Whats Up On the Moon?

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Whats Up On the Moon?

The warm-ups and tests are done and China’s Yutu moon rover is set to strike out on an epic voyage across the lunar landscape. Expected to last three months, the rover’s journey is supposed to survey the geology of the moon to locate natural resources that Chinese astronauts could use in the future—maybe as soon as ten years from now!
Astronauts! On the moon, again?
Fantastic.
Bring on the future
For the full scoop check out this article:
http://www.universetoday.com/107436/yutu-moon-rover-sets-sail-for-breathtaking-new-adventures/

We’re Back! Chinese Probe Lands on Moon

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We’re Back! Chinese Probe Lands on Moon

For the first time since 1976 we’ve landed an unmanned probe on the surface of the moon. The Chinese craft landed today, accompanied by a remotely piloted buggy for exploring the region around the Bay of Rainbows.
This makes China only the third country (along with the US and Russia) to land something on the moon—and the only country currently doing the business. the latest moonshot is part of China’s massive push into space, which includes orbiters, space stations and moon exploration.
After the closing of the Apollo program and the death of the shuttles—I say, well done, China. We belong out there.

Check out the article here: http://www.torontosun.com/2013/12/14/chinese-spacecraft-lands-on-moon

Dinosaur Extinction Asteroid Carried Life to Mars

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Dinosaur Extinction Asteroid Carried Life to Mars

The asteroid that likely wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago was big enough that its impact sent fragments flying into space—some as far as Mars and even Jupiter’s moon, Europa. And scientists believe that those fragments were large enough to carry life—at least of the microscopic variety.

Enough big chunks were thrown from the Earth that astrobiologist Prof Jay Melosh, of Purdue University even says, “I sometimes joke that we might find ammonite shells on the Moon from that event.”

Check out the rest of the story here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25201572