European Space Agency eyes lunar village en route Mars

PULL QUOTE: In between, we believe that there is an opportunity to create a permanent … sustainable presence on the surface of the moon Adelaide — 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. At an annual gathering of 4,000 global … Continue reading European Space Agency eyes lunar village en route Mars

NASA and Russia agree to build a lunar orbital space station to explore deep space

NASA and Russia have teamed up to build a space station that will orbit the Moon and will be open to astronauts and cosmonauts from around the world. Called the Deep Space Gateway, it will serve as a research base and stage area so humans can reach out further into the universe and eventually complete missions to Mars. Construction is set to begin as soon … Continue reading NASA and Russia agree to build a lunar orbital space station to explore deep space

Ex-NASA agent fears gold lunar module will be melted down | U.S. News

CLEVELAND (AP) — Whoever broke into an Ohio museum late Friday and stole a solid-gold replica of the Apollo 11 lunar module likely intends to melt it down for the value of the gold instead of trying to sell what could be a collectible worth millions of dollars, said a Texas attorney and retired federal agent with NASA who has helped recover and locate stolen … Continue reading Ex-NASA agent fears gold lunar module will be melted down | U.S. News

Inverness woman’s lunar samples sell for $1.8 million

An Inverness woman’s Apollo 11 moon samples that she bought for $995 from the federal government were sold on her behalf for $1.8 million in a Sotheby’s auction Thursday. Nancy Lee Carlson obtained the rare lunar artifact during an online U.S. government auction two years ago. It consists of dust collected in a bag by astronaut Neil Armstrong when he became the first person to … Continue reading Inverness woman’s lunar samples sell for $1.8 million

NASA’s Lunar Orbiter Takes a Hit

A Moon-orbiting camera briefly shuddered — then got back to work — when it was hit by a tiny bit of space rock no bigger than a pinhead. On October 13, 2014, as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera scanned the landscape 1,834 km below, a tiny bit of space rock struck the camera’s external radiator and created this brief zigzag vibration.NASA / GSFC / Arizona … Continue reading NASA’s Lunar Orbiter Takes a Hit