NASA's GRAIL Lunar Impact Site Named for Astronaut Sally Ride

Grail impact trajectory. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 17.12.2012]
NASA has named the site where twin agency spacecraft impacted the moon Monday in honor of the late astronaut Sally K. Ride, who was America's first woman in space and a member of the probes' mission team.

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-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.

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