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Chang’e-4: Chinese rover ‘confirms’ Moon crater theory

Chang’e-4: Chinese rover ‘confirms’ Moon crater theory

Science
The Chinese Chang'e-4 rover may have confirmed a longstanding idea about the origin of a vast crater on the Moon's far side.The rover's landing site lies within a vast impact depression created by an asteroid strike billions of years ago.Now, mission scientists have found evidence that impact was so powerful it punched through the Moon's crust and into the layer below called the mantle.Chang'e-4 has identified what appear to be mantle rocks on the surface.It's something the rover was sent to the far side to find out.Chunlai Li, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, and colleagues have presented their findings in the journal Nature.The lunar far side, which is turned away from Earth, is more rugged than the familiar nea...
Apollo Moon landing: The 13 minutes that defined a century

Apollo Moon landing: The 13 minutes that defined a century

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device The BBC World Service has launched a special podcast series to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Called 13 Minutes to the Moon, it details the final phase of the descent to the lunar surface - and the months and years that led up to those extraordinary moments when the world held its breath. Here, presenter Kevin Fong recalls meeting the unique cast of characters that contributed to the podcasts, including some of the last surviving Apollo astronauts. In the making of 13 Minutes to the Moon, we spent, all told, the best part of four weeks traipsing around the United States looking for the people who, one day in 1969, had somehow got a man safely to the surface of another...
Jeff Bezos unveils Moon lander concept

Jeff Bezos unveils Moon lander concept

Technology
Amazon entrepreneur Jeff Bezos has unveiled a mock-up of a new lunar lander spacecraft that aims to take equipment and humans to the Moon by 2024.The unmanned, reusable Blue Moon vehicle will carry scientific instruments, satellites and rovers.It will feature a new rocket engine called BE-7 that can blast 10,000lb (4,535kg) of thrust."It's time to go back to the Moon, this time to stay," said Mr Bezos.Mr Bezos presented the Moon goals of his space exploration company Blue Origin at the Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, to an audience consisting of potential customers and officials from Nasa. The Blue Moon lunar lander comes loaded with enough fuel to get from Earth to the Moon.It can deliver payloads to the lunar surface, deploy up to four se...
South Korean President Moon Jae In vows to resume tourism to North Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae In vows to resume tourism to North Korea

World
April 26 (UPI) -- South Korean President Moon Jae In said Friday his administration will continue a push to restart a major inter-Korean tour program, as he visited an eastern province bordering North Korea. "[The government] will continue to make efforts for the early resumption of the Mount Kumgang tour," he said at the DMZ Museum in Goseong, receiving a briefing on Gangwon Province's campaign for peace-based regional economic growth. The joint venture of the two Koreas was launched in 1998 as a symbol of their budding economic cooperation at that time. For South Koreans, Gangwon Province was the sole gateway to the famous mountain sitting along the east coast of the communist nation. The tour project came to a halt in 2008 after a South Korean traveler there was shot dead by a North K...
Billionaire plans second mission to the moon for Israel

Billionaire plans second mission to the moon for Israel

Science
April 14 (UPI) -- Billionaire Morris Kahn has announced plans for a second attempt to successfully land a spacecraft, Beresheet 2, on the moon for Israel -- a project that might take two years. On Saturday, the SpaceIL chairman said on Channel 12's Meet the Press, "we started something and we need to finish it. We'll put our flag on the moon." The 5-foot-tall Beresheet 1, the world's first privately funded moon lander, crashed into the moon while attempting a landing Thursday. Apparently, a technical glitch caused its main engine to stop mid-landing. Beresheet, whose name means "in the beginning" in Hebrew, was launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in February. For the next six weeks, it pushed its orbit slowly outward. On April 4, Beresheet was captured by lunar gravity. Israel became...