When astronauts orbit the moon or live on its surface in the decade ahead, they will probably be doing so inside inflatable space lodges now in development. Dozens of NASA officials and veteran astronauts are wrapping up a review of five space habitat mockups built by different companies. The mockups offer the US space agency ideas for an ideal Gateway - the planned research outpost in lunar orbit that will house and transfer astronauts to the surface of the moon.
Chinese lunar rover Yutu-2 has rolled over a strange mystery on the far side of the Moon. At the bottom of a small, recent impact crater, the rover found a shiny unknown substance the Chinese space agency described as a "gel with a mysterious luster."
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.
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.
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.
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 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.