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ILOA To Use Chang'e-3 Moon Lander Telescope For Galaxy Imaging

Chang'e-3 / Yutu Moon rover. Credits: CNSA

[ILOA Press Release 07.09.2013]

Helping China to the Moon

Chang'e-3 / Yutu Moon rover. Credits: CNSA

[ESA Press Release - 29.11.2013]
Shortly after China’s Chang’e-3 spacecraft departs Earth to land on the Moon, ESA’s network of tracking stations will swing into action, providing crucial support for the vessel’s five-day lunar cruise.

NASA Spacecraft Begins Collecting Lunar Atmosphere Data

LADEE approaches lunar orbit. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 21.11.2013]
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is ready to begin collecting science data about the moon.

Moon mission beams laser data to ESA station

LADEE transmitting laser signal. Credits: NASA

[ESA Press Release - 01.11.2013]
ESA’s ground station on the island of Tenerife has received laser signals over a distance of 400 000 km from NASA’s latest Moon orbiter. The data were delivered many times faster than possible with traditional radio waves, marking a significant breakthrough in space communications.

NASA Laser Communication System Sets Record with Data Transmissions to and from Moon

LADEE LLCD Operations. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 22.10.2013]
NASA's Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) has made history using a pulsed laser beam to transmit data over the 239,000 miles between the moon and Earth at a record-breaking download rate of 622 megabits per second (Mbps).

Astrobotic Unveils Lower Lunar Delivery Pricing

Astrobotic's Griffin Lunar lander hardware.  Credits: Astrobotic

[Astrobotic Press Release - 08.07.2013]
Astrobotic Technology Inc. has unveiled lower pricing for its lunar delivery services in its updated Payload User’s Guide released today. Now scientists, advertisers, engineers, artists, and other lunar visionaries can secure space aboard Astrobotic’s 2015 lunar mission for 30% less than previously published rates.

NASA Selects Astrobotic to Demonstrate Asteroid and Moon Landing Technology

Astrobotic's Griffin Lunar lander.  Credits: Astrobotic

[Astrobotic Press Release - 04.04.2013]
Last week Astrobotic successfully flew a sensor package designed to guide spacecraft safely to the surface of asteroids, moons, planets, and beyond. The flight occurred on an unmanned helicopter operated by a pilot on the ground.

NASA-Funded Scientists Detect Water on Moon's Surface that Hints at Water Below

Chandrayaan-1 image of water on the Moon surface. Credits: ISRO/NASA/JPL-Caltech/USGS/Brown Univ

NASA-funded lunar research has yielded evidence of water locked in mineral grains on the surface of the moon from an unknown source deep beneath the surface.

NASA Prepares for First Virginia Coast Launch to Moon

LADEE approaches lunar orbit. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 22.08.2013]
In an attempt to answer prevailing questions about our moon, NASA is making final preparations to launch a probe at 11:27 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 6, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

Laser communications set for Moon mission

LADEE approaches lunar orbit. Credits: NASA

[ESA Press Release - 30.07.2013]
An advanced laser system offering vastly faster data speeds is now ready for linking with spacecraft beyond our planet following a series of crucial ground tests. Later this year, ESA’s observatory in Spain will use the laser to communicate with a NASA Moon orbiter.

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