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Japan’s first lunar probe ends mission

moonJapan’s first lunar probe made a controlled crash landing on the moon Thursday, successfully completing a 19-month mission to study the Earth’s nearest neighbor, Japan’s space agency said. The remotely controlled satellite, named after the folklore princess Kaguya, had been orbiting the moon to map its surface and study its mineral distribution and gravity levels. It was dropped onto the surface of the moon at 3:25 am. (1825 GMT), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said in a statement. Full Story : USAToday.com…..

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First Gardens on the Moon by 2012!

moon-plantGroundbreaking advancements in the realm of space engineering may soon see the moon sown with the first gardens to grow on the lunar surface. As part of the Google Lunar X Prize, Paragon Space Development Corporation has recently teamed with Odyssey Moon to develop a pressurized mini greenhouse to deploy on the surface of the moon, grow a plant from seed, and hopefully see it flower and seed itself. It‚Äôs a complicated endeavor, but it marks a critical stage of development for extending life beyond the confines of our planet. Full Story : Inhabitat.com……

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Firm vows to grow first flowers on the moon

moon-earthEngineering firm Paragon Space Development plans to build a greenhouse to fly to the moon. The greenhouse will be used to incubate fast-growing mustard seeds on the lunar surface, in the hopes of producing flowering plants. The prototype unveiled on Friday is a metal-reinforced glass dome that is some 9 centimetres in diameter and 30 centimetres high, enough space to grow roughly six plants. Full Story : Newscientist.com….

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US Will Go Back to the Moon in 2020

moonIn a budget blueprint released by the White House on Thursday, President Barack Obama has confirmed his intent to carry out the planned retirement of the ageing Space Shuttle next year. Additionally, the the blueprint affirms Obama’s stance on a return trip to the Moon. Full Story : Universetoday…..

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High Definition moon map

Japan’s lunar spacecraft,Selene is sending stunningly-detailed information from Moon. JAXA‚ÄîJapan’s space agency‚Äîalso announced that the Selene mission has gathered detailed information regarding the mineral composition of parts of the Moon’s surface, including thorium, potassium, and uranium sites.

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