Blog posts tagged with moon

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May 27 2016
22:37 UTC

Back to the Moon? New House bill defunds NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission

Sending human astronauts to Mars is a dream shared by many, but there are still challenges to overcome and the question of just how to accomplish it is a subject of intense debate. Some supporters advocate sending a mission directly to Mars, while others think that returning to the Moon first, for potentially beneficial training, … Continue Reading →The post Back to the Moon? New House bill defunds NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission appeared first on planetaria.

Posted by The Meridiani Journal

May 20 2016
04:04 UTC

Orbital ATK Proposes Man-Tended Lunar-Orbit Outpost by 2020 for Link Up with NASA's Orion

Orbital ATK has unveiled a practical new proposal to build a near term man-tended outpost in lunar orbit that could launch by 2020 and be operational in time for a lunar link-up with NASA's Orion crew module during its maiden mission, when American astronauts finally return to the Moon's vicinity in 2021 - thus advancing America's next giant leap in human exploration of deep space. The intrepid offer by Orbital could be carried out rather quickly because it utilizes an evolved version of th

Posted by Universe Today

May 19 2016
05:04 UTC

NASA's Orion EM-1 Crew Module Passes Critical Pressure Tests

The next Orion crew module in line to launch to space on NASA's Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) has passed a critical series of proof pressure tests which confirm the effectiveness of the welds holding the spacecraft structure together. Engineers and technicians conducted the pressure tests on the Orion EM-1 pressure vessel, which was welded together at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and then shipped to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida just 3 months ago. The pressure

Posted by Universe Today

May 16 2016
11:13 UTC

A May Full Blue Moon' on Tap For This Weekend?

Brace yourselves. You are about to hear talk this week of an astronomical non-occurrence of the utmost in obscurity. We're talking about this weekend's Blue Moon. Now, I know what you're thinking. Isn't a 'Blue Moon' the second Full Moon of the month? How can a Blue Moon fall on the 21st? Trust me, we're both correct... in a sense. The term 'Blue Moon' has taken on several meanings over the last few decades, with the 'the second Full Moon in a calendar month containing two Full Moons' now in vogu

Posted by Universe Today

May 07 2016
04:35 UTC

Enceladus' Jets Selectively Power-Up Farther From Saturn

... 515-kilometer-wide moon into the scientific spotlight and literally rewrote the mission's objectives. After 22 flybys of Enceladus during its nearly┬twelve years in orbit around Saturn, Cassini has gathered enough data to determine that there is a global subsurface ocean of sa

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