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Family Statement Regarding the Death of Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong on the Moon. Credits: NASA

The following is a statement from the Armstrong family regarding the death of former test pilot and NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong. He was 82.

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Independently sponsored space telescope to be launched to the Moon and deliver Galaxy Imagery from the lunar surface

IOLA Observatory on the Moon. Credits: ILOA

[ILOA Press Release - 26.07.2012]
The International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA), led by American businessman / educator Steve Durst, plans to place an astronomical observatory on the Moon to capture never before seen images of the Galaxy / Stars, Moon and Earth and broadcast them in support of the worldwide Galaxy Forum 21st Century Education program.

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.

NASA'S Lunar Spacecraft Completes Exploration Mission Phase

LRO in orbit around the Moon. Credits: NASA

[NASA Press Release - 15.09.2010]
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, will complete the exploration phase of its mission on Sept. 16, after a number of successes that transformed our understanding of Earth's nearest neighbor.

LRO completed a one-year exploration mission in a polar orbit approximately 31 miles above the moon's surface. It produced a comprehensive map of the lunar surface in unprecedented detail; searched for resources and safe landing sites for potential future missions to the moon; and measured lunar temperatures and radiation levels.

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