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NASA's Lunar Retroreflector Array Experiment May Have Survived Crash of Israel's Beresheet Moon Lander

An additional NASA payload may have survived the crash of Israel's Beresheet moon lander on April 11, scientists said. The payload contained the Lunar Retroreflector Array experiment.

Space April 18, 2019

Israeli Spacecraft Beresheet Crashes Into The Moon, Fails To Make History

Israel failed to make history as the first nation to send a privately funded spacecraft to the moon. The robotic vehicle Beresheet crashed into the lunar surface instead of making a soft landing.

Space April 11, 2019

Israel Now 7th Nation To Orbit The Moon With Beresheet Spacecraft's Successful Lunar Capture Maneuver

Israel succeeded in being the seventh nation to send a space vehicle to orbit the moon. The lunar capture moved the mission one step closer to its ultimate goal of landing on the surface.

Space April 5, 2019

Australia Reveals Plans To Mine Water On The Moon Within 5 Years

Mining water from the moon could drastically cut down the cost of space exploration and future long-term space missions. Australia's Space Agency recently announced plans to mine water from the lunar surface.

Space April 5, 2019

Israeli Spacecraft Beresheet Completes Final Maneuver Before Moon Landing Bid

Israel’s Beresheet lander made its final maneuver to the moon before its scheduled landing on April 11. It will enter the moon’s orbit on April 4 and will arrive at the Sea of Serenity.

Space March 20, 2019

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Spots Water Molecules Around The Moon

Scientists working on the NASA-commissioned research Lyman Alpha Mapping Project have successfully observed water molecules sparsely scattered on the surface of the moon. This new research can shed light on the lunar water movement.

Space March 12, 2019

Israel Lunar Mission Beresheet Completes Another Maneuver On Its Way To The Moon

Israel’s Beresheet lander successfully made another maneuver to the moon after a computer glitch on Feb. 25. If successful, the spacecraft will be the first privately-funded mission to land on the lunar surface.

Space March 9, 2019

Recovered Moon Landing Data From Apollo Missions Solve 40-Year-Old Mystery

The Apollo 15 and 17 missions in 1971 and 1972 had created a mystery that baffled scientists for almost 40 years. Finally, the analysis of the recovered tapes from the mission had the answer.

Space June 9, 2018

Alan Bean, Apollo 12 Astronaut And Fourth Man On The Moon, Dies At Age 86

Astronaut Alan Bean passed away at the age of 86 in Houston. He was the fourth person to ever walk on the moon during the Apollo 12 mission in 1969.

Space May 26, 2018

Tests Show That Moon Dust Can Kill Cells And Alter DNA, Which Could Kill Chances Of Lunar Colony

A study simulated the effects of moon dust on the human body and showed that it may be hazardous for health. This could put the idea of a moon colony on hold.

Space May 9, 2018

Lunar XPRIZE Relaunches Moon Mission This Time Without A Cash Incentive or Google

XPRIZE announced the relaunch of its proprietary moon mission, the Lunar XPRIZE. This time, the participating teams will not receive cash prizes, although the experience should be enough to advance their space exploration capabilities.

Space April 7, 2018

Garbage On The Moon: 400,000 Pounds Of Junk Are On Lunar Surface

A bible, a falcon feather, and a document proclaiming "University of Michigan alumni of the moon" are among the junk on the moon. Humans have left about 400,000 pounds of trash on the lunar surface.

Space March 6, 2018

Eyes On The Moon, Mars, And Beyond: Deep Space Gateway Is NASA’s Next Big Plan

After the International Space Station retires in 2028, NASA is slated to launch a new space station that will orbit the moon. It would be located farther into deep space to also train the crew for future Mars missions.

Space January 20, 2018

NASA Does Not Have Money For Mars Manned Mission: US Space Agency May Send Humans To Another Destination

NASA admits that it does not have enough funds to send people to Mars by the 2030s. The agency could focus on its planned lunar outpost instead.

Space July 15, 2017

Here's How Moon Express Plans To Build Lunar Outpost, Harvest Lunar Rocks Using Robots

Florida-based private company Moon Express is seeking to deploy robotic landers in a planned series of missions to the moon. Here are details on its projected lunar outpost and moon mining initiatives.

Space July 13, 2017

China Moon Mission: 8 Postgraduate Students Move Into Lunar Palace Cabin That Simulates Lunar-Like Environment

China steps up its efforts for its planned permanent lunar laboratory. Eight postgraduate students begin simulated space cabin trials at the Lunar Palace 1 until 2018.

Space May 11, 2017

Jeff Bezos Unveils Images Of BE-4 Liquid Rocket Engine For New Glenn Rocket

After years of hard work, Blue Origin’s first BE-4 rocket engine is ready for photos as released by CEO Jeff Bezos. It will be used for its New Glenn rocket which is expected to ferry humans to the moon.

Space March 7, 2017

Columbia Goes On Tour: 11 Fast Facts On Apollo 11 Command Module

The Apollo 11 command module Columbia will leave the National Air and Space Museum and go on a four-city tour for the first time in almost 50 years. Learn 11 fast facts on this piece of lunar landing mission history.

Space February 23, 2017

US Government Accidentally Sells Lunar Sample Bag Used In Apollo 11 Moon Mission

The U.S. government mistakenly sold the Apollo 11 sample bag NASA astronauts used to collect the first sample of lunar materials for $995. How did this happen?

Space August 7, 2016

This Startup May Become First To Venture Into Private Lunar Mission

A startup is close to securing the approval of federal authorities for its first private lunar mission. The company, Moon Express, is competing for the $20 million reward from the Google Lunar XPrize.

Space June 7, 2016

Remains Of Historic Saturn V Engine On Public Display At Seattle's Museum Of Flight

The remnants of the Saturn V engine from the Apollo lunar missions can now be previewed at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Jeff Bezos of Amazon spearheaded the unveiling of the F-1 engines at the museum.

Space November 24, 2015

How Did A NASA Lunar Rover Prototype Wind Up As Scrap Metal In Alabama?

A prototype used by NASA in the 1960s space race wound up as scrap metal after sitting in an Alabama backyard for decades. How does something like that happen?

Space October 28, 2015

Israeli Team Will Hitch A Ride On SpaceX's Falcon 9: Can They Land Their Spacecraft On The Moon?

Team SpaceIL announced that it is launching its lunar lander into space through the Falcon 9 rocket of SpaceX. The company is an Israel-based nonprofit and one of the 16 teams competing in the Google Lunar XPRIZE global competition.

FUTURE TECH October 8, 2015

China Wants To Land A Lunar Probe On Dark Side Of Moon

Experts at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have started drafting plans for a new lunar mission that will attempt the very first probe landing on the far side of the moon.

Space September 9, 2015

China launches first lunar circle and return mission

China has launched its first mission to fly to the Moon and back, preparing for a human mission in the coming decade.

Space October 25, 2014

Mars rover Opportunity smashes offworld distance record held by Lunokhod 2

Opportunity, a rover launched ten years ago, on a 90-day mission, is still going strong.

Space July 30, 2014

Government considered using Carl Sagan to help them blow up the moon - report

Newly-released plans show the United States once considered spying or launching missiles from the moon. It even tried to enlist Carl Sagan to help them blow it up.

Space July 22, 2014

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