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Life, Unbounded

‘Jade Rabbit’ is on the Moon

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At 1.11pm UTC today (8.11 am EST) the Chang’e-3 mission made a successful soft landing in an area toward the edge of the Sinus Iridum and Mare Imbrium – shown in this image by the red flag. That’s on the nearside of the moon – marked in a red ellipse in the figure below. Next [...]

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Life, Unbounded

Surreal Lunar Orbit Footage From Doomed GRAIL Mission

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On December 17th 2012 two small spacecraft called Ebb and Flow punched into the lunar surface at over 3,700 miles an hour. This ended the year long mission of NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL). The twin spacecraft spent most of this time orbiting the Moon’s surface at a scarily low altitude of about [...]

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