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How are we preparing astronauts for a return to the Moon?

Tess Caswell • May 22, 2018 • 1

Returning to the Moon won’t be easy, even though we’ve been there before.

Chang'e 4 relay satellite, Queqiao: A bridge between Earth and the mysterious lunar farside

Luyuan Xu • May 19, 2018 • 2

China's fourth lunar mission, Chang’e 4, is expected to begin on May 21 with the launch of a Long March 4C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwest of China. The launch will carry a spacecraft named Queqiao, which will serve as a communication relay satellite between Earth and the lunar farside.

A brief history of Resource Prospector, NASA's cancelled lunar mission

Jason Davis • May 03, 2018 • 1

The mission survived NASA's Journey to Mars era, only to be axed once short-term goals shifted back to the Moon.

#LPSC2018: What the Moon's craters tell us about Earth's past climate

Sriparna Saha • April 08, 2018

You might be surprised to learn that studying craters on the Moon can tell us about ancient Earth.

ISS partners consider ambitious lunar sample return mission

Anatoly Zak • March 29, 2018 • 2

The plan involves NASA's proposed Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, and a return to Earth via the Orion spacecraft.

#LPSC2018: An Apollo 17 session with moonwalker Jack Schmitt

Megan Kelley • March 27, 2018

The only geoscientist to walk on the Moon attended a conference session presenting results from the rocks he collected.

Moon Monday: Looking back at the Moon from Apollo 17

Emily Lakdawalla • March 18, 2018 • 1

For this Moon Monday, Emily digs up a classic from the end of the Apollo program.

Throwback Thursday Funpost! A spacewalk in deep space

Jason Davis • March 08, 2018 • 6

Only three humans have ever been on a spacewalk in the void between the Earth and Moon.

International meetings: Moon initiatives

James D. Burke • January 25, 2018 • 1

Interest is rising globally in expanded lunar science, resource exploration and eventually permanent human settlement. Also, the potential for commercial lunar enterprises is being seriously examined.

What changed with space directive #1?

Casey Dreier • December 30, 2017 • 4

President Trump signed Space Directive #1, formally implementing as policy what Vice President Pence had announced at the first meeting of the National Space Council in October: that NASA will focus its human spaceflight efforts on a return to the Moon, and then onto Mars. What really changed?

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