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News Archive / Tagged: Moon

  • Launch of Shijian 20 lights up Chinese skies and exploration ambitions

    SpaceFlight InsiderDecember 28th, 2019

    China has big plans for its space program. But before it can achieve them, it needed to make sure a key launch vehicle was up to the task. A recent mission suggests that it is.

  • NASA to send VIPER to prowl Moon’s South Pole

    Jason RhianOctober 28th, 2019

    If humanity is going to establish a long-term presence on the Moon, it's going to need water. This precious substance can be found on the lunar surface and a newly-announced robotic explorer is being readied to seek out significant concentrations of ice. If all goes according to plan, this mission marka critical first step for planned crewed missions.

  • NASA teaming up with commercial companies for return to the Moon

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 5th, 2019

    To achieve the goal of returning humans to the Moon by 2024, NASA announced it is teaming up with commercial companies to develop new technologies for landing on and taking off from the lunar surface.

  • Inside the SIRIUS-19 lunar mission simulation: preparing for the next leap

    Paul KnightlyJuly 19th, 2019

    As the world prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, a 4-month long international lunar mission simulation is preparing to conclude in Russia. SIRIUS, which stands for Scientific International Research in Unique Terrestrial Station, aims to study human psychology and performance under a simulated lunar mission scenario in order to […]

  • Doubters, difficulty and distance – Apollo 11’s LRR experiment

    Jason RhianJuly 18th, 2019

    To hear Moon landing conspiracy theorists tell it, the U.S. never sent men to the Moon during the Apollo Program of the 60s and 70s. A recent SpaceFlight Insider interview about a remote facility suggests otherwise.

  • Was Apollo 11 faked? USSR: ‘Nyet’

    Jason RhianJuly 16th, 2019

    Anyone who has ever had a disagreement with anyone else can expect their 'opponent' to paint them as the worst person on the planet and to point out every failure, every falsehood (real or imagined) you've ever had or uttered. In terms of lunar conspiracy theorists this consideration, seems to have eluded them. There were people who would have loved to have proved Apollos 11-17 were faked - a whole nation's worth.

  • NASA selects companies for commercial Moon landing services

    Derek RichardsonJune 3rd, 2019

    The first commercial Moon landing missions under NASA’s Artemis program have been announced as precursors to human missions by 2024.

  • LRO identifies crash site of Beresheet lander

    Laurel KornfeldMay 22nd, 2019

    The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter imaged the crash site of SpaceIL's Beresheet lander, which impacted the Moon after a critical failure during its descent.

  • Video: SpaceFlight Insider’s Space Bulletin for May 18, 2019

    Derek RichardsonMay 18th, 2019

    It’s another Moon-heavy week with NASA’s “Moon by 2024” challenge getting a name, the agency’s 2020 budget request getting an amendment and more.

  • Companies selected to study lunar landers for Artemis program

    Derek RichardsonMay 17th, 2019

    In order to land astronauts on the Moon by 2024 under the Artemis program, NASA needs to get a jump start on the development of crew-rated lunar landers.

  • Data reveals tectonic activity on the Moon

    Laurel KornfeldMay 15th, 2019

    New images captured by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal recent tectonic activity on the Moon in the form of "wrinkled" hills and shallow trenches.

  • NASA budget request amended, Moon program named Artemis

    Derek RichardsonMay 14th, 2019

    In a late-afternoon tweet, President Donald Trump announced NASA’s amended budget request for its Moon program would include an additional $1.6 billion.

  • SpaceIL announces return to the Moon with Beresheet 2

    Laurel KornfeldApril 25th, 2019

    Days after SpaceIL's Beresheet lander crashed on the Moon, the non-profit announced plans to build a second spacecraft within the next two to three years.

  • NASA seeks input for lunar spaceship

    Curt GodwinApril 15th, 2019

    When the vice president directed NASA to return humans to the Moon within five years, a once long-term task began to take on some near-term importance.

  • Israeli Beresheet lander crashes on Moon

    Laurel KornfeldApril 11th, 2019

    What would have been a historic first in space exploration was not meant to be as SpaceIL’s Beresheet spacecraft failed to successfully land on the Moon.