Apollo 17

China considers Manned Moon Landing following breakthrough Chang’e-3 mission success

by Ken Kremer January 15, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Is China’s Chang’e-3 unmanned lunar lander the opening salvo in an ambitious plan by China to land people on the Moon a decade or so hence? Will China land humans on the Moon before America returns? It would seem so based […]

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Yutu Moon Rover Sets Sail for Breathtaking New Adventures

by Ken Kremer December 23, 2013

China’s now famous ‘Yutu’ moon rover has set sail for what promises to be breathtaking new adventures on Earth’s nearest neighbor, after completing a final joint portrait session with the Chang’e-3 lander that safely deposited her on the lunar surface only a week ago. Yutu’s upcoming journey marks humanity’s first lunar surface visit in nearly […]

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Opportunity Mars Rover Blazes Past 40 Year Old Space Driving Record

by Ken Kremer May 18, 2013

Now more than 9 years and counting into her planned mere 90 day mission to Mars, NASA’s legendary Opportunity rover has smashed past another space milestone and established a new distance driving record for an American vehicle on another world this week. On Thursday, May 16, the long-lived Opportunity drove another 263 feet (80 meters) […]

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‘Live’ Tweeting Apollo 17′s Mission

by Elizabeth Howell December 21, 2012

  40 years ago on December 19, 1972, Apollo 17 splashed down on Earth, marking the end of the manned moon missions. The astronauts came back with a treasure trove of rocks collected in 22 hours of extra-vehicular activity on the lunar surface, including “orange” soil that ended up coming from an ancient volcano. Twitter […]

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Apollo 17: 40 Years Ago Today

by Nancy Atkinson December 7, 2012

The launch of Apollo 17. Credit: NASA It was the end of an era. At 12:33 a.m. (EST) on Dec. 7, 1972 the monstrous Saturn V rocket blasted off for the final Apollo mission to the Moon. It was a stunning sight, as it was the first nighttime liftoff of the Saturn V. Aboard the […]

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