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Manuel Darcangelo 2021-02-05
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50 years ago, the Apollo 14 astronaut hit a golf ball that traveled roughly 40 yards.
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Paul Cork 2018-02-05
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The Moon landings mark a pinnacle in human exploration, innovation and achievment, a moment in our existence that has not yet been surpassed.

On this day in 1971, Apollo 14 landed on the Moon on the eighth manned mission of the United States Apollo program.

It is rare in the world of technology that we can look back in time at a pinnacle of human achievement and innovation, but the moon landings still mark the boundary in physical human exploration.

The spot chosen for the landing was in the Fra Mauro Formation situated close to the Cone Crater.

Having achieved great success with landing accuracy on previous missions like Apollo 12, the planners behind the subsequent missions were confident in taking on more complex geological challenges.

They’re scattered around falling between here and Doublet.

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Bill Davis 2021-02-05
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One of the iconic events that happened during the NASA Apollo era occurred 50 years ago this week. On the Apollo 14 moon mission, astronaut Alan Shepard pulled out two golf balls and a golf club on the moon’s surface. The first ball he hit wound up in a crater, and Shepard said that the second shot was smashed for … Continue reading
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Ed Furnace 2017-01-11
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – It turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected: a ripe 4.51 billion years old.

That's the newest estimate, thanks to rocks and soil collected by the Apollo 14 moonwalkers in 1971.

A research team reported Wednesday that the moon formed within 60 million years of the birth of the solar system.

Previous estimates ranged within 100 million years, all the way out to 200 million years after the solar system's creation, not quite 4.6 billion years ago.

The scientists conducted uranium-lead dating on fragments of the mineral zircon extracted from Apollo 14 lunar samples.

The pieces of zircon were minuscule — no bigger than a grain of sand.

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Brian Williams 2018-07-10
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This programmer saved the Apollo 14 mission with a few dozen keystrokes

In the early hours of 5 February 1971, Don Eyles had a big problem: Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell were orbiting the moon, preparing to land, but it looked like they were going to have to come home without putting so much as a single footprint on the surface.

The only way to save the mission was for Eyles to hack his own software.

Shepard and Mitchell were onboard their lunar module, the Antares.

The Antares flight computer was registering occasional presses of an Abort button in the cabin, even though the astronauts hadn’t touched it.

A loose ball of solder was floating around in zero gravity inside the switch and shorting it out.

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John Feeney 2018-07-24
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An extremely rare miniature Bible that travelled to the Moon on the Apollo 14 mission is up for auction.

The Bible is one of only 11 lunar-landed copies, according to Los Angeles auction house Nate D. Sanders Auctions.

Apollo 14, which comprised astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa and Edgar Mitchell, launched on Jan. 31, 1971 and landed on the Moon on Feb. 5, 1971.

The mission’s command module splashed down in the South Pacific on Feb. 9, 1971.

The King James microform Bible measures just 1.625-square inches and was given to the mission by the Apollo Prayer League.

John M. Stout, a NASA information scientist, in 1968 after Gus Grissom, Edward White II and Roger Chaffee were killed in the prior year’s tragic Apollo 1 fire.

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Owen Grundy 2019-01-29
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A sample rock found on the Moon was tested by scientists and reported this week to have originated from another planet.

But how did an Earth rock get to the Moon, and what’s this I’ve heard about our planet and our moon being made of the same stuff?

This rock’s origin can be traced back to ancient times, no matter its origin, based on its petrographic and chemical features, both of which are consistent with formation conditions “commonly assigned to both lunar and terrestrial environments.”

The differences in rocks on our moon and rocks on our earth are slight.

They’re so very slight that the average onlooker doesn’t usually stand a chance at telling one rock from the other – be it lunar in origin or straight out of a hole in the ground here on Earth.

To tell the difference, we look to scientists and researchers at places like the Department of Geosciences, Swedish Museum of Natural History, SE-104 05 Stockholm, Sweden.

