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NASA Conducts Mission Simulations in Hawaii

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA)'s Artemis Jr. rover. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 17.07.2012]
NASA is conducting a nine-day field test starting Tuesday outside Hilo, Hawaii, to evaluate new exploration techniques for the surface of the moon. These mission simulations, known as analog missions, are performed at extreme and often remote Earth locations to prepare for robotic and human missions to extraterrestrial destinations.

NASA Spacecraft Reveals Ice Content in Moon Crater

Elevation (left) and shaded relief (right) image of Shackleton from LRO. Credits: NASA/Zuber

[NASA Press Release - 20.06.2012]
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has returned data that indicate ice may make up as much as 22 percent of the surface material in a crater located on the moon's south pole.

Excalibur Almaz announces lunar and deep space mission capability

Excalibur Almaz logo. Credits: Excalibur Almaz

[Excalibur Almaz Press Release - 29.05.2012]

ESA to catch laser beam from Moon mission

A computer-generated model of the LADEE spacecraft. Credits: NASA/Ames

[ESA Press Release - 19.06.2012]
In 2013, a NASA satellite will beam digital signals to an ESA receiving station fast enough to stream dozens of movies at once. The test will help to demonstrate the readiness of next-generation optical links for future data-intensive deep-space missions.

LEAG Annual Meeting Announcement

[LEAG Press Release - 14.06.2012]
The 2012 Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group will be held October 22–24, 2012, at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

NASA Lunar Spacecraft Complete Prime Mission Ahead of Schedule

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 - 29.05.2012]A NASA mission to study the moon from crust to core has completed its prime mission earlier than expected. The mission team of NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, with twin probes named Ebb and Flow, is now preparing for extended science operations starting Aug. 30 and continuing through Dec. 3, 2012.

NASA Invites 150 Lucky Twitter Followers to Launch of Lunar Spacecraft

Grail launch tweetup logo. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

[NASA Press Release - 01.09.2011]
NASA has invited 150 followers of the agency's Twitter account to a two-day launch Tweetup Sept. 7-8. The Tweetup is expected to culminate in the launch of the twin lunar-bound GRAIL spacecraft aboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Research Suggests Water Content Of Moon Interior Underestimated

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

[NASA Press Release - 14.06.2010]
NASA-funded scientists estimate from recent research that the volume of water molecules locked inside minerals in the moon's interior could exceed the amount of water in the Great Lakes here on Earth.

NASA Invites Public to Take Virtual Walk on Moon

[NASA Press Release - 11.05.2010]
More than 37 years after humans last walked on the moon, planetary scientists are inviting members of the public to return to the lunar surface as "virtual astronauts" to help answer important scientific questions.

No spacesuit or rocket ship is required - all visitors need to do is go to www.moonzoo.org and be among the first to see the lunar surface in unprecedented detail. New high-resolution images, taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), offer exciting clues to unveil or reveal the history of the moon and our solar system.

Barcelona Moon Team Enters $30 Million Google Lunar X PRIZE Competition

Barcelona Moon Team logo. Credits: GLXP

[GLXP Press Release - 21.04.2010]
Today, Barcelona Moon Team, a multidisciplinary joint venture bringing together Spanish entrepreneurial, industrial and academic capabilities, announced its official entry into the Google Lunar X PRIZE - a $30 million competition that challenges space professionals and engineers from across the globe to build and launch to the moon a privately funded spacecraft capable of completing a series of exploration and transmission tasks. Barcelona Moon Team, headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, is among the 21 teams from 11 countries that are vying for their share of the $30 million prize purse.

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