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Houston has a problem: NASA snubs city’s bid to lead next moon mission

Houston has a problem: NASA snubs city’s bid to lead next moon mission

Technology
It may have been one of the first words ever uttered on the moon, but Houston has been snubbed by NASA as the base of operations for the development of the next lunar lander.Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, has been chosen to lead preparations for the planned expedition, beating out competition from Johnson Space Center in the Texan city. The latter managed the iconic Apollo quest 50 years ago, and state congressmen hoped that legacy would see it chosen for the next mission, which is aiming to send a woman to the moon for the first time by 2024. ...
Nasa picks headquarters for Moon lander

Nasa picks headquarters for Moon lander

Science
A Nasa facility in Alabama that developed the giant rocket for the Apollo programme in the 1960s will play a key role in sending astronauts down to the Moon's surface in 2024.The Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville will lead the development of a vehicle that will land astronauts on the body for the first time since 1972.The decision was announced by Nasa's administrator Jim Bridenstine.But it's a disappointment for Texas, which was in the running.The White House wants to send a man and a woman to the South Pole of the Moon in five years, under a programme called Artemis.Huntsville in northern Alabama is known as "Rocket City", because of its long association with the space programme. It was here that the huge Saturn V launcher, which lofted humans ...
Chandrayaan-2: India launches second Moon mission

Chandrayaan-2: India launches second Moon mission

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device India has successfully launched its second lunar mission a week after it halted the scheduled blast-off due to a technical snag.Chandrayaan-2 was launched at 14:43 local time (09:13 GMT) on Monday from the Sriharikota space station. India's space chief said his agency had "bounced back with flying colours" after the aborted first attempt.India hopes the $ 150m (£120m) mission will be the first to land on the Moon's south pole.The lift-off was broadcast live on TV and the space agency's official social media accounts.There was applause in the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) control room minutes after the launch, as the rocket took off towards the outer atmosphere.
Astronauts arrive at space station aboard Soyuz on 50th anniversary of moon landing

Astronauts arrive at space station aboard Soyuz on 50th anniversary of moon landing

Science
July 20 (UPI) -- NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan isn't going to the moon, but he celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission with a trip to the International Space Station on Saturday. Morgan was joined inside the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft by Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. The trio blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:28 p.m. EDT and docked with the ISS at 6:48 p.m. EDT. They opened the hatch between the Soyuz spacecraft and the ISS around 9 p.m. EDT. Skvortsov was the first inside the ISS, followed by Morgan and Parmitano. NASA space station program manager Kirk Shireman congratulated the three-man crew on its successful launch and docking. "Thank you, Mr. Shireman," Morgan said. "The...