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International Observe The Moon Night

International Observe the Moon Night

International Observe the Moon Night



OMG! This is tomorrow! International Observe the Moon Night comes for the very first time September 18, 2010! It's being organized by a coalition of space science and astronomy organizations including Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Education and Public Outreach, the NASA Lunar Science Institute, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and Astronomers Without Borders.

The idea, obviously, is for everyone to observe the moon over the course of the evening, all over the world. It's a rolling event of course because we live on a spinning planet and you can't always see the moon; it's also only a quarter or so full, so it'll set before the night is over. But that means the terminator will be visible (that's the line that divides night and day on the moon, not Arnold Schwarzenegger) and seeing the terminator should mean dramatic views of lunar mountains you wouldn't normally see.

Individuals and groups are hosting events all over the world. Check this map to find one near you. Happy moon-watching!

Google LUNAR X PRIZE

Humans have not sent a spacecraft to the surface of our moon since 1976 when the Soviet's Luna 24 mission retrieved 170 grams of soil from Mare Crisium. In 1972 Eugene Cernan, a Naval Aviator turned NASA Astronaut, left the last human footprint on the moon. The Google LUNAR XPRIZE seeks to return us to the moon.
About The Prize:
The Google Lunar X PRIZE is a $30 million international competition to safely land a robot on the surface of the Moon, travel 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send images and data back to the Earth. Teams must be at least 90% privately funded and must be registered to compete by December 31, 2010. The first team to land on the Moon and complete the mission objectives will be awarded $20 million; the full first prize is available until December 31, 2012. After that date, the first prize will drop to $15 million. The second team to do so will be awarded $5 million. Another $5 million will awarded in bonus prizes. The final deadline for winning the prize is December 31, 2014.source: Google Lunar XPRIZE

Links:
Lunar X PRIZE on facebook
Lunar Stickers in the Lunar X PRIZE blog

One of the sticker designs we printed for Google Lunar X PRIZE:
Google XPrize Stickers