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World's first mission to the Moon's south pole announced

World's first mission to the Moon's south pole announced | Biosciencia News | Scoop.it

The world's first mission to the South Pole of the Moon was announced today by the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) and Moon Express, Inc. The private enterprise mission will be both scientific and commercial, and will deliver the International Lunar Observatory (ILO) to the Moon's South Pole aboard a Moon Express robotic lander, establishing permanent astrophysical observations and lunar commercial communications systems for professional and amateur researchers.

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The ILO and its precursor will have an internet-based access and control system and will be the first private space telescope to operate from the lunar surface, available to researchers, educators and the general public through the internet, allowing the world to access Galaxy / astronomical images from the surface of the Moon and creating a new model of "citizen science" public participation and international collaboration.

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Watch the Biggest Explosion Ever Seen on the Moon

Watch the Biggest Explosion Ever Seen on the Moon | Biosciencia News | Scoop.it
NASA scientists recorded the biggest explosion from a meteorite impact on the moon that they have seen in eight years of monitoring.
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The March 17 impact created a blast that was bright enough to be seen from Earth with the naked eye. It may have generated a crater roughly 20 meters wide, which could be imaged by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiternext time it passes over the area, allowing researchers to see a very fresh impact on the moon.

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Photos: Largest and brightest full moon of year

Photos: Largest and brightest full moon of year | Biosciencia News | Scoop.it
Stargazers are still abuzz over the biggest and brightest full moon of the year, which graced the skies over the weekend.
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A supermoon sets near the Opera House, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Sydney. The larger than normal moon called the "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth and is 13.5 percent larger than usual.

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Earth and Moon Got Water from Common Source

Earth and Moon Got Water from Common Source | Biosciencia News | Scoop.it
Measurements of the chemical composition of Moon rocks suggest that Earth was born with its water already present, rather than having the precious liquid delivered several hundred million years later by comets or asteroids.
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Analyses of rocks brought back by the Apollo program show that the Moon's water shares a common origin with water on Earth.

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