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The American Flags on the Moon Are Still Standing

During the six Apollo moon landings, astronauts left American flags planted into the lunar soil. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has surveyed the moon for the past three years, has revealed that all but one of them are still standing: The photos from Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter (LRO) show the flags are still casting shadows – except [...]

Apollo Moon flags still standing

New images from the Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter show the Apollo landing site flags still standing. Experts have analyzed photographs taken by NASA’s o…

Is the Moon toxic to humans ?

Even with spacesuits and other protective equipment the lunar dust could prove lethal to astronauts. A team of researchers investigating the health da…

NASA guidelines to protect moon sites

Google’s Lunar X Prize is to recognise guidelines from NASA aimed at protecting historic lunar sites. The X Prize is a Google sponsored competition in…

Magnetic moon mystery solved

Why are there magnetised rocks on the lunar surface when the Moon has no magnetic field ? Two new studies have been published that attempt to solve th…

Twin GRAIL probes lift-off for the moon

The probes launched from Cape Canaveral on a mission to discover what’s beneath the lunar surface. Scientists have long pondered over the internal com…

Apollo 18 – could it have happened ?

As Apollo 18 hits cinemas attention turns to the real lunar mission that was cancelled back in 1973. Some conspiracy theorists contend that Apollo 17 …

The Secret Race to the Moon

The following is reprinted from the book Uncle John’s Unsinkable Bathroom Reader. For nearly twenty years after Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon in July 1969, the Soviet Union categorically denied having a manned lunar program of its own. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that we began to learn just how close they came to [...]

Hamster Ball Space Suit

NOVA has a fantastic feature about historic space suits by Susan K. Lewis, featuring space suits from Project Mercury, Gemini and Apollo as well as those that didn’t make it out of the prototype/design stages. This one above is probably the best one of the bunch: Perhaps the oddest-looking proposal for lunar exploration was the “gerbil-in-a-ball” [...]

NASA : Moon exploration plans not dead

NASA’s deputy administrator has said that the Moon still has a role to play in the agency’s plans. “Lunar science and lunar exploration is alive and w…