Exploration of the Moon

Lunar craters may hold ancient remnants of earth

Unusual minerals like spinel and olivine found in many lunar craters. Photo: AFP

Minerals found in craters on the moon may be remnants of asteroids that slammed into it and not, as long believed, the moon's innards exposed by such impacts, a study has found.

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 3:32am

Apollo 11's mission was a 'giant leap for mankind' - and cold war rivalry

The lunar module. Photo: Reuters

At 9.32am on July 16, 1969, a 2,900-tonne Saturn V rocket blasted off from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida carrying the Columbia lunar command module and the dreams of a generation.

The mission was Apollo 11, the commander was 38-year-old former navy pilot Neil Armstrong and the destination was the Sea of Tranquility, on the moon.

27 Aug 2012 - 11:57am

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil deGrasse Tyson Norton

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Digging into China's first moon mission

A Chinese soup spoon inspired Professor Yung Kai-leung to design a robot tool to pick up rocks on the moon.

The device, still in the prototype stage, will be attached to a four-metre-long robotic arm and put on board China's unmanned Chang'e-5 rocket due to land on the moon in 2017.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

HK scientists enlisted for nation's moon project

A team of Hong Kong scientists will join the nation's first lunar project by developing a device to recover samples for the journey back to earth.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


Volunteer scheme boosts skills

I joined a community programme called Need Service this year. It helps needy people, such as the elderly, the mentally handicapped, and underprivileged children.

Before our first training day, I thought it would be easy. But the fact is you need to put in a lot of preparation and have a lot of skill to serve them well.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

HK scientists lauded for efforts in China's lunar programme

One of the mainland's most prominent lunar experts has given Hong Kong scientists stellar reviews for their contributions to China's lunar exploration programme.

Ouyang Ziyuan, the chief scientist of the national lunar orbiter project, repeatedly thanked local researchers yesterday for the roles they had been playing.

14 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Taking sides

You may have come across articles offering a detailed estimation of your professional, love and family life in the new year. Your Chinese astrological year of birth is commonly used in the evaluation. Everyone falls into one of 12 categories since there are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.

9 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Scientist's art takes off for LV

Dominic Lam Man-kit can't choose between science and art, so he's doing both. The theoretical physics, medical biophysics and neurobiology degree holder, painter and inventor of a creative process called chromoskedasic (whereby film negatives are used as a canvas for painting) is holding his latest exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Gallery in Tsim Sha Tsui.

3 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Global co-operation the key to space exploration

The 40th anniversary today of the first moon landing has evoked global nostalgia for one of mankind's finest moments - a science-fiction dream come true and the fulfilment of president John F. Kennedy's vision of the 'most dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked'.

20 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Buzz Aldrin

COMMUNION ON THE MOON At the time [of Apollo 11's landing on the moon, on July 20, 1969], our success needed an individual acknowledgement and a symbolic observation - I thought it was reasonably done by the individual act of [Holy] Communion. I felt that an appreciation for a higher power - for strength outside of myself [in determining] the direction I should follow - was appropriate.

19 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

No place for rivalry in space exploration

The real Buzz Lightyear is in town. Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon, is here to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing. His visit coincides with Nasa's launch yesterday of a pair of space probes to scout the moon for the return of US astronauts there in 10 years' time.

20 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

Like many young people, I was brought up with a healthy dose of information about space exploration to stimulate my imagination. I'm not exactly sure what is so enticing about the mysteries of space, but I suspect it is similar to what prehistoric man saw as he looked up at the myriad stars and planets.

24 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Chang'e adjusts orbit

Rockets on China's lunar probe fired again yesterday, applying the brakes to the satellite for a second time to adjust to its final orbit.

The reverse thrust lasted for 14 minutes, as planned, and narrowed the gap between the lunar surface and the probe, Chang'e, by as much as 7,000km, roughly the distance between Beijing and Jerusalem.

7 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Chang'e rocket fires up for final push into lunar orbit

Satellite's last thrust towards moon's gravitational pull

The main rocket on China's lunar satellite was fired up for the fourth time yesterday, sending the probe into a new orbit that will take it within the moon's gravitational pull.

1 Nov 2007 - 12:00am