Moon

LADEE Sees Zodiacal Light before Crashing into Moon, but Apollo Mystery Remains

by Bob King April 24, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) literally ‘saw the light’ just days before crashing into the lunar farside last Thursday April 17. Skimming just a few kilometers above the moon’s surface, mission controllers took advantage of this unique low angle to gaze out over […]

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NASA’s Highly Productive LADEE Dust Explorer Probe Crashes into the Moon as Planned

by Ken Kremer April 18, 2014

NASA’s LADEE lunar orbiting dust and atmosphere explorer probe has bitten the dust and crashed into the Moon’s surface exactly as planned following a fabulously successful and groundbreaking science mission that exceeded all expectations. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the far side of the Moon sometime overnight between 12:30-1:22 a.m. […]

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Is Saturn Making a New Moon?

by Jason Major April 14, 2014

Congratulations! It’s a baby… moon? A bright clump spotted orbiting Saturn at the outermost edge of its A ring may be a brand new moon in the process of being born, according to research recently published in the journal Icarus. “We have not seen anything like this before,” said Carl Murray of Queen Mary University […]

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Cassini Sees a “Zen Garden” on Titan

by Jason Major April 8, 2014

Looking like the flowing designs carved by a Zen gardener’s rake, long parallel dunes of hydrocarbon sand stretch across the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan. The image above, acquired by Cassini in July 2013, reveals these intriguing and remarkably Earthlike landforms in unprecedented detail via radar, which can easily pierce through Titan’s thick clouds. I’m […]

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Can You Escape the Force of Gravity?

by Fraser Cain April 7, 2014

It feels like you just can’t get away from clingy gravity. Even separated by distances of hundreds of millions of light years, gravity is reaching out to all of us. Is there a place you could go to get away from gravity entirely? Fortunately for our space intolerant tissues and terrible oxygen dependency withdrawal symptoms, […]

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