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.

Virgin Galactic to become the first space tourism company to go public

Posted in Business, Science on 9th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

$800 million investment should keep the lights on until the company turns a profit.

Space-based gravitational-wave detector may detect strange exoplanets

Posted in Science on 9th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

LISA could be used to identify a very strange class of planets: heavy planets orbiting binary pairs of white dwarf stars. But because of its exquisite sensitivity, LISA could potentially spot them orbiting outside our own galaxy.

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.