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  • On This Day in Space! April 17, 1970: Apollo 13 Returns from Aborted Moon Mission

    04/17/2019 4:21:54 PM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 15 replies ^ | April 17, 2019 | Hanneke Weitering
    On April 17, 1970, Apollo 13 returned to Earth after narrowly avoiding a deadly disaster in space. This was supposed to be the third mission to land on the moon. Astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise launched on April 11 and were two days into their trip to the moon when an oxygen tank exploded, and NASA had to abort the mission. When the astronauts called mission control to report the incident, Swigert uttered the famous quote, "Houston, we've had a problem."
  • Did NASA Experiment Survive Israeli Moon Lander's Crash?

    04/17/2019 6:01:18 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 6 replies ^ | April 17, 2019 | Leonard David
    A NASA technology demonstration may still be viable on the lunar surface.A NASA piggyback experiment may have survived the April 11 crash of Israel's Beresheet moon lander, experts said... The NASA payload, known as the Lunar Retroreflector Array (LRA), is a technology demonstration composed of eight mirrors made of quartz cube corners that are set into a dome-shaped aluminum frame. These mirrors are intended to serve as markers for other spacecraft, which can use them to orient themselves for precision landings.
  • Meteor showers dig up water on the moon

    04/16/2019 12:12:14 AM PDT · by blueplum · 27 replies
    Science News ^ | 15 Apr 2019 | Lisa Grossman
    Meteor showers bring moon geysers. A lunar orbiter spotted extra water around the moon when the moon passed through streams of cosmic dust that can cause meteor showers on Earth. The water was probably released from lunar soil by tiny meteorite impacts, planetary scientist Mehdi Benna of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and colleagues report April 15 in in Nature Geoscience. Those random impacts suggest water is buried all over the moon, rather than isolated in freezing dark craters — and that the moon has been wet for billions of years.
  • SpaceIL: Beresheet #2 is on its way to the moon

    04/13/2019 4:17:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/4/19 | Sarah Rubenstein
    Morris Khan, Beresheet's largest funder and president of SpaceIL, announced on Saturday night that he is establishing Beresheet 2 to complete the mission of an Israeli spacecraft landing on the moon. "In light of the wonderful messages of support and encouragement and excitement I received from all over the world, I decided that we're going to establish Beresheet 2," Khan said. "We're going to put a new spacecraft on the moon and we're going to complete the mission. Tomorrow [Sunday] morning - first thing- we have a task force - we're going to sit down and plan...
  • Israel's Beresheet Spacecraft Crashes Into Moon During Landing Attempt

    04/12/2019 2:27:00 AM PDT · by Monty22002 · 11 replies ^ | 4/12/2019 | Mike Wall
    Israel's first moon lander came up just short in its historic touchdown bid this afternoon (April 11). The robotic Beresheet spacecraft, built by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), aimed to become the first Israeli craft, and the first privately funded mission, ever to land softly on the moon. But the little robot couldn't quite make it, crashing into the gray dirt around 3:25 p.m. EDT (1925 GMT). Mission control lost communications with the spacecraft when it was about 489 feet (149 meters) above the moon's surface.
  • Israeli spacecraft Beresheet crashes as moon landing fails in final moments

    04/11/2019 1:31:33 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    CNBC ^ | 04-11-2019 | Michael Sheetz
    Key Points Non-profit SpaceIL was aiming to become the first private entity to softly land a spacecraft on the moon’s surface. “We have a failure of the spacecraft ... we have not landed successfully,” SpaceIL said on the livestream of the landing attempt. At a cost of about $100 million, the “Beresheet” spacecraft was backed by private donors. A small lunar lander crashed into the surface of the moon on Thursday, coming just short of the venture’s ultimate goal. Non-profit SpaceIL was aiming to become the first private entity to softly land a spacecraft on the moon’s surface – a...
  • Lockheed Martin unveils lunar lander design to get humans to the Moon by 2024

    04/11/2019 12:41:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 72 replies
    The Verge ^ | Apr 10, 2019, 3:42pm EDT | Loren Grush
    Lockheed Martin is unveiling new designs for a human lunar lander concept that can take people to and from the lunar surface. And the company says it can be ready within the next five years.... The vehicle consists of two elements: a lander portion that can travel down to the ground, and an ascent vehicle that can lift astronauts off the Moon’s surface. The lander is meant to travel to and from a new space station that NASA wants to build around the Moon called the Gateway. If all of these elements are created, astronauts would travel to the Gateway...
  • Israeli Beresheet Spacecraft to Attempt Historic Moon Landing Today! Watch Live

