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Noah's Ark on the Moon
Topic: Moon to Mars
02/27/06
In the second in our series of 'Gedanken,' or thought experiments, Bernard Foing suggests that the moon could act as a lifeboat in case Earth is ever struck down by a major catastrophe.

Lunar Olympics
Topic: Moon to Mars
02/16/06
It's only a matter of time. One day, winter Olympics will be held on the moon. The moon's dust-covered slopes are good places to ski. There's plenty of powder, moguls and, best of all, low-gravity. With only 1/6th g holding them down, skiers and snowboarders can do tricks they only dreamed of doing on Earth. How about an octuple-twisting quadruple backflip? Don't worry. Crashes happen in slow-motion, so it won't hurt so much to wipe out.

Jack Skis the Moon
Topic: Moon to Mars
02/13/06
To celebrate the Winter Olympic Games, our nearest neighbor, the moon, offers an alien but familiar version of its own powdery dust and rugged mountain terrain. Relive the moon landings in the Apollo Chronicles from the winter wonderland of a lunar expedition.

Peaks of Eternal Light
Topic: Moon to Mars
11/24/05
If a planet or moon has only a slight rotational tilt, a tall mountain or crater rim can be forever bathed in sunlight. In 1994, NASA's Clementine mission found candidates for such "peaks of eternal light" on the moon's north and south poles.

Digging the Moon
Topic: Moon to Mars
11/20/05
November 14th was the 36th anniversary of Apollo 12, the second manned lunar landing. NASA announced that it has assigned management of its Robotic Lunar Exploration Program to NASA Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley.

EANA Budapest Blog
Topic: Moon to Mars
11/14/05
The European Astrobiology Network Association (EANA) brings various voices to discuss astrobiology issues and missions. Scientists from the 17 member nations recently met in Budapest, Hungary. This blog by Astrobiology Magazine's Leslie Mullen provides an overview of the workshop.

Hubble Frames the Moon
Topic: Moon to Mars
10/22/05
NASA is using the unique capabilities of the Hubble Space Telescope for a new class of scientific observations of the Earth's moon.

Weighing the Benefits of the I-suit
Topic: Moon to Mars
10/20/05
Considering that space suits can weigh upwards of 200 pounds, you'd think that the lighter the suit, the easier it would be to work in. Not necessarily so, says geologist Dean Eppler. In this interview he explains why other factors can be more important than weight.

Making a List, Checking It Twice
Topic: Moon to Mars
10/13/05
When you're on the moon, trying to fix some broken equipment, you don't want to waste time fumbling around in oversized gloves trying to read the instruction manual. NASA's solution: make the operations checklist electronic, and mount a display inside an astronaut's helmet. Geologist Dean Eppler, who recently tested just such a system (albeit on Earth), says it works pretty well.

Learning to Work in the Suit
Topic: Moon to Mars
10/10/05
What's it like to walk around on Mars in a space suit? No-one knows for sure. But geologist Dean Eppler has come as close as anyone. In this interview, he talks about his experience working in the Mark III experimental suit, as part of this year's Desert RATS field season.

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