moon Archive

astronomyJupiter has ten more moons bringing the total to 79

10 new small moons have been found around Jupiter, bringing its total to 79. One of the finds is an oddball that moves in the opposite direction from its neighbors. The newfound moons are small, between about 1 and 3 …

israelSpaceIL plans to land hopping robot on the moon by end of 2018

Isreali startup SpaceIl plans to launch a lunar lander and robotic rover to the moon in December, 2018. SpaceIL had been competing in the Lunar Xprize contest. The Lunar XPrize had a few deadline extensions but was finished with no …

futureTurbo Rocket Economics are $85/kg to LEO or $715/kg to Luna

Formal presentation of latest Turbo Rocket developments at 2018 AIAA Energy and Propulsion Conference. The Turbo rocket is the only rocket with the delta-V to get back to earth from the moon. A SpaceX BFR needs 5 refueling missions to …

moonSpaceX BFR could deliver 72 ton large Lunar Ice harvesting machine

Bucknell described using a 72-ton machine for harvesting water from ice on the moon in a presentation from the 2017 Icarus Interstellar conference. The best estimates indicate there is 18 billion tons of water on the Southern pole of the …

colonizationSpaceX BFR can be used for massive space development, orbital, lunar and Mars colonization

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has stated that he does not think the SpaceX BFR rocket, the Blue Origin New Glenn Rockets or the NASA SLS rockets will take humans to Mars. Chris Hadfield does not think those rockets are a …

colonizationZubrin Moon Direct Plan

Zubrin has detailed creating a moon base within 4 years using a few SpaceX Falcon Heavy missions. 10 kilometer power beaming is a key to creating lunar fuel. Once we have lunar fuel production, we can use Falcon 9 to …

amazonBezos will work with NASA, ESA to create moon base

Jeff Bezos says his Blue Origin space venture will work with NASA as well as the European Space Agency to create a settlement on the moon. Even if Blue Origin can’t strike public-private partnerships, Bezos will do what needs to …

chinaChina launching relay satellite to Lagrange 2 to support rover probe to far side of moon

China plans to launch a relay satellite into space next Monday, May 21, for the Chang’e-4 lunar probe scheduled later this year. The Chang’e-4 lunar probe will undertake the first ever soft landing on the far side of the Moon. …

futureNASA’s proposed multi-billion orbiting moonbase used to justify $50 billion Space Launch System

As part of the fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, NASA is planning to build the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway in the 2020s. The station would be used as a staging point for the proposed Deep Space Transport, which is a concept …

futureNASA's proposed multi-billion orbiting moonbase used to justify $50 billion Space Launch System

As part of the fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, NASA is planning to build the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway in the 2020s. The station would be used as a staging point for the proposed Deep Space Transport, which is a concept …