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Kicking The Can Down the Road to The Moon And/Or Mars

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Kicking The Can Down the Road

Learning that the White House has singled NASA out for a substantial budget increase is always welcome news for the space community since it highlights the fact that space is important and space people think that space is important.


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One Small Grain Of Moon Dust, One Giant Leap For Lunar Studies

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A tiny grain of lunar soil brought back by Apollo 17, magnified under a scanning electron microscope.

Back in 1972, NASA sent their last team of astronauts to the Moon in the Apollo 17 mission. These astronauts brought some of the Moon back to Earth so scientists could continue to study lunar soil in their labs.

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One Step Closer To Prospecting The Moon

One Step Closer To Prospecting The Moon

The first European device to land on the Moon this decade will be a drill and sample analysis package, and the teams behind it are one step closer to flight as part of Russia's Luna-27 mission.


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Twin Rovers Could Lead The Search For life-supporting Elements On The Moon

Twin Rovers Could Lead The Search For life-supporting Elements On The Moon

ESA's Technology Development Element (TDE) has signed a contract on the development of the TRAILER robotic system with COMEX, France.


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The Thermal Evolution Of The Early Moon

The early thermal evolution of Moon has been numerically simulated to understand the magnitude of the impact induced heating and the initially stored thermal energy of the accreting Moonlets.


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ESA Opens An Oxygen Plant That Makes Air Out Of Moondust

ESA Opens An Oxygen Plant That Makes Air Out Of Moondust

ESA's technical heart has begun to produce oxygen out of simulated moondust.


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New Moon-seeking Sensor Aims To Improve Earth Observations

New Moon-seeking Sensor Aims To Improve Earth Observations

A new instrument with its eye on the Moon is taking off aboard a high-altitude NASA plane to measure the Moon's brightness and eventually help Earth observing sensors make more accurate measurements.


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Vikram Lunar Lander Impact Site Located

Vikram Lunar Lander Impact Site Located

Vikram impact point and associated debris field. Green dots indicate spacecraft debris (confirmed or likely).


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NASA Shares Mid-Sized Robotic Lunar Lander Concept with Industry

NASA Shares Mid-Sized Robotic Lunar Lander Concept with Industry

As NASA presses forward with the agency's mission to the Moon, Mars and beyond, the development of top-tier technology is critical to success.


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Olivine-norite Rock Detected By Yutu-2 Likely Crystallized From The SPA Impact Melt Poo

Olivine-norite Rock Detected By Yutu-2 Likely Crystallized From The SPA Impact Melt Poo

The South Pole-Aitken (SPA) is the largest and deepest basin on the Moon, theoretically opening a window into the lunar lower crust and likely into the upper mantle.


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Lunar IceCube Mission to Locate, Study Resources Needed for Sustained Presence on Moon

Lunar IceCube Mission to Locate, Study Resources Needed for Sustained Presence on Moon

As we venture forward to the Moon and establish a sustained lunar presence, finding and understanding water on the lunar surface becomes increasingly important.


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Lunar Pits Could Shelter Astronauts, Reveal Details of How 'Man in the Moon' Formed

Lunar Pits Could Shelter Astronauts, Reveal Details of How 'Man in the Moon' Formed

While the moon's surface is battered by millions of craters, it also has over 200 holes - steep-walled pits that in some cases might lead to caves that future astronauts could explore and use for shelter, according to new observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft.


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NASA Opens Previously Unopened Apollo Sample Ahead of Artemis Missions

NASA Opens Previously Unopened Apollo Sample Ahead of Artemis Missions

NASA scientists opened an untouched rock and soil sample from the Moon returned to Earth on Apollo 17, marking the first time in more than 40 years a pristine sample of rock and regolith from the Apollo era has been opened.


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NASA's Coating Technology Could Help Resolve Lunar Dust Challenge

NASA's Coating Technology Could Help Resolve Lunar Dust Challenge

An advanced coating now being tested aboard the International Space Station for use on satellite components could also help NASA solve one of its thorniest challenges: how to keep the Moon's irregularly shaped, razor-sharp dust grains from adhering to virtually everything they touch, including astronauts' spacesuits.


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VIPER Lunar Rover To Map Water Ice On The Moon

VIPER Lunar Rover To Map Water Ice On The Moon

NASA is sending a mobile robot to the South Pole of the Moon to get a close-up view of the location and concentration of water ice in the region and for the first time ever, actually sample the water ice at the same pole where the first woman and next man will land in 2024 under the Artemis program.


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Ice On The Lunar South Pole May Have More Than One Source

Ice On The Lunar South Pole May Have More Than One Source

The discovery of ice deposits in craters scattered across the Moon's south pole has helped to renew interest in exploring the lunar surface, but no one is sure exactly when or how that ice got there.



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