During a lunar eclipse, Earth passes between the moon and the sun, and the planet casts its shadow over its lunar satellite
The state-run Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has selected SpaceX's Falcon 9 transporter rocket to launch its experimental lunar satellite
by 2020, the researcher said Tuesday.
Another option, says UCLA astrophysicist Steven Furlanetto, would be a proposed project called the Dark Ages Radio Explorer, a lunar satellite
that would use the moon as a shield against interference from technologies like television and radio.
The project is based on a research conducted by CAST and will make use of the technologies developed for China's first lunar satellite
launched in 2007, he added.
In the next couple of months, as the lunar satellite
starts its mission to map the moon for future landing sites for astronauts, it will get much better photos, Mr Robinson said.
SLN specialises in telemetric, tracking and communications technology and is involved in the Indian lunar satellite
project Chandrayaan and worked on the control system for India's moon mission.
This booklet included a visualization, prepared by North American Aviation, of an "unmanned lunar satellite
controlled from Earth.
1966: The first US lunar satellite
, Orbiter I, was launched.
In addition to gravitational studies, the Muses-A lunar satellite
will also help prepare for the 1992 launch of another Japanese satellite that will test the feasibility of more advanced missions moon-missions later this decade, according to Yasunori Matogawa of Japan's Institute of Space and Astrophysical Science.
According to a report in New Scientist, the new gravity map was collected by the Japanese lunar satellite
Kaguya, which released two small probes into orbit around the Moon in 2007.
Last October Chinese authorities announced plans to launch a lunar satellite
, but they revealed few details.