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Water on the Moon
Topic: Moon to Mars
Scientists have detected traces of water in the crystalline structure of mineral samples from the upper crust of the Moon that were obtained during the Apollo missions.

Twin Probes Will Crash on the Moon
Topic: Moon to Mars
The twin GRAIL mission probes are being prepared for their controlled descent and impact near the Moon's north pole.

The Moon's Battered History
Topic: Moon to Mars
Data from NASA's GRAIL mission indicates that in the first billion years of formation, the Moon may have endured much more massive impacts than previously thought.

Diary of a Space Zucchini, What do Dragons Eat?
Topic: Moon to Mars
Don Pettit continues documenting the progress of plants grown on board the International Space Station. By studying different plants, from sunflowers to zucchinis, the experiments are helping scientists understand how life from Earth adapts to the space environment.

Diary of a Space Zucchini, Part 2
Topic: Moon to Mars
Don Pettit, member of the Expedition 31 crew, continues to document the growth of plants in microgravity conditions onboard the International Space Station. These studies provide insight into how Earth life adapts to the space environment.

Helping Astronauts Battle Space Germs
Topic: Moon to Mars
A new study suggests that microgravity and prolonged space flight could give unique advantages to germs. The data could be valuable in planning future long-duration missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

A New Spin on the Origin of the Earth and Moon
Topic: Moon to Mars
Previous theories have suggested that the Moon formed from a cloud of debris caused by a small planet striking the early Earth. A new theory suggests that the impact may have actually broken off a chunk of the Earth, which later formed our planet's familiar moon.

Solar Wind is the Source of the Moon's Water
Topic: Moon to Mars
Researcher have determined that the presence of water embedded in the lunar surface may be due to the solar wind. The results also indicate that water likely exists on Mercury and on some asteroids.

Diary of a Space Zucchini
Topic: Moon to Mars
Don Pettit, member of the Expedition 31 crew, documents the life of a zucchini grown in orbit on the International Space Station. Studying how plants grow in space can help astrobiologists understand how Earth life adapts to the space environment.

Soil from Mars and the Moon as Radiation Shelter
Topic: Moon to Mars
Scientists are testing potential shielding for astronauts on long duration missions beyond Earth. Protecting astronauts from exposure to cosmic radiation is an important step in developing future missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

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