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Nasa chooses SpaceX to build Moon lander

Nasa chooses SpaceX to build Moon lander

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NASANasa has chosen Elon Musk's company SpaceX to build a lander that will return humans to the Moon this decade.This vehicle will carry the next man and the first woman down to the lunar surface under the space agency's Artemis programme.Another goal of the programme will be to land the first person of colour on the Moon.The lander is based on SpaceX's Starship craft, which is being tested at a site in southern Texas.SpaceX was competing against a joint bid from traditional aerospace giants and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, as well as Alabama-based Dynetics. The total value of the contract awarded to Musk's company is $ 2.89bn."With this award, Nasa and our partners will complete the first crewed demonstration mission to the surface of the Moon in the 21st century as the agency takes a step ...
First U.S. robotic moon lander since Apollo era planned for mid-2021

First U.S. robotic moon lander since Apollo era planned for mid-2021

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Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A private company handling NASA's long-awaited return to the moon's surface said its robotic Peregrine lander is on track for launch in the spring. The lander project, which received funding from NASA, would become the first private, commercial mission to the moon, said Sharad Bhaskaran, mission director for Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic Technology. Advertisement The Peregrine mission is planned to help prepare for a 2024 crewed landing in NASA's Artemis program. Astrobotic's lead role in the lunar return follows its founding in 2007 by robotics research professor Red Whittaker at Carnegie Mellon University. "We are trying to become the first to land an American spacecraft on the moon since Apollo," Bhaskaran said Tuesday. "Within a few years, we want to fly Peregrine once e...
Bezos and Musk compete to build lunar lander for moon mission

Bezos and Musk compete to build lunar lander for moon mission

Technology
NASA has given SpaceX and Blue Origin the nod to develop its new lunar landers which will take the first woman and the next man to the surface of the moon.The private spaceflight companies, owned by Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, will develop competing systems in parallel, alongside a third company called Dynetics, but NASA will eventually choose one. NASA has awarded the three companies 10-month contracts that are worth a combined $ 967m (£770m), with payments subject to the companies reaching specific development milestones. Image: NASA's new Artemis mission will return the space agency to the moon The contracts are to design and build the human landing systems for NASA's return to the moon by 2024, including the launch and landing vehic...
NASA’s InSight lander mission yields first scientific paper on Marsquakes

NASA’s InSight lander mission yields first scientific paper on Marsquakes

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Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Researchers have published the first scientific papers that rely on data collected by NASA's InSight lander, which touched down on Mars just over a year ago. Observations made by the lander's super-sensitive seismometer, the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure, have allowed scientists to gain new insights into the structure of the Red Planet's interior. In September 2019, InSight's seismometer recorded 174 seismic events. Since then, SEIS has recorded a total of 450 Marsquakes, an average of nearly two a day in recent months, but they have not yet been formally analyzed by scientists. According to the new research, published Monday in the journal Nature, the quakes take two forms. One type of Marsquake features low-​frequency seismic waves and register magnitudes ...
China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

Technology
China has invited observers to a test of its Mars lander as it pushes for inclusion in more global space projectsBy SAMUEL McNEIL Associated PressNovember 14, 2019, 8:01 AM3 min read China invited observers to a successful test Thursday of its Mars lander as the country pushes for inclusion in more global space projects. The demonstration of hovering, obstacle avoidance and deceleration capabilities was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating conditions on the Red Planet, where the pull of gravity is about one-third that of Earth. China plans to launch a lander and rover to Mars next year to explore parts of the planet in detail. China's burgeoning space program achieved a lunar milestone earlier this year by landing a probe on the mysterious far side of the moon. It has developed r...