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ILOA and Moon Express Unveil Worlds’ First Privately Sponsored Lunar Telescope

The ILO-X Lunar Telescope. Credits: Moon Express

[ILOA Press Release - 29.05.2013]
The International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA), based in Hawai`i and led by American businessman and educator Steve Durst, today unveiled flight test hardware for the first private telescope that will be launched to the Moon in 2015. Designed and built under contract from ILOA by Silicon Valley-based Moon Express, Inc., the International Lunar Observatory precursor (ILO-X) will capture never before seen images of the Galaxies, Stars, Planets, Moon and Earth and be accessible to educators, researchers and the general public in a pioneering experiment to democratize access to space exploration.

NASA's Grail Mission Solves Mystery of Moon's Surface Gravity

Variations in the lunar gravity field as measured by GRAIL. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 30.05.2013]
NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission has uncovered the origin of massive invisible regions that make the moon's gravity uneven, a phenomenon that affects the operations of lunar-orbiting spacecraft.

Because of GRAIL's findings, spacecraft on missions to other celestial bodies can navigate with greater precision in the future.

Teams Prepare For NASA $1.5 Million Robot Challenge

Artist impression of a regolith exavator. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 29.05.2013]
Eleven teams from across the country and around the globe are preparing to compete for $1.5 million during NASA's 2013 Sample Return Robot Challenge, June 5-7 at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass.

Bright Explosion on the Moon

Lunar meteoroid impact sites. Credits: NASA.

[NASA Press Release - 17.05.2013]
For the past 8 years, NASA astronomers have been monitoring the Moon for signs of explosions caused by meteoroids hitting the lunar surface. "Lunar meteor showers" have turned out to be more common than anyone expected, with hundreds of detectable impacts occurring every year.

They've just seen the biggest explosion in the history of the program.

Puerto Rico Teams Take Top Spots at 20th NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

NASA Great Moonbuggy Race logo. Credits: NASA

NASA today declared the winners of the 20th NASA Great Moonbuggy Race at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. Team 1 from Teodoro Aguilar Mora Vocational High School of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, won first place in the high school division; racers from the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao claimed the college-division trophy.

Registration Opens for NASA Night Rover Energy Challenge

Night Rover Challenge Logo. Credits: Cleantech Open

Registration is open for teams seeking to compete in the
$1.5 million energy storage competition known as the Night Rover Challenge, sponsored by NASA and the Cleantech Open of Palo Alto, Calif.

Building a lunar base with 3D printing

Lunar base made with 3D printing. Credits: Foster+Partners

[ESA Press Release - 31.01.2013]
Setting up a lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local materials. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster + Partners have joined with ESA to test the feasibility of 3D printing using lunar soil.

ESA workhorse to power NASA’s Orion spacecraft

Orion with the MPCV-SM from ESA. Credits: ESA

[ESA Press Release - 16.01.2013]
ESA agreed with NASA today to contribute a driving force to the Orion spacecraft planned for launch in 2017. Ultimately, Orion will carry astronauts further into space than ever before using a module based on Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle technology.

NASA's GRAIL Lunar Impact Site Named for Astronaut Sally Ride

Grail impact trajectory. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 17.12.2012]
NASA has named the site where twin agency spacecraft impacted the moon Monday in honor of the late astronaut Sally K. Ride, who was America's first woman in space and a member of the probes' mission team.

NASA to Provide Dec. 17 Commentary as Twin Probes End Lunar Mission

Grail impact trajectory. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 14.12.2012]
NASA will provide live commentary of the scheduled lunar surface impacts of its twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft beginning at 2 p.m. PST (5 p.m. EST) Monday, Dec. 17. The event will be broadcast on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website.

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