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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.

Twin NASA Probes Prepare for Dec. 17 Mission-Ending Moon Impact

First image of the lunar surface by LRO. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 13.12.2012]
Twin lunar-orbiting NASA spacecraft that have allowed scientists to learn more about the internal structure and composition of the moon are being prepared for their controlled descent and impact on a mountain near the moon's north pole at about
2:28 p.m. PST (5:28 p.m. EST) Monday, Dec. 17.

NASA to Host Dec.13 Teleconference on Twin Probes Mission Ending Moon Impact

An artist’s depiction of the twin spacecraft (Ebb and Flow) that comprise NASA’s GRAIL mission. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MIT

[NASA Press Release - 10.12.2012]
NASA will host a media teleconference at 10:30 a.m. PST (1:30 p.m. EST) Thursday, Dec. 13, to provide an overview of events leading up to twin spacecraft being commanded to impact the moon's surface on Dec. 17 at approximately 2:28 p.m.

NASA Twin Spacecraft Create Most Accurate Gravity Map of Moon

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

[NASA Press Release - 12.05.2012]
Twin NASA probes orbiting the moon have generated the highest resolution gravity field map of any celestial body.

The new map, created by the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory

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