission to study the moon in 2009 — was actually smacked in the camera by a tiny piece of fast-moving space debris on Oct. 13, 2014.  But amazingly, it lived to tell the tale.  SEE ALSO: The Best Moons in the Solar System A photo taken that day by the LRO's camera in question shows a kind of incredible looking zigzag pattern distorti...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Mark Robinson, John Keller, Alex Parker, LRO, NASA Goddard Arizona State University


Camera on NASA's Lunar Orbiter survived 2014 meteoroid hit

Images from LRO show a brief violent movement of one of the Narrow Angle Cameras on NASA's Lunar Orbiter in October of 2014.
Tags: Nasa, LRO


Camera on NASA's Lunar Orbiter survived 2014 meteoroid hit

Images from LRO show a brief violent movement of one of the Narrow Angle Cameras in October of 2014.
Tags: Science, Nasa, LRO