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Donald Koontz 2021-02-06
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One of the most impressive eras in space exploration happened decades ago when NASA conducted the Apollo missions sending humans to the moon for the first time. NASA fans might not know that as part of the Apollo 14 mission with Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell, a third astronaut, Stuart Roosa, stayed above the moon in a command module and … Continue reading
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William Hill 2018-07-26
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When you think of golf, legendary players like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods and Bobby Jones may come to mind.

None of those legends, however, hit arguably the most fabled shot in history.

That distinction belongs to a NASA astronaut.

“I shanked the first one; it rolled into a crater about 40 yards way,” said Shepard.

Shepard’s Apollo 14 mission came right after the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission where an oxygen tank exploded causing the astronauts to scramble to return safely to Earth.

Maggie Lagle, a historian for the USGA, told Fox News that NASA did not have a sense of humor after Apollo 13 and would not have let Shepard take a golf club on the mission, so Shepard snuck a club and balls into space with him.

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James Rankins 2017-01-12
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Earth s very clingy friend, the Moon, has long been an object of human fascination.

It makes sense, considering we re just a hop, skip and a 238,855-mile jump from our celestial pal.

That said, when it comes down to understanding the basic details about the Moon, we kind of don t know what we re talking about.

According to new research from a team of scientists based at UCLA, the Moon is much older than previously estimated — up to 140 million years older, to be exact.

After analysing uranium decay in minerals called zircons, which can be found in Moon rocks brought back from the Apollo 14 mission in 1971, researchers concluded the Moon probably formed about 60 million years after our solar system was born.

This, along with the rest of the team s findings, was published on 11th January in Science Advances.

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Mark Alexander 2019-07-12
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An epic lunar laser experiment is still going strong, five decades after the Apollo astronauts set it up on the surface.

The moonwalking crew of Apollo 11, which landed on the moon 50 years ago this month, put special retroreflectors on the lunar surface, as did the later crews of Apollo 14 and 15, in 1971.

(Another retroreflector, built by the French, sits on the Soviet Lunokhod 2 rover that landed without a crew in 1973.)

The NASA experiment, called the laser ranging retroreflector, is "a special type of mirror with the property of always reflecting an incoming light beam back in the direction it came from," explained the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in a statement.

And the reflector is key for measuring the distance between the Earth and the moon, the institute added.

"They remain tightly focused for large distances," the institute explained, although there is some dispersion.

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Jeff Bautista 2019-01-26
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Incredibly, it’s now amongst the oldest terrestrial rocks known to exist.

The fragment likely reached the Moon’s surface after an asteroid or comet smashed into the Earth, flinging debris into space.

Big Bertha was collected by NASA astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell in 1971 during the Apollo 14 million to the Fra Mauro formation.

“In layman’s terms it means this is a rock made from a jumble of previously existing rocks and rock fragments, as well as melt and impactor material formed during a large impact or series of impacts on the Moon,” James Day, a professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography who wasn’t involved with the new study, told Gizmodo.

“What we did was use the composition of minerals in the fragment to show it formed under conditions that only occur on Earth,” Robinson told Gizmodo.

“For example, the composition of certain minerals are sensitive to temperature and pressure; they contain more or less of various elements if they crystallise in hot or cool, and/or deep or shallow environments.

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Ronald Evans 2019-01-25
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A chunk of Earth that could be 4.1 billion years old and is described as the planet's "oldest rock" may have been found and dug up on the Moon by Apollo astronauts, according to a new study.

The possible relic was discovered and dug up in 1971 and scientists believe that it was sent off Earth, thanks to a powerful impact, possibly an asteroid or a comet.

After colliding with the Moon (which at the time was three times closer to the Earth than it is now), it mixed with other lunar surface materials.

"It is an extraordinary find that helps paint a better picture of early Earth and the bombardment that modified our planet during the dawn of life," said study co-author David Kring, a Universities Space Research Association (USRA) scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, in a statement.

MOON ROCKS RETRIEVED BY SOVIET SPACE MISSION SOLD FOR $855G

Analyzing lunar samples collected by the Apollo 14 mission, the researchers found that the rock consisted of 0.08 ounces of quartz, feldspar and zircon, minerals that are fairly commonplace on Earth but "highly unusual on the Moon," according to the statement.

