DAPPER Mission concept in orbit around Moon
Under a DAPPER Moon: NASA Eyes Wild Radio Science Projects on the Lunar Farside

Dec. 23, 2019

From Space.com: NASA's quest to return humans to the moon could boost a field of research that might not seem particularly lunar in nature: cosmology. But the far side of the moon could be a powerful place to answer some of the most compelling questions about the universe — and...

Artist illustration of FARSIDE using the Lunar Gateway, or similar Lunar asset, for communication with Earth.
Moon FARSIDE: Lunar Astronomy Proposal Takes Aim at Cosmic Dark Ages and Exoplanets

Dec. 15, 2019

From Space.com: The far side of the moon is an attention grabber for many reasons. A new mission idea capitalizes on those reasons in a project dubbed the Farside Array for Radio Science Investigations of the Dark ages and Exoplanets, shortened to this enlightened abbreviation: FARSIDE. The concept would place...

Illustration of FARSIDE on lunar surface with base station and antennas notated
Moon FARSIDE: Proposal for Dark Ages and Exoplanet Investigations

Dec. 5, 2019

From Leonard David’s Inside Outer Space: The Moon’s farside is an attention grabber…for many reasons. For good measure, enter the Farside Array for Radio Science Investigations of the Dark ages and Exoplanets, shortened to enlightened shorthand: FARSIDE. This concept is to place a low radio frequency interferometric array on the...

Illustration from article showing the Sun and particles
A step closer to the Sun’s secrets

Dec. 4, 2019

From Nature: Although the Sun is quite near to us compared with other stars, it has always kept intriguing and fundamental scientific secrets from us. For instance, we still don’t know how the solar corona — the Sun’s outermost atmosphere — maintains temperatures in excess of one million kelvin, whereas...

2020 Decadal Survey Planning

Nov. 18, 2019

From NASA Science: This page describes the activities of NASA's Astrophysics Division in preparation for the 2020 Decadal Survey. To learn more about Astro2020 : Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics process, please visit the National Academies website. Prior Decadal Reports are also available on that site. Listed below are...

China's Chang’e-4 lander and its small rover, Yutu 2
Alien Hunters Need the Far Side of the Moon to Stay Quiet

Nov. 15, 2019

From Wired: China made history earlier this year when its Chang'e-4 lander became the first spacecraft to land on the far side of the moon. During the two-week lunar days, the lander and its small rover, Yutu 2, beam images and other data to an orbiter for relay back to...

NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, is a mobile robot that will roam around the Moon’s south pole looking for water ice.
New VIPER Lunar Rover to Map Water Ice on the Moon

Oct. 25, 2019

From NASA.gov: NASA is sending a mobile robot to the South Pole of the Moon to get a close-up view of the location and concentration of water ice in the region and for the first time ever, actually sample the water ice at the same pole where the first woman...

Hundreds of inexpensively made antennae tuned into the cosmos look for radio waves from potentially habitable planets at Caltech’s Owens Valley Radio Observatory near Big Pine, California.
The Planet Hunting Machine

Oct. 14, 2019

From Alta: Sometime in the next decade, NASA hopes to deploy a rover to the dark side of the moon, where it will roll out 128 small, lightweight radio antennae in a flower configuration over 100 square kilometers of the lunar dirt. The FARSIDE project is designed to look for...

The moon rises near the town of Kalavrita, Greece, August 14, 2019  REUTERS Alkis Konstantinidis
Ten years after 'suicide' mission, NASA thirsts for lunar water

Oct. 9, 2019

From Reuters: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A decade after NASA sent a rocket crashing into the moon’s south pole, spewing a plume of debris that revealed vast reserves of ice beneath the barren lunar surface, the space agency is racing to pick up where its little-remembered project left off. The so-called...

An artist's impression of Capstone. Tyvak Nano-satellite Systems
CubeSat to Blaze a Trail for Lunar Gateway

Sept. 17, 2019

From Sky & Telescope: A future CubeSat pathfinder is set to explore a unique orbital path that will be used later by humans exploring the Moon. Last week, NASA awarded a $13.7 million contract to Advanced Space, based in Boulder, Colorado, to develop the Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations...