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

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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

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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

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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 …

futureRussia plans unmanned Mars mission in 2019 and then missions to access ice water on the moon

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Russia plans to launch an unmanned mission to Mars in 2019. Vladimir Putin says Russia is planning unmanned and later manned launches, into deep space, as part of a lunar program and for Mars exploration. Russia also plans to launch …

moonAt least one single-cell organism could survive on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

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A team of researchers found that there is at least one life form on Earth that likely would do just fine living under the presumed conditions on Enceladus. It’s a single-celled organism known as Methanothermococcus okinawensis that lives in hydrothermal …

astronomyMoon Mineralogy suggests widespread water on the moon

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A new analysis of data from two lunar missions finds evidence that the Moon’s water is widely distributed across the surface and is not confined to a particular region or type of terrain. The water appears to be present day …

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.