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Tags results for 'moon'

Moon Welcomes Chinese Module Into Orbit

Posted in Hardware on 20th Jan, 2015 02:43 PM
by AlexMuller
China may be more than six decades behind the United States and Russia when it comes to space exploration, but even so, that won't stop them from trying to catch up.

NASA powers up Orion spacecraft for the first time

Posted in Science on 3rd Nov, 2013 04:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Orion will be able to take humans farther than we’ve ever been before, eventually even to Mars.

Moon Surprise: Lunar Craters Are Bigger on Near Side

Posted in Science on 9th Nov, 2013 01:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Ancient asteroid impacts on the near side of the moon produced larger basins than those on the far side.

Mars Orbiter Mission now halfway to moon

Posted in Science on 18th Nov, 2013 12:38 AM
by AlexMuller
The mission successfully completes fifth orbit raising manoeuvre.

NASA's Next Frontier: Growing Plants On The Moon

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2013 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
In 2015, NASA will attempt to make history by growing plants on the Moon.

This Rover Could Hunt For Lunar Water And Oxygen In 2018

Posted in Science on 29th Nov, 2013 03:04 AM
by AlexMuller
The idea is to look for water and similar substances on the lunar surface, with an eye to learn more about living off the land.

Why China is fixated on the Moon

Posted in Science on 30th Nov, 2013 02:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Exotic materials including helium-3 and the potential for solar power could prove invaluable for humankind.

China sending rover to the moon this weekend

Posted in Business on 1st Dec, 2013 12:19 AM
by AlexMuller
China is set to become the third Earth nation to successfully land an object on the surface of the Moon later this weekend.

Moon Express to send its new MX-1 lander to the moon by 2015

Posted in Hardware on 10th Dec, 2013 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
They want to mine the surface of the moon and establish our satellite as Earth's "eighth continent."

China successfully lands spacecraft on Moon

Posted in Science on 15th Dec, 2013 02:00 AM
by AlexMuller
China, whose lunar ambitions have only expanded in the last few years, has finally joined the United States and Russia in successfully landing a spacecraft on the Moon.

'Remarkable' rocks within reach of Jade Rabbit rover

Posted in Science on 17th Dec, 2013 04:08 AM
by AlexMuller
Some of the youngest lava flows on the Moon are within reach of China's Jade Rabbit rover, says a leading US lunar scientist.

Could China Make claims to the Moon that could trigger a new space race?

Posted in Business on 19th Dec, 2013 01:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Glenn Harlan Reynolds wrote in USA Today that he hopes China makes territorial claims to the moon to start a gold rush for space resources.

Astronomers discover first exomoon

Posted in Science on 22nd Dec, 2013 05:08 AM
by AlexMuller
Now, scientists believe they have found the first exomoon about 1,800 light years away from Earth.

NASA's Plan To Deal With Pesky Moon Dust

Posted in Science on 27th Dec, 2013 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Moon dust is dangerous. Each mote is like a tiny shard of glass, there’s no wind or rain to soften the edges of lunar soil.

China's Yutu Moon rover pictured from orbit by Nasa satellite

Posted in Hardware on 31st Dec, 2013 10:34 PM
by AlexMuller
An American satellite has pictured the Chinese Yutu rover on the surface of the Moon.

Golden Spike estimates that they could repeat Apollo manned mission to the moon

Posted in Business on 8th Jan, 2014 02:38 AM
by AlexMuller
Golden Spike has detailed plans for a lunar return using existing assets.

China's Jade Rabbit rover explores Moon soil

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2014 01:30 AM
by AlexMuller
China's Jade Rabbit Moon rover has completed its first examination of the lunar soil, state media claim.

Penn State Students Seek Crowdfunding To Land A Hopping Rover On The Moon

Posted in Hardware on 21st Jan, 2014 10:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The Lunar Lion is designed to land and then take off again across the surface of the moon.

NASA calls for commercial partners on robotic lunar lander initiative

Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2014 11:56 PM
by AlexMuller
With China successfully landing a rover on the Moon, there’s been speculation as to whether a new space race between China and the United States will start soon.

China Moon rover Jade Rabbit in trouble

Posted in Hardware on 27th Jan, 2014 11:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The malfunctioning rover presents the first public mishap China's ambitious space programme has experienced in years.

NASA wants commercial lunar landers

Posted in Science on 30th Jan, 2014 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA understands that the future of space exploration now means partnering with private companies.

Bigelow offers affordable space and lunar habitats for NASA and possible commercial use

Posted in Hardware on 9th Feb, 2014 01:38 AM
by AlexMuller
Cost effective habitats and transportation systems are key to America’s space explorations ambitions throughout the solar system.

NASA wants to help private companies mine the moon

Posted in Business on 12th Feb, 2014 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
To keep its gaze focused on the stars, NASA has had to change up its game of late. Private corporations, rather than NASA itself, now resupply the International Space Station.

China's 'Jade Rabbit' lunar rover freezes to death on moon

Posted in Science on 13th Feb, 2014 04:25 AM
by AlexMuller
The lunar rover was supposed to enter hibernation for two Earth weeks (one lunar day), but it failed to fold up one of its solar panels and enter sleep mode.

Red star rising: China's ascent to space superpower

Posted in Science on 16th Feb, 2014 04:50 AM
by AlexMuller
China's new-found footing off-world is changing the rules of today's space race: find out how the rest of the world is rethinking its strategies

How NASA’s Plan to Capture an Asteroid is Crucial to Human Survival

Posted in Science on 18th Feb, 2014 03:29 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA has committed to an operation in which they will grab an asteroid and put it into lunar orbit in the 2020s.

