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Nasa unveils new spacesuit for next Moon landing

Nasa unveils new spacesuit for next Moon landing

Science
The US space agency has unveiled the prototype for a new spacesuit that could be worn by the next astronauts on the Moon.Nasa chief Jim Bridenstine shared a close-up look at the next-generation suits for the agency's Artemis programme.The xEMU prototype suit looks similar to ones used at the International Space Station.But Nasa said it had been improved for comfort, fit and mobility on the Moon.Mr Bridenstine also presented the Orion Crew Survival System, an orange flight suit with helmet that will be worn by crews in the Orion spacecraft for launch and re-entry.Orion is the replacement for the space shuttle, but, unlike that system, it's designed to carry astronauts to the Moon and other targets in deep space.To the Moon and Bey...
South Korea’s Moon Jae-in honors sacrifices by independence activists on Hangeul Day

South Korea’s Moon Jae-in honors sacrifices by independence activists on Hangeul Day

World
SEOUL, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday honored the sacrifice Korean independence activists made to protect the Korean alphabet, known as "hangeul," during Japan's 1910-1945 colonial rule as he marked the anniversary of the Korean alphabet's promulgation. "On national Hangeul Day, I ruminate about love for the people of King Sejong, who invented hangeul 573 years ago, and the national spirit of independence activists who fight for hangeul," Moon said in a message posted on social media to mark Hangeul Day. Hangeul was officially invented by King Sejong of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) in 1446. It was originally aimed at expanding literacy among the general population, who could not easily learn the writing system of the time, as it was centered on Chinese ...
Musk’s SpaceX unveils new Starship for private trips in space, then moon

Musk’s SpaceX unveils new Starship for private trips in space, then moon

Science
Sept. 29 (UPI) -- SpaceX owner Elon Musk unveiled a new prototype of a spacecraft for private trips to the moon on the 11th anniversary Saturday night of his company's first successful orbital launch of a rocket. The new Starship version called Mark 1 and a Super Heavy booster will send up to 100 people in space, then the moon and ultimately Mars. Also on display was Raptor, a full-flow, staged combustion rocket engine powered by cryogenic methane and liquid oxygen. "This is, I think, the most inspiring thing I have ever seen," Musk told about 200 SpaceX employees, guests and reporters at the company's site near Boca Chica Village, just outside Brownsville, Texas. "Wow, what an incredible job by such a great team to build this incredible vehicle. I'm so proud to work with such a great te...
NASA says missing moon lander could be hidden by shadow

NASA says missing moon lander could be hidden by shadow

Technology
By Bree Johnson-Obeng, news reporter NASA has been unable to locate a lost lunar lander launched from India two months ago - but says it could simply be "hiding in a shadow".The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost touch with the Vikram lander as it approached the moon's south pole earlier this month, and it was not clear whether it had crashed or landed. Image: NASA released this image of part of the intended Vikram landing site The US agency stepped in to help find Vikram and has now released photos around its targeted landing site from 17 September.NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter scanned more than 92 miles of the area where the lander was supposed to touch down, b...
SLS: Nasa’s giant ‘Moon rocket’ takes shape

SLS: Nasa’s giant ‘Moon rocket’ takes shape

Science
Nasa has finished assembling the main structural components for its largest rocket since the Apollo-era Saturn V.Engineers at the agency's Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans connected the last of five sections that make up the core of the Space Launch System (SLS).The rocket will be used to send an uncrewed Orion craft to the Moon, in a flight expected to launch in 2021.This will pave the way for crewed missions, with a landing in 2024.The last piece of the SLS' 64m (212ft) -tall core stage was the complicated engine section. This will serve as the attachment point for the four powerful RS-25 engines, which are capable of producing two million pounds of thrust (9 meganewtons).The RS-25 engines, built by Sacramento, Ca...