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The Harvard Museum of Natural History secures a lunar sample from...

IMAGE: Taken on December 7, 1992 on its way to explore the Jupiter system in 1995-97. view more  Credit: NASA/JPL/USGS On this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped down from the Apollo lunar lander and became the first human to make direct contact with a celestial body: Earth's Moon. The Apollo 11 engineering and flight team had prepared extensively for that historic day. As millions watched…

NASA’s Webb Telescope shines with American ingenuity

To send humans to the Moon 50 years ago, an entire nation rose to the challenge. Surmounting countless hurdles, inventing new technologies while staring into the face of the unknown, NASA successfully pioneered multiple lunar landings. NASA demonstrated to the world the importance of partnerships and what a unified country can achieve. Similarly, the task of building the world's most complex and powerful space telescope,…

China’s plans to solve the mysteries of the moon

IMAGE: China, in collaboration with several countries, is now at the forefront of lunar exploration. In an article published on July 18 in Science, researchers laid out what the China Lunar... view more  Credit: NAOC/CNSA Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, the world watched as Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon. Since then, space agencies around the globe have sent rovers to Mars, probes to…

Drinking red wine on the red planet

BOSTON - You may remember Tang - the sugar-sweetened orange-flavored drink mix - as the official beverage of the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first men on the moon fifty years ago this month. But, according to a new report published in Frontiers in Physiology, the first men and women who set foot on Mars might be better off choosing a nice merlot. Researchers…

Special issue: 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing

Fifty years ago, in July 1969, the Apollo 11 lunar module landed on the Moon and humans left their first mark on the surface of another world. In this special issue of Science, a Review, Policy Forum, Feature from Science's news department and an Editorial by Science Editor-In-Chief, Jeremy Berg, celebrate the semicentennial anniversary of the landing, its scientific impact and explore the potential future…

Diamond shines its light on moon rocks from Apollo missions, Martian...

An international collaboration involving scientists in Tenerife, the US and the UK, are using Diamond Light Source, the UK's national synchrotron to investigate the effect of gravity on rocky planets. They will be examining three billion+ year old rocks from the Moon collected during the Apollo missions, as well as meteorites from Mars, Vesta, and other environments collected in Antarctica. The team - led by…

NASA finds tropical storm Danas northeast of the Philippines

NASA's Aqua satellite provided a visible image of Tropical Storm Danas as it continued to move north and away from the Philippines. On July 17 at 12:40 a.m. EDT (0440 UTC), the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible look at Danas. The strongest thunderstorms appeared southeast of the center of circulation in the MODIS image. Danas was…

Speeding up science on near-Earth asteroids

IMAGE: This is an artist's concept of a near-Earth object. view more  Credit: NASA/JPL Modeling the shape and movement of near-Earth asteroids is now up to 25 times faster thanks to new Washington State University research. The WSU scientists improved the software used to track thousands of near-Earth asteroids and comets, which are defined as being within 121 million miles or about 1.3 times the distance…

Red wine’s resveratrol could help Mars explorers stay strong, says Harvard...

Mars is about 9 months from Earth with today's tech, NASA reckons. As the new space race hurtles forward, Harvard researchers are asking: how do we make sure the winners can still stand when they reach the finish line? Published in Frontiers in Physiology, their study shows that resveratrol substantially preserves muscle mass and strength in rats exposed to the wasting effects of simulated Mars…

NASA tracking post-tropical cyclone Barry to Indiana

NASA's Aqua satellite provided a visible image of the clouds associated with Post-Tropical Cyclone Barry moving through the mid-Mississippi Valley on July 16, and headed toward the Ohio Valley. On July 16, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible look at Barry. Strongest thunderstorms appeared over northwestern Arkansas, western Tennessee and southwestern Kentucky at the time of…
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