'Biggest observed meteorite impact' hits Moon

Posted in Science on 24th Feb, 2014 11:18 PM
by AlexMuller
It was almost as bright as the Pole Star, which makes it the brightest impact event that we have recorded from Earth.

Operational Lunar Space Elevator planned by end of 2019

Posted in Hardware on 8th Mar, 2014 01:12 AM
by AlexMuller
By the end of 2019, Liftport has the goal establish an operational Lunar Space Elevator.

Doubt cast on evidence for wet Moon

Posted in Science on 24th Mar, 2014 11:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have cast doubt on a major part of the case for the Moon having once held abundant water.

NASA's LADEE spacecraft to impact Moon

Posted in Hardware on 5th Apr, 2014 11:37 PM
by AlexMuller
LADEE has been sending back data with the aim of providing scientists with a better understanding of the dust and tenuous atmosphere around the Moon.

NASA crashes spacecraft into moon at 3,600 mph

Posted in Science on 20th Apr, 2014 12:46 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA leaves some more debris on the lunar surface by intentionally crashing a spacecraft.

NASA announces partners for lunar lander program

Posted in Science on 2nd May, 2014 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA has announced the selection of three US companies to develop a lunar lander to deliver payloads to the Moon’s surface.

Did an impact knock the Moon on its side?

Posted in Science on 9th May, 2014 10:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Some researchers are suggesting that the residual magnetic fields contain hints that the Moon was once flipped on its side by a violent event.

Russia eyeing the Moon for colonization

Posted in Science on 14th May, 2014 10:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The colony will eventually function as a staging ground for human expansion across the solar system.

Japan's ambitious plan to put a sports drink on the Moon by 2015

Posted in Business on 16th May, 2014 08:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Many of us have dreamed of walking on the Moon, but one Japanese company seems to have had a sort of different goal in mind: advertising.

The Moon’s about to get a bit more crowded with this new crowdfunding campaign

Posted in Online on 18th May, 2014 10:39 PM
by AlexMuller
In a new Indiegogo campaign, Israeli organization SpaceIL is seeking funding to get on the moon by the end of 2015.

Wireless broadband can reach the moon, and maybe Mars

Posted in Science on 28th May, 2014 12:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Thanks to a group of researches from MIT and NASA, this kind of connectivity could be within the realms of possibility.

Traces of another world found on the Moon

Posted in Science on 7th Jun, 2014 02:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have found evidence of the world that crashed into the Earth billions of years ago to form the Moon.

Earth-Moon Smashup Happened Earlier Than Thought

Posted in Science on 15th Jun, 2014 01:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Earth's moon sprung to life much sooner than scientists thought, new research suggests.

NASA has nothing on these moon-bound robots

Posted in Science on 30th Jun, 2014 01:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Space startup Astrobotic Technology stands a golden chance of taking home the coveted Google Lunar XPrize when it begins sending robots to the moon.

NASA Asteroid Initiative Funds 20 Companies To Capture Asteroid And Bring To The Moon

Posted in Science on 6th Jul, 2014 04:23 AM
by AlexMuller
$4.9 million dollars for the Asteroid Initiative with the goal of capturing and bringing an asteroid to Earth’s moon.

NASA OK’s spending on a new rocket built for deep space exploration

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2014 12:51 AM
by AlexMuller
The Space Launch System project will take us back to the moon, to mars, and even beyond.

NASA thinks that the moon's underground caves and tunnels could one day house astronauts

Posted in Science on 19th Jul, 2014 12:00 AM
by AlexMuller
A habitat placed in a pit would provide a very safe location.

The future of space: Will we see a new space race?

Posted in Business on 23rd Jul, 2014 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
US Eyes Asteroids as Other Nations Shoot for the Moon.

Ancient Earth fossils could be found on the moon

Posted in Science on 29th Jul, 2014 02:37 AM
by AlexMuller
Signs of ancient life could be littered across the moon, just waiting for an intrepid explorer to find them.

Moon mystery: Why our Earth's satellite is lemon-shaped

Posted in Science on 31st Jul, 2014 02:35 AM
by AlexMuller
The early Moon was closer to Earth than today, so its shape may have been changed by the tides.

The core of the moon is hot

Posted in Science on 10th Aug, 2014 12:57 AM
by AlexMuller
An international research team has found an extremely soft layer inside the Moon where heat is generated by the gravity of the Earth.

The Plan to Make the Moon an Enormous Detector of Cosmic Rays

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2014 11:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Where do these ultrahigh energy cosmic rays come from? Astronomers have a plan to find out, using the moon and a massive new radio telescope array.

Crops Grow On Fake Moon And Mars Soil

Posted in Science on 10th Sep, 2014 08:19 PM
by AlexMuller
That means future space colonizers may be able to farm their own food using local dirt.

Nvidia used global illumination to prove we did land men on the moon

Posted in Software on 21st Sep, 2014 10:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Conspiracy theorists have argued that the 1969 image of Buzz Aldrin descending the ladder wasn’t possible because Aldrin should have been in the shadow of the lander.

Moon's hidden valley system revealed

Posted in Science on 2nd Oct, 2014 08:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have identified a huge rectangular feature on the Moon that is buried just below the surface.

Volcanoes Erupted On The Moon Within The Past 100 Million Years

Posted in Science on 14th Oct, 2014 02:03 PM
by AlexMuller
On the cosmic timeline, that’s basically yesterday.