    04/11/2019 6:49:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies ^ | 04/11/2019 | Meghan Bartels
    To date, three countries have landed on the moon. Today, that number may become four. Israel launched its first lunar mission, a spacecraft called Beresheet, on Feb. 21, riding piggyback on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It spent six weeks orbiting Earth in leisurely, ever-widening circles before slipping into orbit around the moon on April 4. It remained there for a week, preparing for the defining moment of the mission: attempting to touch down softly on the moon's surface. That moment comes today (April 11), around 3 or 4 p.m. EDT (1700 or 1800 GMT) — the exact time has...
  • Astronauts on the Moon in 2024? US Can't Do It Alone, NASA Chief Says

    04/09/2019 8:06:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies ^ | Hanneke Weitering
    "Putting humans on the moon in 2024 is not an America-alone effort," Bridenstine told a jampacked room of space industry officials. "We need all of our international partners. In fact, none of us can do what we want to achieve alone." "The plans that we laid out for 2028 are the same plans that we're going to use to get to the moon in 2024. We're just going to have to move forward some of our investments, but it's all achievable," Bridenstine said, adding that a sufficient budget is still "key." NASA is currently working on an amendment to its...
  • Beresheet spacecraft succeeds in latest maneuver, bringing it closer to moon

    04/08/2019 10:30:08 AM PDT · by Ezekiel · 24 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Monday, April 8, 2019 | By TOI staff and Melanie Lidman
    Three days before landing attempt on April 11 in the Sea of Serenity, Israeli vessel executes move to tighten its orbit The Beresheet spacecraft snapped this picture of the moon's surface at a height of just 440 kilometersduring the lunar capture maneuver on April 4, 2019. (Courtesy Beresheet) After entering lunar orbit last week, Israeli spacecraft Beresheet on Monday morning successfully performed another maneuver as it entered ever-tighter orbits around the moon, before attempting to land on April 11 in the Sea of Serenity. The maneuver reduced the maximum distance of the spacecraft’s elliptical path around the moon from 750...
  • Can Robots Build a Moon Base for Astronauts? Japan Hopes to Find Out.

    04/07/2019 1:48:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | 04/07/2019 | Elizabeth Howell
    Japan's space agency wants to create a moon base with the help of robots that can work autonomously, with little human supervision. The project, which has racked up three years of research so far, is a collaboration between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the construction company Kajima Corp., and three Japanese universities: Shibaura Institute of Technology, The University of Electro-Communications and Kyoto University. Recently, the collaboration did an experiment on automated construction at the Kajima Seisho Experiment Site in Odawara (central Japan). A 7-ton autonomous backhoe went through its paces at the site, going through procedures such as driving...
  • US to Return Astronauts to the Moon by 2024, VP Pence Says

    03/26/2019 1:19:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies ^ | 03/26/2019 | Mike Wall
    The United States plans to land astronauts on the moon within the next five years, Vice President Mike Pence announced today (March 26). The nation had been shooting for a 2028 lunar touchdown, but "that's just not good enough," Pence said during the fifth meeting of the National Space Council (NSC), which he chairs. "We're better than that." So, it is now the official policy of the United States to return astronauts to the surface of the moon by 2024, the vice president stressed, invoking a 21st-century space race with China and Russia. "Urgency must be our watchword," Pence said...
  • US to Return Astronauts to the Moon by 2024, VP Pence Says

    03/26/2019 12:56:55 PM PDT · by Rio · 32 replies ^ | 3/26/2019 | Mike Wall
    The United States plans to land astronauts on the moon within the next five years, Vice President Mike Pence announced today (March 26). The nation had been shooting for a 2028 lunar touchdown, but "that's just not good enough," Pence said during the fifth meeting of the National Space Council (NSC), which he chairs. "We're better than that." So, it is now the official policy of the United States to return astronauts to the surface of the moon by 2024, the vice president stressed, invoking a 21st-century space race with China and Russia.
  • An unusually big asteroid will soon pass closer to Earth than the moon

    03/15/2019 4:28:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    cnet ^ | March 15, 2019 | Eric Mack
    An asteroid twice as big as the bolide that exploded over Russia in 2013 will whiz by us next week at a distance that's closer to Earth than the moon. Despite what tabloid headlines might lead you to believe, small asteroids zip by the Earth on a fairly regular basis... and astronomers discover many of them when Earth is already in their rear-view mirror. Asteroid 2019 EA2 could be up to 128 feet (39 meters) wide. It's the rare rock making a close flyby that's also large enough that astronomers spotted it well in advance. The asteroid, detected earlier this...
  • NASA weighs shelving Boeing rocket, using other option for flight to moon

    03/15/2019 2:19:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 52 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 03/13/2018 | Justin Bachman
    The Space Launch System (SLS) “is struggling to meet its schedule,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said at a Senate hearing Wednesday. The rocket won’t be ready for a launch in June 2020, when NASA had planned the Exploration Mission-1 flight of its Orion spacecraft around the moon. The agency is now exploring options for meeting that deadline using “commercial capabilities,” Bridenstine said. He stressed that the agency remains committed to Boeing’s SLS, the largest rocket in U.S. history and a “critical capability” for future deep-space missions. An October 2018 audit by NASA’s Inspector General found multiple management flaws in the...
  • "Apollo 11" movie review (Spoiler: We land on the moon!)

    03/13/2019 7:18:05 PM PDT · by LS · 51 replies
    self | 3/13/2019 | LS
    So far this year, if there is one move you should see it's a space movie. No, not "Captain Marvel." It's "Apollo 11," and believe it or not, it's by (gulp) CNN. That's right. Well done, CNN. Using often the highest quality documentary footage from NASA's moon mission, this film follows the spacecraft from its slow slothlike transit to the launch pad to the three Apollo astronauts climbing aboard to the army of engineers, scientists, and technicians in both Florida and in Houston as Apollo 11 makes its epic voyage. With the exception of a very few well-placed simple animations...
  • Solar Wind Leaves 'Sunburn' Scars on the Moon

    03/04/2019 2:39:34 PM PST · by ETL · 34 replies ^ | Mar 4, 2019 | Samantha Mathewson
    People on Earth who've gotten sunburns are familiar with the sun's powerful rays — but the moon suffers from sunburn, too. Some regions of the lunar surface exhibit a distinctive pattern of darker and lighter swirls. Using NASA's ARTEMIS mission — which stands for Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon's Interaction with the Sun — astronomers have revealed new clues about the origin of these swirls. The sun releases a constant flow of charged particles known as solar wind into space. While Earth's natural magnetic field deflects solar-wind particles, the moon has a weaker magnetic field, leaving some areas of...
  • 30-million-page archive of humanity's achievements headed to the Moon

    02/28/2019 8:07:03 AM PST · by ETL · 18 replies ^ | Feb 28, 2019 | Christopher Carbone | Fox News
    Tucked away inside Israel’s Beresheet lunar lander, currently on its way to the Moon, is a massive archive documenting humanity’s achievements. The collection of images, text and symbols is the first part of a project to build a “Lunar Library” and part of a bigger push to create a space-based archive of Earth. According to the Arch Mission Foundation (AMF), the library contains 30 million pages of human history that covers a wide range of subjects, languages and time periods, all stored on a DVD-sized archive made of 25 nickel discs that are each only 40 microns thick. An 84-page document...
  • Thirty-million-page backup of humanity headed to moon aboard Israeli lander

    02/24/2019 5:41:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    Cnet ^ | February 24, 2019 9:45 AM PST | Eric Mack
    On board Beresheet is a specially designed disc encoded with a 30-million-page archive of human civilization built to last billions of years into the future. The backup for humanity has been dubbed "The Lunar Library" by its creator, the Arch Mission Foundation (AMF). The disc aboard Beresheet is about the size and thickness of a DVD, but consists of 25 stacked thin nickel films that AMF insists can resist radiation, extreme temperatures and other harsh conditions found in space for billions of years. There is, of course, no way to test how long it will last, but if it survives...
  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces 2020 presidential bid

    03/01/2019 6:42:56 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 94 replies
    CNN ^ | March 1, 2019 | Dan Merica
    Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday that he is running for President, launching a bid in which he intends to make combating climate change the central rationale for his campaign. Inslee announced the bid in a video made public on Friday. He is slated to hold a news conference in Seattle at a solar panel installer to expand upon his presidential announcement. He will be surrounded by friends, family and business owners who the campaign says have benefited from his climate policies in the state. "I'm Jay Inslee and I'm running for president because I am the only candidate...