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Postcards from Clementine
(Web Page; Mon Feb 25 14:26:00 CST 2013)
Nineteen years ago this month, the Clementine mission arrived at the moon. A joint project of NASA and the Department of Defense, Clementine's goals focused on testing lightweight sensors and other deep-space technology demos—but t...
Description: Nineteen years ago this month, the Clementine mission sent some amazing views from the moon.
Comparing Clementine and Chandrayaan-1 spectra from the Moon
(Web Page; Sun Sep 22 11:30:00 CDT 2013)
A paper recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research illustrates how challenging it can be to try to study a world remotely, from an orbiter positioned a hundred kilometers away. In "Newer views of the Moon: Comparing spectr...
Description: In a paper recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, Georgiana Kramer and several coauthors performed a careful comparison of two data sets that seem like they're measuring the same things, so you'd think that the measurements they took would match between the two instruments. But they don't quite match.
No, the Chang'e image isn't fake! -- but there's no new feature in it, either
(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:10:00 CDT 2012)
An update to this story is posted here.pparently there is a rumor circulating on the Internet that the Chang'e 1 image released last week was faked, that it looks too similar to a "2005 NASA photo;" the rumor was written up in a Reuters ...
Description: No, the Chang'e image isn't fake! -- but there's no new feature in it, either
Chang'e 1 returns its first image from the Moon
(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:10:00 CDT 2012)
On Monday, with much pomp and circumstance (and rightfully so), Chinese premier Wen Jiabao unveiled the first image returned from the Moon by the Chang'e 1 orbiter, China's first spacecraft to depart Earth orbit. That's something only R...
Description: Chang'e 1 returns its first image from the Moon
LRO, LCROSS, and the Search for Lunar Ice Begins Anew Next Month
(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:59:00 CDT 2012)
by Alan SternEver since the early 1960s, there has been continuing and serious scientific discussion of the possibility that water, in the form of ice imported to the Moon by comets and other impactors, which may have accumulated at the ...
Description: LRO, LCROSS, and the Search for Lunar Ice Begins Anew Next Month
(Web Page; Thu Aug 29 18:02:00 CDT 2013)
In the midst of all this hoopla about Deep Impact, I haven't been able to give the proper attention to Cassini, which began its second year of operations at Saturn today. I hope to pay homage to that next week. In celebration of the anni...
Description: In the midst of all this hoopla about Deep Impact, I haven't been able to give the proper attention to Cassini, which began its second year of operations at Saturn today.
The Strangest Place on the Moon?
(Web Page; Mon Oct 21 02:20:00 CDT 2013)
It's always rewarding to wander the surface of the Moon using the archive of images captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. It's full of pictures that show off the Moon's stark beauty, pictures so sharp you can see right down to in...
Description: A closer look at the odd lunar feature called "Ina."
LPSC, Wednesday: More from the Moon -- SMART-1 and radar
(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:02:00 CDT 2012)
Here's an update on Wednesday's lunar sessions at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference from image magician Ted Stryk. Many thanks to Ted for his detailed notes!Also, I want to point to the Martian Chronicles where Ryan Anderson wr...
Description: LPSC, Wednesday: More from the Moon -- SMART-1 and radar
We didn't start the science
(Web Page; Mon Feb 04 16:04:00 CST 2013)
Oh this is fun. Andy Rivkin is an asteroid astronomer, an officer in the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, and troubadour. That's all the introduction you need to this video.
Nice job, Andy! Here's ...
Description: Asteroid astronomer Andy Rivkin has posted to YouTube his own awesome version of "We Didn't Start the Fire" -- with planetary science lyrics.
Interpreting a crater on the Moon
(Web Page; Mon Apr 16 23:32:00 CDT 2012)
The images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera or LROC are absolutely stunning. The instrument team does their best to make the images accessible online through the neat Zoomify tool, but unless you have the world's largest mon...
Description: Interpreting a crater on the Moon