Could the moon provide all of Earth's power?

Posted in Business on 18th Oct, 2014 11:47 PM
by AlexMuller
Shimizu Corporation has a proposition that could end the world’s energy crisis by generating all of Earth’s power on the moon.

Robot will beam live Moon pictures to Oculus Rift users in virtual reality

Posted in Software on 22nd Oct, 2014 01:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a robot which they plan to land on the Moon to act as eyes for Earth-bound space enthusiasts.

China Launches First Privately Funded Moon Mission Today

Posted in Science on 23rd Oct, 2014 07:35 PM
by AlexMuller
The main purpose is to try out tech that could get moon dirt and rocks to Earth.

NASA Hopes to Test Mining Moon Water for Future Manned Missions

Posted in Science on 2nd Nov, 2014 09:33 PM
by AlexMuller
Two proposed missions would scour the moon’s upper crust for deposits of ice that may support moon bases.

Roscosmos to test its Moon base on Earth

Posted in Hardware on 6th Nov, 2014 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Russian space agency Roscosmos will build a prototype of the base it plans to build on the Moon beyond 2030 on Earth.

Google's Planetary Ventures to lease former NASA airfield for space research

Posted in Business on 11th Nov, 2014 11:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Google's latest "moonshot" is an apt one; it is investing in a NASA-owned airfield to expand research into space exploration and robotics.

UK 'to lead moon landing' funded by public contributions

Posted in Science on 19th Nov, 2014 10:13 PM
by AlexMuller
A British-led consortium has outlined its plans to land a robotic probe on the Moon in 10 years' time.

Scientists want to bring the moon closer with virtual reality

Posted in Games on 23rd Nov, 2014 09:37 PM
by AlexMuller
By pairing the spacefaring robot with Oculus Rift headsets here on Earth; turn your head and the robot on the moon will supposedly turn in tandem via head-tracking.

NASA Wants To Launch Tiny Moon Satellites On Its Next-Generation Rocket

Posted in Hardware on 25th Nov, 2014 11:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Atop the SLS rocket will be a suite of CubeSats that will explore the Moon as Orion makes its journey to our closest celestial neighbor.

Amazing short film imagines the future of space exploration

Posted in Science on 30th Nov, 2014 10:33 PM
by AlexMuller
4 minutes. Watch it fullscreen in HD. Trust me on this one guys!

Carnegie Mellon unveils Andy lunar rover

Posted in Science on 2nd Dec, 2014 12:35 AM
by AlexMuller
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has unveiled Andy, a four-wheeled unmanned rover designed to explore the rough terrain and recently discovered pits of the Moon.

Should we mine the Moon?

Posted in Science on 2nd Dec, 2014 07:34 PM
by AlexMuller
The Earth’s closest celestial neighbour seems likely to play a major role and already a number of private companies have been created to explore the possibilities.

Orion is a Triumph. Let's Not Waste It

Posted in Science on 7th Dec, 2014 09:51 PM
by AlexMuller
The current plan is to lasso a small asteroid with a robotic ship and put it in orbit around the moon.

UK researchers set out goals for Lunar Mission One

Posted in Science on 8th Dec, 2014 08:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Lunar Mission One: to deeply drill where no one has drilled before.

Lunar Mission Kickstarter Campaign Meets its Funding Target

Posted in Science on 17th Dec, 2014 07:41 PM
by AlexMuller
The people have spoken, and they want to drill the moon.

Google Lunar XPrize deadline extended to 2016

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2014 09:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Milestone Prize winners to be announced in January.

A 3D Printed Moon Base: Science Fiction?

Posted in Science on 25th Dec, 2014 02:10 AM
by AlexMuller
One day everything that can be made in space will be made in space, and this will radically increase the potential for human space exploration.

2014: It's been a busy year in space

Posted in Science on 26th Dec, 2014 04:20 PM
by AlexMuller
In a mixture of triumph and tragedy, space exploration reached new horizons, tested new technologies, and pushed the limits of possibility.

Another Russian Company Wants to Build a Base on the Moon

Posted in Science on 2nd Jan, 2015 09:11 PM
by AlexMuller
A Russian company says that it is capable of constructing an exploration base on the moon, which will cost in the region of £6 billion.

China planning enormous new rocket for its space program

Posted in Hardware on 21st Jan, 2015 06:12 PM
by AlexMuller
The diameter of the Long March-9 should be 8 to 10 meters, and its weight at launch should be at least 3,000 metric tons.

Innovators from around the globe are going for the moon

Posted in Science on 27th Jan, 2015 03:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Five teams competing for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE have just been awarded a combined $5.25 million for meeting significant milestones.

Shackleton Energy Company aims to mine the moon

Posted in Business on 3rd Feb, 2015 02:08 PM
by AlexMuller
There are billions of tons of ice on the poles of the Moon. Shackleton Energy plans to extract lunar water ice, turn it into rocket fuel and create fuel stations in Earth's orbit.

The US is Planning How to Regulate the Moon

Posted in Business on 4th Feb, 2015 04:59 PM
by AlexMuller
The US's Federal Aviation Administration will extend its framework for licensing space launches to licensing developments on the Moon.

Might a resource 'Gold Rush' on the Moon Trigger the Next Epic Space Race?

Posted in Business on 12th Feb, 2015 07:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Shackleton Energy Company says it aims to mine lunar water. Why? To stock low-Earth orbit gas stations with Moon-made rocket fuel.

