Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 05.12.19

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Erster Starliner-Start zur ISS verschoben

Der erste unbemannte Start des kommerziellen Raumschiffes Starliner von Boeing zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS ist um vorerst zwei Tage auf den 19. Dezember verschoben worden. Grund dafür sei ein Problem mit einer Druckluftleitung, teilte der Startdienstleister United Launch Alliance (ULA) mit. Der Fehler sei während der […]

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Boeing’s 1st Starliner Spacecraft Test Launch Delayed to Dec. 19

Boeing has pushed back the launch debut of its Starliner spacecraft to Dec. 19, a two-day delay, due to a glitch with the spacecraft’s Atlas V rocket.

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Watch Boeing’s Starliner Meet Its Rocket for the 1st Time in This Awesome Drone Video

A drone flying around the Kennedy Space Center recently captured incredible footage of a small step forward for NASA’s delayed commercial crew program.

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Europe Officially Signs on for Asteroid-Smashing Effort

The European Space Agency has officially approved the Hera mission, which will assess the results of NASA’s asteroid-walloping Double Asteroid Redirection Test.

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Orion spacecraft arrives at Plum Brook

The Orion spacecraft that will fly farther from Earth on the Artemis I mission than any human-rated vehicle has ever flown before, arrived at NASA’s Plum Brook Station yesterday. This was the first voyage of the assembled spacecraft – the size of a two-storey house – that includes NASA’s Crew Module and Crew Module Adapter as well as ESA’s European Service Module.

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SpaceX Aiming to Launch Crucial Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test This Month

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon astronaut taxi will get off the ground again this month, if all goes according to plan.

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Cheops Exoplanet Satellite

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 28.01.19

Title Image: © NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/ Ryan Fitzgibbons, Walt Feimer, Chris Meaney, Swarupa Nune, and Merav Opher)
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Two of a Space Kind: Apollo 12 and Mars 2020

Apollo 12 and the upcoming Mars 2020 mission may be separated by half a century, but they share several goals unique in the annals of space exploration.

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SpaceX’s 1st Full-Size Starship Prototype Suffers Anomaly in Pressure Test

The test campaign for SpaceX’s first full-size prototype of its Starship Mars-colonization vehicle may have lasted just a single day.

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Ähnliche Prozesse wie auf der Erde formten und formen die Oberfläche des größten Saturnmondes

Kein anderer Himmelskörper im Sonnensystem ähnelt der Erde stärker als Titan. Der Saturnmond besitzt wie unser Heimatplanet einen Flüssigkeitszyklus, der aufgrund der sehr viel tieferen Temperaturen allerdings auf Methan statt auf Wasser basiert: Es gibt Seen und Flüsse aus Methan, Methan verdampft und es gibt Methan-Niederschläge. „Trotz der Unterschiede zwischen den beteiligten Stoffen und den Temperaturen gibt es viele Oberflächenstrukturen,…

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Russland:  Neuer Verhaltens-Kodex für Funkverkehr zwischen Flugleitzentrum und ISS-Segment

Der Funkverkehr zwischen dem Flugleitzentrum (ZUP) in Koroljow bei Moskau und dem russischen ISS-Segment läuft seit kurzem nach einem neuen Verhaltens-Kodex ab. Wie die Nachrichtenagentur RIA Nowosti am Montag meldet, soll dabei kurz, klar, deutlich, langsam (nicht mehr als 100 Wörter pro Minute), mit gleichbleibender Lautstärke und technisch versiert gesprochen […]

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India Admits Its Moon Lander Crashed, Cites Problem with Braking Thrusters

It turns out that India’s crashed moon lander had an issue with its brakes.

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There’s a Violent Battle Between Solar Wind and Cosmic Rays, and Voyager 2 Just Passed Through it

At the edge of our solar system, a fierce battle rages between solar wind and interstellar rays. NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft has now passed through the frontlines.

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Will Europe Finally Get Its Asteroid-Deflection Mission Off the Ground?

Hera would observe the effects of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirect Test.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 20.11.19

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Regular Crew Launches by SpaceX, Boeing Likely Won’t Start Until Summer 2020, NASA Inspector General Says

NASA’s crew launches to the ISS on private vehicles built by SpaceX and Boeing likely won’t begin until summer 2020, warns a new report from the agency’s Office of Inspector General.

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The 1st Sun Details from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Are Out. And They’re Hot!

Want to see the sun in a whole new way?

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NASA’s 1st SLS Megarocket Core Stage for the Moon Has Its Engines (Photos)

NASA’s first new megarocket bound for the moon now has all of its engines for the first uncrewed lunar flight of the U.S. space agency’s Artemis program.

