Monday, June 22, 2009

The United States returns to the moon

On Thursday, an Atlas rocket carrying the (unmanned) Lunar Reconnaissance Oribiter (LRO) took off from Cape Canaveral, kicking off NASA's mission to return astronauts to the moon around 2020. (Reuters) LRO's mission is to pave the way for astronauts by scouting landing sites (one of LRO's camera's can see objects as small as 20 inches) and creating a detailed temperature map. And check this out, LRO is carrying a patch of synthetic human skin to track how radiation out there may affect astronauts.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.