Category Archives: Moon Base

Space policy of the Barack Obama administration

The space policy of the Barack Obama administration was announced by U.S. President Barack Obama on April 15, 2010, at a major space policy speech at Kennedy Space Center.[1] He committed to increasing NASA funding by $6 billion over five … Continue reading

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Artemis

Illustration of Artemis-P1 liberations orbits. Credit: NASA/Goddard ARTEMIS-P1 is the first spacecraft to navigate to and perform stationkeeping operations around the Earth-Moon L1 and L2 Lagrangian points. There are five Lagrangian points associated with the Earth-Moon system. The two points … Continue reading

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Moon Pictures

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/ LPOD Photo Gallery Motivation During the late 1800s and well into the 1900s it seemed that every book that described the craters, mountains and other features of Earth’s moon was titled The Moon. In my mind this came to … Continue reading

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Grail At the Moon

 Grail Recovery and Interior Labratory NASA’s Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL)-A spacecraft successfully completed its planned main engine burn at 2 p.m. PST (5 p.m. EST) today. As of 3 p.m. PST (6 p.m. EST), GRAIL-A is in a … Continue reading

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Sphere and Sound Waves

Don demonstrates water oscillations on a speaker in microgravity, and ZZ Top rocks the boat 250 miles above Earth.Science off the Sphere: Space Soundwaves So of course I might wonder about cymatics in space. It ‘s more the idea that … Continue reading

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Grail: Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory

GRAIL Spacecraft Logo NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, spacecraft logo is emblazoned on the first stage of a United Launch Alliance Delta II launch vehicle, now secured in the gantry at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space … Continue reading

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LRO’s Crater Science Investigations

If you want to learn more about the history of Earth and other rocky planets in the solar system, craters are a great place to look. Now, thanks to LRO’s LROC instrument, we can take a much closer look at … Continue reading

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Moon Base Alpha

This treaty became effective on January 27, 1967. As its name implies, the Outer Space Treaty prohibits placing into orbit around the Earth any objects carrying nuclear weapons or any other kinds of weapons of mass destruction, the installation of … Continue reading

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Intelligent Life in the Universe?

While Drake’s equation is a good basis for systematic investigations of signals from extraterrestrial intelligences, I care little about the admittedly scarce possibility that we ever receive positive news from our SETI searches. I care more about the fact that, … Continue reading

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Hubble Reveals Potential Titanium Oxide Deposits at Aristarchus and Schroter’s Valley Rille

Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Garvin (NASA/GSFC)Aristarchus Crater in False Color This color composite focuses on the 26-mile-diameter (42-kilometer-diameter) Aristarchus impact crater, and employs ultraviolet- to visible-color-ratio information to accentuate differences that are potentially diagnostic of ilmenite- (i.e, titanium oxide) … Continue reading

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