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  • Crafty Tricks for Finding Moon Water

    2008April 6, 2011

    NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will play some crafty tricks to find water on the moon, such as using starlight to see into deep, dark craters and checking the temperature with a scientific device known as "Diviner."

  • Earth's Magnetic Field Does Strange Things to the Moon

    2008April 6, 2011

    NASA-supported researchers have realized that strange things may be happening on the full Moon when it gets hit by Earth's magnetic tail.

  • Apollo Relic Reveals its Secrets

    2008Sept. 20, 2011

    In 1967, Surveyor 3 landed on the Moon. Two years later, Apollo Astronautsvisited the little unmanned spacecraft and brought pieces of it home to Earth. Now, a portion of Surveyor's robotic arm, the scoop it used to sample moondust, is teaching researchers some long-lost secrets.

  • 100 Explosions on the Moon

    2008April 6, 2011

    In 2005, NASA astronomers began watching The Moonto see how often meteoroids crashed into the lunar surface. They've just video-taped their 100th explosion.

  • Biggest Full Moon of the Year

    2008April 6, 2011

    This Friday's full Moon is the biggest full Moon of the year. It is a 'perigee Moon' as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser full Moons we've seen earlier in 2008.

  • NASA's Gift to Mr. Claus

    2008April 6, 2011

    True story: NASA Technologysaves Claus from a disaster at sea! Christmas (and the sport of fishing) may never be the same.

  • Solstice Moon Illusion

    2008April 6, 2011

    Sometimes you just can't believe your eyes. This week is one of those times. Check out the full Moon on June 18th and prepare to be deceived!

  • Solar Cycle Update: The Sun Shows Signs of Life

    2008April 6, 2011

    A surge of new-cycle sunspots in October may signal the beginning of the end of the ongoing solar minimum.

  • Moondust in the Wind

    2008April 6, 2011

    Unlike Earth, the firmament of The Moonis directly exposed to charged particles from the sun. What happens to moondust under the onslaught of solar wind? Researchers in a NASA-supported lab are finding some surprising answers.

  • Gravity Waves Make Tornadoes

    2008April 6, 2011

    New research by NASA-supported scientists shows how atmospheric gravity waves, the kind we often see rippling in clouds overhead, can hit a thunderstorm and turn it into a deadly tornado.