The Intuitive Machines payload getting ready to ship to Cape Canaveral, spacecraft in the clean room. photo credit Intuitive Machines

Lunar science is entering a new active phase, with commercial launches of landers that will study solar wind and peer into the universe’s dark ages

Feb. 5, 2024

From The Conversation: For the first time since 1972, NASA is putting science experiments on the Moon in 2024. And thanks to new technologies and public-private partnerships, these projects will open up new realms of scientific possibility. As parts of several projects launching this year, teams of scientists, including myself,...

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AAS 243 - Plenary Lecture Radio Astrophysics and Cosmology from the Moon

Jan. 11, 2024

From the American Astronomical Society Plenary Lecture series: Watch a talk by Dr. Jack Burns about Radio Astrophysics and Cosmology from the Moon from January 2024.

Photo of Jack Burns on stage giving a talk at the AAS meeting

Private Peregrine moon lander failure won't stop NASA's ambitious commercial lunar program

Jan. 10, 2024

From NEW ORLEANS — It was only two days ago when Peregrine, the inaugural private lander contracted under NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services program, brilliantly blasted toward space aboard the first private flight of United Launch Alliance's Vulcan rocket. Mere hours into the journey, Peregrine started to fail. Astrobotic,...

Photo of the  The Nova-C lander is seen at Intuitive Machines' facility in Houston, Texas.

Ars takes a close-up look at the first US lunar lander in half a century

Oct. 3, 2023

From arsTechnica: NASA has not sent a spacecraft to make a soft landing on the Moon since the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972. Since that time, the Soviet Union, China, and India have successfully landed there, but the United States has gone elsewhere. There are various reasons for this,...

The moon rise is seen over Boulder County on Wednesday. Wednesday’s super moon appeared larger and brighter than at any other time this year. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

CU Boulder NASA instruments ‘critical’ to Artemis lunar missions

Aug. 31, 2023

From the Daily Camera: The University of Colorado Boulder is building three instruments that will fly in NASA’s Artemis missions and help prepare astronauts to land on the moon for the first time since the Apollo missions. All three instruments will fly before the anticipated launch of Artemis 3 in...

Shadows stretch across the moon's South Pole in this mosaic image. (Credit: ESA/SMART-1/AMIE camera team; image mosaic: M. Ellouzi/B. Foing)

India just won the race to the moon’s South Pole. Here’s what comes next.

Aug. 23, 2023

From CU Boulder Today: Early in the morning Mountain Time today, an Indian lander named Vikram became the first spacecraft to touch down on the surface of the moon near its South Pole. The lander, which carried a six-wheeled rover and is part of the Chandrayaan-3 mission, was a monumental...

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Mission to the Moon: Who will win Russian and India's race to the lunar South Pole?

Aug. 11, 2023

From BBC: Right now, a mini space race is afoot. Two spacecraft, one Russian and the other Indian, are headed for the South Pole of the Moon – where no lander has ever successfully gone before. The Russian and Indian vehicles are on competing quests to search for water ice...

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Transformative Radio Science & Astrophysics from the Moon using NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services Landers

June 27, 2023

From the European Lunar Symposium 2023: Watch a talk by Dr. Jack Burns about Transformative Radio Science & Astrophysics from the Moon using NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services Landers from June 27, 2023.

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...