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Abandoned rocket ‘hits the Moon’ – scientists

Abandoned rocket ‘hits the Moon’ – scientists

Science
Peter BirtwhistleA discarded part of a rocket should have crashed into the Moon's far side by now, say scientists who were expecting the impact at 12:25 GMT. The three-tonne rocket part had been tracked for a number of years, but its origin was contested.At first, astronomers thought it might have belonged to Elon Musk's SpaceX firm, and then said it was Chinese - something China denies.The effects of the impact on the Moon should have been minor.The rocket stage would have dug out a small crater and created a plume of dust.Scientists hope to get confirmation in the coming days, or weeks.The rocket part was first sighted from Earth in March 2015. A Nasa-funded space survey in Arizona spotted it, but quickly lost interest when the object was shown not to be an asteroid.The rocket part is wh...
Nasa chooses SpaceX to build Moon lander

Nasa chooses SpaceX to build Moon lander

Science
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 ...
NASA plans to wow the public with new moon landing video, images

NASA plans to wow the public with new moon landing video, images

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., April 2 (UPI) -- NASA has started intense planning to capture public attention with high-definition video, photos and possible live streaming from the moon during upcoming Artemis missions. Grainy delayed footage -- sometimes in black and white only -- was a hallmark of the first Apollo moon landing in 1969. But even that captured 650 million viewers around the globe. Advertisement Artemis moon missions will feature images more like the heart-pounding video of the Mars rover Perseverance parachuting and blasting its way to the Red Planet's surface on Feb. 18, according to Artemis astronaut Scott Tingle. "I hope to be on the moon missions, but if I'm not, I'm going to be glued to my TV and I'm going to be watching almost everything that comes down," Tingle told UPI in an int...
China and Russia to build joint moon base

China and Russia to build joint moon base

Technology
China and Russia have announced their intention to build a new lunar research station together, launching a new era of collaboration in space between the two countries.According to a statement published on the China National Space Administration (CNSA) website, the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) would also be open to use by other countries. No timeline was given for the construction of the ILRS, which was described as a "comprehensive scientific experiment base with the capability of long-term autonomous operation". Image: CNSA recovery crew members check the Chang'e 5 probe after it returned to Earth The research station could be built either on the lunar surface or in lunar orbit to conduct "scientific research activiti...
NASA plans new test-firing of moon rocket

NASA plans new test-firing of moon rocket

Business
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- NASA plans to test-fire its moon rocket again Thursday to prepare for a potential uncrewed flight around the moon later this year, possibly by October. The test, planned for about 5 p.m. EST, would ignite four powerful engines on the 212-foot-tall core stage of the Space Launch System rocket for four to eight minutes at the John C. Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi. Advertisement A previous attempt to complete a test-firing Jan. 16 ended prematurely when sensors shut the engines after a little more than one minute. The test for the planned Artemis moon missions was the most powerful rocket test since the Apollo era at the facility. Even the truncated test-firing in January created huge clouds of steam from cooling system, which uses 300,000 gallo...