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Manuel Darcangelo 2021-02-05
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50 years ago, the Apollo 14 astronaut hit a golf ball that traveled roughly 40 yards.
Bill Davis 2021-02-05
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One of the iconic events that happened during the NASA Apollo era occurred 50 years ago this week. On the Apollo 14 moon mission, astronaut Alan Shepard pulled out two golf balls and a golf club on the moon’s surface. The first ball he hit wound up in a crater, and Shepard said that the second shot was smashed for … Continue reading
Brian Williams 2018-07-10
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This programmer saved the Apollo 14 mission with a few dozen keystrokes

In the early hours of 5 February 1971, Don Eyles had a big problem: Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell were orbiting the moon, preparing to land, but it looked like they were going to have to come home without putting so much as a single footprint on the surface.

The only way to save the mission was for Eyles to hack his own software.

Shepard and Mitchell were onboard their lunar module, the Antares.

The Antares flight computer was registering occasional presses of an Abort button in the cabin, even though the astronauts hadn’t touched it.

A loose ball of solder was floating around in zero gravity inside the switch and shorting it out.

Owen Grundy 2019-01-29
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A sample rock found on the Moon was tested by scientists and reported this week to have originated from another planet.

But how did an Earth rock get to the Moon, and what’s this I’ve heard about our planet and our moon being made of the same stuff?

This rock’s origin can be traced back to ancient times, no matter its origin, based on its petrographic and chemical features, both of which are consistent with formation conditions “commonly assigned to both lunar and terrestrial environments.”

The differences in rocks on our moon and rocks on our earth are slight.

They’re so very slight that the average onlooker doesn’t usually stand a chance at telling one rock from the other – be it lunar in origin or straight out of a hole in the ground here on Earth.

To tell the difference, we look to scientists and researchers at places like the Department of Geosciences, Swedish Museum of Natural History, SE-104 05 Stockholm, Sweden.

William Hill 2018-07-26
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When you think of golf, legendary players like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods and Bobby Jones may come to mind.

None of those legends, however, hit arguably the most fabled shot in history.

That distinction belongs to a NASA astronaut.

“I shanked the first one; it rolled into a crater about 40 yards way,” said Shepard.

Shepard’s Apollo 14 mission came right after the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission where an oxygen tank exploded causing the astronauts to scramble to return safely to Earth.

Maggie Lagle, a historian for the USGA, told Fox News that NASA did not have a sense of humor after Apollo 13 and would not have let Shepard take a golf club on the mission, so Shepard snuck a club and balls into space with him.

Mark Alexander 2019-07-12
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An epic lunar laser experiment is still going strong, five decades after the Apollo astronauts set it up on the surface.

The moonwalking crew of Apollo 11, which landed on the moon 50 years ago this month, put special retroreflectors on the lunar surface, as did the later crews of Apollo 14 and 15, in 1971.

(Another retroreflector, built by the French, sits on the Soviet Lunokhod 2 rover that landed without a crew in 1973.)

The NASA experiment, called the laser ranging retroreflector, is "a special type of mirror with the property of always reflecting an incoming light beam back in the direction it came from," explained the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in a statement.

And the reflector is key for measuring the distance between the Earth and the moon, the institute added.

"They remain tightly focused for large distances," the institute explained, although there is some dispersion.

Ronald Evans 2019-01-25
img

A chunk of Earth that could be 4.1 billion years old and is described as the planet's "oldest rock" may have been found and dug up on the Moon by Apollo astronauts, according to a new study.

The possible relic was discovered and dug up in 1971 and scientists believe that it was sent off Earth, thanks to a powerful impact, possibly an asteroid or a comet.

After colliding with the Moon (which at the time was three times closer to the Earth than it is now), it mixed with other lunar surface materials.

"It is an extraordinary find that helps paint a better picture of early Earth and the bombardment that modified our planet during the dawn of life," said study co-author David Kring, a Universities Space Research Association (USRA) scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, in a statement.