A tour of places in our own solar system where we might find life

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2015 07:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Where to look for life in space.

How Off-World Mining Could Pay for Our First Space Colony

Posted in Science on 18th Feb, 2015 06:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Many of us dream of living on other planets, but are two things we'll need before it can actually happen: money and raw materials.

These are some of the Google X 'moonshots' that may change the world

Posted in Business on 9th Mar, 2015 08:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Not all of the dreams make it, and that’s OK. For Google X, the process itself; the failure and the iteration, is a critical part of the pursuit.

China’s Yutu lunar rover found evidence of multiple volcanic floods

Posted in Science on 13th Mar, 2015 01:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Ground-penetrating radar identifies four distinct subsurface layers.

The inflatable space age

Posted in Hardware on 13th Mar, 2015 02:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Robert Bigelow and his dream of inflatable balloon space stations.

Google X head says blueprint for taking moonshots is failure

Posted in Business on 18th Mar, 2015 05:04 PM
by AlexMuller
'The blueprint is embracing failure. Running at all the hard parts of the problem first. If you want to make a ton of progress, you have to make a ton of mistakes.'

Lava tubes could be safe enough for a Moon base

Posted in Science on 19th Mar, 2015 08:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Natural tunnels known as lava tubes could safely house permanent bases on the Moon, scientists have said.

Aurora shift confirms Ganymede has an ocean

Posted in Science on 23rd Mar, 2015 01:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Shifts in Ganymede’s version of the Northern Lights suggest that a saltwater ocean lurks beneath the icy crust of Jupiter’s largest moon.

NASA aims to capture and bring back an asteroid boulder by 2025

Posted in Science on 27th Mar, 2015 12:05 AM
by AlexMuller
In 10 years, our moon many get a tiny new moon.

Multiple studies address riddles of the Moon's origin

Posted in Science on 9th Apr, 2015 03:17 PM
by AlexMuller
The Moon may have been formed by a collision between Earth and an object that was strikingly similar in composition to our own planet.

JAXA plans Japan’s first moon shot in 2018

Posted in Science on 19th Apr, 2015 05:33 PM
by AlexMuller
JAXA has said it will use probes to study the possible use of materials on the moon as well as its environment, which could pave the way for future manned missions.

XPRIZE Contender Astrobotic Strives To Be FedEx To The Moon

Posted in Science on 20th Apr, 2015 04:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Astrobotic Technology, a leading Google Lunar XPRIZE competitor, is setting up to become the first delivery service to the Moon.

Is NASA one step closer to electromagnetic drive?

Posted in Science on 30th Apr, 2015 08:41 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA is reportedly working on technology that could take us to the moon faster than a cross-country flight.

Europe's Next Space Chief Wants a Moon Colony on the Lunar Far Side

Posted in Science on 2nd May, 2015 11:31 PM
by AlexMuller
The incoming leader of the European Space Agency is keen on establishing an international base on the moon as a next step outpost beyond the International Space Station.

Laser Thruster Propels Simulated Spacecraft

Posted in Hardware on 16th May, 2015 09:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Laser power is still a long way from being ready for any kind of planetary exploration, but this first test confirms that it works.

Chaotic orbital interactions keep flipping Pluto's moons

Posted in Science on 13th Jun, 2015 11:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Inhabitants of two of Pluto’s moons, Nix or Hydra, would not know when each day would begin and from which direction the Sun would rise.

MIT engineers unveil an inflatable shelter for camping on the Moon

Posted in Science on 16th Jun, 2015 12:47 AM
by AlexMuller
Engineers have developed a solar-powered inflatable pod that could allow astronauts to spend days on the lunar surface without having to return to base for life support.

Dust Cloud Helps to Explain a 50-Year Moon Mystery

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2015 06:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Viewed before sunrise, part of the Moon's horizon seems to glow. But because the moon has barely any atmosphere, there's seemingly nothing that could be doing the glowing.

What It Will Take for Humans to Live on the Moon?

Posted in Science on 20th Jun, 2015 10:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The last time we put a human on the moon was 1972, over four decades ago.

Audi helping to make a rover for Google's Lunar Xprize

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jun, 2015 10:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Audi has announced that it's teaming up with Part-Time Scientists, a German team working to put its rover on the moon.

Moon's Lopsided Dust Cloud Could Affect Space Travel

Posted in Science on 5th Jul, 2015 11:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have recently discovered that the Moon is engulfed in a permanent, lopsided dust cloud that could affect future space travel, a new study says.

Is NASA planning to 'terraform' part of the moon? Not quite

Posted in Science on 9th Jul, 2015 11:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Our moon has a lot of frozen water ice, and NASA scientists are trying to figure out how to mine it for use on spacecraft missions.

Should the European Space Agency build a colony on the far side of the Moon?

Posted in Science on 14th Jul, 2015 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
The new head of the European Space Agency has a plan, for humanity to build a 'village on the Moon'.

A new NASA-funded study lays out a plan to return humans to the Moon

Posted in Science on 22nd Jul, 2015 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
Footprints by 2021 and a permanent base by the 2030s.

Moon village would host first class research

Posted in Science on 23rd Jul, 2015 11:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Europe’s new space chief Johann-Dietrich Wörner explains his lunar ambitions in an interview with Nature.

'Lunar Icecube' spacecraft could help NASA build a mine on the moon

Posted in Hardware on 4th Aug, 2015 11:28 PM
by AlexMuller
By turning water into rocket fuel, colonizing the moon could practically pay for itself.

