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News Archive / Tagged: Lunar

  • Hubble detects small moon orbiting dwarf planet Makemake

    Laurel KornfeldApril 28th, 2016

    Dwarf planet Makemake, the second brightest object in the Kuiper Belt, is orbited by a small, dark moon. The satellite was discovered by a team of scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) from observations conducted in April 2015.

  • Jack Crenshaw: the space pioneer you never heard of

    Collin SkocikMarch 27th, 2016

    The Apollo missions had two objectives laid down by President John F. Kennedy: to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to the Earth. A critical part of the second objective, returning safely to the Earth, was a trajectory that would bring the spacecraft back from the Moon and re-enter Earth’s atmosphere.

  • China to attempt first landing on far side of Moon in 2018

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 20th, 2016

    China recently specified its lunar exploration plans, announcing that the nation will soft-land a probe on the far side of the Moon in 2018. If successful, the country will become the first nation to land a spacecraft on the part of the lunar hemisphere that is invisible from Earth.

  • Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter photographs Apollo landing sites

    Laurel KornfeldNovember 23rd, 2015

    NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), capable of descending as close as 31 miles (50 km) from the lunar surface, has photographed all six of the Apollo landing sites in unprecedented detail. The sites were chosen with the goal of exploring different geological terrains on the Moon's surface. All are located on the Moon's near side, which faces the Earth.

  • Lunar Cycler: To cheaply go ‘how’ no one has gone before

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 7th, 2015

    The Lunar Cycler Orbit, also known as the Earth-Moon cycler, is a periodic orbit that passes close to both of these bodies repeatedly, enabling an economical trip. To support sustained operations at a lunar research station or mining base, this approach would use less propellant than would be required by more traditional methods.

  • 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.

  • Israel hosts International Astronautical Congress, signs deal with NASA

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 15th, 2015

    The 66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) taking place in Jerusalem from Oct. 12‒16 provides an opportunity for space agencies to tighten the bonds of cooperation. One of the deals was inked by NASA and the Israel Space Agency (ISA) on the sidelines of the meeting. The bilateral agreement is expected to deepen collaboration on civil space activities.

  • Kickstarter-funded rocket “Moonspike” going to the Moon

    Press ReleaseOctober 7th, 2015

    Moonspike today launched its bid to land the first crowd-funded rocket on the Moon. The Kickstarter project launched today at 7:00 am Eastern Time (12:00 noon BST) with the aim of raising $1 million within 30 days.

  • Supermoon eclipse dazzles, disappoints

    Joe LatrellSeptember 28th, 2015

    The so-called "SuperMoon Eclipse" occurred last night (Sept. 27-28) and the reactions to this once in a generation event were mostly positive with a few people who were unimpressed. This was caused by cloudy conditions across the United States that blocked stargazers from witnessing this rare event.

  • Aldrin calls for international cooperation on space exploration

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 25th, 2015

    Buzz Aldrin sees the inevitable need of international cooperation when it comes to space travel. The second man to set foot on the Moon, called on Monday, Sept. 21, for joint efforts to develop future missions to the Moon and Mars. He is convinced that the U.S. should help China, India and South Korea in achieving their space exploration goals for the sake of humanity.

  • 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.

  • NASA’s LRO shows effects of Earth’s gravity on the Moon

    Joe LatrellSeptember 21st, 2015

    Just as the Moon's gravity influences the Earth, the opposite is also true. A new report from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft shows that Earth's gravity has influenced the orientation of thousands of faults formed in the Moon's surface.

  • 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.

  • India speeds up progress on its Moon mission

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 13th, 2015

    India has begun intensifying work on its second lunar probe, called Chandrayaan-2, an advanced version of the agency's previous successful Chandrayaan spacecraft. The mission will include an orbiter and a lander-rover module and is scheduled to be launched at the end of 2017 / start of 2018 via a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV).

  • Apollo astronaut shares story of NASA’s Earthrise photo

    NASASeptember 9th, 2015

    On Christmas Eve, 1968, not one of the three astronauts aboard Apollo 8 was prepared for the spellbinding moment when they would first see their home planet rise from behind the desolate lunar horizon. The vision of Earth provided them with the first spot of color as they floated in the blackness of space while orbiting above the lunar surface.