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July 10, 2017
How to rescue a Moonwalker in need
Paris (ESA) Jul 07, 2017
During a simulated space mission underwater last week, ESA tested an ingenious concept to bring astronauts safely back to base if they are incapacitated during lunar exploration. Four 'aquanauts', including ESA astronaut Pedro Duque and NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, took part in NASA's 22nd Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO-22) mission, spending 10 days in the Aquarius habitat 20 m underwater off the coast of the Florida Keys. The goal is to simulate aspects of space exploration ... read more

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Japanese Space Agency Proposes Plan to Send Astronauts to Moon
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) proposed a plan on Wednesday to send the country's astronauts to the Moon after 2025, local media reported. According to the NHK broadcaster, the ... more
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Japan reveals plans to put a man on moon by 2030
Japan has revealed ambitious plans to put an astronaut on the Moon around 2030 in new proposals from the country's space agency. ... more
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Russian aerospace firm to cooperate with China on Lunar exploration missions
Russia's Lavochkin Research and Production Association is ready to work with China on designing lunar exploration missions, including orbital and return ones, Sergei Lemeshevsky, the Russian company ... more
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New NELIOTA project detects flashes from lunar impacts
Using a system developed under an ESA contract, the Greek NELIOTA project has begun to detect flashes of light caused by small pieces of rock striking the Moon's surface. NELIOTA is the first system ... more
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Cube Quest Challenge Team Spotlight: Cislunar Explorers
Tenacity and drive are hallmarks of Cornell University's Cislunar Explorers Team. But there is another key factor in building and testing their spacecraft: Just add water. "The core concept be ... more
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Winning plans for CubeSats to the Moon
If you could fly a CubeSat to the Moon, what could such a tiny satellite do there? ESA posed this question - and now four proposals will be studied in more detail for possible flight over the coming ... more
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Printing bricks from moondust using the Sun's heat
Bricks have been 3D printed out of simulated moondust using concentrated sunlight - proving in principle that future lunar colonists could one day use the same approach to build settlements on the M ... more
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NASA selects ASU's ShadowCam for moon mission
NASA has selected an instrument developed by Mark Robinson of ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) and Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS) to map the terrain and search for evidence of ... more

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Russia, US Ready to Give You a Lift to Moon Orbit, ISS
Russian aerospace company RSC Energia and its US partners have worked out several options of sending tourists into the Moon's orbit and to the International Space Station (ISS), Energia's General Di ... more
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India dreams of harvesting lunar dust to power fusion rectors
ISRO is working on mining lunar dust, which is rich in Helium, and transport back it to India, said Dr Sivathanu Pillai, an ISRO scientist who earlier worked as the chief of the Indo-Russian venture ... more
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Swedish Institute of Space Physics goes back to the Moon
On April 7, the Swedish Institute of Space Physics successfully delivered the flight model of the Advanced Small Analyzer for Neutrals (ASAN) instrument to the National Space Science Center of the C ... more
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NASA Scientists Find Dynamo at Lunar Core May Have Formed Magnetic Field
The moon no longer has a magnetic field, but NASA scientists are publishing new research that shows heat from crystallization of the lunar core may have driven its now-defunct magnetic field some 3 ... more
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How a young-looking lunar volcano hides its true age
While orbiting the Moon in 1971, the crew of Apollo 15 photographed a strange geological feature - a bumpy, D-shaped depression about two miles long and a mile wide - that has fascinated planetary s ... more
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Surviving the long dark night of the Moon
Designers of future Moon missions and bases have to contend with a chilling challenge: how might their creations endure the fortnight-long lunar night? ESA has arrived at a low-cost way of surviving ... more
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Team Indus To Send Seven Experiments To The Moon Including Three From India
Seven teams, including three from India, have qualified for the country's first private moon mission in December, space technology start-up TeamIndus said on Wednesday. "Teams Callisto, Ears a ... more
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Sun Devils working for a chance to induce photosynthesis on our lunar neighbor
Unlocking humanity's future as an interplanetary species is no simple feat. But students at Arizona State University and the Central University of Tamil Nadu in India are up for the challenge. The i ... more

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Under Trump, the Moon regains interest as possible destination
Dismissed by former US president Barack Obama as a place explorers had already seen, the Moon has once again gained interest as a potential destination under Donald Trump's presidency. ... more
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NASA finds missing LRO, Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiters
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said it has located its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft after disappearing for years. ... more
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India's Moon Mission on 2018 Target, Says ISRO Chief
ISRO boss AS Kiran Kumar says the second lunar mission Chandrayaan 2 is making good progress; it is scheduled for launch next year. But critics question why should India get into the manned spacefli ... more
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An Epic Lunar Experience Lands at Space Center Houston
Space Center Houston is the first of four stops of a new exhibit featuring the Apollo 11 command module, which will leave the Smithsonian on a national tour for the first time since 1971. It will be ... more
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India Takes Russian Help to Analyze Chemical Composition of Lunar Surface
ISRO has started a series of ground tests for testing the performance of sensors and actuators for soft landing of the Lander on the lunar surface. India Space Research Organization (ISRO) has ... more
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Complete Lunar-cy: The Earth Has Sprayed the Moon With Oxygen for Billennia
The Moon may be peppered with oxygen transmitted by life on Earth, according to a scientific study, opening up the possibility that the Earth's atmosphere of billions of years ago may be preserved o ... more
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Private Space Race Heats Up, Moon Landing Expected in Late 2017
Moon Express, the first private company to receive government approval for a space mission, has announced an additional $20 million raised for a lunar voyage in late 2017. A front-runner to wi ... more
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LunaH-Map CubeSat to map the Moon's water deposits
Arizona State University (ASU) is developing a small satellite that will search hydrogen in lunar craters with the ultimate goal of creating the most detailed map of the moon's water deposits. The s ... more
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