Photo of the Moon's South Pole
Why America Wants to Send Astronauts to the Moon's South Pole

March 26, 2019

From WIRED: In December 2017, roughly a year into his tenure as president, Donald Trump directed NASA to develop a plan to return American astronauts to the moon. Since then, the government has released few details about what this mission would look like. But Tuesday, at the fifth meeting of...

Vice President Mike Pence, center in Mission Control Houston, will oversee all space decisions made by the Trump administration.
Vice President may tell NASA to accelerate lunar landings

March 21, 2019

From Ars Technica: One of the panelists who will appear at a National Space Council meeting next Tuesday said to expect "a few fireworks" during the discussion, which will focus on NASA's efforts to return humans to the Moon. The meeting of this council that oversees US spaceflight policy will...

National Space Council Public meeting in February 2018 at the Kennedy Space Center.
National Space Council to meet to discuss exploration plans

March 20, 2019

From Space News: The National Space Council will hold its next public meeting March 26 to discuss NASA’s human space exploration plans. The council is slated to meet on the afternoon of March 26 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The meeting will be the fifth...

Elizabeth Rayne
NASA Thinks We Could Turn the Moon into a Space Water Machine

Feb. 25, 2019

From SYFY Wire: The moon may look like a vast extraterrestrial desert, but on the molecular level, it has the potential to quench an astronaut’s thirst. NASA scientists have discovered how future moonwalkers can use lunar chemistry to their advantage when it comes to getting a water refill. A study...

NASA Selects Mission to Study Space Weather from Space Station photo from ISS
NASA Selects Mission to Study Space Weather from Space Station

Feb. 25, 2019

From NASA: NASA has selected a new mission that will help scientists understand and, ultimately, forecast the vast space weather system around our planet. Space weather is important because it can have profound impacts – affecting technology and astronauts in space, disrupting radio communications and, at its most severe, overwhelming...

Beresheet lander on the moon.
Why It'll Take Israel's Lunar Lander 8 Weeks to Get to the Moon

Feb. 22, 2019

From An Israeli moon lander just took to the skies, but we'll all have to wait nearly two months for its historic touchdown try. The robotic lander, called Beresheet, launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket yesterday evening (Feb. 21) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. If everything...

NASA Selects Experiments for Possible Lunar Flights in 2019 - photo of the Moon
NASA Selects Experiments for Possible Lunar Flights in 2019

Feb. 21, 2019

From NASA: NASA has selected 12 science and technology demonstration payloads to fly to the Moon as early as the end of this year, dependent upon the availability of commercial landers. These selections represent an early step toward the agency’s long-term scientific study and human exploration of the Moon and,...

Photo of Mission Team after Beresheet Launched successfully
Israeli Lunar Lander on its way to the Moon

Feb. 21, 2019

From Space Policy A robotic lunar lander built by an Israeli non-profit, SpaceIL, is on its way to the Moon tonight. Launched as a rideshare on a SpaceX launch of an Indonesian communications satellite, Beresheet will take about two months to reach lunar orbit and then descend to a...

 Lockheed Martin's concept for a commercial lunar lander.
NASA Opens the Door to Commercial Moon Landing, including Two Colorado Companies

Jan. 22, 2019

From Colorado Public Radio - Colorado Matters: Two Colorado companies are getting into the delivery business. Not the two-day delivery kind, more like the 238,900-mile outer space kind. NASA is planning to tap the private aerospace industry to take their experiments to the lunar surface. Two of the nine approved...

NASA - Far side of the Moon
New Mission To Far Side Of The Moon Explores Origins Of The Universe

Jan. 9, 2019

From Colorado Public Radio - Colorado Matters: Fifty years after U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the Moon, China landed a rover on the far side of the Moon last week for the first time in history. Jack Burns, an astrophysicist at CU Boulder, sees...