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Study suggests water on the Moon came from Earth

Study suggests water on the Moon came from Earth

Scientists and researchers have discovered that droplets of water found in lunar rocks brought back from the Moon are identical on a chemical level from that of samples of ancient Earth. The rocks used in the study came from samples brought back by Apollo 15 in 1971 and Apollo 17 in 1972, the latter being NASA's last mission to the moon.

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New photo from ISS shows moon rising over a darkened Earth

New photo from ISS shows moon rising over a darkened Earth

International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield has been busy taking photos of the Earth from the ISS for a few months now, mostly showing us what cities look like from 250 miles up, but a particular photo that he posted just recently is a bit different, and it shows a beautiful horizon with the moon rising over a darkened Earth.

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Saturn’s Enceladus rocket moon shows the beauty of space geysers

Saturn’s Enceladus rocket moon shows the beauty of space geysers

NASA's Cassini mission has been spending some time looking at one of Saturn's moons -- specifically Enceladus, which is quite a unique piece of rock. What makes it so unique is the collection of water vapor geysers that are bunched up together at one portion of the moon, making it look like a propelled bubble that you'd find in the game Osmos.

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Partial lunar eclipse live-streaming later today

Partial lunar eclipse live-streaming later today

If you're in the mood for a lunar eclipse, NASA says that there will be one later today, but it probably won't be anything too spectacular according to their description. The partial lunar eclipse will be taking place during the day in the US, but there will be a live stream from Dubai that will start at 3 pm ET.

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William Shatner gets “Vulcan” name option added for Pluto’s moons

William Shatner gets “Vulcan” name option added for Pluto’s moons

Earlier this week, the scientists responsible for discovering the fourth and fifth moons of Pluto turned to the Internet for names, allowing the public to vote on one of a dozen options, including such titles as Heracles, Erebus, Cerberus, and Persephone. Thanks to the urging of William Shatner, who is perhaps most known for his roll in Star Trek, a thirteen option has been added to the ballot: Vulcan.

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Scientists want help naming Pluto’s newly-discovered moons

Scientists want help naming Pluto’s newly-discovered moons

Ever since scientists determined Pluto as no longer an official planet in our solar system, we frankly started to forget about the tiny rock floating around outside of our solar system. However, scientists are making the dwarf planet relevant again, and they now need our help to name Pluto's fourth and fifth moons, which were just recently-discovered.

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ESA proposes 3D-printed buildings on the Moon

ESA proposes 3D-printed buildings on the Moon

The European Space Agency and London-based architecture firm Foster are exploring the possibility of constructing buildings on the Moon that are 3D printed using lunar soil and inflatable domes. While the soil itself wouldn't be durable enough to be used in structures, scientists have mixed simulated lunar soil with magnesium oxide to produce a more robust solution.

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Looking back at NASA’s lunar rovers 40 years later

Looking back at NASA’s lunar rovers 40 years later

This December most people are likely focused more on Christmas and family than anything else. The holiday season makes it easy to forget that this month marks 40 years since man has been to the moon. Marking 40 years since man has been on the moon also means it has been 40 years since astronauts sat in the driver seat of NASA's lunar rovers that carted astronauts around the surface of the moon.

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Reminder: NASA crashing two probes into Moon tonight

Reminder: NASA crashing two probes into Moon tonight

Just a few days ago, NASA announced that it would begin the process of navigating two of its probes towards the Moon, but instead of landing them on the Moon, NASA's going to full-on crash them into the surface of the small, grey sphere. Starting at 5 PM EST, NASA will be live-chatting about the mission on their website.

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Why NASA wants the next Moon landing to crash (but not burn)

Why NASA wants the next Moon landing to crash (but not burn)

Tonight NASA will be pushing twin lunar-orbiting spacecraft down towards our moon in order to crash them out with one final mission after nearly a full Earth-year's work. This final mission will have Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission probes "Ebb" and "Flow" rammed purposefully into an unnamed moon mountain using up the remaining fuel reserves on both units. This final mission will help NASA engineers validate models outlining fuel consumption so as to improve future mission fuel needs.

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NASA to deliberately crash probes into the moon

NASA to deliberately crash probes into the moon

NASA has announced that it's set to deliberately crash two "tiny" probes into the Moon's surface on Monday the 17th. These two particular probes named Ebb and Flow are small, and have been orbiting the moon for months while gathering data. Of course, small is relative: the probes are about the size of your dishwasher or washing machine.

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Scientists discover the moon is covered in soil containing a water substructure

Scientists discover the moon is covered in soil containing a water substructure

A group of researchers from the United States has announced that they have discovered the moon is covered with soil containing a water substructure. The water substructure packed soil is created by a constant stream of charged particles coming from the sun according to the researchers. The water substructure that the soil contains is called hydroxyl.

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