Category Archives: Moon

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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Mining Helium 3 On the Moon

Helium-3 (He-3, sometimes called tralphium[1]) is a light, non-radioactive isotope of helium with two protons and one neutron. It is rare on the Earth, and it is sought for use in nuclear fusion research. The abundance of helium-3 is thought … 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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Mechanical Converted Sounds of Operation

MSL Curiosity’s Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer, with a ruler ChemCam: ChemCam is a suite of remote sensing instruments, including the first laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) system to be used for planetary science and a remote micro-imager (RMI). See also: Curiosity … 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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Space Geodesy

 Project manager Stephen Merkowitz talks about his work with NASA’s Space Geodesy Project, including a brief overview of the four fundamental techniques of space geodesy: GPS, VLBI, SLR, and DORIS. Learn more about space geodesy at: http://space-geodesy.nasa.gov/ This video is … 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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SuperMoon

A supermoon image of March 19, 2011 In astrology, a supermoon is a full or new moon that coincides with a close approach by the Moon to the Earth. The Moon’s distance varies each month between approximately 354,000 km (220,000 … Continue reading

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