Topic: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

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  • Moon's got water, yeah. But it's got other resource goodies, too.

    Moon's got water, yeah. But it's got other resource goodies, too.

    Besides water, frigid craters at the moon's poles hold other resources that astronauts might be able to use to sustain lunar bases. There's even a bit of silver.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Deep Impacts

    Meteor Crater is one of the youngest and best-preserved impact craters on Earth. The crater formed roughly 50,000 years ago when a 30-meter-wide, iron-rich meteor weighing 100,000 tons struck the Arizona desert at an estimated 20 kilometers per second. The resulting explosion exceeded the combined force of today's nuclear arsenals and created a 1.1-kilometer-wide, 200-meter-deep crater. Meteor Crater is a simple crater since it has no central peak or rim terraces.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 09/27

    In this Sept. 25 photo, a Minotaur 4 rocket carrying the Space Based Space Surveillance satellite blasts off and heads toward orbit at 9:41 p.m., at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The satellite is designed to detect and monitor debris, satellites and other space objects that could be a threat to national security, communications and weather satellites.

  • The moon as solar system's Rosetta stone?

    The moon as solar system's Rosetta stone?

    New research suggests that two distinct groups of objects battered the surface of the moon – and could give clues into the early days of Earth's solar system.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 09/07

    This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image captures the tempestuous stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, located 7,500 light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation Carina.

  • Is the moon really a 'been there done that' world?

    Cool Astronomy Is the moon really a 'been there done that' world?

    In the past year, we've learned that the moon is a very different place than what we had thought. Should we be so quick to disregard a manned mission?

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 06/29

    A supernova remnant sits next to the nebula N76 in a bright, star-forming region of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy located about 200,000 light-years from Earth. A supernova remnant is made up of the messy bits and pieces of a massive star that exploded, or went supernova.

  • Water on the moon: Eureka! They've found it!

    Water on the moon: Eureka! They've found it!

    NASA's sampling of a plume of material from a dark crater turns up water on the moon – and other organic compounds, too.

  • After moon bombing, search for water begins

    After moon bombing, search for water begins

    With moon bombing mission over, NASA is sifting data to learn if polar craters hold water.

  • NASA moon 'bombing' a plunge into the mystery of lunar water

    NASA moon 'bombing' a plunge into the mystery of lunar water

    Two pieces of a NASA spacecraft – not bombs – will crash into the moon early Friday morning, hoping to kick up evidence of water ice at the bottom of a frigid south pole crater.

 
 
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