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Europe, US ‘climate guardian’ satellite to monitor oceans

 A satellite jointly developed by Europe and the United States being launched this weekend will greatly help scientists keep track of the rise in global sea levels, one of the most daunting effects of climate change, a senior official at the European Space Agency said Friday.

Moon holds more water in more places than ever thought

The moon’s shadowed, frigid nooks and crannies may hold frozen water in more places and in larger quantities than previously suspected. And for the first time, the presence of water on the moon’s sunlit surface has been confirmed, scientists reported Monday.

New measurements show moon has hazardous radiation levels

Future moon explorers will be bombarded with two to three times more radiation than astronauts aboard the International Space Station, a health hazard that will require thick-walled shelters for protection, scientists reported Friday.

‘On our way to Mars’: NASA rover will look for signs of life

 The biggest, most sophisticated Mars rover ever built — a car-size vehicle bristling with cameras, microphones, drills and lasers — blasted off for the red planet Thursday as part of an ambitious, long-range project to bring the first Martian rock samples back to Earth to be analyzed for evidence of ancient life.

Project Apollo: A recap of the effort to put man on the moon

America’s voyage to the moon started on this date 60 years ago, when NASA officials announced the launch of what they called Project Apollo. Over the next few months, NASA would open a Project Apollo office and begin taking bids for feasibility studies on the types of spacecraft that might be required for a trip to the moon. Here’s a look at every Apollo mission – both crewed and uncrewed – starting with the first test flight of the Apollo spacecraft in early 1966: