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  1. Moon Lessons - Grade 3 (Teacher Features)
      Provides 10 days of activities. 10-02

  1. Moon (
      Provides a description in simple language. 1-05

  2. Moon Coloring Book (
      Provides a picture, including the inner structure. 1-05

  1. -01-02-10 A Home on the Moon? (CNN News)
      "Building a home near a moon crater or a lunar sea may sound nice, but moon colonists might have a much better chance of survival if they just lived in a hole."

      "That's the message sent by an international team of scientists who say they've discovered a protected lunar 'lava tube' -- a deep, giant hole -- that might be well suited for a moon colony or a lunar base."

      "The vertical hole, in the volcanic Marius Hills region on the moon's near side, is 213 feet wide and is estimated to be more than 260 feet deep, according to findings published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. More important, the scientists say, the hole is protected from the moon's harsh temperatures and meteorite strikes by a thin sheet of lava. That makes the tube a good candidate for further exploration or possible inhabitation, the article says." 01-10

  2. -09-24-09 India Discovers Water on the Moon (ABC News)
      "India's newspapers are filled with headlines about its first lunar mission's Chandrayan-1 discovering water on the moon." 09-09

  1. "Super Moon" (CNN News)
      "The moon will appear very large and bright in the sky, about 16% brighter than usual. The best location to view the moon at its largest is when it is along the horizon after rising and just before setting. Viewing the moon behind buildings and trees creates an optical illusion so it appears even larger, making it a perfect time to try and grab some beautiful pictures."

      "So why is this full moon 'super'? As the moon orbits the Earth, there are specific times when it is closest to and farthest away from our planet. Apogee occurs when the moon is farthest away from Earth, and perigee occurs when it is closest. On Saturday, the moon will be at its perigee and thus very close to Earth about 221,000 miles away."

      "The perigee on Saturday night will also be the closest one to Earth all year, about 3% closer than any other approach in 2012." 05-12

  2. -Companies Plan to Mine Precious Metals in Space (CNN News)
      " 'There is clear evidence of significant platinum group metals on the moon from Apollo samples and lunar meteorites, and we've discovered evidence for localized hotspots that will help us choose landing sites to practice mining techniques,' Alan Stern, the chief scientist at Moon Express, said in a press release." 04-12

  3. Apollo Moon Hoax Story (
      "The program was an hour long, and featured interviews with a series of people who believe that NASA faked the Apollo Moon landings in the 1960s and 1970s."

      "So let's take a look at the 'evidence' brought out by the show. To make this easier, below is a table with links to the specific arguments." 02-06

  4. China Lands Probe on the Moon (Wall Street Journal)
      "China on Saturday successfully landed its first unmanned lunar probe on the moon, in the latest milestone for the budding superpower's space ambitions."

      "The official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday that the Chang'e-3 lunar probe landed on the surface of the moon shortly after 9 p.m. Beijing time. The probe includes the lander and a lunar rover called Yutu, or 'Jade Rabbit' in English." 12-13

  5. Cruithne, Co-Orbital Object With the Earth (
      Cruithne is not a moon of Earth. "3753 Cruithne... is an Aten asteroid in orbit around the Sun in 1:1 orbital resonance with Earth, making it a co-orbital object. It is a minor planet in solar orbit that, relative to Earth, orbits in a bean-shaped orbit that ultimately effectively describes a horseshoe, and which can transition into a quasi-satellite orbit.[4] It has been incorrectly called 'Earth's second moon'.[2][5] Cruithne does not orbit Earth and at times it is on the other side of the Sun.[6]' " 04-15

  6. Importance of Water on the Moon (CNN News)
      "An announcement in November probably rivaled Neil Armstrong's first steps on the surface more than 40 years earlier: There's water on the moon."

      "The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or L-CROSS, and its companion spacecraft crashed into a crater at the moon's south pole in October and discovered water in a very dark and very cold place. L-CROSS researchers said about 25 gallons of water were detected in the crater, which measured about 60 feet wide by a few feet deep."

      " 'We used to think of the moon as this really dead and unchanging place, that the moon was a dead planet. ... There are changes that occur there not over the course of thousands or millions or even billions of years, but are changing over the course of days and weeks and months. That's something people just hadn't thought of until just weeks and months ago. ... This isn't your grandfather's moon anymore.' " 12-09

  7. Lunar Eclipse (
      Provides video of June 15th, 2011 lunar eclipse. 06-11

  8. Lunar Eclipse Gave a Show (CNN News)
      "Stargazers who were willing to give up a little sleep got to catch the last lunar eclipse of 2010 early Tuesday." 12-10

  9. Moon Has Vast Amounts of Water (ABC News)
      Analysis of results of a study shows that the moon has billions of gallons of water, enough to set up a colony there. 10-10

  10. Moon or Mars? (CNN News)
      "When humans are ready to go, the agency envisions seven-day missions at first, followed by 180-day stays once a lunar outpost is in place."

      " 'We're not doing flags and footsteps,' Olson said. 'We're going for a long-term sustained human presence that's affordable and safe and built so that we can use the moon as a stepping stone to Mars and near-Earth asteroids and other exciting locations in the solar system.' "

      "A potential manned mission to the Red Planet wouldn't take place until at least 2030, Olson added."

      "Is it the right way to go? Critics say NASA should skip the moon and set its sights directly on Mars." 07-09

  11. Moons (
      Provides pictures and information on the major moons in the solar system. 11-00.

  12. NASA Craft Crashes Into Moon (
      "NASA has successfully bulldozed two spacecraft into the moon's south pole in a search for hidden ice, but without the promised live photos." 10-09

  13. NASA Releases Clearest Videos of 1969 Moonwalk (CNN News)
      "NASA released newly restored videos Thursday of two U.S. astronauts taking the world's first steps on the moon." 07-09

  14. Questions About the Moon (ASK and Astronomer for Kids)
      Provides questions and answers for kids and adults. 01-06

  15. Scientists: The Moon Has Significant Water (USA Today)
      " 'There's water, and it is not just a little water, but significant amounts,' says NASA's Anthony Colaprete, chief science investigator for the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)." 11-09

  16. Supermoon on Saturday (CNN News)
      Provides pictures. 03-11

  17. Supermoon on Saturday (MSNBC News)
      "Thanks to a fluke of orbital mechanics that brings the moon closer to Earth than it has been in more than 18 years, the biggest full moon of 2011 will occur on Saturday, leading some observers to dub it a 'supermoon.' " 03-11

  18. The Smell of Moon Dust (NASA)
      "Moondust was incredibly clingy, sticking to boots, gloves and other exposed surfaces. No matter how hard they tried to brush their suits before re-entering the cabin, some dust (and sometimes a lot of dust) made its way inside."

      "Once their helmets and gloves were off, the astronauts could feel, smell and even taste the moon." 02-06


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