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September 01, 2017
Call For Ideas For Research On The Deep Space Gateway
Paris (ESA) Aug 22, 2017
The European Space Agency (ESA) invites members of the science community in Europe to propose ideas for research that could be performed on the Deep Space Gateway, a crewed spaceship in lunar vicinity. The Deep Space Gateway is a strategic platform that is being prepared by the International Space Station partner agencies to be humanity's next step beyond Low-Earth Orbit and out into the Solar System. Operations would take place during the 2020's in the vicinity of the Moon. With the present ... read more

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How Light Looks Different on the Moon and What NASA Is Doing About It
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United Launch Alliance to launch Astrobotic mission to the Moon
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