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On September 18 people around the planet will be gathering for the first ever International Observe the Moon Night, a global event meant to get people excited about lunar science and exploration.

The whole thing started with a national moon night in the U.S. last year, spurred by the activities of two NASA moon missions: the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS).

The LRO launched on June 18, 2009, and settled into orbit around the moon on June 23. The orbiter was carrying LCROSS, which got shot into the moon on October 9 as part of a search for water ice in shadowy lunar craters.

To get people stoked about NASA's moon missions, the LRO and LCROSS teams co-hosted National Observe the Moon Night on August 1.

That event was so successful, NASA decided to up the ante, calling on partners with the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Astronomers Without Borders, and Gemini Observatory to help coordinate a worldwide moon extravaganza for 2010.

This year may see a dip in the "lunacy," at least in the U.S.óhuman missions to the moon have been effectively canceled, the Apollo 11 anniversary has passed, and there's no promise of "moon bombing" probes to look forward to.

But maybe that's why taking moon fever international makes sense. Data from India's lost Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter and Japan's terminated Kaguya moon probe are still offering scientific riches (boosting those countries' excitement over moon exploration).

And China is planning to launch its second lunar probe in October, possibly followed by a human mission to the moon in 2017. http://blogs.nationalgeographic.com/...rve-night.html
http://observethemoonnight.org/
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