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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...

Chang’e-4 ready for attempted farside landing
China’s Chang’e-4 Ready for Farside Moon Landing

Dec. 31, 2018

From Inside Outer Space: The state-run China Daily reports January 1st that the country’s Chang’e 4 robotic probe is expected to land on the South Pole–Aitken basin on the Moon’s farside sometime between Wednesday and Thursday, citing information from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, a major contractor of the...

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Apollo astronaut visits campus, shares tales from the moon

Oct. 30, 2018

From CU Boulder Today: Apollo astronaut visits campus, shares tales from the moon This week, Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, an Apollo-era astronaut and the last person to set foot on the moon, gave a group of CU Boulder students the chance to see something rare: color on the lunar surface. Schmitt,...

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How to build a Moon base

Oct. 24, 2018

From Nature: Next year, astronaut Matthias Maurer expects to walk on the surface of the Moon — but without the hassles of a rocket flight, zero-gravity nausea and a risky landing. Instead he’ll stroll close to home in a leafy meadow near Cologne, Germany, which is set to host the...

Lockheed Martin's concept of a reusable, crewed lunar lander would take astronauts from a moon-orbiting space station down to the lunar surface
New moon lander would be a big step up from Apollo-era 'modules'

Oct. 10, 2018

From NBC News: Before humans venture to Mars, NASA wants to send astronauts back to the moon — and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin has developed a new lunar lander concept designed to shuttle space flyers between a moon-orbiting space station and the cratered surface below. Unveiled Oct. 3 at an...

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Lockheed Martin unveils lunar lander concept

Oct. 3, 2018

From Space News: Bremen, Germany — As NASA gears up to support work on lunar lander designs, Lockheed Martin released details Oct. 3 about a proposed reusable human lunar lander that leverages technology used on the Orion spacecraft and concepts that could later be used for missions to Mars. The...

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Long neglected NASA gets new funding boost from Congress

Oct. 1, 2018

From the Washington Examiner: Late last year, President Trump announced a new — and expensive — mission for NASA: Return Americans to the moon, then reach Mars and planets beyond and do it in collaboration with private-sector partnerships. The change in strategy as NASA turns 60 is reflected in both...

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CU researcher leads lunar observation project: Satellite will help the study of the universe’s “dark ages”

Oct. 1, 2018

From the Daily Camera: University of Colorado researchers are planning to put a satellite in orbit around the moon to observe what they call the universe’s “dark ages” — an era just 15 million to 30 million years after the Big Bang, before the first stars illuminated the cosmic dawn...

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Dark side of the moon holds clues to early universe

Sept. 25, 2018

From CU Boulder Today: The far side of the moon could give CU Boulder researchers an unprecedented look back at the early “dark ages” of the universe before the first stars had begun to flare into existence. NASA recently picked the Dark Ages Polarimetry Pathfinder (DAPPER) as one of nine...

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National Space Exploration Campaign Report 2018

Sept. 25, 2018

From NASA: Section 1 - Forward to the Moon, Mars and Beyond and Section 2 - Americans in Lunar Orbit and on the Lunar Surface are particulary relevant to NESS projects. See the full report and other sections below. Section 1 - Forward to the Moon, Mars and Beyond Section...