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NASA Is Considering Flying Commercial Space Flights Signaling Shift In Space Industry

NASA might have to change the way it conducts its deep space mission to make next year's Orion uncrewed flight around the Moon possible. The space agency might use a commercial rocket to launch the spacecraft.

Space March 16, 2019

SpaceX May Be Likeliest Contender To Win Moon Rocket Contract

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said that the space agency is considering the use of a commercial rocket to launch the Orion crew capsule next year. He told a Senate committee that the SLS will not be ready by June 2020.

Space March 14, 2019

NASA Wants To Open 50-Year-Old Moon Samples From Apollo Missions

NASA is opening lunar samples for the first time since the Apollo program ended nearly 50 years ago. Two teams of scientists were granted permission to study the samples in preparation for the space agency's planned return to the moon.

Space March 13, 2019

NASA Boss Jim Bridenstine Says First Person To Step On Mars Likely To Be A Woman

The head of NASA reveals that the first human to visit Mars is likely to be a woman. Future missions to the moon will also include women, which will be the first time in history.

Space March 13, 2019

Toyota Is Building Japan's Fuel Cell-Powered Moon Rover

Toyota sets its sights on the moon as it partners with JAXA for a self-driving vehicle that will keep astronauts impressively mobile on the moon.

Space March 12, 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

Moon Coloration Could Be Sunburn Scars On Lunar Surface

A report from NASA explained how the moon can get what seems like sunburn scars. The harsh particles and radiation emitted by the sun showed that it can cause moon coloration, thus affecting the lunar surface's appearance.

Space March 9, 2019

Yale Researchers Find Reason Behind Odd Exoplanet Configurations

Yale University astronomers have found a surprising link between exoplanet pairs' axial tilt and their orbit. The discovery provides an answer to a mystery that has been baffling scientists since Kepler's launch in 2009.

Space March 5, 2019

Elon Musk Wants Permanent Base With Human Residents On Moon

Elon Musk sets his sights toward the moon following Saturday's successful Crew Dragon launch to the ISS. During the post-launch press conference, he hinted that SpaceX's partnership with NASA could go beyond Earth's low orbit.

Space March 4, 2019

Israeli Moon Mission Beresheet Encounters Technical Glitches On Its Way To The Lunar Surface

Israel's first moon mission encountered a technical glitch on its journey toward the lunar surface. The spacecraft missed a scheduled maneuver because the computer rebooted on its own.

Space February 27, 2019

30-Million-Page Archive Of Our Civilization On Its Way To The Moon

The Lunar Library was launched onboard the Beresheet lander from SpaceIL. The archive, which contains a backup of the human race, is the first library to be placed on a celestial body.

Space February 25, 2019

The Moon Flies Through The Earth's Atmosphere, SOHO Observations Reveal

Observations made by the SOHO observatory more than two decades ago revealed how far Earth's atmosphere's reaches. Researchers found it reaches nearly twice as far as the moon.

Space February 25, 2019

Israel Moon Mission: What Are The Objectives Of World's First Privately Funded Lunar Mission?

Israel will join the ranks of United States, China, and Russia if Beresheet successfully lands on the lunar surface. What are the scientific missions and the objectives behind the first privately funded mission to the moon?

Space February 23, 2019

Hubble Beams Back Images Of Neptune's Newest Moon Hippocamp

A team of researchers published a paper describing a small moon currently in orbit around Neptune. Hippocamp, named after a Greek mythological creature, is Neptune's 14th and smallest moon.

Space February 21, 2019

China's Chang'e Rover And Lander Survive First Frigid Night On Far Side Of The Moon

China's Chang'e rover and lander survived the first night on the dark side of the moon, and it's apparently colder than expected. Scientists noted temperatures of -310 degrees Fahrenheit (-190 degrees Celsius).

Space February 3, 2019

Planetary Collision That Created The Moon May Have Brought Life To Earth

A collision between Earth and a Mars-sized object 4.4 billion years ago formed the moon. Researchers now propose this same event brought the ingredients of life on Earth.

Space January 28, 2019

Apollo 14 Astronauts May Have Found One Of Earth's Oldest Rocks On The Moon

Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell apparently collected an ancient terrestrial rock when they explored the lunar surface in February 1971. How did the object land on the moon?

Space January 25, 2019

Telescopes Spot Object Slamming Into The Moon During Lunar Eclipse

A space rock measuring 12 inches across and weighing about 22 pounds slammed into the moon during the total lunar eclipse. The strike generated a bright flash captured by telescopes on Earth.

Space January 25, 2019

ESA Wants To Start Drilling On Moon In Search Of Oxygen And Water

The European Space Agency signed a contract with ArianeGroup to begin studying and preparing for the plan to mine resources on the moon by 2025. The space agency hopes to collect oxygen, water, and fuel for future permanent lunar base and colony.

Space January 22, 2019

Research Team Wants To Send Drone To Saturnian Moon Titan

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University are hoping to send a probe to Titan by 2025. The Dragonfly mission will provide scientists with a unique opportunity to study prebiotics chemistry as well as examine the Saturnian moon's potential habitability.

Space January 21, 2019

Scientists Report Spike In Asteroid Impacts: Is Earth Headed For Collision?

The frequency of asteroid impacts had increased between two to three times about 290 million years ago before dinosaurs emerged. Researchers noticed an uptick in asteroid strikes by studying impact craters on the moon and Earth.

Space January 18, 2019

China's First Plants To Grow On Moon Die After Scientists Shut Down Power

China's first seedling in space sprouted but died soon after when scientists had to shut down power. Evidently, the temperature in the biosphere became extreme and erratic.

