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The Apollo LM was designed and built by the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation. The LM is a two-stage vehicle consisting of an ascent stage and a descent stage. During descent to the lunar surface, both stages act as a single unit.
NASA unveiled it's 2013-2022 decadal survey for Planetary Sciences at the recent Lunar & Planetary Science conference in Houston on March 7, 2001, notes Clive Neal today from the University of Notre Dame. "The document, ( downloaded as a PDF file ) is very detailed! The Moon was dealt with as part of the Inner Planets Panel and is documented in Chapter 5 of the report.
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Lunar Geologic Map Lunar Topography Mosaic of Io The Astrogeology Science Center's mission includes producing planetary maps and cartographic products which reveal topography, geology, topology, image mosaics and more, all made available to the international scientific community and the general public as a national resource. A selection of our more prominant products are listed here.
Bringing together a wealth of information from many sources, including some material never before published, this atlas is a comprehensive reference on lunar exploration. It tells the story of every spacecraft mission to the Moon since the dawn of the space age, illustrating each account with a unique combination of maps and annotated photographs. Many of the illustrations were created especially for this atlas, including panoramic photographs from every lunar mission. The missions are listed in chronological order, providing readers with an easy to follow history of lunar missions. Special attention has been given to describing the procedures involved in choosing landing sites for Apollo and its precursors. The atlas also includes missions that were planned but never flown, before looking ahead to future missions as the world's space agencies prepare for a new phase of lunar exploration.
Insignia of the program. Chinese Lunar Exploration Program ( CLEP ) ( simplified Chinese : 中国探月 ; traditional Chinese : 中國探月 ; pinyin : Zhōngguó Tànyuè ), also known as the Chang'e program , is a program of robotic and human missions to the Moon undertaken by the China National Space Administration (CNSA), the space agency of the People's Republic of China . The program makes use of the Chang'e lunar orbiters, lunar rovers and sample return spacecraft, launched on adapted Long March 3A , Long March 5/E and Long March 7 launch vehicles. Launches and flights are monitored constantly by a Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TT&C) system, which uses 50-m radio antennas in Beijing and 40-m antennas in Kunming , Shanghai and Ürümqi to form a 3,000-km VLBI antenna. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] A proprietary ground application system is responsible for downlink data reception.
on lunar exploration The history of lunar exploration began in 1959, just two years after the launch of Sputnik 1. In the space of just two months the USSR and the USA had both sent missions to successfully fly past the Moon (Luna 1 and Pioneer 4 respectively).
A screencap of Red Rover's Facebook profile in beta. The social engine is not currently operating this profile. With the acquisition of a Falcon 9 launch contract, Astrobotic is embarking on an unprecedented commercial mission to the moon. In an age of abundant online access and social networking, the opportunities to share the mission online have never been greater.
This gallery displays a constellation of vehicles used for lunar exploration. Dominating the space is a real lunar module, the second one built for the Apollo program. The orbital test flight of the first lunar module proved so successful that a second test flight was deemed unnecessary. The lunar module displayed here was used instead for ground testing.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 Dear Lunar Community: Although during the first few years of the new administration there was a change in NASA's focus that relegated the Moon to the backstage, it now appears that the Moon is emerging as an important target in NASA’s evolving vision for human exploration of the Solar System. There are numerous reasons for the lunar community to be excited about future exploration-science activities. The success of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), and the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) on Chandrayaan-1 and new observations made from lunar samples has revealed a new and exciting view of the Moon.
Orbiting about 50 kilometers (31 miles) above the lunar surface, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft will get a "front-row seat" to the total lunar eclipse on June 15, says Noah Petro, Associate Project Scientist for LRO at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes into Earth's shadow, and a total lunar eclipse occurs when Earth completely blocks the sun, causing the moon to darken and appear to change color. However, the moon doesn't go completely dark because Earth's atmosphere bends (refracts) indirect sunlight toward the moon, giving it dim illumination.
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Lunar Missions Luna 1 - Jan 2, 1959 - Flyby Pioneer 4 - Mar 3, 1959 - Flyby
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human being to set foot on the Moon. The first step onto the Lunar surface from the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, the Eagle, fulfilled the promise of President John F. Kennedy that the U.S. would land a man on the Moon before the end of the decade. It was the highlight of an extended U.S. program to study and map the Moon, beginning with Ranger 7 impacting the Moon on July 31, 1964 and culminating with Apollo 17, which left the Moon on December 14, 1972.