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The Moon Exhibition

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing a major new exhibition is being staged at The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich London. Opening in July 2019, the exhibition is dedicated to all things Moon related and promises “amazing objects that have been to the Moon and back”. Items include lunar samples collected from NASA’s […]

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“Volatile” compounds spilling from Lunar Polar craters

This shaded relief image shows the moon’s Shackleton Crater, situated near to the Lunar south pole, which is permanently shadowed. The interior structure is illustrated in colour based on data from NASA’s LRO probe. Credit: NASA/GSFC/SVS “A team of researchers lead by Bill Farrell of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, investigated how […]

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The average distance between the Earth and the Moon is about 240,000 miles (385,000 kms)

The Moon moves in a counterclockwise direction with an average orbital speed of about 0.6 miles/sec or 2,160 m.p.h. Because the lunar orbit is elliptical, the distance between the Earth and the Moon varies between about 227,000 miles (365,000 km) at perigee, and about 254,000 miles (409,000 km) at apogee, when the Moon is farthest […]

Evidence of water found on the Moon

There is no air on the Moon, but it has recently been announced that water is definitely present. In 2013 NASA funded Lunar research found evidence of water locked in mineral grains, deep beneath the surface. Using data from NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organization’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists remotely […]