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  • Mars moon Phobos
    NASA leans toward going to Phobos before going to Mars
    According to a Friday story in NASASpaceflight.com, NASA is started to lean toward a precursor mission to Mars orbit and the moon Phobos in advance of a Mars surface expedition in the 2030s. In the meantime, the Asteroid Redirect Mission is...
  • 'Moonstruck' is very funny
    'Moonstruck' is very funny
    While some stories share views of their characters over time, others tell their stories by giving the audience quick but intense snapshots, restricting the action to a very small amount of time. Yesterday, this column reviewed "Rachel Getting...
  • The moon rises above Glastonbury Tor
    Is NASA planning to 'terraform' part of the moon? Not quite
    A Tuesday story in Popular Science suggested that NASA is mulling a plan to “terraform” part of the moon. The term is more than a little misleading, as it implies making a portion of the moon livable for humans. The actual plan, being...
  • Moon lit night
    Greater Philadelphia: Four for your moonlit summer nights
    Summery breezes, under a shimmering moon, are made extraordinarily fun at these four spots. For those of you naturally nocturnal, or especially so in the summer when nightfall arrives at its latest hour, these single night and full summer events...
  • Moon from Apollo 12
    Audi partners with Part Time Scientists to land a rover on the moon
    According to a Friday story in Engadget, Part Time Scientists, the German team that is going after the Google Lunar X Prize, has formed a partnership with the Audi AG to build the final version of the rover that it proposes to land on the lunar...
  • Simply: Moon
    Permanent moon cloud studied
    The moon is engulfed in a permanent but lopsided dust cloud that increases in density when annual events like the Geminids spew shooting stars, according to a new study led by University of Colorado Boulder.The cloud is made up primarily of tiny...
  • Buzz Aldrin on the Moon
    MIT engineers are working on a 'lunar tent' for future moonwalkers
    When the Apollo astronauts were making history by exploring the moon, their range was limited by how far they could walk or, during the last three missions, how far their lunar rover could go before they had to go back to the lunar module to sleep...
  • June 2015 sky charts
    Stargazing events of interest for June 2015
    June is named after Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter. Juno is known as a protector and special counselor of the state. She is associated with the Greek goddess Hera. June is the sixth month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars...
  • The House passes the Space Act covering commercial space mining
    The House passes the Space Act covering commercial space mining
    The Washington Post noted on Friday that the House has passed the Space Act, a bill that sets out the regulatory regime for commercial space mining activities. Congress has dealt with this matter before, ever since the Challenger accident alerted...
  • foot print on the moon
    India ends Russian space partnership and will land on the moon alone
    The Russian space program has been beset with a number of accidents and delays, calling into question its long term viability. That fact seems to have been a factor in India’s decision to pull out of a partnership with Russia for a mission...
  • Far side of the moon
    China plans to land on the far side of the moon by 2020
    According to a Tuesday story in Quartz, the Chinese have decided to land the Chang’e 4 probe on the far side of the moon. Chang’e 4 is a backup probe to the Chang’e 3, which landed on the lunar surface in December 2013 and...
  • western skies
    Moon, Spica, Mercury and Pleiades in the night skies
    Skywatchers can enjoy the beauty tonite as the Moon, Spica, Mercury and the Pleiades will line up and reveal themselves to you, but only as the the darkness of night has set upon us. Finding these beauties won’t be hard, just look towards...
  • Stargazing maps for May 2015
    Stargazing events of interest for May 2015
    May is named for the Greek goddess Maia. Maia is associated motherhood, nurturing, and midwifes. Maia is also one of the stars in the Pleiades the seven sisters, one removed. May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars...
  • Lunar South Pole
    What would China get out of a joint lunar program with Russia?
    Russia has made a number of pronouncements about its plans for space exploration, including a vow to land cosmonauts on the lunar surface by 2030. Space observers, noting the fragile state of the Russian economy and the skimpy funding that the...
  • Furture lunar settlement
    'Back to the moon' report disputed by NASA spokesperson
    According to a Sunday story in Space Policy Online, a NASA spokesperson is disputing a report first published in the Houston Chronicle that NASA is “quietly” reassessing President Obama’s abandonment of the moon in favor of...
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