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NASA expands the commercial lunar landing program by five companies

WASHINGTON – NASA announced on November 18 that it is adding five companies to a contract for commercial deliveries of payloads to the lunar surface. This group ranges from small businesses to Blue Origin and SpaceX. NASA said the five companies – Blue Origin, Ceres Robotics, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), SpaceX and Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems – were selected to join …

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NASA has just opened an untouched lunar rock sample

The samples were opened on Tuesday as part of NASA's "Apollo Next-Generation Sample Analysis" (ANGSA) initiative. These tests are intended to teach techniques to study future samples collected on Moon Artemis missions. NASA wants to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024. "Opening these samples will make new scientific discoveries about the moon possible, and …

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NASA opens lunar rock samples that have been sealed for over 40 years

NASA has opened a previously sealed rock sample returned by the Moon in 1972, marking the first time it has been analyzed. Next Generation Sample Analysis (ANGSA) has been developed to use new technologies, that were not available at the time of sampling. "We are now able to take measurements that were simply not possible during the years of the …

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Boeing submits a proposal for an Artemis lunar module to NASA

Two weeks after a team led by Jeff Bezo's Blue Origin revealed plans for a lunar lander, NASA's Boeing submitted its own proposal and offered a spacecraft to launch on the mighty Space Launch System (SLS) is rocketing and transporting astronauts with fewer flights to and from the lunar surface. NASA's rapidly developing Artemis program plans to send astronauts to …

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Emergency funding could affect NASA's lunar ambitions

WASHINGTON – The prospect of further emergency financing, which could extend into next year, raises concerns in the industry to slow down work on NASA's Artemis program on the return of humans to the moon by 2024. NASA, along with the rest of the federal government, is working under a rolling decision (CR) that finances programs at the fiscal year …

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NASA's new lunar rover wants hunt for water on the moon

The Rover – the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER for short – is the size of a golf cart, and wants to sample the Moon's soil environments to search for evidence of water and ice. The machine will collect data for about 100 days that will be used to create the first global water resource maps of the …

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Blue Origin works with Lockheed Martin and others to make the Lunar Module for humans

Jeff Bezo's aerospace company Blue Origin is no longer planning to build its own giant Moon Lander. The company announced today that it is teaming with three other space companies – Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper – to develop a NASA lunar landing system that can bring people completely to and from the lunar surface. Working together, companies are …

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