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New Moon: LRO Discovers Evidence of Young Lunar Volcanism

A series of surface features called irregular mare patches that have been recently discovered on the Moon, are thought to be remnants of small basaltic eruptions that are indicative of lunar volcanic activity as recent as several million years ago. This image by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter shows one such feature, called Maskelyne. Image [...]

NASA Releases First Interactive Mosaic of Lunar North Pole

A new interactive mosaic from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter covers the north pole of the moon from 60 to 90 degrees north latitude at a resolution of 6-1/2 feet (2 meters) per pixel. Close-ups of Thales crater (right side) zoom in to reveal increasing levels of detail.Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

Scientists, using cameras [...]

NASA's GRAIL Mission Puts a New Face on the Moon

Using a precision formation-flying technique, the twin GRAIL spacecraft mapped the Moon’s gravity field, as depicted in this artist’s rendering. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Scientists, using data from the lunar-orbiting twins of NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, are gaining new insight into how the face of the Moon received its rugged good [...]

United Launch Alliance Poised to Conduct Landmark 75th Mission

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Next month, the Centennial, Colo.-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) will hit a milestone by launching its 75th mission since the company was formed in December 2006. Already deep into processing, the Atlas V vehicle for the scheduled late September mission will deliver the U.S. Air Force’s third Advanced Extremely [...]

The Moon and Sun

Image Credit: NASA/SDO/LRO/GSFC

Two or three times a year, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory observes the Moon traveling across the Sun, blocking its view. While this obscures solar observations for a short while, it offers the chance for an interesting view of the shadow of the Moon. The Moon’s crisp horizon can be seen up [...]

LADEE Arrives at Wallops for Moon Mission

The NASA Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) arrives at NASA Wallops to begin final processing for its trip to the moon later this year. Photo Credit: NASA

The NASA Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) arrived today at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility to begin final processing for its trip to the [...]

LADEE Set to Investigate Lunar Atmosphere and Test High-Speed Data Link

Artist’s impression of the LADEE spacecraft in lunar orbit. Image Credit: NASA / Ames

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is due for launch in September 2013 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. LADEE will study the composition and structure of the tenuous lunar atmosphere, including dust that may be lofted up from [...]

LRO Finds GRAIL's Lunar Impact Sites

In this image, both of the impact sites of the mirror-image GRAIL spacecraft can be seen. The final resting spots of these two spacecraft were imaged by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has found the impacts made by its cousin(s), the Gravity Recovery and Interior [...]

LRO Continues to Examine Lunar Helium

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter carried the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) to the Moon. Photo Credit: NASA/Debbie McCallum

In August, AmericaSpace reported about the detection of helium in the Moon’s atmosphere. A new paper by the same group now reports on how the amount of helium varies as the lunar day progresses.

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LRO Finds Helium in Moon's Thin Atmosphere

The text points out the location of the LAMP instrument on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Photo Credit: NASA/Debbie McCallum, edited by Christopher Paul

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified trace amounts of helium gas in the Moon’s tenuous atmosphere. Using its LAMP (Lyman Alpha Mapping Project) instrument, it identified the gently glow of elemental [...]