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A new study has determined with 99.9% accuracy that the Moon was formed 95 million years after the birth of the Solar System. This pegs the Moon as being a lot younger than we previously thought — and, perhaps more importantly, that our fair Earth’s development was rather tardy, taking took a lot longer to form than we previously thought. The study also confirms that the Moon was created when a Mars-sized planet (often called Theia) collided with Earth some 4.5 billion years ago, ejecting a massive amount of debris that quickly coalesced into our planet’s only natural satellite. As always with
Matsuda posted a topic in General NewsNASA’s Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) has made history using a pulsed laser beam to transmit data over the 239,000 miles between the moon and Earth at a record-breaking download rate of 622 megabits per second (Mbps). LLCD is NASA’s first system for two-way communication using a laser instead of radio waves. It also has demonstrated an error-free data upload rate of 20 Mbps transmitted from the primary ground station in New Mexico to the spacecraft currently orbiting the moon. “LLCD is the first step on our roadmap toward building the next generation of space communication ca
Turk posted a topic in Technology NewsFeb 12, 2014 10:59 AM ET Yutu moon buggy had been experiencing problems since Jan. 25 The Yutu or Jade Rabbit lunar rover arrived on the moon in December aboard the Chang'e 3 lander, which took this photo of the rover. (Xinhua/The Associated Press) China's first lunar rover, Yutu, has officially been declared lost. The English-language website of the state-owned China News Service reported Wednesday that Yutu "could not be restored to full function Monday as expected and netizens mourned it on Weibo, China's Twitter-like service." In this image made off the screen at the Beijing Aerospace C