Russia is Returning to the Moon, Paving the Way for a Crewed Landing

Posted in Science on 3rd Sep, 2015 11:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Luna 25 is a test-bed for the real thing: a south pole moon base.

China wants to be the first to land on the Moon's far side

Posted in Science on 11th Sep, 2015 02:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Only three countries have ever landed spacecraft on the moon: the U.S., Russia, and, in 2013, China.

Moon’s crust as fractured as can be from a barrage of small asteroids

Posted in Science on 12th Sep, 2015 11:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists believe that 4 billion years ago the moon took a severe beating, as an army of asteroids pelted it. Such impacts opened up a network of large seams beneath the surface.

Cassini finds global ocean beneath Enceladus' icy crust

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2015 09:07 AM
by AlexMuller
A global ocean lies beneath the icy crust of Saturn's geologically active moon Enceladus, according to new research using data from NASA's Cassini mission.

Moon Express and Rocket Lab team up for 2017 lunar mission

Posted in Science on 6th Oct, 2015 01:38 PM
by AlexMuller
The first private contract between two companies to carry out a lunar landing as part of Moon Express's attempt win the Google Lunar Xprize.

Israeli Google Lunar X Prize team books rocket

Posted in Science on 7th Oct, 2015 01:43 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceIL intends to go to the lunar surface with a hopping probe in the second half of 2017, using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to send it on its way.

Europe and Russia mission to assess Moon settlement

Posted in Science on 17th Oct, 2015 01:01 AM
by AlexMuller
A lander to be sent to an unexplored area at the Moon's south pole. It will be one of a series of missions that prepares for the return of humans to the surface.

Lunar detour could lighten the launch load for manned missions to Mars

Posted in Science on 19th Oct, 2015 10:22 PM
by AlexMuller
A detour to the Moon could make repeated trips to Mars sustainable, reducing the mass of launch from Earth by 68%.

Google-Alphabet will spend billions on moonshot technologies like self driving cars and anti-aging

Posted in Business on 24th Oct, 2015 08:32 AM
by AlexMuller
Alphabet is preparing to ramp up spending on its most far-out projects.

Russia announces plans to send humans to the Moon in 2029

Posted in Science on 29th Oct, 2015 01:38 AM
by AlexMuller
Roscomsos claim that they are currently building the spacecraft for the mission now, with its first flight into space planned for 2021.

Google's Project Loon internet balloons to circle the Earth

Posted in Hardware on 29th Oct, 2015 02:20 AM
by AlexMuller
"It used to take 14 people an hour or two to launch a balloon, now with an automated crane we can launch a balloon every 15 minutes with two or three people."

New analysis of Apollo lunar samples solves decades-old mystery

Posted in Science on 29th Oct, 2015 11:28 AM
by AlexMuller
Lunar soil samples contain amino acids, but the technology to determine where they came from has not been available until now.

Google plans drone delivery service for 2017

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Nov, 2015 12:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Called Project Wing, the initiative aims to be delivering goods to consumers using the aircraft. "Our goal is to have commercial business up and running in 2017"

Falling Phobos will eventually put a ring around Mars

Posted in Science on 23rd Nov, 2015 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Eventually, in 20 to 40 million years, the dust-coated pile of rubble could completely fall apart from all the stress.

Russia and Europe Want a Moon Colony; Why Is NASA So Focused on Mars?

Posted in Hardware on 25th Nov, 2015 07:34 PM
by AlexMuller
12 Americans have put their boots on the Moon. But NASA has no plans to send humans back. Instead, NASA will shoot straight to Mars.

Google loon will test internet delivery across the United States

Posted in Hardware on 27th Nov, 2015 02:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Google parent company Alphabet is planning to test high-altitude balloons to deliver Internet coverage across the United States.

Google patent for removing biological tissue with a laser

Posted in Business on 28th Nov, 2015 10:38 PM
by AlexMuller
There aren’t many companies that can attempt to rid people of cancer, among other things, as a side project. Google, well, Alphabet now, is one of them.

Russia plans manned mission to Moon and Moon base for around 2030

Posted in Science on 3rd Dec, 2015 05:33 PM
by AlexMuller
Russia is planning manned missions to the Moon that will require from 4 to 6 launches of the Angara-A5V heavy-lift carrier rocket.

The Heat Is On To Reach the $30 Million Lunar XPRIZE Finish Line

Posted in Science on 8th Dec, 2015 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Israeli team SpaceIL has already booked a ride to the moon with SpaceX, and now the American team Moon Express has reserved its own rocket. The private moon race is on.

Why we’re going back to the Moon; with or without NASA

Posted in Science on 16th Dec, 2015 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
The discovery of lunar water has changed everything for human exploration.

Google X absorbing robotics division and Titan drone project as Alphabet re-org continues

Posted in Business on 21st Dec, 2015 07:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Projects placed within Google X are the most experimental and uncertain in terms of a business model.

New type of moon rock discovered by Chinese lunar lander

Posted in Science on 22nd Dec, 2015 08:17 PM
by AlexMuller
The Yutu rover, part of the Chang’e-3 unmanned lunar mission, has identified a type of basalt unlike anything collected by previous Soviet or US missions.

The World Is Racing to Build a Moon Base

Posted in Science on 1st Jan, 2016 10:45 PM
by AlexMuller
ESA (and China) are looking at lunar bases in the next couple decades, and NASA is looking at the space in the moon's orbit.

