Putting a gravitational wave detector on the Moon could find new physics

It’s tricky business detecting gravitational waves – these ripples in the very fabric of spacetime are often drowned out by background vibrations from earthquakes, traffic and other human activity. Now a pair of astrophysicists has proposed a new locat… Continue reading Putting a gravitational wave detector on the Moon could find new physics

Startup behind 2019 crash landing moves ahead with new lunar mission

Israeli startup SpaceIL is gearing up for a second attempt to land the first ever privately-funded spacecraft on the Moon, after securing funds for a new mission with even loftier goals. The announcement comes two years after the company’s original Ber… Continue reading Startup behind 2019 crash landing moves ahead with new lunar mission

Rocket mining system blasts water from beneath the Moon’s surface

Masten Space Systems is developing a robotic rover called Rocket M that could one day mine water on the Moon using rocket blasts. An entrant in NASA’s Break the Ice challenge, the rover uses rocket pulses to break up ice-bearing lunar soil or regolith … Continue reading Rocket mining system blasts water from beneath the Moon’s surface

“Rogue planet” exomoons could potentially harbor water and life

Contrary to popular belief, not all planets orbit stars – some drift freely through the cosmos on their own. These cold, dark worlds don’t make great candidates for hosting life, but a new study suggests that their moons could be more habitable than th… Continue reading “Rogue planet” exomoons could potentially harbor water and life

Lockheed Martin and GM partner up to build next-gen lunar rover

Lockheed Martin and General Motors are teaming up to develop a next-generation rover for NASA’s Artemis program. Called the Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV), it will not only carry astronauts about, but will also operate autonomously.Continue ReadingCategor… Continue reading Lockheed Martin and GM partner up to build next-gen lunar rover

Seafloor volcanoes may be supporting life on icy Europa

Jupiter’s Icy moon Europa may have enough internal heat to trigger volcanic activity on the floor of its global ocean, according to the results of a new study. Despite being encased in a shell of water ice, Europa is considered to be one of the most pr… Continue reading Seafloor volcanoes may be supporting life on icy Europa

Extreme space weather could soon pose a larger risk to Moon missions

A recent study has revealed that crewed missions launching to Earth’s moon and beyond may soon be facing a new challenge. Just five years from now, such ventures could be at an increased risk of extreme space weather events emanating from the Sun.Conti… Continue reading Extreme space weather could soon pose a larger risk to Moon missions

NASA selects SpaceX Starship to ferry next humans to the Moon

NASA has awarded SpaceX a contract to develop the lunar lander for the Artemis program, which will ferry humans to and from the surface of the Moon in 2024. SpaceX’s Starship prototype beat out competing companies Blue Origin and Dynetics for the job.C… Continue reading NASA selects SpaceX Starship to ferry next humans to the Moon