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News Archive / Tagged: Lunar

  • Scientists propose first astrophysics mission to the Moon

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 7th, 2017

    A team of researchers led by Richard Miller of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) has recently proposed a next-generation mission to the Moon called the Lunar Occultation Explorer (LOX), which is now under review by NASA. If accepted by the agency, it will be the first dedicated astrophysics lunar mission.

  • LunaH-Map CubeSat to map the Moon’s water deposits

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 5th, 2017

    Arizona State University (ASU) is developing a small satellite that will search for hydrogen in lunar craters with the ultimate goal of creating the most detailed map of the Moon’s water deposits. The spacecraft, named the Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper (LunaH-Map), is expected to shed new light on the depth and distribution of water ice on the Moon.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Apollo 1, NASA’s first crewed disaster a half century later

    Lloyd CampbellJanuary 27th, 2017

    In November 1966, NASA would bring the highly successful Gemini program to a close when commander James Lovell and pilot Buzz Aldrin splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. The tenth flight of the Gemini program closed out the program on a high note and paved the way for NASA to move onto the Apollo program which would land men on the surface of the Moon.

  • Funeral service held for Eugene Cernan in Houston

    Jason RhianJanuary 24th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — When most people think of the 12 men who first walked on the Moon, they probably don't think of Eugene Cernan. They should. Cernan, a naval aviator, was one of the core astronauts that made the Apollo Program's historic landings possible. His life after NASA was as important as his time with the agency training to ride fire.

  • The last man on the Moon, Gene Cernan, passes away at 82

    Bart LeahyJanuary 16th, 2017

    Astronaut Eugene "Gene" A. Cernan died today, Jan. 16, 2017, at age 82. He flew into space three times – aboard Gemini IX in 1966, Apollo 10 in 1969, and as commander of Apollo 17 in 1972. While he resented the hiatus in human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit, he is still known by the title noted in his autobiography, “The Last Man on the Moon.”

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Saving 1968

    Derek RichardsonDecember 25th, 2016

    The very first Christmas spent in space by humans was in 1968 during the mission of Apollo 8, forty-eight years ago. That flight saw the first people leave Earth’s orbit and go to another heavenly body.

  • Russia to develop new super heavy-lift rocket for lunar missions

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 3rd, 2016

    Russia intends to expand its rocket fleet by developing a super heavy-lift booster that could one day become the country’s workhorse launcher for future lunar missions. Implementation of this new project was announced on Nov. 28 by the Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

  • Russia plans to land humans on the Moon in 2031

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 20th, 2016

    Russia’s rocket and space corporation RKK Energia recently laid out its plan for a manned exploration of the Moon, which includes a flight to lunar orbit in 2030 and landing of the first Russian cosmonaut on the surface a year later.

  • Photo Gallery: That’s no Moon – it’s a SuperMoon!

    Sean CostelloNovember 14th, 2016

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. — This year's "Super Moon" made a stunning presentation in the evening skies above the Santa Monica Mountains and provided the perfect vantage point to watch this celestial event from. Although not about space flight, it is about a very promising celestial destination.

  • NASA’s GRAIL mission data provides clues about Moon’s geology

    Curt GodwinOctober 28th, 2016

    What does a 3.8 billion-year-old crater have in common with data from a pair of spacecraft that crashed into the Moon nearly four years ago? Both are helping to provide clues about the geology of Earth's natural satellite.

  • Moon Express regulatory approval prompts questions about space law

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 9th, 2016

    Pioneering space endeavors often run far ahead of the international laws and regulations that serve as legal frameworks to guide humanity's exploration of space. Two recent cases have brought the question of who has the right to travel to, and in some cases, exploit space-based resources.

  • Lockheed Martin’s ‘SkyFire’ aims to boldly go where no other CubeSat has gone

    Curt GodwinAugust 9th, 2016

    Lockheed Martin has signed a contract with NASA to launch and deploy its 6U SkyFire CubeSat on the agency's maiden launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) in 2018 in an effort to increase our understanding of Earth's closest neighbor.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Apollo 11 then and now

    Collin SkocikJuly 24th, 2016

    Forty-seven years ago, the United States—and more importantly, the human race—did something extraordinary: We launched Apollo 11 and landed, on July 20, 1969, two men on the surface of the Moon. It was the culmination of a decade of hard work, dedication, ever-more-ambitious space missions, the rapid development of new technologies, and costly failure.

  • Russia and China envision joint space exploration

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 23rd, 2016

    Russia and China are discussing broad cooperation in the field of space exploration. Both countries have said they are willing to collaborate in a wide range of areas, including joint missions to the Moon and Mars.

  • 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.