Designer of Apple 'spaceship' campus working with ESA on 3D printed moon base

Posted in Hardware on 6th Jan, 2016 09:44 PM
by AlexMuller
The idea is to build a permanent base near the south pole of the moon, that could eventually be used as a staging ground for future trips to Mars.

Europe will send humans to the moon by 2030, ESA says

Posted in Science on 9th Jan, 2016 06:35 PM
by AlexMuller
"This return to the Moon envisions human missions starting in the early 2020s that would see astronauts interact with robots on the lunar surface from orbit."

China to land a probe on the moon’s far side in 2018

Posted in Science on 15th Jan, 2016 06:17 PM
by AlexMuller
Although spacecraft have seen the 'dark' side of the moon before, we’ve never landed there.

Official report pokes more holes in NASA's plan to get to mars

Posted in Science on 16th Jan, 2016 06:40 PM
by AlexMuller
The report raises safety concerns over the rocket and spacecraft that will send astronauts to Mars. The report also says that NASA's overall plan to get to Mars is too vague.

Chris Hadfield: Moon colonisation is 'obvious' next step

Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2016 09:09 AM
by AlexMuller
The European Space Agency has announced its intent to put humans back on the Moon "by the end of the next decade".

Google Alphabet has 4 times the research budget of DARPA and bigger ambitions

Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2016 09:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Alphabet companies and investments span disciplines from biotechnology to energy to space travel to artificial intelligence and urban planning.

Google (aka Alphabet) Is About to Surpass Apple as the Most Valuable Company

Posted in Online on 24th Jan, 2016 01:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Google split into projects and consolidated under a brand named Alphabet. Now Alphabet is close to being the world’s most valuable company.

Moon formed by a head-on collision between Earth and young planet

Posted in Science on 31st Jan, 2016 12:55 AM
by AlexMuller
The moon was formed by a collision between the Earth and a "planetary embryo" called Theia approximately 100 million years after the Earth formed.

Google patents delivery trucks that drive themselves

Posted in Business on 11th Feb, 2016 01:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The biggest change to delivery may not be flying unmanned robots, it could be smart package-carrying vans.

The Case for an International Moon Base

Posted in Science on 13th Feb, 2016 10:26 AM
by AlexMuller
Toward the end of 2015, Russia’s space program announced plans to begin a series of lunar missions that would culminate in the creation of a manned moon base by 2030.

TED 2016: Google boss on why it is OK to fail

Posted in Business on 16th Feb, 2016 06:36 PM
by AlexMuller
"We find a huge problem that affects millions of people, propose a radical solution and look for a breakthrough technology that can solve it."

First Internet delivering Google Loons launched in Sri Lanka

Posted in Online on 18th Feb, 2016 05:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Each balloon can provide connectivity to a ground area of around 25 miles (40km) in diameter using LTE, also referred to as 4G, technology.

Plans Being Devised for Human Outpost Near the Moon

Posted in Science on 24th Feb, 2016 07:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The ongoing work is expected to help plot out other deep-space trips, such as the journey to a near-Earth asteroid and the larger leap to distant Mars.

Alphabet-Google Shows Off New Humanoid Robot

Posted in Hardware on 24th Feb, 2016 08:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The new Atlas is smaller than its predecessor and not tethered to a power cord, suggesting the device is progressing in its journey from the lab to market.

'Moon Shot': Google teams with J.J. Abrams and XPrize for space documentary series

Posted in Online on 4th Mar, 2016 03:17 PM
by AlexMuller
"Moonshot" has in recent years become synonymous with any big, ambitious, slightly crazy idea to change the world.

Google Knows Its Self-Driving Cars Are 'Going to Have Worse Days'

Posted in Business on 13th Mar, 2016 08:35 PM
by AlexMuller
'It’s too important not to move forward with the technology. I know that the net benefit will be better for society.'

The moon used to spin 'on different axis'

Posted in Science on 24th Mar, 2016 07:16 PM
by AlexMuller
A likely explanation for this shift, which the researchers suggest took place over several billion years, is volcanic activity in a region called the Procellarum.

Probe finds massive icy mountain on Saturn's moon Titan

Posted in Science on 25th Mar, 2016 04:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have identified the tallest peak on Saturn's moon Titan, a mountain that stands 10,948 ft tall. For comparison, Everest stands over 29,000 ft above sea level.

Moonbase by 2022 for $10 billion, says NASA

Posted in Science on 26th Mar, 2016 09:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Several key changes have taken place over the past decade. These include the development of the space launch business, leading to an overall reduction in the cost of launches.

The moon base race: senior NASA staff call for lunar station

Posted in Science on 30th Mar, 2016 11:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Acknowledging similar Moon base proposals by the Chinese, Russians and ESA, the writers argued that the project would maintain NASA’s position as a leader in space research.

The moon thought to play a major role in maintaining Earth's magnetic field

Posted in Science on 2nd Apr, 2016 08:09 AM
by AlexMuller
The Earth's magnetic field permanently protects us from the charged particles and radiation that originate in the sun.

Earth barraged by supernovae millions of years ago, debris found on the Moon

Posted in Science on 7th Apr, 2016 02:51 PM
by AlexMuller
An explosion close enough to have lethal effects on Earth is expected to happen 1.5 times every billion years.

Steam powered spacecraft could help humans colonise the Moon

Posted in Science on 10th Apr, 2016 06:06 PM
by AlexMuller
In January the European Space Agency announced plans to build a 3D printed lunar village by 2030 made from Moon rock.

Supernova iron found on the moon

Posted in Science on 15th Apr, 2016 06:48 PM
by AlexMuller
A supernova 2 million years ago sprayed the solar system with stellar material.

