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energyFalcon Heavy or New Glenn for New Moon Plans

John Shilling surveyed the payload capabilities of the SpaceX Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, Vulcan and the New Glenn rocket at Space Access 2019. The Falcon Heavy has the capabilities for Moon missions but a New Glenn with a third stage …

israelIsraeli Moon Lander Crashes

SpaceIL’s unmanned, privately-funded “Beresheet” spacecraft attempted a historic lunar landing! Unfortunately in the last moments, there were issues with the main engine and they lost communications with the spacecraft, which impacted the Moon. They were able to successfully orbit the …

astronomyCarnival of Space 606

1. The Venus Transit – Beresheet, first Israeli spaceship to the moon made a successful Lunar capture maneuver. Above is a picture taken by Beresheet of the far side of the moon during the maneuver at 470 km height. 2. …

elon muskSpaceX is the Only Real Option for Human Landing on the Moon by 2024

Vice President Mike Pence announced a goal for a human landing on the Moon by 2024 during a National Space Council meeting. SpaceX will be the only real option for manned missions to the moon by 2024. Mike Pence announced …

moonVP Pence Calls for Manned Moon Landing by 2024

Yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence asked NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to accelerate lunar exploration plans during a National Space Council meeting held at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Pence calls for targeting a human landing on the …

israelSpaceIL Unmanned Lunar Mission on Course for the Moon

Israel’s unmanned lunar mission is on course to land on the moon’s Sea of Serenity on April 11. It will be between the Apollo 12 and 15 landing sites. The lower power of the booster rocket required an additional rocket …

moonSLS Losing EM-1 and Europa Clipper Mission With More Delays

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has testified at a hearing that the Space Launch System will likely not be ready for a June 2020 launch of the Exploration Mission-1. The Orion capsule is ready and could be launched on commercial launchers. …

israelSpaceX Falcon Successful Launch of Israeli Moon Mission and Indonesia Satellite

The SpaceX Falcon 9 has launched. All conditions are good. Second stage engine has fired. The rocket fairing has deployed. It looks like another good launch. First stage has successfully landed. Stage 2 is in good orbit. They will need …

astronomyCarnival of Space 599

The Carnival of Sapce 599 is up at Urban Astronomer The Hill – SpaceX could disrupt NASA plan to return humans to the moon NASA’s lunar lander concept is a three-stage vehicle that would depart from and return to the …