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NASA, heeding Trump, may add astronauts to a test flight moon mission

By Joel Achenbach<p>Joel Achenbach<p>Reporter covering science and politics<p>Email Bio<p>President Trump has indicated that he wants to make a splash in space. During his transition, he spoke with historian Douglas Brinkley about John F. Kennedy's famous 1961 vow to go to the moon before the decade was out. …

Guide to the February 2017 Night Sky for the Non-Astronomer

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Trump, the lunar economy, and who owns the Moon?

Who owns the Moon? Well, technically no one, but interesting times lie ahead in terms of potential commercial and private property claims to the …

In Photos: The Snow Moon Lunar Eclipse & Comet 45P Close Encounter

A Snow Moon Lunar Eclipse!<p>Credit: Slooh.com<p>On Feb. 10-11, 2017, the Full Snow Moon passed through Earth's shadow in a penumbrual lunar eclipse while …

Traces of Oxygen on the Moon Come from Earth's Plants

The moon may carry material produced by life from Earth dating back to when plants first filled the planet's air with oxygen, according to study of …

Lunar eclipse, New Year Comet and Snow Moon are all happening on the SAME night - and here's how to see them

Stargazers are being given the opportunity to see THREE astronomical events on the same night.<p>If the weather's good and there's no cloud cover, all …

The fire that may have saved the Apollo programme

Fifty years ago, a fire broke out during a test of the rocket that would take men to the Moon. Three astronauts died on the launch pad – but their deaths were not in vain.<p><b>22 January 1967, Cape Canaveral, Florida</b><p>One of Nasa’s most celebrated astronauts, Lt Col Virgil ‘Gus’ Grissom was becoming …

Five Teams Book Tickets To The Moon To Win The Google Lunar XPRIZE

Five teams have until the end of this year to launch a spacecraft to the Moon and win Google’s Lunar X Prize.<p>The clock is ticking for the private space launch hopefuls, who have until December 31st to get their competing probes on their way to the lunar surface in the international competition.<p>The …

The inflatable Cycler spacecraft concept that could take tourists to the moon in just TWO days - but it will cost you £8 million

We may be able to holiday on the moon within the next decade, experts claim.<p>Now, one designed has created a novel spacecraft concept that he claims …

'Peace and hope for all mankind': the stellar legacy of the last moon landing

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the moon landings? Most likely, it’s the statement: “One small step for man, one giant …

MOON VILLAGE COMING: Space agency boss says moon-base will be built ‘SOON’

Director-general of the ESA Johann-Dietrich Wörner says the moon village is virtually guaranteed and there are a “a list of worldwide entities” which …

China schedules Chang'e-5 lunar probe launch

Most Searched: •G20 •CPC •South China Sea •Belt and Road Initiative •AIIB<p>China schedules Chang'e-5 lunar probe launch<p>Source: Xinhua 2017-01-22 …

A vehicle for ferrying space tourists on missions to the moon

The concept<p>The Cycler is a novel spacecraft that would travel between Earth and the moon to ferry people, supplies, and equipment to various moon bases. Once its reliability and safety are proven, it would be used on missions to asteroids, Phobos, and Mars.<p>Renderings provided by Charles …