Halo orbit selected for Gateway space station

Posted in Science on 19th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

Ideally, the orbit should be a stable one, but it also has to be one that allows for both easy access to the lunar surface and regular ferrying of crews to and from Earth.

NASA’s large SLS rocket unlikely to fly before at least late 2021

Posted in Science on 18th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

NASA has not been good at setting realistic budget and schedules.

NASA green lights upgrade of Apollo era lunar laser experiment

Posted in Science on 14th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

Each placement of a Next Generation lunar laser ranging array will greatly enhance the scientific and navigational capabilities of the retroreflector network. These additions improve the mapping capabilities important for NASA's plans to return to the Moon and by 2028 establish a sustained human presence.

NASA taps Carnegie Mellon to build small, speedy MoonRanger lunar rover

Posted in Hardware, Science on 7th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

NASA has awarded Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Astrobotic a US$5.6 million contract to build a new suitcase-sized robotic lunar rover that could land on the Moon as soon as 2021.

NASA tests emergency abort system for its future super heavy moon rocket

Posted in Hardware, Science on 3rd Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

The Launch Abort System (LAS) sits at the very top of the gigantic rocket, and is tasked with forcefully pulling the crew out of harm's way in the event of a life-threatening mission failure.