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Here’s How Much NASA Is Paying Per Seat on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon & Boeing’s Starliner

Boeing’s astronaut taxi will cost NASA about 60% more per seat than SpaceX’s vehicle will, according to a new report by the space agency’s Office of Inspector General.

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India Could Land on the Moon in 2020 with Chandrayaan 3

Just months after a landing anomaly, India is ready to make another try at touching down on the moon, according to a news report.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 14.11.19

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Japanische Asteroidensonde Hayabusa2 hat die Ryugu-Umlaufbahn verlassen

Nach einer Serie von Forschungen und der Entnahme von Bodenproben hat die japanische Sonde Hayabusa2 am Mittwoch die Umlaufbahn des Asteroiden Ryugu mit einer Geschwindigkeit von 9,2 Zentimetern pro Sekunde verlassen. Das sei durch die Zündung von chemischen Triebwerken erfolgt, teilte die japanische Weltraumagentur JAXA mit. In […]

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Farewell, Ryugu! Japan’s Hayabusa2 Probe Leaves Asteroid for Journey Home

Japan’s enterprising asteroid-sampling spacecraft began they journey home Tuesday (Nov. 12), packed full of precious space rocks that scientists can’t wait to get their hands on.

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See the 4 Sites Where a NASA Spacecraft May ‚Tag‘ Asteroid Bennu Next Year (Photos)

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will „tag“ asteroid Bennu at one of four potential sites next year. See close-up views of the four candidate sites here!

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 03.10.19

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SpaxeX Starship

SpaceX zeigt stählernes Sternenschiff

Den „schnellsten Weg zu einer selbsterhaltenden Stadt auf dem Mars“ soll SpaceX‘ Starship darstellen. Elon Musk zeigte einen Prototyp.

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Elon Musk Unveils SpaceX’s New Starship Plans for Private Trips to the Moon, Mars and Beyond

The architecture is the best path toward a self-sustaining city on Mars, Musk stressed.

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SpaceX Finishes Assembling New Starship Prototype (Photo)

SpaceX has mated the top and bottom halves of the Starship Mk1 vehicle at its South Texas facilities, Elon Musk said today (Sept. 27).

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SpaceX’s Starship Project Not Affecting Crew Dragon Flights for NASA, Elon Musk Says

SpaceX’s quest to help humanity colonize Mars isn’t interfering with the company’s contracted work closer to home, Elon Musk said.

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Elon Musk Just Dropped More Tantalizing Details About SpaceX’s Starship Prototype

Elon Musk is doling out more and more details about SpaceX’s next Starship prototype ahead of his big presentation this weekend.

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‚Totally Nuts‘? Elon Musk Aims to Put a Starship in Orbit in 6 Months. Here’s SpaceX’s Plan.

SpaceX will soon have a whole fleet of shiny silver Starship prototypes, if all goes according to plan.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 05.09.2019

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Eleon Musk first – ESA avoids Satellite crash / ESA muss Eleon Musks Starlink Konstellation ausweichen

Aeolus: Ausweichmanöver im Erdorbit

Der Start der Starlink-Konstellation des US-Unternehmens SpaceX hatte bereits im Frühjahr für Kritik gesorgt, da manche eine Verschmutzung des Himmels mit Satellitenspuren befürchteten. Jetzt musste ein ESA-Forschungssatellit erstmals einem Starlink-Satelliten ausweichen. Starlink hatte auf entsprechende Hinweise nicht reagiert, macht aber nun eine Kommunikationspanne dafür verantwortlich

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ESA-Satellit Aeolus weicht großer Konstellation aus

Die ESA hat zum ersten Mal ein „Manöver zur Kollisionsvermeidung“ durchgeführt, um einen seiner Satelliten vor einer Kollision mit einer großen Konstellation zu schützen.

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European Satellite Dodges Potential Collision with SpaceX Starlink Craft

A European Earth-observation satellite performed an evasive maneuver yesterday (Sept. 2) to make sure it didn’t collide with one of SpaceX’s recently launched Starlink internet craft.

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Parker Solar Probe

NASA’s Daring Solar Probe Is Skimming Past the Sun Today!

It’s an extra-sunny Sunday for NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, which is making its third close pass around the sun today (Sept. 1).

