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Lunar Tools and Containers

Catalog of Apollo Lunar Surface Geological Sampling Tools and Containers

 NASA image as11-37-5458

NASA image as11-37-5458

NASA Needs Fake Moondust

NASA needs more moondust. And not just a few sterile baggies of moondust. NASA engineers need tons of it - or a suitable simulant.


Simulant Development

One of the first lunar simulants after Project Apollo, Minnesota Lunar Simulant (MLS-1), appeared in the 1970s and 80s. In the 1990s researchers at Johnson Space Center (JSC) developed an alternative lunar simulant called JSC-1.


Trump's New Space Policy Directive 2 Could Make Life Easier for SpaceX and Others

The Trump administration's push to ease regulations on private industry is no longer confined to Earth. 

Yesterday (May 24), President Donald Trump signed Space Policy Directive-2 (SPD-2), which instructs the secretary of transportation to devise a new regulatory regime for launch and re-entry activities, and to consider requiring just a single license for all such commercial operations.

Sally Ride Is Getting Her Own Forever Stamp

Physicist Sally Ride, the first American woman in space and the first astronaut to come out as having a same-sex partner, will be getting her own stamp.

Ride, who first launched into space on June 18, 1983 aboard the space shuttle Challenger, was herself an avid stamp collector, her partner of 27 years Tam O'Shaughnessy, said in a statement provided by the United States Postal Service.

China launched a satellite to help explore the moon’s far side

China is getting ready for a trip to the far side of the moon. On 21 May, the China National Space Administration launched a satellite that will relay information between Earth and a planned moon lander and rover, both set to launch in late 2018.

The satellite – called Queqiao, which means Magpie Bridge – launched from southwest China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center aboard a Long March 4C rocket.