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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-WPI 2013 Robot Prize Competition Registration Open

[NASA Press Release - 25.10.2012]
NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass., have opened registration and are seeking teams to compete in next year's robot technology demonstration competition, which offers as much as $1.5 million in prize money.

NASA’s LADEE Spacecraft Gets Final Science Instrument Installed

LADEE undergoing testing. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 25.10.2012]
Engineers at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., have installed the third and final science instrument that will fly onboard NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE).

Chinese Scientists Details Plans for Moon Landing, Mars Exploration

A lunar rover proposal from the Shanghai Spaceflight Agency and others. Credits: China Daily

[CAS Press Release - 11.10.2012]
A senior scientist from China's lunar exploration program Wednesday revealed more details about the Chang'e-3 satellite, which will be launched in 2013, and China's plans to explore Mars.

Testing Mars and Moon soil for sheltering astronauts from radiation

Apollo 11 and Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the Moon. Credits: NASA

[ESA Press Release - 10.10.2012]
Humans venturing beyond Earth orbit deeper into space face increased exposure to cosmic radiation, so ESA has teamed with Germany’s GSI particle accelerator to test potential shielding for astronauts, including Moon and Mars soil.

NASA'S 2013 Lunabotics Competition Open For Registration

Lunar rover mining. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 24.08.2012]
NASA is accepting applications from teams of U.S. and international undergraduate and graduate students for the fourth annual Lunabotics Mining Competition. The event will be held at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida May 20-24, 2013.

Family Statement Regarding the Death of Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong on the Moon. Credits: NASA

The following is a statement from the Armstrong family regarding the death of former test pilot and NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong. He was 82.

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Independently sponsored space telescope to be launched to the Moon and deliver Galaxy Imagery from the lunar surface

IOLA Observatory on the Moon. Credits: ILOA

[ILOA Press Release - 26.07.2012]
The International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA), led by American businessman / educator Steve Durst, plans to place an astronomical observatory on the Moon to capture never before seen images of the Galaxy / Stars, Moon and Earth and broadcast them in support of the worldwide Galaxy Forum 21st Century Education program.

NASA Conducts Mission Simulations in Hawaii

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA)'s Artemis Jr. rover. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 17.07.2012]
NASA is conducting a nine-day field test starting Tuesday outside Hilo, Hawaii, to evaluate new exploration techniques for the surface of the moon. These mission simulations, known as analog missions, are performed at extreme and often remote Earth locations to prepare for robotic and human missions to extraterrestrial destinations.

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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