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NASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon's Surface

LADEE in lunar orbit. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 18.04.2014]
Ground controllers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. PDT Thursday, April 17.

LADEE to Continue Gathering Data Up to Planned Lunar Impact

LADEE approaches lunar orbit. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 03.04.2014]
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft is gradually lowering its orbital altitude to continue making science observations prior to its planned impact on the moon’s surface on or before April 21.

NASA Challenge Invites Students to Design Exploration Systems

A prototype of an inflatable lunar habitat. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 03.04.2014]
College and university students have an opportunity to help design systems for future space habitats and exploration systems through NASA's Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge. Applications for the fifth annual challenge will be accepted through April 30.

Astronomy from the Moon: ILOA Acquires Exclusive Images from Chang’E-3 Lunar Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope

Chang'e-3 on the Moon. Credits: CNSA

[ILOA Press Release - 19.03.2014]
The International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) is receiving exclusive images from key partners at NAOC in Beijing, comprising data from the Lunar Ultraviolet Telescope aboard Chang'e-3 operating on the surface of the Moon.

NASA Releases First Interactive Mosaic of Lunar North Pole

LRO mosaic of lunar north pole. Credits: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

[NASA Press Release - 18.03.2014]
Scientists, using cameras aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have created the largest high resolution mosaic of our moon’s north polar region. The six-and-a-half feet (two-meters)-per-pixel images cover an area equal to more than one-quarter of the United States.

NASA Discusses Lunar CATALYST Commercial Lunar Lander Initiative

Astronauts and Lander on the surface of the Moon. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 24.01.2014]
NASA will host a media teleconference at 12:30 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 27, to discuss the Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown (Lunar CATALYST) initiative.

NASA Announces Partnership Opportunities for U.S. Commercial Lunar Lander Capabilities

Astrobotic's Griffin Lunar lander.  Credits: Astrobotic

[NASA Press Release - 17.01.2014]
Building on the progress of NASA's partnerships with the U.S. commercial space industry to develop new spacecraft and rockets capable of delivering cargo, and soon, astronauts to low Earth orbit, the agency is now looking for opportunities to spur commercial cargo transportation capabilities to the surface of the moon.

ILOA To Use Chang'e-3 Moon Lander Telescope For Galaxy Imaging

Chang'e-3 / Yutu Moon rover. Credits: CNSA

[ILOA Press Release 07.09.2013]

Helping China to the Moon

Chang'e-3 / Yutu Moon rover. Credits: CNSA

[ESA Press Release - 29.11.2013]
Shortly after China’s Chang’e-3 spacecraft departs Earth to land on the Moon, ESA’s network of tracking stations will swing into action, providing crucial support for the vessel’s five-day lunar cruise.

NASA Spacecraft Begins Collecting Lunar Atmosphere Data

LADEE approaches lunar orbit. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 21.11.2013]
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is ready to begin collecting science data about the moon.

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