It's been half a century since the space race between the Soviet Union and the US peaked with Apollo 11 and the first steps on the moon. But now the 21st century sequel is heating up courtesy of -- who else -- Elon Musk.The SpaceX founder said in an interview published Thursday that he believes his company's Starship spacecraft could return humans to the surface of the moon just a few years from now."Well, this is gonna sound pretty crazy, but I think we could land on the moon in less than two years," Musk told Time. "Certainly with an uncrewed vehicle I believe we could land on the moon in two years. So then maybe within a year or two of that we could be sending crew. I would say four years at the outside."In other words, Musk is saying his conservative estimate for sending people back to the moon aboard a SpaceX vehicle is 2023, the year before NASA hopes to send a crew -- including the first female astronaut to visit the moon -- as part of its new Artemis program. Elon Musk … [Read more...] about Elon Musk says his SpaceX Starship could go to the moon by 2021
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Elon Musk likes to talk about moving us to Mars, but some of the other big players in the new space race are more interested in getting back to our beloved natural satellite. Over the weekend, Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos laid out his plan to setup a moon base, just a few days after NASA said it's in the market to buy a ride back to the moon itself.We already know that Bezos has been in touch with NASA about setting up shop on the moon, and he told Geekwire's Alan Boyle on stage at the International Space Development Conference on Friday that Blue Origin will build a "Blue Moon" lunar lander regardless of whether NASA signs up as a partner on the project. "By the way, we will do that, even if NASA doesn't do it," Bezos said. "We'll do it eventually. We could do it a lot faster through a partnership."Over the past several weeks, NASA has given some mixed signals on its moon plans. The agency canceled its lunar lander and drilling rig named "Resource Prospector," then … [Read more...] about Jeff Bezos and NASA really want to get to the moon, perhaps together
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
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
Some people think the United States didn't really land on the moon. How come? See more pictures of the moon. Space Frontiers/Hulton Archive/Getty Images Ever since NASA broadcast its visits to the moon between 1969 and 1972 to millions of people around Earth, conspiracy theorists have debated endlessly over photographs and video of the journey. Judging by the dedication some have to the cause, the subject of whether or not the moon landings were a hoax rivals only the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the presence of Area 51 in popularity. The Fox Network even aired a television special in 2001, nearly 30 years after the last Apollo mission, titled "Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?" Poring over every single detail for inconsistencies and potential government tampering, people who buy the moon landing conspiracy theory strive to prove NASA never went to the moon -- instead, they believe the organization filmed a series of fake moon landings in a … [Read more...] about Why do some people believe the moon landings were a hoax?