European scientists set eyes on ice moon Europa

Posted in Science on 21st Apr, 2016 02:19 AM
by AlexMuller
European scientists are meeting to consider options for exploring Europa, a moon of Jupiter. They have ideas that could fit as add-ons to US missions that are to be launched in the 2020s.

Alphabet's crazy moonshots are growing revenues faster than losses

Posted in Online on 22nd Apr, 2016 05:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Google CEO Sundar Pichai cited the development of machine learning and AI as one of the key factors driving the growth.

The First Moon Base May Be Printed

Posted in Hardware on 19th May, 2016 10:38 AM
by AlexMuller
3D printed objects don’t have to be small. Entire houses have now been 3D printed.

European Space Agency races to meet the Orion spacecraft deadline

Posted in Hardware on 21st May, 2016 04:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The plan is for Orion and its service module launch atop the Space Launch System rocket in 2018.

Proposal For New Space Station Orbiting The Moon

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2016 04:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The habitat components could be manufactured and launched about three years after getting a 'Go Ahead' contract from NASA.

Asteroids 'dumped water into the molten Moon'

Posted in Science on 1st Jun, 2016 11:28 PM
by AlexMuller
How and when water got trapped in volcanic lunar rocks is a huge and open question for planetary scientists.

Ice exoplanets and moons can have habital deep oceans

Posted in Science on 17th Jun, 2016 03:53 AM
by AlexMuller
Water-rich planets are obvious candidates for finding life and have attracted increasing attention in recent years.

Japan wants to take autonomous construction extraterrestrial

Posted in Science on 21st Jun, 2016 11:26 AM
by AlexMuller
JAXA is looking to take autonomous construction technology to the undeveloped plains of the Moon and Mars.

An ocean lies a few kilometers beneath Saturn's moon Enceladus's icy surface

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2016 08:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Strong heat production in Enceladus's deep interior may power the hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor.

Red Planet Impact: Huge Moons May Have Crashed Into Mars

Posted in Science on 5th Jul, 2016 06:38 PM
by AlexMuller
The moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, may be the only survivors of a giant impact that created many short-lived, but now-absent moons.

U.S. and Russian Scientists Are Making Plans to Go Back to the Moon Together

Posted in Science on 20th Jul, 2016 08:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Organizations on both sides are quietly toying with the idea of going back to the moon together. That is, if politics don't get in the way.

Vast asteroid created 'Man in Moon's eye' crater

Posted in Science on 22nd Jul, 2016 12:40 AM
by AlexMuller
One of the Moon's biggest craters was created by an asteroid more than 250km (150 miles) across, a study suggests.

Apollo Astronauts are More Likely to Die of Heart Problems

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2016 08:27 PM
by AlexMuller
The likely culprit of this higher rate of heart problems is their unprecedented exposure to deep space radiation.

Moon Express cleared for lunar landing

Posted in Science on 4th Aug, 2016 02:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Moon Express has become the first private firm to win US approval for an unmanned mission to the moon. The plan is to send a suitcase-sized lander to the moon in late 2017.

Moon Express will spread your ashes on the moon, for a price

Posted in Science on 8th Aug, 2016 02:43 PM
by AlexMuller
'We already have a long list'

13 Cubesats to launch to moon in 2018 including Skyfire and Lunar Flashlight to look for ice and resources

Posted in Hardware on 10th Aug, 2016 07:17 PM
by AlexMuller
Game-changing capability for expanded human exploration, planetary science and physics.

Chinese scientists study viability of manned radar station on the moon

Posted in Science on 22nd Aug, 2016 06:20 PM
by AlexMuller
The moon has been suggested to have numerous advantages over satellites or a space station as an earth observation platform.

Moon Express to mine hydroxyl from the moon and provide it to fuel orbital and other space missions

Posted in Hardware on 31st Aug, 2016 11:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Moon Express plans to create a robotic lunar hydroxyl mining machine. It will fill a small fuel tank then it will launch into lunar orbit.

New evidence shows the moon formed from melted bits of earth

Posted in Science on 13th Sep, 2016 10:20 AM
by AlexMuller
Around 4.5 billion years ago, when the solar system was still in its infancy, a Mars-sized planet collided with the proto-Earth and blasted our baby planet to smithereens.

Boeing Eyes Moon-Orbiting Space Station as Waypoint to Mars

Posted in Science on 29th Sep, 2016 05:13 PM
by AlexMuller
"If we're thinking about going that far away to Mars, we need to take a kind of interim step,"

Face of the moon changes every 81,000 years

Posted in Science on 13th Oct, 2016 02:03 PM
by AlexMuller
The moon is bombarded by so much space rock that its surface gets a complete facelift every 81,000 years.

The crash that created our moon was crazier than we thought

Posted in Science on 3rd Nov, 2016 01:18 PM
by AlexMuller
New research potentially rewrites our modern ideas on the moon's origins.

How to see biggest supermoon in almost 70 years

Posted in Science on 11th Nov, 2016 12:42 PM
by AlexMuller
On 13/14 November, the moon will be very big and bright.

Bigelow Aerospace calls for doubling of NASA budget to 1% of the budget

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2016 12:06 PM
by AlexMuller
The increase would also be used to support more ambitious space exploration efforts by NASA, such as lunar exploration.

Private plan to send Moon rover to Apollo 17 site

Posted in Science on 1st Dec, 2016 04:16 PM
by AlexMuller
A German team wants to land a pair of rovers on the lunar surface to inspect the buggy left behind in 1972 on the last crewed mission to the Moon.

