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 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...

A night view of part of the Murchison Widefield Array in Western Australia. Credit Dr John Goldsmith/Celestial Visions
The quest to unlock the secrets of the baby Universe

Aug. 14, 2019

From Nature: The quest to unlock the secrets of the baby Universe To get an idea of what the Universe looks like from Earth’s perspective, picture a big watermelon. Our Galaxy, the Milky Way, is one of the seeds, at the centre of the fruit. The space around it, the...

NASA remembers Apollo 11 mission and moon landing still from video
NASA remembers Apollo 11 mission and moon landing

July 20, 2019

From CGTN America: It was exactly 50 years ago (Saturday 7/20) that two U.S. astronauts first walked on the moon. This "giant leap for mankind" remains one of humanity's greatest achievements. There are many celebrations taking place to mark the anniversary, including events in Houston, Texas, home of America's Apollo...

Fiske Planetarium with Apollo 11 poster in foreground
CU Boulder celebrates Apollo 11 anniversary, and beyond

July 19, 2019

From 9News: At the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, there are more than 75 shows this month to celebrate 50 years since the first manned lunar mission. Watch the video.

Apollo Lunar Module
Moon 2.0: Why the next phase of lunar development won't be anything like Apollo

July 19, 2019

From CBC Radio: When humans return to the moon as soon as 2024, their missions will be vastly different from those of the Apollo pioneers. The Apollo program changed the world without significantly changing the surface of the moon, but the next phase of lunar development will be multinational, long-term...