Youngest Moon rocks ever found shake up understanding of lunar past

Last December, the Chinese lunar lander Chang’e-5 returned to Earth with the first rocks and dust collected from the Moon since 1976. Researchers studying these precious samples have used advanced scientific instruments to determine their age and concl… Continue reading Youngest Moon rocks ever found shake up understanding of lunar past

Honda sets its sights on an eVTOL, telepresence robot and space tech

Honda has laid out new technologies it plans to pursue in the coming decades. Building on current areas of expertise, the company will look to develop an eVTOL for inter-city transport, a robot that will act as an avatar for users to perform tasks remo… Continue reading Honda sets its sights on an eVTOL, telepresence robot and space tech

FAST lets lunar landers make their own landing pads pre-touchdown

Masten Space Systems is working on a way to protect future lunar landers from the regolith thrown up by their engines as they land, by injecting alumina ceramic particles into the rocket engine plume to glue together lunar dust and create their own lan… Continue reading FAST lets lunar landers make their own landing pads pre-touchdown

Future astronauts may be able to pull water and oxygen from lunar soil

If there are two things that are essential to human life, they’re water and oxygen – neither of which are easily available on the moon. Thanks to a new technique, though, astronauts may someday be able to harvest those elements from lunar soil.Continue… Continue reading Future astronauts may be able to pull water and oxygen from lunar soil

The Apollo 11 Ascent Stage may still be orbiting the Moon

A new mathematical study suggests that the abandoned Ascent Stage of the Apollo 11 mission’s Eagle Lunar Module (LM), long believed to have crashed on the Moon in 1969, may be circling our largest natural satellite in a stable orbit.Continue ReadingCat… Continue reading The Apollo 11 Ascent Stage may still be orbiting the Moon

Apollo 15: NASA’s first moon buggy mission celebrates 50th anniversary

On July 26, 1971, at 9:34 am EDT, Apollo 15 lifted off the Pad A of Launch Complex 39 at the Kennedy Space Center on the first true lunar exploration mission. Using an improved Lunar Module, the ninth crewed Apollo mission and fourth lunar landing feat… Continue reading Apollo 15: NASA’s first moon buggy mission celebrates 50th anniversary

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