MOON ROCKS RETRIEVED BY SOVIET SPACE MISSION SOLD FOR $855G

Analyzing lunar samples collected by the Apollo 14 mission, the researchers found that the rock consisted of 0.08 ounces of quartz, feldspar and zircon, minerals that are fairly commonplace on Earth but "highly unusual on the Moon," according to the statement.

Paul Cork 2018-02-05
img

The Moon landings mark a pinnacle in human exploration, innovation and achievment, a moment in our existence that has not yet been surpassed.

On this day in 1971, Apollo 14 landed on the Moon on the eighth manned mission of the United States Apollo program.

It is rare in the world of technology that we can look back in time at a pinnacle of human achievement and innovation, but the moon landings still mark the boundary in physical human exploration.

The spot chosen for the landing was in the Fra Mauro Formation situated close to the Cone Crater.

Having achieved great success with landing accuracy on previous missions like Apollo 12, the planners behind the subsequent missions were confident in taking on more complex geological challenges.

They’re scattered around falling between here and Doublet.

Ed Furnace 2017-01-11
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – It turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected: a ripe 4.51 billion years old.

That's the newest estimate, thanks to rocks and soil collected by the Apollo 14 moonwalkers in 1971.

A research team reported Wednesday that the moon formed within 60 million years of the birth of the solar system.

Previous estimates ranged within 100 million years, all the way out to 200 million years after the solar system's creation, not quite 4.6 billion years ago.

The scientists conducted uranium-lead dating on fragments of the mineral zircon extracted from Apollo 14 lunar samples.

The pieces of zircon were minuscule — no bigger than a grain of sand.

John Feeney 2018-07-24
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An extremely rare miniature Bible that travelled to the Moon on the Apollo 14 mission is up for auction.

The Bible is one of only 11 lunar-landed copies, according to Los Angeles auction house Nate D. Sanders Auctions.

Apollo 14, which comprised astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa and Edgar Mitchell, launched on Jan. 31, 1971 and landed on the Moon on Feb. 5, 1971.

The mission’s command module splashed down in the South Pacific on Feb. 9, 1971.

The King James microform Bible measures just 1.625-square inches and was given to the mission by the Apollo Prayer League.

John M. Stout, a NASA information scientist, in 1968 after Gus Grissom, Edward White II and Roger Chaffee were killed in the prior year’s tragic Apollo 1 fire.

Donald Koontz 2021-02-06
img
One of the most impressive eras in space exploration happened decades ago when NASA conducted the Apollo missions sending humans to the moon for the first time. NASA fans might not know that as part of the Apollo 14 mission with Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell, a third astronaut, Stuart Roosa, stayed above the moon in a command module and … Continue reading
James Rankins 2017-01-12
img

Earth s very clingy friend, the Moon, has long been an object of human fascination.

It makes sense, considering we re just a hop, skip and a 238,855-mile jump from our celestial pal.

That said, when it comes down to understanding the basic details about the Moon, we kind of don t know what we re talking about.

According to new research from a team of scientists based at UCLA, the Moon is much older than previously estimated — up to 140 million years older, to be exact.

After analysing uranium decay in minerals called zircons, which can be found in Moon rocks brought back from the Apollo 14 mission in 1971, researchers concluded the Moon probably formed about 60 million years after our solar system was born.

This, along with the rest of the team s findings, was published on 11th January in Science Advances.

Jeff Bautista 2019-01-26
img

Incredibly, it’s now amongst the oldest terrestrial rocks known to exist.

The fragment likely reached the Moon’s surface after an asteroid or comet smashed into the Earth, flinging debris into space.

Big Bertha was collected by NASA astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell in 1971 during the Apollo 14 million to the Fra Mauro formation.

“In layman’s terms it means this is a rock made from a jumble of previously existing rocks and rock fragments, as well as melt and impactor material formed during a large impact or series of impacts on the Moon,” James Day, a professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography who wasn’t involved with the new study, told Gizmodo.

“What we did was use the composition of minerals in the fragment to show it formed under conditions that only occur on Earth,” Robinson told Gizmodo.

“For example, the composition of certain minerals are sensitive to temperature and pressure; they contain more or less of various elements if they crystallise in hot or cool, and/or deep or shallow environments.