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Apollo 11: A giant leap for mankind

Apollo 11: A giant leap for mankind – Rarely seen pictures and stories from those involved with the mission

We missed the whole thing

“It was a wondrous opportunity to be part of something historical. We just had a hard time comprehending what it would mean to other people, what it would mean to ourselves.” – Buzz Aldrin

It was too much for us to grasp at the time. America was in hot battles at home and in cold wars abroad. Our campuses were in turmoil, our cities on fire. Our sons and brothers were in…

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Jack King: The Voice of Apollo

An interview with Jack King: The Voice of Apollo

Jack King stands outside the KSC Press Center with the VAB in the background.  Credit: Nicole Solomon

Jack King stands outside the KSC Press Center with the VAB in the background. Credit: Nicole Solomon

Most people have crushes on astronauts, but I’m smitten by a voice. Jack King has never been to the Moon. He has never had a ticker tape parade. You wouldn’t recognize him if you passed him on the street. But the moment he begins speaking, chances are you’d want a front row seat, because Jack King…

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Antares rocket launches cargo to space station

Antares rocket launches supplies, equipment and experiments to International Space Station

Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] multitude of NASA research investigations, crew provisions, hardware and science experiments from across the country is headed to the International Space Station aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Cygnus spacecraft. The cargo craft launched aboard Orbital’s Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on July 13, 2014.

The mission is…

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MoonBots Challenge inspiring kids

MoonBots Challenge is inspiring kids to get excited about science, engineering and space exploration

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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he MoonBots Challenge is an interactive competition that emulates the real Google Lunar X Prize and increases students’ interests in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The challenge is considered a “game of skill” and is designed to help youth teams learn how to produce videos, create digital platforms, design playfields, program Lego Mindstorms robots, and…

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Teams vie for $20 million lunar prize

18 teams vie for $20 million award from Google Lunar X Prize competition

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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he race to the Moon is on. However, this race isn’t a pride-filled competition between nations. Now it is several teams consisting of engineers, entrepreneurs, and anyone with a vision, racing to build a moon roving robot – to the tune of $30 million in prizes. The Google Lunar X Prize is a next-generation competition that will have self-funded teams create cost-effective…

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Penn State students aim for the Moon

Credit: PSU Lunar Lion Team

Credit: PSU Lunar Lion Team

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]anding a spacecraft on the Moon is an audacious undertaking, one that has only been accomplished by three nations of the world, the United States, Soviet Russia, and most recently, China. However, in December 2015, that will all change as the Pennsylvania State University’s Lunar Lion team will attempt to go to the Moon and win the much sought-after…

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All about the Earth’s moon

FullMoon2010[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s this issue commemorates 45 years since the first human placed foot on the Moon it seems rather fitting to feature the Moon in this astronomy item. As we all know the Moon is our nearest astronomical body at about a quarter of a million miles or 405,000 Km away. Unlike other planets in our Solar System the Earth only has one natural body orbiting it which we call the Moon.

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Take a closer look at the Moon

An eclipse of the Sun at sunset over Monument Valley, Utah shows the Moon gradually moving off revealing the surface of the Sun.  Credit: Mike Barrett

An eclipse of the Sun at sunset over Monument Valley, Utah shows the Moon gradually moving off revealing the surface of the Sun. Credit: Mike Barrett

Observing the Moon

The object of the month this time is the closest celestial body to us: The Moon.

The Moon plays a big part in Astronomy for a number of reasons, the main one being light. Although the Moon does not generate light itself, it acts…

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Moon phases: Past, present and future

The relation of the phases of the Moon with its revolution around Earth. The sizes of Earth and Moon, and their distance you see here are far from real. On this image the following are also depicted: the synchronous rotation of the Moon, the motion of the Earth around the common center of mass, the difference between the sidereal and synodical month (green mark), the Earth’s axial tilt.  Credit: Orion 8 via wikipedia.com

The relation of the phases of the Moon with its revolution around Earth. The sizes of Earth and Moon, and their distance you see here are far from real. On this image the following are also depicted: the synchronous rotation of the Moon, the motion of the Earth around the common center of mass, the difference between the sidereal and synodical month (green mark), the Earth’s axial tilt. Credit:…

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