Masten Moon Rocket Has Landing Pad, Will Travel

Because of the architecture used for the Apollo missions, extended stays on the surface of the Moon weren’t possible. The spartan Lunar Module simply wasn’t large enough to support excursions of more than a few days in length, and even that would be pushing the edge of the envelope. But …read more

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Moon’s Mysterious Disappearance 900 Years Ago Finally Gets An Explanation

Iwastheone shares a report from Live Science: There’s no use sugar coating it: According to one scribe in medieval England, A.D. 1110 was a “disastrous year.” Torrential rainfall damaged crops, famine stalked the land — and, as if that wasn’t bad enou… Continue reading Moon’s Mysterious Disappearance 900 Years Ago Finally Gets An Explanation

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Laser-powered rover is designed to explore the Moon’s eternal darkness

Solar power is not just a great energy source on Earth, it can work on the Moon and Mars too. But there are some places that a solar-powered rover just can’t reach, like the Moon’s polar regions that are permanently in shadow. Now, ESA has outlined a n… Continue reading Laser-powered rover is designed to explore the Moon’s eternal darkness

Origami-inspired expanding lunar module set for testing in Greenland

With NASA determined to return humans to the Moon in 2024 through its Artemis program, many are turning their attention to the habitats that will house this next generation of explorers. Among them is Danish design duo Sebastian Aristotelis and Karl-Jo… Continue reading Origami-inspired expanding lunar module set for testing in Greenland

NASA’s Plan for Sustained Lunar Exploration

The Apollo program proved that humans could land on the Moon and do useful work, but due to logistical and technical limitations, individual missions were kept short. For the $28 billion ($283 billion adjusted) spent on the entire program, astronauts only clocked in around 16 days total on the lunar …read more

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NASA’s Lunar Flashlight to hunt for water in ancient Moon craters

NASA is planning to launch a tiny satellite aboard one of the most powerful rockets ever constructed, to hunt for ice hiding deep inside inky black impact craters on the Moon’s surface. The bottoms of these craters – which are located near the lunar po… Continue reading NASA’s Lunar Flashlight to hunt for water in ancient Moon craters

As A Matter of Fact, It’s All Dark

While the dark side of the moon wasn’t seen by humans until the middle of the 20th century, that side of the moon isn’t always dark, just hidden from view of Earth by a quirk of gravity. The more appropriate name for the other half of the moon is the …read more

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SpaceX Offers NASA a Custom Moon Freighter

Under the current Administration, NASA has been tasked with returning American astronauts to the Moon as quickly as possible. The Artemis program would launch a crewed mission to our nearest celestial neighbor as soon as 2024, and establish a system for sustainable exploration and habitation by 2028. It’s an extremely …read more

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