Weiren Wu, the Chief Designer of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP), recently announced an ambitious plan to put Chinese footprints on the lunar surface by 2030. This announcement came just prior to this year’s Space Day of China, an annual event celebrated on April 24th meant to showcase the space industry achievements of the …
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According to a new ESA-supported study, a lunar habitat made from prefabricated inflatable modules could lead to a sustained human presence on the Moon.
Masten Space Systems, which was developing a lunar lander for NASA’s Artemis Program, has just filed for bankruptcy!
NASA has struck deals with two commercial teams to provide the spacesuits destined for use when astronauts return to the moon by as early as 2025 — and there’s an extra twist that might have sounded alien to the Apollo moonwalkers a half-century ago. This time, NASA won’t own the suits.
The path back to the moon is long and fraught with danger, both in the real, physical sense and also in the contractual, legal sense. NASA, the agency sponsoring the largest government-backed lunar program, Artemis, has already been feeling the pain on the contractual end. Legal battles have delayed the development of a critical component …
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Jerry Woodfill, an engineer who worked diligently behind the scenes during NASA’s Apollo program, has passed away at age 79. Jerry was still employed by the Johnson Space Center (JSC) at the time of his death, working there for over 57 years. Most notably, Jerry worked as the lead engineer behind the Caution and Warning …
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In recent article, soil scientist John Grant discusses the ways in which we could harvest abundant amounts of oxygen directly from the lunar environment.
NASA has pushed back the timetable for landing astronauts on the moon for the first time in more than a half-century from 2024 to no earlier than 2025. Blue Origin’s unsuccessful legal challenge to a $2.9 billion lunar lander contract awarded to SpaceX was one of the factors behind the delay in the Artemis moon …
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The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has shot down Blue Origin’s lawsuit against NASA, ending seven months of litigation surrounding the HLS contract.
An international team presented a new idea for a lunar base at 2021 IAC this week: use the Starship HLS to create the habitat!