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Destination: Moon

ESA has released this beautiful and informative video called Destination: Moon about lunar exploration, enjoy!

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 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-Funded Scientists Detect Water on Moon's Surface that Hints at Water Below

Chandrayaan-1 image of water on the Moon surface. Credits: ISRO/NASA/JPL-Caltech/USGS/Brown Univ

NASA-funded lunar research has yielded evidence of water locked in mineral grains on the surface of the moon from an unknown source deep beneath the surface.

NASA's Grail Mission Solves Mystery of Moon's Surface Gravity

Variations in the lunar gravity field as measured by GRAIL. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 30.05.2013]
NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission has uncovered the origin of massive invisible regions that make the moon's gravity uneven, a phenomenon that affects the operations of lunar-orbiting spacecraft.

Because of GRAIL's findings, spacecraft on missions to other celestial bodies can navigate with greater precision in the future.

NASA to Provide Dec. 17 Commentary as Twin Probes End Lunar Mission

Grail impact trajectory. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 14.12.2012]
NASA will provide live commentary of the scheduled lunar surface impacts of its twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft beginning at 2 p.m. PST (5 p.m. EST) Monday, Dec. 17. The event will be broadcast on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website.

Twin NASA Probes Prepare for Dec. 17 Mission-Ending Moon Impact

First image of the lunar surface by LRO. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 13.12.2012]
Twin lunar-orbiting NASA spacecraft that have allowed scientists to learn more about the internal structure and composition of the moon are being prepared for their controlled descent and impact on a mountain near the moon's north pole at about
2:28 p.m. PST (5:28 p.m. EST) Monday, Dec. 17.

NASA to Host Dec.13 Teleconference on Twin Probes Mission Ending Moon Impact

An artist’s depiction of the twin spacecraft (Ebb and Flow) that comprise NASA’s GRAIL mission. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MIT

[NASA Press Release - 10.12.2012]
NASA will host a media teleconference at 10:30 a.m. PST (1:30 p.m. EST) Thursday, Dec. 13, to provide an overview of events leading up to twin spacecraft being commanded to impact the moon's surface on Dec. 17 at approximately 2:28 p.m.

NASA Twin Spacecraft Create Most Accurate Gravity Map of Moon

Variations in the lunar gravity field as measured by GRAIL. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 12.05.2012]
Twin NASA probes orbiting the moon have generated the highest resolution gravity field map of any celestial body.

The new map, created by the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory

NASA Spacecraft Reveals Ice Content in Moon Crater

Elevation (left) and shaded relief (right) image of Shackleton from LRO. Credits: NASA/Zuber

[NASA Press Release - 20.06.2012]
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has returned data that indicate ice may make up as much as 22 percent of the surface material in a crater located on the moon's south pole.

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