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November 17, 2017
Russia tests new spaceship set to deliver people, cargo to moon
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 15, 2017
Russia has successfully tested a simulator of the spaceship, with the objective of reaching the moon. The experiment's goal was to create conditions similar to those encountered by a mixed crew during a long autonomous interplanetary flight. Three of the six crew members of the SIRIUS project (an experiment simulating a flight to the moon) successfully carried out the first tests of the simulator of the new Russian spaceship Federatsiya ("Federation"), a representative of the Institute of Biomedic ... read more

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China and the US are both shooting for the moon
On the face of it, it looks like two of the world's biggest powers are racing to get astronauts back on the lunar surface. China is aiming to land crew on the moon by 2036, while on the other side o ... more
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Russia locks up six for Moon flight simulation
Three men and three women were sealed in an artificial spacecraft unit in Moscow on Tuesday in a simulation of a 17-day flight to the Moon, a preparation for long-term missions. ... more
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Low-cost clocks for landing on the Moon
A European clock accurate to a trillionth of a second is set to be used on satellites and missions to the Moon. The ultra-precise time-keeper was conceived by a small company in Latvia, and ES ... more
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Lunar lava tube could be used as a moon mission base
NASA and other agencies have long considered establishing an outpost on the lunar surface - a moon base. Now, scientists at Purdue University may have found the perfect place for it. ... more
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Human presence in Lunar orbit one step closer with successful RS-25 engine test
Aerojet Rocketdyne has test-fired its RS-25 engine, E2063, for 500 seconds at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. This is the second RS-25 engine Aerojet Rocketdyne has tested for NASA's sec ... more
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NASA research suggests significant atmosphere in lunar past and possible source of water on Moon
Looking up at the Moon at night, Earth's closest neighbor appears in shades of gray and white; a dry desert in the vacuum of space, inactive and dead for billions of years. Like many things, though, ... more
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Potential human habitat located on Moon
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Bigelow and ULA team up to propose a B330 Habitat in Low Lunar Orbit
Bigelow Aerospace and United Launch Alliance (ULA) are working together to launch a B330 expandable module on ULA's Vulcan launch vehicle. The launch would place a B330 outfitted module in Low Lunar ... more
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Temperature of Lunar Flashes Measured for the First Time
During the first- and last-quarter Moon phases, as most people are busy admiring the sunlit part of the Moon, astronomers use telescopes to look at the dark fraction, hoping to see tiny flashes of l ... more
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How bright is the moon, really?
The "inconstant moon," as Shakespeare called it in Romeo and Juliet, is more reliable than his pair of star-crossed lovers might have thought. Now researchers at the National Institute of Standards ... more
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Ancient asteroid impact exposes the moon's interior
Scientists have long assumed that all the planets in our solar system look the same beneath the surface, but a study published in Geology on Oct. 4 tells a different story. "The mantle of the ... more
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Moon Once Had an Atmosphere
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Chinese moon missions delayed by rocket failure: report
Two Chinese lunar missions will be delayed by the failed launch of a powerful rocket in July, a state-run newspaper said, in a setback for the country's ambitious space programme. ... more
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Moon village the first stop to Mars: ESA
Setting up a permanent village on the moon is the first step towards exploring Mars, the European Space Agency said Thursday as plans to reach and colonise the Red Planet gathered pace. ... more
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Russian space agency, NASA agree to co-build lunar-orbit space station
Russia's Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States said Wednesday that they have agreed to cooperate on build ... more

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Russia, US shoot for the moon with joint lunar station project
Russia and the United States agreed Wednesday to cooperate on a NASA-led project to build the first lunar space station, part of a long-term project to send humans to Mars. ... more
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First steps: returning humanity to the Moon
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Fly me to the Moon: For some, lunar village takes shape
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Researchers create first global map of water in moon's soil
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Call For Ideas For Research On The Deep Space Gateway
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