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The GRAIL twins entered orbit around the Moon


NASA greeted the New Year in style: the two GRAIL spacecraft arrived to the Moon on New Year's Eve and Day, and after a 40-minute braking maneuver, each entered their preliminary orbits. The probes are currently on a wide elliptical orbit and further burns will bring them down to 50 km above the surface over the next two months. Once there, they will map the gravitational field of the Moon which will help to determine it's internal structure.

 

Last Updated (Friday, 06 January 2012 16:16)

 

Puli reaches first base in Gödöllő

All companies encounter important milestones during it's lifetime. Maybe not necessarily an everyday business entity, but the Puli Space team already reached important steps too. For example, we already have an office at Colabs for software development and CAD engineering but we need to actually build the various hardware somewhere. But don't worry, the Puli's going to have a home now. Thanks to our sponsors and team members we introduced our new base, the assembly shop on 2011 November 11th, where we plan to develop and build our first Moon rovers and the necessary accessories.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 06 December 2011 09:46)

 

Factory visit at SAPA Profiles Kft

It has been more than one year now since Puli turned from an idea to a vision and entered the long and winding road leading to fulfilment. Several people and organizations behind those people joined our vision during that period. We were invited by one of them to Székesfehérvár a few weeks ago. István Füzes, who followed us enthusiastically since the start, wished to introduce his own “realm” to us.

The Puli delegation at the factory, from left to right: István Füzes (SAPA, production manager), Ervin Nagy, Dr. Tibor Pacher (team leader), Sándor Baranyai (SAPA), Tamás Kerékgyártó.

 

Last Updated (Friday, 02 December 2011 20:07)

 

Precious Surprise: Huge Titanium Sites on the Moon

There are many reasons why we should go back to the Moon. One of them is called titanium.

If we were looking for the best titanium sites on Earth, the most we would get is ore with 3 percent concentration. On the Moon, however, there are rocks boasting with as much as 18 percent titanium concentration. The large sites were recently found by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and were identified with spectral analysis by planetary geologist Jeffrey Gillis-Davis, from the University of Hawaii. This richness of titanium on the Moon is attributed to the more intense volcanic activity of the planet. It is supposed that as the Moon was cooling and solidifying, some elements – like titanium – did not mix well, so they formed a separate layer under the surface, that was later brought to the surface by the volcanic eruptions.

 

Last Updated (Tuesday, 22 November 2011 17:10)

 

Tide or impacts? The mystery of lunar magnetism

Scientists were shocked by a few rock samples, brought back by the Apollo astronauts – not literally of course but by the fact that they were magnetic. That required the rocks to solidify in the presence of a magnetic field at the time they formed but the researchers had no idea where that field would com from as the Moon was too small to have one. Not one but two new proposals appeared in the last few weeks however about possible mechanisms to drive a magnetic dynamo in the Moon.

 

Last Updated (Saturday, 19 November 2011 09:18)

 
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