Moon village concept attracts worldwide support

Posted in Science on 3rd Dec, 2016 04:08 PM
by AlexMuller
European Space Agency says proposals for permanent lunar outpost have generated international interest.

Moon Express targets trips to the moon at $10,000 per person by 2026

Posted in Business on 5th Dec, 2016 03:35 PM
by AlexMuller
If all goes well in the space tourism economy, tourists will be able to book a flight to the moon within the next decade.

Grail satellite indicates lava tubes on the moon would be ideal sites for moon colonies

Posted in Science on 21st Dec, 2016 05:38 PM
by AlexMuller
These natural tunnels provide protection from cosmic ray radiation, meteorites, micrometeorites, and ejecta from impacts.

Moon and Mars in China's five-year space plan

Posted in Science on 29th Dec, 2016 05:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Mars and the far side of the Moon are on the itinerary for China's National Space Administration (CNSA), according to a new white paper released this week.

Five in final stretch of Moon race

Posted in Science on 25th Jan, 2017 03:42 PM
by AlexMuller
To stand a chance of winning the $20m top purse, however, the teams will need to leave Earth by 31 December.

Under Trump, astronauts might chart a new path to a familiar place: The moon

Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2017 05:27 PM
by Alex Muller
A return to the moon is gaining traction. A trip to an asteroid looks iffy. And Mars is still the ultimate destination.

What a Nuclear Explosion Can Tell Us About the Formation of the Moon

Posted in Science on 9th Feb, 2017 09:22 PM
by Alex Muller
There are so many conflicting studies about the Moon’s origins that at times, it feels impossible to keep up.

Trump's Advisers Want to Return Humans to the Moon in Three Years

Posted in Science on 13th Feb, 2017 10:04 AM
by Alex Muller
The plan could dramatically shift the mission of the space agency, prioritising low-Earth orbit activity over distant exploration.

Trump investigating the large scale development of space with SpaceX a likely big winner

Posted in Hardware on 15th Feb, 2017 06:53 PM
by Alex Muller
The Trump administration is considering a bold and controversial vision for the U.S. space program.

With the New Administration, NASA Just Got Real About Returning to the Moon

Posted in Business on 18th Feb, 2017 03:03 PM
by Alex Muller
President Trump has signalled his interest in a robust manned space program.

NASA Studying Manned Trip Around the Moon After Prod From Trump

Posted in Science on 27th Feb, 2017 02:01 AM
by Alex Muller
The U.S. hasn’t sent astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit since 1970s.

SpaceX will send 2 people on a trip around the moon next year

Posted in Science on 28th Feb, 2017 05:25 PM
by Alex Muller
The identities of the two space travellers was left unannounced.

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos wants to start shipping packages to the Moon

Posted in Science on 3rd Mar, 2017 07:55 PM
by Alex Muller
He says an Earth-to-Moon shipping route will be key for human colonies.

Bigelow Aerospace offers plan for an expandable space station orbiting the moon by 2020

Posted in Science on 4th Mar, 2017 08:48 AM
by Alex Muller
By 2020, NASA and commercial astronauts could be living and working in lunar orbit inside a functional space station.

China developing rocket for manned missions to the moon

Posted in Hardware on 10th Mar, 2017 07:31 PM
by Alex Muller
China is developing an advanced new rocket, expected to be able to be operable both in the lower orbit of Earth, as well as capable of landing humans on the moon.

China aims to Send People to the Moon by 2020

Posted in Science on 12th Mar, 2017 11:14 PM
by Alex Muller
China is working to develop a new spaceship that can both fly in low-Earth orbit and land on the moon.

SpaceX launch of private citizens on a lunar orbiting mission in 2018 will use new Falcon Heavy

Posted in Hardware on 29th Mar, 2017 09:08 AM
by PlanetTech
Falcon Heavy is due to launch its first test flight this summer and will be the most powerful vehicle since Saturn V to reach orbit.

NASA Scientists Find That a Dynamo at The Lunar Core May Have Formed a Magnetic Field

Posted in Science on 16th Apr, 2017 03:53 PM
by Alex Muller
New research that shows heat from crystallization of the lunar core may have driven its now-defunct magnetic field some 3 billion years ago.

China plans to reach Mars by 2020 and eventually build a moon base

Posted in Science on 3rd May, 2017 07:40 PM
by Alex Muller
China has plans to orbit the moon, land people on it, and eventually settle a moon colony.

NASA's mission to Mars includes a year-long stay on the moon

Posted in Science on 12th May, 2017 04:48 PM
by Alex Muller
The agency aims to send a crew to live in cislunar space by 2027.

Moon as unprospected eighth continent that will produce trillionaires

Posted in Science on 13th May, 2017 10:04 PM
by Alex Muller
Moon Express is one of only two teams in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition with a verified launch contract for its 2017 lunar mission.

Jeff Bezos lays out his vision for building a city on the moon, complete with robots

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2017 07:18 PM
by Alex Muller
'I think we should build a permanent human settlement on one of the poles of the moon'

Chinese scientists to grow potatoes on the moon

Posted in Science on 14th Jun, 2017 04:20 PM
by Alex Muller
Chinese scientists will attempt to grow potatoes on the moon as part of a forthcoming lunar mission.

Hawking urges Moon landing to 'elevate humanity'

Posted in Science on 21st Jun, 2017 05:09 PM
by Alex Muller
Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by 2020.

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