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News Archive / Tagged: Moon

  • Japanese billionaire named as 1st passenger to fly around Moon in SpaceX BFR

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 18th, 2018

    HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Japanese citizen Yusaku Maezawa has booked a journey to the Moon atop SpaceX’s yet-to-be-built Big Falcon Rocket and he wants to bring six to eight artists with him—for free.

  • NASA Administrator Bridenstine: ‘We’re not going to do flags and footprints again’

    Derek RichardsonAugust 30th, 2018

    In the first-ever televised NASA Advisory Council meeting, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine described the United States' latest effort to return to the Moon as one about sustainability.

  • Ice confirmed at the Moon’s poles

    Jim SharkeyAugust 28th, 2018

    A team of researchers using data collected by NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument have directly observed definitive evidence of water ice at the Moon's poles. While most of the ice at the southern pole is concentrated in lunar craters, the substance is more widely, but sparsely distributed, at the northern pole.

  • Astrobotic awarded NASA contracts to develop lunar lander technologies

    Michael ColeAugust 22nd, 2018

    NASA recently awarded Astrobotic two contracts that could help move the Pittsburgh-based company closer to making its first lunar landing. The contracts are for developing technologies for the company's Peregrine lander, but could possibly make lunar landings easier and more accessible to others in the future.

  • NASA broadcast commemorates Great American Eclipse anniversary

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 22nd, 2018

    To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the total solar eclipse that swept across the U.S. Aug. 21, 2017, NASA hosted an online Live Science Chat focusing on new data from the event and the impact it had on millions of people.

  • India’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission slips to 2019

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 9th, 2018

    Chandrayaan-2, India’s second mission to the Moon has, according to Indian media outlets, been delayed again. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is now targeting a January 2019 launch date.

  • Israeli company eyes Moon landing in early 2019

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 14th, 2018

    SpaceIL has unveiled its plan to land an unmanned spacecraft on the Moon in early 2019. The company announced that the mission would be launched by a Falcon 9 rocket in December 2018.

  • NASA seeking industry proposals for first element of Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway

    Lloyd CampbellJuly 5th, 2018

    NASA is asking for proposals from industry to partner with the space agency in developing the first piece of its proposed Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway through a draft broad agency announcement. The space station proposed to be a cislunar outpost for deep space exploration missions, both robotic and human.

  • Contact lost with China’s DSLWP-A1 lunar microsatellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 1st, 2018

    China has apparently lost contact with one of its two lunar radio astronomy microsatellites sent into space last week together with a communications relay spacecraft for Chang’e 4 lunar mission.

  • Long March 4C sends Chang’e 4 relay satellite toward Moon

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 21st, 2018

    Using a Long March 4C rocket, China launched the first spacecraft of its Chang’e 4 lunar mission along with two smaller satellites. The booster lifted off at 5:28 p.m. EDT (21:28 GMT) May 20, 2018, from Launch Complex 3 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the country's Sichuan Province.

  • First spacecraft for China’s Chang’e 4 lunar mission launching Sunday

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 19th, 2018

    China's Queqiao communications relay satellite is undergoing final preparations before launch. It is the first spacecraft of the country's ambitious Chang'e 4 mission, which will culminate in the first spacecraft to soft-land on the far side of the moon in late 2018.

  • NASA’s exploration goals come into focus with updated road map

    Curt GodwinApril 20th, 2018

    Four months after President Trump directed NASA to return to the Moon, the agency has presented a road map to meet the goals outlined in Space Policy Directive-1. The updated plan shifts focus from the previous "Journey to Mars" campaign back to the Moon, and—eventually—to the Red Planet.

  • Putin lays out priorities of Russia’s space program on Cosmonautics Day

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 15th, 2018

    Russian President Vladimir Putin made remarks regarding essential elements of his nation’s space program on Thursday, April 12, when the country celebrated Cosmonautics Day.

  • ISRO chairman confident of Chandrayaan-2 success

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 6th, 2018

    India’s Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission, which was recently delayed to October 2018, will end in success, believes the chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

  • Google Lunar X-PRIZE competition ending without winners

    Lloyd CampbellJanuary 23rd, 2018

    Google has made its last extension to the 10-year-old Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, where different teams are building landers and rovers to go to the Moon. The prize for the winner is $20 million if they complete the landing, travel at least 1,640 feet (500 meters) across the surface and transmit back video and photographs.