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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.

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NASA image as11-37-5458

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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.

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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.

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Lunar Tools and Containers

Catalog of Apollo Lunar Surface Geological Sampling Tools and Containers