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Plans detailed for first US mission to land on Moon since Apollo
The first American spacecraft expected to land on the Moon in nearly 50 years will be an unmanned robotic lander built by closely held Astrobotic Technology Inc. and launched in two years by United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Vulcan rocket, the companies told Reuters.
Moon 100 million years older than previously thought: Study
Fifty years after the first landing on the Moon, scientists have combined new geochemical information to determine the Moon's age using samples from different Apollo missions.
First autograph manuscript written on the Moon fetches $225,000
On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, Sotheby’s auction dedicated to Space Exploration totaled $5.5 million in New York, surpassing its high estimate by $1 million and with an exceptional 93 percent of all lots sold. The sale featured a wide variety of material from the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, including direct consignments from astronauts, an impressive collection of flown mission artifacts and hardware, the finest single-owner collection of flown Robbins medallions, early contractor’s models, spacesuits, maps, charts and more.
India launches spacecraft to explore water deposits on Moon
India sent a spacecraft to explore water deposits on the far side of the Moon in a successful launch after a technical problem caused a week’s delay.
Scientists look for answers to Earth's beginning under moonscape
As countries and companies rush to build infrastructure on the Moon, some researchers are planning to dig under its rocky soil to unlock mysteries about Earth that have eluded scientists since astronauts first stepped foot on its surface a half century ago.
Robots to install telescopes to peer into cosmos from moon
As the United States races to put humans back on the moon for the first time in 50 years, a NASA-funded lab in Colorado aims to send robots there to deploy telescopes that will look far into our galaxy, remotely operated by orbiting astronauts.
India prepares to land rover on Moon in global space race
India is looking to take a giant leap in its space program and solidify its place among the world’s spacefaring nations with its second unmanned mission to the Moon, this one aimed at landing a rover near the unexplored south pole.
How Neil Armstrong's spacesuit was saved using 3D scanning
On July 16, 1969, three men flew to the Moon.
From Moon to Mars, Chinese space engineers rise to new challenges
With eyes bright, Sun Zezhou, chief designer of China's Chang'e-4 lunar probe, speaks fast but clearly.
NASA to open Moon rock samples sealed since Apollo missions
Inside a locked vault at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, is treasure few have seen and fewer have touched.
SpaceX Falcon Heavy's third launch set for Monday night in Florida
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is set to launch Monday night from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the US, carrying 24 government satellites and kicking off a busy summer of space activity.
NASA awards first contract for lunar space station
NASA contracted Maxar Technologies to develop the first element of its Lunar Gateway space station, an essential part of its plan to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024.
After Moon, people on Mars by 2033 or 2060
On December 11, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed a directive ordering NASA to prepare to return astronauts to the Moon "followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations."
Russia could send heavy mining-capable rover to Moon after 2030
Russia plans to deliver a reusable cargo spacecraft, a heavy lunar rover for mining and modules for a lunar base to the Moon in 2031–2035, a source in the Russian space industry told Sputnik on Sunday.

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