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googleGoogle Lunar XPrize will not be claimed

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None of the five finalist Google Lunar XPRIZE teams will make a launch attempt to reach the Moon by the March 31st, 2018 deadline. The grand prize of the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE will go unclaimed. Google had twice extended …

colonizationSkycorp planning to make space industries

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Dennis Wingo sees metals mining, communication stations and telescopes on the moon. The combination of industries will make moon development viable. The moon is largely made up of metal oxides that could yield new supplies of platinum — perhaps enough …

colonizationSETI Institute finds lunar lava tubes that could provide easy access to water ice

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The SETI Institute and the Mars Institute announced today the discovery of small pits in a large crater near the North Pole of the Moon, which may be entrances to an underground network of lava tubes. The pits were identified …

moonHakuto moon rover gets $90 million funding

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Google Lunar XPRIZE Team HAKUTO raised $90.2 million in Series A funding toward the development of a lunar lander and future lunar missions.

colonizationSpaceX BFR 150 Top Target should be Moon Colonization

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A guest post by Joseph Friedlander Elon Musk’s new 150 ton payload class rocket, IF usable as described by Brian Wang in various posts here on Next Big Future, Spacex BFR construction will start in 4 to …

futureElon tweets we should already have bases on the moon

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Elon tweets we should already have bases on the moon. Elon had said the same thing in the Spacex Mars Plan presentation. It is 2017, we should have a moon base by now. What the hell is going on ? …

launchPresident Trump signs directive to return astronauts to the moon

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President Donald Trump signed a directive that United States will begin a process to return Americans to the moon. The policy directive marks the official reversal of the Obama administration’s plan to visit an asteroid and fly to Mars by …

asteroidsEver cheaper energy, advancing technology will perpetually drop the costs for space

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Andy Weir who wrote the Martian has now written about a future lunar city in his new book Artemis. Weir started with a basic question: Why would anybody go to the trouble of building a town on the moon in …

asteroidsColorado School of Space Mining

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Since the 1990s, the Colorado School of Mines has been a leading institution for the study of space resources and in situ resource utilization (ISRU). It has also become a destination for space scientists and engineers, government agencies, aerospace companies, …

launchUS government should support Spacex and quickly develop moon bases

Spacex expects they will receive additional funding from the U.S. government for the BFR and Raptor engine. Spacex would still build the BFR even without government money. The US Air Force is supporting the Raptor engine development with about $74 …