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Moon

Submission + - 40 years to the "Moon Buggy" (life.com)

derGoldstein writes: This week will be the 40th anniversary of the "Moon Buggy" mission — Apollo 15, the ninth manned mission in the American Apollo space program. This was the first mission (of 3) that carried the Lunar Roving Vehicle. The vehicle was battery-powered, had a mass of 463 lbs (210 kg), and could carry 1,080 lbs (490 kg), on the moon's surface. Life has posted this gallery of classic images.
Moon

Submission + - Hotspot found on moon's far side (discovery.com)

derGoldstein writes: From DiscoveryNews: "The new discovery, reported in the journal Nature Geoscience is a rare example of volcanism on the lunar surface not associated with asteroid, meteor or comet impact events.
Until now the best known examples of volcanism were on the moon's near side in a region known as the Procellarum KREEP terrane... They focused on an area containing numerous domes, some more than six kilometers high. The domes featured steeply sloping sides which Jolliff and colleagues interpret as, "volcanic in origin and formed from viscous lava."
"We also observe circular depressions, which we suggest result from caldera collapse or volcanic vents," the researchers write."

Moon

Submission + - Hotspot found on Moon's far side (discovery.com)

derGoldstein writes: From DiscoveryNews: "Scientists have found evidence of volcanoes on the far side of the moon.
The new discovery, reported in the journal Nature Geoscience is a rare example of volcanism on the lunar surface not associated with asteroid, meteor or comet impact events. ... They focused on an area containing numerous domes, some more than six kilometers high.
The domes featured steeply sloping sides which Jolliff and colleagues interpret as, "volcanic in origin and formed from viscous lava." "

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