Moon

MOON’S SOUTH POLE IN NASA’S LANDING SITES

NASA is working right now to send American astronauts to the surface of the Moon in five years, and the agency has its sights set on a place no humans have ever gone before: the lunar South Pole. Water is a critical resource for long-term exploration, and that’s one of the main reasons NASA will […]

SENDING AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS TO MOON IN 2024; NASA ACCEPTS THE CHALLENGE

The president directed NASA to land American astronauts on the Moon by 2024, and the agency is working to accelerate humanity’s return to the lunar surface by all means necessary. “We’ve been given an ambitious and exciting goal. History has proven when we’re given a task by the president, along with the resources and the […]

NASA SELECTS TWO NEW SPACE TECH RESEARCH INSTITUTES FOR SMART HABITATS

As exploration missions venture beyond low-Earth orbit and to the Moon — and eventually Mars — NASA must consider automated technologies to keep habitats operational even when they are not occupied by astronauts. To help achieve this, NASA has selected two new Space Technology Research Institutes (STRIs) to advance space habitat designs using resilient and […]

ESA AND NASA TO TEAM UP ON LUNAR SCIENCE

ESA Director of Human and Robotic Exploration, David Parker, and Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, signed a Statement of Intent to coordinate joint science research about the Moon and identify opportunities for lunar mission cooperation. Signed during the National Academies’ Space Science Week in Washington DC, the statement highlights a common […]

DRONE MAPS ICY LAVA TUBE IN ICELAND IN PREPARATION FOR CAVE EXPLORATION ON THE MOON AND MARS

The SETI Institute and Astrobotic Technology, Inc. have announced the successful mapping in 3D of the interior of an ice-rich lava tube in Iceland using a LiDAR-equipped drone. The team was investigating the Lofthellir Lava Tube Ice Cave in the remote Myvatn region of Iceland, and used the drone to document the lava tube’s shape […]

RETURNING ASTRONAUTS TO THE MOON: LOCKHEED MARTIN FINALIZES FULL-SCALE CISLUNAR HABITAT PROTOTYPE

For long-duration, deep space missions, astronauts will need a highly efficient and reconfigurable space, and Lockheed Martin is researching and designing ways to support those missions. Under a public-private partnership as a part of NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) Phase II study contract, Lockheed Martin has completed the initial ground prototype for […]

NASA’S DEEP SPACE EXPLORATION SYSTEM IS COMING TOGETHER

NASA will soon return humans to the Moon for decades to come, and the system that will transport astronauts from Earth to the Gateway near the Moon is literally coming together. Building on progress in 2018, most of the major manufacturing for the first mission is complete, and this year, teams will focus on final […]

NASA WANTS IDEAS FROM UNIVERSITY TEAMS FOR FUTURE HUMAN SPACE MISSIONS

Teams of engineering students and faculty at U.S. colleges and universities have an opportunity to help NASA with innovative design ideas to meet the challenges of space exploration. The 2020 eXploration Systems and Habitation (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge supports NASA’s efforts to develop technologies and capabilities that will enable future human missions to the Moon, […]

NASA SEEKS US PARTNERS TO DEVELOP SYSTEMS TO LAND ASTRONAUTS ON THE MOON

As the next major step to return astronauts to the Moon under Space Policy Directive-1, NASA announced plans on December 13 to work with American companies to design and develop new reusable systems for astronauts to land on the lunar surface. The agency is planning to test new human-class landers on the Moon beginning in […]

LOCKHEED MARTIN SELECTED FOR NASA’S COMMERCIAL LUNAR LANDER PAYLOAD SERVICES CONTRACT

Lockheed Martin will apply its expertise in interplanetary spacecraft to a new program designed to deliver commercial payloads to the surface of the Moon. NASA announced today they have selected Lockheed Martin’s McCandless Lunar Lander to provide payload delivery services as part of the agency’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract. Lockheed Martin’s lander design […]

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