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Farside Landing and Nearside Sample Return

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2018

Long Xiao previews two ambitious Chinese lunar missions, one of which will make the first-ever landing on the far side of the Moon.

Chandrayaan-2

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2018

Sriram Bhiravarasu anticipates India’s 2019 lunar venture with an orbiter, lander, and rover.

Chandrayaan-2 launch delayed to 3 January 2019

Emily Lakdawalla • August 13, 2018

Chandrayaan-2, expected to launch in October, will now be launching no earlier than 3 January 2019, with its lander and rover touching down in February.

How the Apollo missions transformed our understanding of the Moon’s origin

Jatan Mehta • July 19, 2018 • 1

Where did the Moon come from? The origin of our cosmic neighbor is a fundamental question in planetary science.

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.

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