Tag Archives: Moon

NASA’s new head of human spaceflight speaks out

NASA’s newly named associate administrator for human exploration and operations, Kathy Lueders, says that SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule “has been doing great” at the International Space Station — and that the NASA astronauts who rode it to orbit are likely to come … Continue reading

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Astrobotic will deliver VIPER rover to the moon

NASA has awarded a $199.5 million contract to Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic to deliver its VIPER rover to the moon’s south pole in 2023, marking one more not-so-small step for the commercialization of lunar exploration. Get the news brief on GeekWire.

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NASA’s head of human spaceflight bows out

NASA’s top executive concentrating on human spaceflight, Doug Loverro, has resigned just a week before the scheduled start of a milestone space mission. Loverro became NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration and operations last December, and was playing a leading … Continue reading

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NASA lays out Artemis Accords for moon trips

NASA today unveiled a list of 10 principles for a set of bilateral international agreements for participation in the moon exploration program known as Artemis. The Artemis Accords would apply to missions aimed at sending astronauts to the lunar surface beginning as early as … Continue reading

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These landers made the list for lunar missions

NASA has selected teams led by Blue Origin, Dynetics and SpaceX to develop lunar landing systems capable of putting astronauts on the moon by as early as 2024. “We want to be able to go to the moon, but we want to … Continue reading

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Masten to deliver science to moon’s south pole

NASA has selected California-based Masten Space Systems to deliver eight science payloads to the moon’s south pole in 2022 on its XL-1 lunar lander. Seattle-based Olis Robotics has a role in getting one of those payloads, a robotic arm, ready … Continue reading

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Xplore to study navigation for cislunar missions

Seattle-based Xplore has won a $50,000 award from the Air Force to develop an architecture for keeping track of missions between Earth and the moon. The three-month study is being funded through the Air Force’s AFWERX technology innovation program, a partnership involving the … Continue reading

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SpaceX wins cargo contract for NASA’s Gateway

NASA has tapped a type of SpaceX cargo craft that hasn’t yet been built to deliver supplies to a moon-orbiting outpost that hasn’t yet been launched. SpaceX’s robotic Dragon XL, a cylindrical, supersized version of its workhorse Dragon spacecraft, will … Continue reading

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Billionaire quits moonshot matchmaking TV show

It’s not you, it’s me: That’s basically what Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is saying about his decision to end participation in a reality-TV matchmaking show that would have traced the selection of a woman contestant to accompany him on a … Continue reading

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Blue Origin ramps up team for Blue Moon lander

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture has posted more than 50 job openings for its Blue Moon lunar lander program, which is currently under consideration for NASA funding. Get the news brief on GeekWire.

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