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NASA’s Record-Breaking Parker Solar Probe Aces 3rd Sun Flyby

The Parker Solar Probe completed its third close solar flyby on Sunday (Sept. 1), coming within 15 million miles (24 million kilometers) of our star.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 22.08.19

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Cheops“https://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2019/03/Exoplanet_mission_timeline_Cheops

Der Transit der Sternenbegleiter

CHEOPS ist die erste von drei Missionen der ESA, die ab Herbst 2019 die Erforschung von Exoplaneten in den Blick nimmt. Das Weltraumteleskop des Satelliten soll die Größe und Beschaffenheit mehrerer hundert extrasolarer Himmelskörper untersuchen.

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Planetenjäger Cheops

Günther Hasinger, ESA-Direktor für Wissenschaft, erklärt, welche Rolle CHEOPS und die Folgemissionen für das Verständnis von der Entstehung der Planetensysteme spielen.

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Elon Musk Floats ‚Nuke Mars‘ Idea Again (He Has T-Shirts)

Nuking Mars is still on Elon Musk’s wish list, it would seem.

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Nuclear Propulsion Could Be ‚Game-Changer‘ for Space Exploration, NASA Chief Says

Humanity’s next giant leap could be enabled by nuclear thermal propulsion, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said.

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Meet Skybot F-850, the Humanoid Robot Russia Is Launching into Space

When a Russian Soyuz spacecraft launches from Kazakhstan for the International Space Station Wednesday, it will carry a humanoid robot called Skybo F-850.

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NASA’s Next Space Telescope Could Reveal Details About the TRAPPIST-1 Planets, But There’s One Problem

The James Webb Space Telescope could gather critical information about the atmospheres of planets in the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system, one new study finds.

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Where Are New Stars Born? NASA’s Webb Telescope Will Investigate

Using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope as a sort of time machine, a team of researchers intends to look billions of years into the past to understand how stars like our Sun formed in the universe.

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Mirror to mirror

Space Science Image of the Week: Successful deployment of Webb’s secondary mirror marks major milestone for the revolutionary new observatory

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NASA Rehearses Astronaut Launch — and Rescue — with SpaceX, Boeing (Photos)

Both SpaceX and Boeing are busily preparing for the first crewed launches of their commercial spacecraft, and in case something goes wrong, they’re simulating different types of emergencies.

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NASA’s Europa Clipper Mission to Jupiter’s Icy Moon Clears Big Hurdle on Path to Launch

A highly anticipated NASA mission to Jupiter’s possibly life-supporting moon Europa remains on track for a mid-2020s launch.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 27.06.19

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Please note: Summer break for Spacecraft Mission News . The next issue will be published on August, 8th, 2019.

Bitte beachten: Spacecraft Mission News geht in die Sommerpause. Die nächste Ausgabe erscheint am 8. August 2019.


Methan as possible Sign of Life on Mars – Methan als möglicher Indikator für Leben auf dem Mars

Mars: Methan-Rätsel geht weiter

Mysteriöses Phänomen: Erst letzte Woche hat der Marsrover Curiosity den höchsten je registrierten Methanwert auf dem Roten Planeten gemessen – doch jetzt ist das Methan wieder verschwunden. Offenbar handelte es sich um eine vorübergehende Ausgasung. Woher dieses Gas jedoch kommt und ob es geochemischen oder doch biologischen Ursprungs ist, bleibt weiterhin rätselhaft.

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NASA confirms Curiosity rover’s surprising Mars methane discovery

High methane levels detected by the rover hinted at the possibility of life but follow up experiments show it was a transient plume.

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Curiosity’s Mars Methane Mystery Continues

The Curiosity rover’s follow-on sampling shows last week’s methane levels have sharply decreased.

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More Mars Methane: Curiosity Rover Spots Biggest Surge Yet

NASA’s Curiosity rover has sniffed out another spike of the potentially life-indicating gas methane, and this one is the biggest yet.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 06.06.2019

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Mars – NASA InSight

Robotic arm will raise the support structure and help the Mole hammer

new plan to support the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Mars ‘Mole’ that is part of NASA’s InSight mission. The Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) Mole is a self-driving penetrator that has hammered itself into the Martian subsurface to a depth of approximately 30 centimetres.

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Common Questions about InSight’s ‚Mole‘ – NASA’s InSight Mars Lander

There’s a new plan to get InSight’s „mole“ moving again. The following Q&As with two members of the team answer some of the most common questions about the burrowing device, part of a science instrument called the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3).

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InSight’s Team Tries New Strategy to Help the ‚Mole‘

Scientists and engineers have a new plan for getting NASA InSight’s heat probe, also known as the „mole,“ digging again on Mars. Part of an instrument called the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3), the mole is a self-hammering spike designed to dig as much as 16 feet (5 meters) below the surface and record temperature.

