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Credit: Joerg Mitter/PTScientists

Credit: Joerg Mitter/PTScientists

ESA Inks Contract for Moon Mining Regolith

The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a one-year contract with ArianeGroup to study and prepare for a mission to go to the Moon with the aim of mining regolith.

Credit: CNSA

Credit: CNSA

China Makes Historic 1st Landing on Mysterious Far Side of the Moon

Humanity just planted its flag on the far side of the moon.

Image: NASA

Image: NASA

The Moon Is Toxic

As our closest neighbor in space, a time-capsule of planetary evolution and the only world outside of Earth that humans have stepped foot on, the Moon is an obvious and ever-present location for future exploration by humans.

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.

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. 

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.


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.

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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.


Lunar Tools and Containers

Catalog of Apollo Lunar Surface Geological Sampling Tools and Containers