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Friday, May 29, 2020
SpaceIL Ditches its Strategies to return to the Moon. Rather, it’s Got a New Trick “Substantial Goal” for Beresheet 2

SpaceIL Ditches its Strategies to return to the Moon. Rather, it’s...

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Mystery. Secrecy. A Need-To-Know Basis. These are the hallmarks of science. Wait a minute: no they’re not. So what’s with all the mysterious secret objective talk from SpaceIL about Beresheet2? The Beresheet moon lander, you’ll recall, was a privately-funded spacecraft that was spawned by the Google Lunar XPRIZE. It was one of the finalists for…
LEGO’s New Apollo 11 Lunar Lander has actually been Launched

LEGO’s New Apollo 11 Lunar Lander has actually been Launched

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The 50th anniversary of You-Know-What is coming up and LEGO is getting in on the celebration. The much-beloved company has released a replica of the Apollo 11 Eagle Lunar Lander. The new lander is part of LEGO’s Creator Expert collection. LEGO teamed up with NASA on this effort, and the model boasts quite a few…
Heaven Origins Creator Wishes To Get to the Moon by 2024

Heaven Origins Creator Wishes To Get to the Moon by 2024

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Blue Origin is going to the Moon. In an hour-long presentation in Washington DC on May 9th, Jeff Bezos spelled out his plans for reaching the Moon, confirming what many guessed he was hinting at in a tweet from the previous week. Bezos and his company, Blue Origin, are developing a lunar lander capable of…
Voyager and Leader’s Grand Trip of the Galaxy

Voyager and Leader’s Grand Trip of the Galaxy

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During the early 1990s, NASA’s Pioneer 10 and 11 probes became the first robotic missions to venture beyond Neptune. In 2012 and 2018, the Voyager 1 and 2 missions went even farther by crossing the heliopause and entering interstellar space. Eventually, these probes may reach another star system, where their special cargo (the Pioneer Plaques…
Beresheet Crashed.

Beresheet Crashed.

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The Israeli Beresheet spacecraft has crashed into the Moon. The craft, whose name is Hebrew for “in the beginning” made its descent to the Moon but failed to stick its landing. If it had been successful, it would have put Israel in elite company, and made them only the fourth country to have a soft…
The Unbelievable Obstacle of Landing Heavy Payloads On Mars

The Unbelievable Obstacle of Landing Heavy Payloads On Mars

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It’s too bad Mars is such an interesting place, because it’s actually one of the most difficult places to visit in the Solar System, especially if you want to bring along a lot of luggage. That planet is a graveyard of missions that didn’t quite make it. As our ambitions grow, and we think about…
Utilizing Great Voids to Dominate Area: The Halo Drive!

Utilizing Great Voids to Dominate Area: The Halo Drive!

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The idea of one day traveling to another star system and seeing what is there has been the fevered dream of people long before the first rockets and astronauts were sent to space. But despite all the progress we have made since the beginning of the Space Age, interstellar travel remains just that – a…
Ho-Hum. More Dull Success for SpaceX as Team Dragon Splashes Down

Ho-Hum. More Dull Success for SpaceX as Team Dragon Splashes Down

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A few hours ago, the SpaceX Crew Dragon splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean, about 200 miles off the coast of Florida. The splashdown is the last act in what has been a successful first flight for the Crew Dragon. The flight, called Demo-1, was launched on March 2nd and spent five days at the…
How Huge Would a Generation Ship Required to be to Keep a Team of 500 Alive for the Journey to Another Star?

How Huge Would a Generation Ship Required to be to Keep...

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There’s no two-ways about it, the Universe is an extremely big place! And thanks to the limitations placed upon us by Special Relativity, traveling to even the closest star systems could take millennia. As we addressed in a previous article, the estimated travel time to the nearest star system (Alpha Centauri) could take anywhere from…
Steam-Powered Spacecraft Might Check Out the Asteroid Belt Forever, Refueling Itself in Area

Steam-Powered Spacecraft Might Check Out the Asteroid Belt Forever, Refueling Itself...

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The era of renewed space exploration has led to some rather ambitious proposals. While many have been on the books for decades, it has only been in recent years that some of these plans have become technologically feasible. A good example is asteroid mining, where robotic spacecraft would travel to Near-Earth Asteroids and the Main…

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