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Robotischer Arm soll Gehäuse anheben und Maulwurf beim Hämmern helfen

Es gibt einen neuen Plan, um den Marsmaulwurf des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) auf der NASA-Mission InSight zu unterstützen. Der Maulwurf HP3 ist eine Art selbstschlagender Nagel, der bisher etwa 30 Zentimeter tief in den Marsboden vorgedrungen ist.

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So soll der Mars-Maulwurf doch noch buddeln

Seit Ende Februar steht ein Experiment deutscher Forscher auf dem Mars still: Beim Versuch, sich ins Gestein zu hämmern, war es zu Problemen gekommen. Nun gibt es eine Strategie, wie es doch noch klappen soll.

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Mars

The radiation showstopper for Mars exploration

An astronaut on a mission to Mars could receive radiation doses up to 700 times higher than on our planet – a major showstopper for the safe exploration of our Solar System. A team of European experts is working with ESA to protect the health of future crews on their way to the Moon and beyond.

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A European mission control for the martian rover

The ExoMars rover has a brand new control centre in one of Europe’s largest Mars yards. The Rover Operations Control Centre (ROCC) was inaugurated today in Turin, Italy, ahead of the rover’s exploration adventure on the Red Planet in 2021.

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ESA Prepares for ExoMars Rover 2020 Launch at Mars and on Earth

Preparations for the ExoMars rover mission are in their final stages. ESA made two announcements today: ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is shifting orbit, and they officially opened a new Rover Operations Control Centre (ROCC) in Turin, Italy.

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China’s First Mars Spacecraft Undergoing Integration for 2020 Launch

China remains on schedule to ready its first independent mission to Mars in time for a short launch window in mid-2020, according to a leading space official.

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NASA Still Aiming for 2020 First Launch of Space Launch System Megarocket

NASA believes it is still possible to perform the first launch of the Space Launch System before the end of 2020.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 30.05.19

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SpaceX‘s Starlink Satellits

Starlink-Satelliten: SpaceX droht, den Nachthimmel zu stören

Rund 12.000 Internet-Satelliten will Elon Musk mit seiner Firma SpaceX ins All schicken. Doch schon die ersten 60 von ihnen machen Astronomen nervös. Sie sind zum Teil so hell, dass sie Beobachtungen stören.

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Starlink-Netzwerk: SpaceX schießt 60 Internet-Satelliten ins All

Einige Unternehmen setzen auf ein Netzwerk aus Satelliten, um weltweit schnelles Internet anzubieten. Elon Musks Firma SpaceX hat jetzt beim Projekt Starlink einen entscheidenden Schritt gemacht.

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Elon Musk: SpaceX’s Bright Starlink Satellites Won’t Ruin the Night Sky

SpaceX’s brilliant train of Starlink satellites wowed skywatchers after launch. Elon Musk says astronomers shouldn’t be worried.

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How to See SpaceX’s Starlink Satellite ‚Train‘ in the Night Sky

SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites in a train Thursday (May 24) and you can see them in the night sky now! Here’s how to find out where and when to look.

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Elon Musk Says It’s ‚So Far, So Good‘ for SpaceX’s 1st 60 Starlink Satellites

The first 60 satellites in SpaceX’s huge Starlink constellation haven’t experienced any hiccups in orbit thus far.

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SpaceX’s 60-Satellite Launch Is Just the Beginning for Starlink Megaconstellation Project

The 60 internet satellites SpaceX just launched will be but the tip of a very large off-Earth iceberg, if all goes according to plan.

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NASA‘s Lunar Mission / NASAs Mond Mission

NASA’s Grand Plan for a Lunar Gateway Is to Start Small

NASA’s moon-orbiting space station will be lean and mean, especially at first.

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NASA Has a Full Plate of Lunar Missions Before Astronauts Can Return to Moon

What will it take for NASA to put humans back on the moon? Aside from a still-undetermined sum of cash, the agency will need to launch about 37 moon tere  between now and 2028.

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NASA Taps Maxar to Build Lunar Gateway Power Module for Artemis Moon Plan

NASA wants to land humans on the moon in just five years — and the agency has chosen its first company to help the Artemis program build a lunar outpost for those astronauts: Maxar.

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US and Japan to Cooperate on Return to the Moon

The United States and Japan have agreed to further cooperation in space which could include flying Japanese astronauts to the moon.

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NASA’s InSight Detects First Likely ‚Quake‘ on Mars

While their causes are still unknown, one of three shaking events looks a lot like the quakes detected on the Moon by the Apollo missions.

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Stratolaunch Systems: Building the World’s Largest Airplane

Stratolaunch is the builder of the world’s first megaplane.

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