Enceladus’ global subsurface ocean could host salt-driven currents

Scientists have predicted the presence and movement of ocean currents in the vast subsurface ocean of the Saturnian moon Enceladus. The moon, which is sheathed in a 20 km (12.4 mile)-thick shell of ice, is one of the most promising prospects in the ong… Continue reading Enceladus’ global subsurface ocean could host salt-driven currents

ESA’s Pathfinder mission to test sat-nav coverage in lunar orbit

ESA plans to use its upcoming Lunar Pathfinder mission to experiment with expanding sat-nav coverage to the Moon. By tuning in to the radio signals leaking from the Galileo and GPS satellite constellations, the goal is to provide more precise and accur… Continue reading ESA’s Pathfinder mission to test sat-nav coverage in lunar orbit

Study weighs up best “last mile” options for crewed lunar landings

Using mathematical models, a team of researchers from Skoltech and MIT has investigated various configurations of lunar landing spacecraft to determine the best approach for setting down astronauts on the Moon and returning them to an orbiting lunar st… Continue reading Study weighs up best “last mile” options for crewed lunar landings

Lunar “Noah’s Ark” concept saves backup of millions of plants and animals

In the event of a global catastrophe – which, let’s be honest, is seeming more and more likely nowadays – how would we protect the wide variety of plants and animals on Earth? A team of researchers has proposed a rather dramatic solution: a “Noah’s Ark… Continue reading Lunar “Noah’s Ark” concept saves backup of millions of plants and animals

Blue Origin’s spinning New Shepard capsule to simulate lunar gravity

For NASA and anyone else developing technologies for use on the Moon, opportunities to test them out beforehand in lunar-like conditions are rather limited. A newly announced upgrade to Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket system will serve as a new type o… Continue reading Blue Origin’s spinning New Shepard capsule to simulate lunar gravity