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Landsat looks to the Moon (w/ Video)

Every full moon, Landsat 8 turns its back on Earth. As the satellite's orbit takes it to the nighttime side of the planet, Landsat 8 pivots to point at the moon. It scans the distant lunar surface multiple times, then flips ...

dateJul 12, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Image: Saturn's shadows

It may seem odd to think of planets casting shadows out in the inky blackness of space, but it is a common phenomenon. Earth's shadow obscures the Moon during a lunar eclipse, and Jupiter's moons cast small shadows onto their ...

dateJul 01, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Would Earth look like a habitable planet from afar?

Even when a distant world has the trademarks of habitability—it's Earth-sized, it's in the zone around its star where liquid water is possible—finding signs of life is tricky. The telescope technology of today falls short ...

dateJun 30, 2014 in Astronomy
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Image: Soaring over Lunar Mt. Hadley

(Phys.org) —Apollo mission planners selected an adventurous landing site for Apollo 15 located on a relatively small patch of lava plains, called "mare" on the moon. This site is nestled between the towering Apennine mountains ...

dateJun 19, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Solar photons drive water off the Moon

(Phys.org) —Water is thought to be embedded in the moon's rocks or, if cold enough, "stuck" on their surfaces. It's predominantly found at the poles. But scientists probably won't find it intact on the sunlit side.

dateJun 17, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Wherefore art thou, dear zooplankton?

On a good day, corals make happy homes for photosynthetic algae. It's a cooperative setup, with the algae turning dissolved carbon dioxide into food for the coral and the coral providing a nice roof for the algae.

dateJun 06, 2014 in Environment
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