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13 July 2009

Review: Moon

Last night I went to see “Moon“, starring Sam Rockwell.  It was excellent, both as a fascinating sci-fi story and for its relatively accurate science. The premise is that, in the near future, the moon is being mined for Helium-3 to fuel fusion power plants back on Earth. Sam Bell (played by Rockwell) is an astronaut just finishing up a 3-year stint on an isolated mining base on the far …

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4 July 2009

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter: at the Moon and Returning Data!

I was completely delinquent about reporting this due to the craziness that was my June, but the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter launched on June 18 and has arrived at the moon and is already returning data. As a Mars scientist that is amazing to me. If it were a Mars probe, there would be ~7 months between launch and orbital insertion, but with the moon, it only takes a few days. …

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4 May 2009

Fly me to the moon

My adviser Jim Bell has a guest post up over at the Planetary Society blog about the upcoming Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission. LRO will be able to take pictures of the lunar surface at 50 centimeters per pixel, and will return 20 Terabytes of data! That’s more than 100 times more data than any other planetary mission! So, go take a look at what Jim thinks that sort of data …

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22 April 2009

The Ares Launch Vehicles: How We're Going Back to the Moon

I just came across this excellent video describing the Ares rockets that will be replacing the shuttle and taking us back to the moon (and possibly to near-Earth asteroids and Mars). I can’t seem to get it to embed, but here’s the link, and a blurb: “Imagine a rocket the size of a small skyscraper. Now imagine shooting it into the air with so much force that it goes from …

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14 April 2009

Where the Moon Rocks Live

This month, I am working at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, and I have to say, it’s a pretty cool place to work. Every morning I ride my bike past the pair of NASA T-38 jets that mark the entrance to Space Center Houston (the touristy part of JSC). I ride through the security checkpoint and on my left are a handful of rockets from the early days of …

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11 April 2009

Moon Trailer

This looks surprisingly good, although a bit too similar to 2001: A Space Odyssey:

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30 March 2009

Awesome Moon Photo

Remember how I mentioned the other day that NASA and ASU are in the process of digitizing all the old Apollo photos? Well, apparently there’s an effort to restore the lunar images from other early missions too! Check this bad boy out. This is an oblique view of Copernicus crater, taken in 1966 by Lunar Orbiter 1. This image drives home the point that the moon is really a world, …

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16 March 2009

More about LROC

I posted the other day about visiting the Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter Camera control room and being very impressed by the mission, the instrument, the control room and of course the folks running everything. Well, Dr. Sam Lawrence, a member of the LROC team, got wind of my post, and sent me some more great info! First of all is a nice virtual tour of the control center that also talks …

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14 March 2009

Greetings from Phoenix!

Arizona, not the lander on Mars. After a hectic week of tying up loose ends and running around like a chicken with its head cut off, I now have my proster done for the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, and am in Phoenix for the Planetary Surface Processes field trip, led by my adviser Jim Bell. Today was mostly travel, but we did have a chance this afternoon to stop …

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27 February 2009

A Glimpse at NASA's future…

…Or at least at the future budget. The fiscal year 2010 budget summary was released by the White House yesterday, and there was a little bit of info about NASA. First and foremost, NASA is getting some more money! A total of $2.4 billion, counting the stimulus also. That in and of itself is refreshing. But also very interesting is how NASA’s budget is divvied up, and what that means …

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