Space January 18, 2019

China's Chang'e 4 Mission Sprouts First Plant On The Moon

After landing the first spacecraft on the dark side of the moon, China made another history by sprouting cotton seeds on the lunar surface. What is the objective of this biosphere experiment?

Space January 16, 2019

'Super Blood Wolf Moon' 101: What To Expect And How To Make The Most Of It

On Jan. 20, skywatchers in North America, South America, and Europe will witness a rare astronomical event called Super Blood Wolf Moon. During the event, the moon will turn red as it passes through the shadow of Earth.

Space January 4, 2019

Chinese Rover Lands Safely On Far Side Of Moon

On Thursday, the Chang'e-4 space probe landed on the Von Kármán crater within the South Pole-Aitken Basin. This is the first time that the region of the moon, which is forever facing away from Earth, will be explored.

Space January 3, 2019

China Lunar Probe Chang'e-4 Readies To Land On Dark Side Of The Moon

China's Chang'e-4 probe has already entered a planned lunar orbit and now readies to make history to become the first mission to land on the dark side of the moon.

Space December 30, 2018

Former Moon Mission Astronaut Says Sending Manned Missions To Mars Would Be 'Almost Ridiculous'

In a recent interview, Bill Anders criticized NASA's plans to one day send humans to the surface of Mars. He said that he has always been a supporter of unmanned missions mainly because they are cheaper.

Space December 24, 2018

Israeli Scientists Add Final Touches To Lunar Spacecraft

SpaceX moved the launch on Israel's first moon lander from December to February. The company did not provide an explanation, but officials of SpaceIL on Monday added a time capsule to the spacecraft.

Space December 18, 2018

Breathing In Lunar Dust Can Be Very Bad For Humans Says Study

Inhaling moon dust can be dangerous to health. Researchers found that, when it interacts with human cells, moon dust can create chemicals that have been linked to lung cancer.

Space December 17, 2018

China Preparing For Mission To Far Side Of The Moon

China's Chang'e 4 mission is scheduled for liftoff on Friday. The goal of the lander-rover duo is to explore the far side of the moon, specifically the oldest impact basin on the lunar surface.

Space December 7, 2018

Russia's Roscosmos Announces Plans To Build Moon Colony By 2040

Roscosmos spoke about plans of landing on the moon and building a lunar base by 2040. The project will have three steps, beginning with the creation of an orbiting lunar module.

Space November 30, 2018

Russian Official Wants To "Verify" If Moon Landings Actually Happened

Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin wanted to put the conspiracy theories surrounding the 1969 moon landing to rest. He joked that he will create a mission to verify if the United States really made it to the surface of the moon.

Space November 27, 2018

Scientists Confirm Existence Of Dust 'Moon' Floating Around Earth

A team of astronomers has just proven the existence of Kordylewski clouds decades after it was proposed by Kazimierz Kordylewski. In a study, they confirmed that the dust clouds are located within the L5 between the Earth and the Moon.

Space October 27, 2018

NASA Is Looking For Tech And Science Payloads To Go On Commercial Lunar Landers

NASA has officially announced its formal solicitation for small lunar payloads ahead of planned robotic and manned missions on the surface of the Moon. The first round of proposals will be accepted until November.

Space October 20, 2018

Meteorite From The Moon Auctioned, Could Fetch $500,000

A meteorite called 'The Moon Puzzle' is up for auction at RR Auction and it is expected to rake in $500,000. What are lunar meteorites?

Space October 12, 2018

Moonception: Study Shows Bigger Moons Can Have Moons Of Their Own

The moon has the right conditions to have its own moon. According to a new study, while it has not been observed in the Solar System, moons can have their own submoons or moonmoons.

Space October 11, 2018

Lockheed Martin Unveils New Lunar Lander Concept

The lunar lander designed by Lockheed Martin can carry up to four astronauts to the surface of the moon in one trip. If not in use, it will be on the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway.

Space October 5, 2018

Scientists Discover First Known Exomoon: How Is It Different From Solar System Moons?

Researchers may have confirmed the discovery of the first known exomoon, or a moon that is outside of the solar system. The exomoon is believed to be orbiting the exoplanet Kepler-1625b, and is thought to be as big as Neptune.

Space October 4, 2018

NASA Unveils '60 Years In 60 Seconds' Video To Celebrate Its 60th Anniversary

On Monday, NASA celebrated its 60th anniversary with a video highlighting milestones such as the first man on the moon. Jim Bridenstine also addressed the future of the space agency.

Space October 3, 2018

Scientists Are Making And Selling Artificial Martian Dirt For $20 Per Kilogram

The University of Central Florida created dirt that closely resembles the one on the surface of Mars using data collected by NASA's Curiosity rover. Moon and asteroid dirt are also available.

Space October 1, 2018

NASA Releases Roadmap For New And Sustainable Lunar Missions

NASA published a 21-page roadmap that details the space agency's space exploration plans for the next two decades. The report is in line with U.S. President Trump's directive to return to the moon.

Space September 29, 2018

The First Private Passenger On SpaceX BFR To The Moon Will Be Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa

Elon Musk revealed that the first private passenger on the SpaceX BFR will be Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. The Zozotown founder will not be alone in the week-long mission though, as he will be bringing along up to eight artists.

Space September 18, 2018

Elon Musk Teases New Images Of Ambitious BFR Spacecraft On Twitter

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk tweeted renders of the BIg Falcon Rocket or the BFR that will bring a private passenger on a trip around the Moon. The ship will eventually carry humans to Mars.

Space September 17, 2018

SpaceX Signs First Private Space Tourist To Fly To The Moon And Back

In a tweet, SpaceX revealed that the first person who will be sent on a trip around the Moon has already been found. More details will be revealed by Monday.

Space September 15, 2018

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