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Seven Great Shots of the Solar Eclipse November 17, 2012

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Posted seven great shots of the solar eclipse (which is, of course, the Moon showing the Sun who’s really boss) over at MyMoon!:

Some of the Best 2012 Solar Eclipse Photos!


Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundups! August 7, 2012

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I’ve been posting some awesome Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundups, all about the moon prize goodness from around the GLXP!

Check out GLXP Roundups #2-5 over at MyMoon!:

Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #2

Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #3

Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #4

Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #5

Check those out for all the best Google Lunar X PRIZE  highlights from everyone’s favorite moon prize, over at my new home–NASA’s MyMoon! :)



Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #1 July 6, 2012

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Over at MyMoonSpace.com, I’ve started up my Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundups again!:

Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #1

Check those out for the five best items from the Google Lunar X PRIZE and all it’s moon prize goodness each week. Private space is hitting the mainstream, so it’s a fun time to be following the Lunar X PRIZE :) I’ll be posting them every weekend, and I’ll link to them from here.

Google Lunar X PRIZE Rover Fashion Show! February 23, 2012

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Over at MyMoon (my new home), I’m running down the best of the best, fashion-wise, of the Google Lunar X PRIZE‘s rovers!

Google Lunar X PRIZE Fashion Show: Part 1
Google Lunar X PRIZE Fashion Show: Part 2

Stay tuned at MyMoon for Part 3 of the most fabulous fashion show to hit the Moon yet ;)

I’m Officially Part of the MyMoon Street Team! December 30, 2011

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I am now officially a member of the MyMoon Street Team!

I’ll be blogging, tweeting, and representin’ on all things lunar as part of their efforts to get people really talking about the Moon.

My first blog over there has a Christmas theme to it…check it out:

Apollo 8 Found Santa on the Far Side of the Moon…but Where?

And keep an eye out for many more musings on all things Moon! I’ll post a link to each new one here at the ‘old haunt’, too :)

And don’t be shy…come join the co-Moon-ity fray over there and get some blogs out there yourself! :)

China Taking Over the Moon? Bigelow Aerospace Worried October 21, 2011

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Alan Boyle over at the awesome MSNBC Cosmic Log has a great article about China’s moon colonization presence, and how it has private space heavyweight Bigelow Aerospace concerned…

Will China Take Over The Moon?

“Is China on course to surpass the United States as the world’s space superpower and stake a claim on the moon in the next 15 years? Billionaire space executive Robert Bigelow is deeply worried about that scenario — and he says Americans need a “kick in the ass” to respond to the challenge.” -Alan Boyle, “Will China Take Over The Moon?“, Cosmic Log

The post is one of the better overviews I’ve seen on why the Moon at all, why China’s leading, and where Bigelow and other private space efforts fit into the moon colonization.

The potential tension between a private-ruled lunar future and China’s preferred UN-style moon is fascinating…and rising, as both sides get closer to serious business. To me, history shows private enterprise opens the way (the American West, for example—government was involved, but it really didn’t develop until more personal, private influence became feasible), but it’s a different world (worlds?) now.

In terms of giving the U.S. a “kick in the ass” (as Bigelow puts it), I think switching the focus from NASA to private space is intended as one—U.S. companies within our free enterprise could theoretically be a much more powerful force than U.S. government presence could ever be. The settlement of Oregon and Washington is a similar example: England was competing for it, and co-managed the territory, but the influx of American settlers tipped the region in the American direction (with England settling for modern British Columbia).

For the full range of Bigelow’s colorful opinions on the lunar situation and details on China’s status, click through to the complete article

Students Can Name NASA’s Twin Moon-Bound GRAIL Craft! October 10, 2011

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It’s not quite getting your name on a lunar mare or mountain, but it’s a start…

Students K-12 can now entercontest to name two moon-bound craft!

The twin craft of NASA’s lunar gravity mission, GRAIL, currently carry the thrilling names of GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B…so, NASA has opened up this essay contest to give the mission’s craft more inspiring monikers!

So, what are you waiting for—send this to your favorite budding student and give them a headstart on signing their own John Hancock onto the Moon! :)

For similar awesomeness, see the naming of NASA’s Mars craft, Curiosity :)

When One Door Closes…? July 10, 2011

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Even More Moon Water Found! Apollo 17 Orange Soil Adds Wrinkle to Moon Origin Theories May 31, 2011

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A new study of the famous orange soil from Apollo 17 shows that the Moon’s interior holds even more water than previously thought…and that our current lunar origin theories are holding a little less.

The rather chance discovery came from a look at pockets within crystals found on the lunar surface. Using new tech, researchers realized this ancient magma was as wet as Earth’s mantle—challenging how exactly the Moon formed, and where it gets its water.

This is similar, but not the same, as an earlier big water discovery involving crystals.

Over just the past couple of years,  these water discoveries have been getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger.

Here’s a quick timeline:

From mare to shining mare, the Moon has proven to have not just water, but some downright substantial sources of it…which will prove handy, for fuel, radiation shielding, and a cool drink. The Moon’s prospects as a station for mankind just keep on getting better :)

50 Years Ago Today: May 25, 2011

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“The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in the race for space.

Those who came before us made certain that this country rode the first waves of the industrial revolutions, the first waves of modern invention, and the first wave of nuclear power, and this generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of space. We mean to be a part of it–we mean to lead it. For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding.”