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Astronaut Neil Armstrong dies, 82

John Kerr posted in on August 27th, 2012.

The First man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, has died following complications from cardiovascular surgery. On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 lunar mission. He is perhaps best known for his iconic words as he stepped from the landing […]

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‘I predicted the earthquake’ – scientists respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 1st, 2011.

UPDATED – new comment below Recent media coverage has focused attention on unfounded claims that earthquakes can be predicted by various methods, some involving the moon’s influence on tidal forces which may “trigger” large quakes on already stressed fault lines. Scientists, including seismologists, geophysicists and psychologists, contacted the Science Media Centre today with comments in […]

3 News: Case for Martian water strengthens

Peter Griffin posted in on April 14th, 2010.

Dan Satherley reports for 3 News that two new reports have strengthened the case for water not being an earth-only phenomenon. One report suggests that the moon has large ice deposits in some areas, whereas the other has found evidence that a change in the shape of moon gullies could be due to water melting […]

NZ Herald/The Independent: Nasa bombs the moon – but where was the fallout?

Peter Griffin posted in on October 12th, 2009.

The New Zealand Herald syndicates an article from Steve Connor of the Independent about the surprising lack of a huge dust plume after the LCROSS Impact on Friday. The Impact, which was designed by NASA scientists to elicit more information on the amount of water in the moon’s soil, was achieved by crashing two separate […]

Water found on the moon – Experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on September 24th, 2009.

Issued by the Australian Science Media Centre: Data from three spacecraft indicate that water exists in the surface of the soil of the moon, a discovery that raises the possibility it could provide resources for future moon colonisation. Research papers outlining the discovery are being published in Science tomorrow – the embargo on the papers […]

1969 and Apollo 11 – a retrospective

Peter Griffin posted in on July 17th, 2009.

The 40th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on the moon is here, and the event is inspiring commentary all over the world. Many people are looking back on the Apollo 11’s landing with nostalgia – particularly those who were able to witness or participate in it.  Others are wondering what happened to manned spaceflight in […]

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