Monday, May 20, 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019

NASA administrator on new Moon plan: ‘We’re doing this in a way that’s never been done before’
Did Bezos just save NASA's Project Artemis moon mission?

When Jeff Bezos recently presented his vision of a space future he declared, “It’s time to go back to the moon — this time to stay.” Whether he knew it or not, the CEO of and Blue Origin was echoing the words of the late President George H. W. Bush when he announced the Space Exploration Initiative some 30 years ago. Bush’s attempt to start a deep space exploration program failed, largely due to political considerations. Bezos’ announcement may have ensured that the latest attempt to send American astronauts back to the moon and on to Mars will succeed.

How We Could Actually Move Our Planet
O’Neill Colonies: A Decades-Long Dream for Settling Space
The Martian
The Man from Mars: The Asteroid Mining Caper
NASA’s New Horizons Team Publishes First Kuiper Belt Flyby Science Results
NASA picks Huntsville company for Moon landing study
SpaceX wins NASA funds to study a Falcon Heavy-launched Moon lander

Wednesday, May 15, 2019


India recently announced that it will launch its Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission in mid-July. If all goes well, after a 45-day journey, the probe will enter lunar orbit. On Sept. 6, the Vikram lunar lander will detach and attempt a landing at the moon’s south pole. If it succeeds, the Pragyan rover will roll out onto the lunar surface. The Indian moon shot is one of the most complex ever attempted by an uncrewed mission. The three parts of the Chandrayaan-2 will take images and conduct scientific observations on the Earth’s nearest neighbor.

Thus far, the only country to land on the moon in the 21st century has been China, with its Chang’e 3 and Chang’e 4 lunar landers. A private Israeli group attempted a lunar landing with its Beeresheet robotic probe, but it crashed on impact. The Israelis are undertaking a second attempt with the Beresheet-2 lander.

NASA photographed the crash site of Israel's failed moon lander, and it's not pretty
The F-35 Isn't Just 'Stealthy': Here's How Its Electronic Warfare System Gives It An Edge
NASA's Kilopower nuclear reactor would be a space exploration game changer
Bridenstine says $1.6 billion at “low end” of funding needed to keep 2024 lunar landing on schedule
SpaceX Is Launching 60 Starlink Internet Satellites Tonight: How to Watch Live
SpaceX is building another Starship in Florida

Review: The Case for Space

The Case for Space: How the Revolution in Spaceflight Opens Up a Future of Limitless Possibility
New water cycle discovered on Mars
This Is Why Mars Is Red And Dead While Earth Is Blue And Alive

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The second-greatest thing I ever saw was the moon landing
Who really needs to give advice on ‘Game of Thrones’
I just discovered that an old friend of ours has authored a series a children's books. Dr. Hope Erica Schultz's latest is The Mysterious Sea (Royal Trouble)
NASA's Kilopower nuclear reactor would be a space exploration game changer
Jeff Bezos wants Blue Origin to go to the moon. Here's why that's a big deal
New water cycle on Mars discovered
The Astronaut Maker: How One Mysterious Engineer Ran Human Spaceflight for a Generation
Why is it So Hard to Go Back to the Moon?
Northrop Grumman, NASA test Cygnus-derived lunar gateway habitat
Women are now in charge of NASA's science missions
NASA may not have televised the first moon landing if it weren't for a group of geologists