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News Archive / Tagged: Lunar

  • Russia plans to send crews to Moon regularly starting in 2025

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 10th, 2016

    Russia plans to send cosmonauts to the Moon on a regular basis as soon as 2025, the Roscosmos State Corporation has recently revealed. According to the Russian authorities, the country could carry out one or two launches yearly of its crewed “Federation” spacecraft, which is currently in development.

  • Russia hopes to land humans on the Moon in 2029

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 1st, 2015

    Russia’s growing interest in the Moon manifests itself in more and more audacious announcements regarding the future possibility of a manned landing on the lunar surface. On Tuesday, October 27, one of the country’s top space industry officials, Vladimir Solntsev, revealed that Russia is planning to land a man on the Moon in 2029.

  • Opinion: Honeycutt – Next SLS program manager?

    Scott JohnsonSeptember 23rd, 2015

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Todd May, NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) program manager, was recently promoted to deputy director of the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), leaving the SLS program manager position vacant.

  • Chinese Chang’e-4 to be the first probe to land on the Moon’s far side

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 17th, 2015

    After becoming the third country to land a probe on the Moon, China has gained an appetite for lunar firsts. The Chinese government has started the development of the Chang'e-4 mission – the successor of Chang'e-3, which successfully landed on the lunar surface in December 2013.

  • Japan to attempt unmanned lunar landing in 2018

    Rae Botsford EndApril 22nd, 2015

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA ) is looking to achieve its first unmanned soft lunar landing as soon as the 2018 fiscal year, which begins on April 1, 2018 – if the funding is made available. With a possible lunar landing in the works, JAXA is looking to increase its already substantial exploration capital.

  • China’s lunar mission Chang’e 5-T1 sets stage for future possibilities

    Rae Botsford EndJanuary 17th, 2015

    On Tuesday, Jan. 13, the Chinese space program enjoyed a new level of lunar success as the service module part of their unmanned Chang’e 5 Test 1 mission (CE5-T1) entered orbit around the Moon. Chang’e 5-T1 was launched on Oct. 24 and completed an eight-day mission before the return capsule, called Xiaofei, made its way back to […]

  • British Lunar Missions group plans crowdfunded lunar mission

    Jim SharkeyNovember 23rd, 2014

    Lunar Missions Ltd. has announced an ambitious plan to send an unmanned robotic lander to the Moon’s South Pole within 10 year’s time.  Lunar Mission One was unveiled during last week’s Reinventing Space 2014 conference held in London. The primary goal of Lunar Mission One is to drill to a depth of at least 66 […]

  • OPINION: Tone down the political rhetoric around space issues

    Collin SkocikSeptember 7th, 2014

    The partisan divide in America is deep and frightening. There seems to be little, if any civil discourse between the two prevailing political ideologies of the day—liberal and conservative. And since President Obama canceled the Constellation Program, many on the right have attempted to claim the space platform as their own.

  • Opinion: Do Russian lunar plans signal end to ISS?

    Josh TallisAugust 25th, 2014

    At the start of 2014, NASA announced its support for an extension of the International Space Station (ISS) program until at least 2024. Recent news out of Russia, however, suggests that at least one ISS partner may view that date as the end of the line – if not even sooner.

  • Bruce McCandless, Capcom for Apollo 11, visits Kennedy Space Center, discusses historic mission

    SpaceFlight InsiderJuly 21st, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Bruce McCandless II was on site at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex for the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing this week. McCandless served as Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) for the first lunar spacewalk.

  • Book Review: Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight

    Scott JohnsonJuly 5th, 2014

    Longtime NBC News Space Correspondent, Jay Barbree, has written a new book, entitled: Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight (Macmillan Publishers / St. Martins’s Press / Thomas Dunne Books), which is scheduled for release next week – on July 8. Barbree has authored several prior books (on spaceflight and other topics) and is the only […]

  • Indian PSLV rocket launches array of international satellites aloft

    Jason RhianJune 30th, 2014

    The Indian Space Research Organization or “ISRO” successfully launched five satellites to orbit including the French Earth Observation Satellite Spot 7 as well as four other co-passenger satellites from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. Liftoff took place at 12:22 a.m. EDT (0422 GMT) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center. The ISRO utilized the PSLV-C23 launch vehicle to carry out the […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: LRO and LCROSS turn five!

    Heather SmithJune 18th, 2014

    On June 18, 2009 at 5:32 p.m. EDT, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket roared off the launch pad at Launch Complex 41. In so doing, it signaled the start of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)  missions to the Moon. The LRO and LCROSS spacecrafts […]

  • Review: Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey

    Jason RhianJune 15th, 2014

    I briefly met Neil deGrasse Tyson during the lead up to the launch of space shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-125 in May of 2009. It was the final re-servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. It was a blisteringly hot day. I was assisting SpaceFlight Now on their live show and Tyson was at the […]

  • NASA’s LDSD is grounded due to unfavorable weather conditions

    SpaceFlight InsiderJune 13th, 2014

    Due to weather constraints, NASA’s new flying saucer-shaped, Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) proposed launch has been canceled. In a media teleconference yesterday, June 12, Mark Alder (LDSD Project Manager) and Ian Clark (LDSD Principal Investigator) explained the need for a delay and outlined the project’s next steps.