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Mare Exemplum

Scientists the NASA Ames Research Center conducted an experiment in the late 1960s to simulate the evolution of the lunar surface. Without atmosphere and notable geological activity, the only processes that alter the surface are erosion and sedimentation, both caused by impacts: new craters and ejecta continuously reshape the landscape. So researchers started with a smooth surface of quartz sand, shot different sized projectiles into it and took photographs which was later combined into a film. The experiment was named Mare Exemplum (Sea of Examples).


Last Updated (Saturday, 05 November 2011 10:04)


Volcanic tunnels may provide shelter on the Moon

We have already been to the Moon several times, but we need to overcome more obstacles for not just to get there, but to stay there as well. Russian scientists say the surface of the Moon may help us in this endeavor.


Last Updated (Wednesday, 26 October 2011 10:43)


LADEE will talk with lasers

Satellites and space probes currently communicate the Earth and with each other via radio waves. Despite the innovative solutions for higher data transfer rates and compression techniques though, NASA's capabilities will not keep pace with the needs of future instruments and human spaceflight. The solution is to augment the current radio-based systems with optical technology. Laser-based communications will increase the data rates by anywhere between 10 to 100 times. New technologies must be tested though, before trusting critical operations on them.

Last Updated (Saturday, 22 October 2011 16:09)


The 2011 GLXP Hardware Reel is here!

The X-Prize Foundation assembles a neat video every year about the developments and progress of the various GLXP teams. The latest Hardware Reel features 13 teams, this time including us too. And the small Teve rover is just the beginning, the next reel will hopefully see our Iteration 2 (Hunveyor-15) rover being on the move!


Last Updated (Friday, 07 October 2011 09:35)


How is GRAIL going to measure the Moon?

NASA's twin satellites were successfully launched in early September to map the Moon's gravitational field and internal structure. The Delta-II rocket carrying the space probes lifted from Cape Canaveral on the 10th of September, after a two-day delay. This was the last start of the legendary launch vehicle from the East Coast and most likely the penultimate overall. The Delta-II lifted a lot of GPS and Iiridum birds and numerous scientific satellites, space probes and telescopes, including all American Mars probes since the nineties. Only a single one of its 146 launches was a complete failure although that one produced very spectacular fireworks.

Last Updated (Saturday, 01 October 2011 11:20)

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