Apollo landers, Neil Armstrong's bootprint and other human artifacts on Moon officially protected by new US law

Who cares what happens to bootprints on the Moon? All humans should. And thankfully the US Congress and president agree.

Michelle L.D. Hanlon, Professor of Air and Space Law, University of Mississippi • conversation
Jan. 12, 2021 ~9 min

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What is Elon Musk's Starship?

Elon Musk's company SpaceX is building a vehicle that could transform space travel.

Jan. 8, 2021 ~11 min

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SLS: Crucial test for Nasa's 'mega-rocket'

Part of a giant rocket that will send humans back to the Moon has undergone a critical test.

Dec. 21, 2020 ~6 min

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China's Chang'e-5 Moon mission set for Earth return

A capsule carrying samples of lunar rock and dust is due to land in Inner Mongolia.

Dec. 16, 2020 ~4 min

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SpaceX Starship prototype exploded, but it's still a giant leap towards Mars

Starship's groundbreaking design will help it land safely on Mars one day.

Hugh Hunt, Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration, University of Cambridge • conversation
Dec. 14, 2020 ~6 min

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New model could explain icy blast from Jupiter’s moon

A new model could reveal the origins of a hypothesized cryovolcanic eruption on Jupiter's moon Europa and other icy bodies in the solar system.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford • futurity
Dec. 11, 2020 ~8 min

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Elon Musk's Starship prototype makes a big impact

The US entrepreneur's latest Starship rocket prototype impresses in flight, but crashes on landing.

Dec. 9, 2020 ~4 min

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Lunar gold rush could create conflict on the ground if we don't act now – new research

Companies and space agencies alike will have to compete for very few useful sites on the Moon.

Tony Milligan, Senior Researcher in Ethics with the Cosmological Visionaries project, King's College London • conversation
Dec. 9, 2020 ~7 min

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The woman behind China's Chang'e-5 Moon mission

Zhou Chengyu, 24, has been lauded on social media for her work as the project's youngest commander.

Dec. 9, 2020 ~4 min

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Nasa to pay company $1 to collect moon rocks

The US space agency has awarded two American and one Japanese firm contracts to pick up lunar soil.

Dec. 4, 2020 ~3 min

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