Students to the Moon

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To launch student spacecraft has become very popular at universities the last few years. It is expensive but it has a few very important pros as well. It gives the students participating in the spacecraft projects hands-on experience impossible to gain by listening to lecturers and it also is very motivation for those who have the opportunity to participate. It is also used extensively as an recruitment argument.  Cubesats have been the preference for most universities, as they are affordable and manageable even for a faculty.

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Going back to stay, and the vision beyond

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“We’re going back, and this time we’re going to stay. This is the first step in settling the solar system.” These were the opening remarks at the NLSI Lunar Science Conference from Pete Worden, director of NASA Ames. In a time where the top NASA officials seems to be more interested in talking about politics, the statement from Pete Worden is refreshing. WIth two simple sentences he has set the long term course for US human space exploration, and clearly defined the ambitious and visionary goal that NASA Ames will work towards in the future.

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LEAG-ICEUM-SRR 2008 2nd Announcement

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The second announcement for the joint annual meetings of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG), International Lunar Conference 2008, the ICEUM ILEWG Conference on Exploration and Utilization of the Moon, and the Space Resources Roundtable (SRR X), which will be combined and held October 28.-31, 2008, at the Radisson Resort at the Port in Cape Canaveral, Florida, is now available.The announcement includes details regarding the purpose and scope, call for abstracts, preliminary meeting schedule, and registration.
View the Announcement at: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/leagilewg2008.

Great 3d movie from the Tycho crater available

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Take a look at this 3d video recorded by Kaguya – the quality is awsome! Here are a few links:

Enjoy!

Orbiting the Moon

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After a long period with very low activity around the Moon, a multitude of robotic lunar exploration projects have been been launched the last years, and even more missions are coming in the near future. The roboti exploration party started in the 90’s with Hiten (1990) from JAXA and Clementine (1994) and Lunar Prospector (1998) from NASA, and they were followed up by Smart-1 (2003) from ESA. Data from these missions have among other things been used to produce accurate gravity maps, mineral distribution maps and medium resolution surface maps. 

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