The LuSEE-Night mission to the far side of the Moon is one example of the astronomy enabled by lunar exploration. Credit: NASA

Building telescopes on the Moon could transform astronomy, and it’s becoming an achievable goal

May 1, 2023

From The Space Review: Lunar exploration is undergoing a renaissance. Dozens of missions, organised by multiple space agencies—and increasingly by commercial companies—are set to visit the Moon by the end of this decade. Most of these will involve small robotic spacecraft, but NASA’s ambitious Artemis program aims to return humans...

Graphic depiction of FarView Observatory – A Large, In-Situ Manufactured, Lunar Far Side Radio Array Credits: Ronald Polidan

FarView Observatory – A Large, In-Situ Manufactured, Lunar Far Side Radio Array

April 6, 2023

From NASA: FarView is a low frequency (5-40 MHz) radio telescope array comprised of 100,000 dipole antennas, dispersed over ~ 200 km2. The observatory is manufactured in-situ, utilizing Lunar Resources’ developed technologies that first extract metals (along with oxygen) from lunar regolith then manufacture most of the required elements of...

Rendering of Firefly’s Blue Ghost transfer vehicle deploying the European Space Agency’s Lunar Pathfinder satellite to lunar orbit. ESA’s Lunar Pathfinder is designed and developed by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited. ESA collaborated with NASA for delivery through the CLPS initiative. Credits: Firefly Aerospace

NASA Picks Firefly Aerospace for Robotic Delivery to Far Side of Moon

March 14, 2023

From NASA: To carry multiple payloads to the far side of the Moon including a satellite to orbit that area, NASA has selected Firefly Aerospace of Cedar Park, Texas. The commercial lander will deliver two agency payloads, as well as communication and data relay satellite for lunar orbit, which is...

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Low Radio Frequency Science From the Moon with NASA Lunar-landed Telescopes

Feb. 13, 2023

From the Royal Society of London: Watch a special talk by Dr. Jack Burns about Low Radio Frequency Science From the Moon with NASA Lunar-landed Telescopes from February 13, 2023.

The NASA moon rocket stands on Pad 39B before a launch attempt for the Artemis 1 mission to orbit the moon at the Kennedy Space Center on Sept. 2, 2022, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.  Brynn Anderson/AP File Photo

All about NASA's Artemis 1 mission

Nov. 23, 2022

From Wisconsin Public Radio: NASA's Artemis 1 rocket lifted off on November 16 after multiple postponements. The mission sets the stage for humans to revisit the Moon after 50 years away, and for exploration further in space. An astrophysics expert, Dr. Jack Burns explains. Listen to the interview.

Photo of NASA's Artemis on launch pad in November 2022. Photo taken during night with rocket with spotlights.

NASA Artemis 1 Mission interview

Nov. 23, 2022

From Morning Wave in Busan: Listen to interview with Professor Jack Burns.

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FACT SHEET: First National Cislunar Science & Technology Strategy

Nov. 17, 2022

From the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy: Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released the first National Cislunar Science and Technology (S&T) Strategy to address how U.S. S&T leadership will support responsible, peaceful, and sustainable exploration and use of Cislunar space—the large region...

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The Lunar Frontier

Sept. 9, 2022

Video from the Denver Astronomical Society: This talk focused on the future of human and robotic exploration of the Moon and beyond. Since the end of the Apollo program, the justification for the human space program has proven elusive. Dr. Burns borrowed a page from the Silicon Valley computer and...

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How Does Artemis Differ From Apollo Mission?

Sept. 6, 2022

Video from Cosmoknowledge: Apollo was competition. Artemis is progress. Republished from an article by The Conversation with permission from Jack Burns. Watch the video...

NASA employees take photos as NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard is rolled out of High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building for the first time, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Colorado-based space expert says scrubbed Artemis launch is actually a common occurrence

Sept. 4, 2022

From Channel 7 Denver News: The second attempt to launch NASA’s Artemis 1 has been scrubbed again after a fuel leak was discovered. NASA says the team will be standing down for the current launch period, which ends Tuesday. While many space enthusiasts were disappointed by this news, it's actually...