The day after it ended the Opportunity rover's 14-year tenure on Mars, NASA told reporters it hopes to move quickly to return to the surface of the moon, perhaps even by the end of 2019."Our wish is to fly this year," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, at a media roundtable Thursday focused on the agency's lunar exploration plans. Both Zurbuchen and NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine identified speed as the priority for a new lunar landing system, but cautioned that actual launch dates will depend on how quickly NASA's commercial partners can fulfill upcoming tasks. Those tasks will be announced within the next month or so. Now playing: Watch this: NASA's bid to get humans back to the moon 5:20 "We want to incentivize speed, financially," Zurbuchen said. "We want to start taking shots on goal." NASA under the Trump administration has been emphasizing a grand vision to return to the lunar surface and establish a … [Read more...] about NASA aims to return to the moon this year. Really
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May I Go to the Moon, Please? HowStuffWorks A company called Moon Express is one step closer to sending a privately funded mission to the moon. Moon Express is one of 16 teams still participating in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, the goal of which is to send and land a rover on the moon's surface. The rover then needs to travel at least 500 meters (1,640 feet) on the surface, and it also must send high-resolution images and video back to Earth. The first group to accomplish the goals will win a cool $20 million. (The second group to do so will snag $5 million.) Moon Express' recent progress didn't come in the form of a huge leap in technology or a decrease in the cost of launching stuff into space (Did you read about space toast, by the way?). Instead, it jumped a legal hurdle and secured permission from the U.S. government. This is no small task. Until recently, there was no need for the government to worry about such requests and, consequently, no framework in place to … [Read more...] about May I Go to the Moon, Please?
Landing on the dark side of the moon was just the beginning.The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has plans to send more than 50 spacecraft into space with more than 30 launches in 2019, according to Chinese state media. That includes sending another lunar lander to the Moon at the end of the year on the first sample return mission in decades.The country made history on Jan. 3 when the Chang'e 4 lunar probe landed in Von Karman crater on the moon's mysterious far side. A few hours after landing, the probe sent back the first photo of the moon's unexplored side. Chang'e 4 launched Dec. 7 and entered lunar orbit five days later. More moon madness Moon dust gathered by Neil Armstrong discovered in warehouse after 40 years Baohua Yang, vice president of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, said at a press conference that major missions such as the third Long March 5 large carrier rocket will be launched in July, Xinhua Net reported on Friday … [Read more...] about China’s going back to the Moon and this time it’s bringing back samples
NASA has plans to go back to the moon to stay, but it has no intention of going it alone. At a press conference Thursday, the space agency's administrator, Jim Bridenstine, introduced nine private companies that have been chosen to help send small science payloads to the moon in the coming years. NASA regularly awards contracts to private companies for work on its various missions. But the newly announced contracts for the Commercial Lunar Payload Services Program came with a ceremony and extra fanfare given the newly energized push to return to the moon with help from private companies under the Trump administration."This is a response to the science community who has for a long time decided that we needed to do science on the surface of the moon," Bridenstine said. NASA's 12 most far-out futuristic space projects 12 Photos The exact moon missions and payloads that the private companies will be assisting with isn't yet clear. Rather, NASA says the nine US … [Read more...] about NASA has nine new ways to deliver payloads to the moon
Much of the major space news from 2018 seemed to involve big, new rockets and robotic spacecraft traveling to far-away places. But 2019 appears to be focused on a single celestial body: our moon.Over the next year, a lot of space organizations have plans for our sole natural satellite. Within days, China's space agency could land its Chang'e-4 craft and the rover it carries on the far side of the moon. The lander will explore the area near the south pole on the side of the moon that always faces away from Earth.Lunar traffic will likely pick up with another planned lander/rover mission by India's space agency that could launch as soon as Jan. 30. A few weeks later, a SpaceX Falcon 9 is scheduled to send the first Israeli lunar lander on its way.The latter is the product of private company SpaceIL, which was the sole Israeli team to compete in the Google Lunar XPrize. Although the competition ended without any winners making it to the moon, SpaceIL and at least three … [Read more...] about Everyone’s going to the moon! And more space news coming in 2019