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Big Ask From NASA for Its 2024 Moon Expedition

Agency says it will need between $20B and $30B over the next 5 years

(Newser) - Back in March, Vice President Mike Pence vowed we'd get to the moon by 2024 by "any means necessary." Now, there's a number that NASA is pinning to "necessary": The agency says it will need between $20 billion and $30 billion over the next five... More »

Trump Tweet About Moon Sets Off Internet Frenzy

President seemed to take issue with NASA initiatives after Fox News segment

(Newser) - If you were wondering why everyone was making moon and Mars jokes online yesterday and into today, it can all be traced back to a tweet. President Trump was behind the online posting that had everyone buzzing, putting up somewhat of a puzzler Friday afternoon regarding upcoming space missions by... More »

Blue Moon This Weekend

At 5:11pm Eastern on Saturday, to be exact

(Newser) - The moon will be full on Saturday, and that has some sky watchers proclaiming the arrival of a "blue flower moon." The explanation gets a little convoluted, but the easy part is that May's full moon is often called the "flower moon" because of all the... More »

NASA's Moon Mission Gets Most Appropriate Name

Greek moon goddess Artemis gets her due

(Newser) - NASA's next mission to the moon is appropriately named, considering efforts to include the first female lunar walk . The mission is dubbed Artemis, after the Greek goddess of the moon and twin sister of the god Apollo, whose namesake mission propelled 12 US astronauts to the moon from 1969... More »

The Moon Is Shrinking

NASA study finds that Earth's satellite continues to cool and wrinkle

(Newser) - The moon has been compared to all kinds of these things, but this might be the first time for a raisin. The analogy comes from NASA in regard to a new study in Nature Geoscience showing that the moon is still shrinking as its interior cools. "Just as a... More »

Jeff Bezos Unveils New Lunar Lander

'It’s time to go back to the moon, this time to stay'

(Newser) - "This vehicle is going to the moon," the world's richest man declared Monday, unveiling his Blue Origin spacecraft company's Blue Moon lunar lander. Jeff Bezos told space industry execs at a Washington, DC, press conference Thursday that he believes the Trump administration's goal of getting... More »

Mike Pence Announces New 'Space Race'

He says astronauts will return to the moon by 2024 by 'any means necessary'

(Newser) - Mike Pence promised Americans the moon during a meeting of the National Space Council on Tuesday. The vice president said the current NASA plan to have US astronauts on the moon by 2028 was "just not good enough" and vowed that Americans would get to the moon by the... More »

Here Comes the Last Supermoon of the Year

It arrives on Wednesday

(Newser) - It'll be the first reunion of its kind in 38 years. March's full moon arrives Wednesday, the same day as the spring equinox, reports CNN . The last time that happened was in 1981. Called a supermoon because it will be at its closest approach to Earth on its... More »

First Man on Mars Will 'Likely' Follow a Woman

Jim Bridenstine teases giant leap for womankind

(Newser) - Elon Musk won't be first off the spaceship at Mars. That privilege, and the privilege of being the first person to visit the moon in 50 years or so, is "likely" to go to a woman, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told listeners of the call-in radio show Science... More »

NASA Saved Moon Samples for Just This Moment

Samples from final 3 Apollo missions will be studied for the first time

(Newser) - They've never been exposed to Earth's atmosphere, and for nearly five decades, they've sat untouched in storage. Now, NASA will study lunar samples collected during the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 missions for the first time, the agency announced Monday. The samples from the final three Apollo... More »

Get Ready for Super Snow Moon

Tuesday's super moon will be the biggest, brightest of 2019

(Newser) - If you failed to notice the large orb in Monday’s sky, there's still time to catch what's touted as the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. The Super Snow Moon—the name given to the full moon closest to Earth in its orbit in the... More »

NASA Sending People to the Moon—'to Stay'

NASA administrator sees the moon as a base for further missions

(Newser) - Americans aren't just returning to the moon for the first time since 1972—they're going to stay there. So says NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine in a bold essay that envisions astronauts exploring the moon with new technology and using the lunar surface as a base to explore Mars... More »

Sunday's 'Super Blood Wolf Moon' 2nd to Last of Century

The last of the 21st century will come in 2037

(Newser) - Do we have too many types of moons? Maybe , but get ready for this weekend's newest arrival: something called a "super blood wolf moon." Sunday's celestial event will be the only total lunar eclipse for the next couple of years—the next one after that is... More »

On the Far Side of the Moon, Cotton Grows

China's getting into extraterrestrial agriculture, sprouts seeds in moon lander

(Newser) - For the first time anybody is aware of, seeds have sprouted on a celestial body beyond Earth. The China National Space Administration released a photo Tuesday showing that cotton seeds brought to the far side of the moon by the country's Chang'e 4 lander had germinated, the South ... More »

China Releases Incredible Panorama of Moon's Far Side

China hails success of mission

(Newser) - China on Friday broadcast pictures taken by its rover and lander on the moon's far side, in what its space program hailed as another triumph for the groundbreaking missio n to the less-understood sector of the lunar surface. The pictures on state broadcaster CCTV showed the Jade Rabbit 2... More »

China Just Made History on the Moon

Craft lands on the far side of the moon, the first to do so

(Newser) - A Chinese spacecraft on Thursday made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon, state media said. The lunar explorer Chang'e 4 touched down at 10:26am, China Central Television said during its noon broadcast. The far side of the moon faces away from Earth and is... More »

12-Pound Moon Chunk Sells for No Small Amount

Buyer agrees to fork out $612K

(Newser) - A 12-pound chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than $600,000, the AP reports. Boston-based RR Auction announced Friday the $612,500 winning bid for the meteorite, composed of six fragments that fit together like a... More »

Chinese City Wants to Launch Artificial Moon

Company says it could replace streetlights

(Newser) - One moon apparently isn't enough for the Chinese city of Chengdu, according to a report in the People's Daily. Wu Chunfeng, the chairman of the southwestern city's Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute, told a recent conference that an "artificial moon," also known... More »

Potential Moon Discovery Has Astronomers Electrified

Scientists may have found the first planetary satellite outside our solar system

(Newser) - Astronomers may have found the first moon outside our solar system. Per the AP , two Columbia University researchers presented their tantalizing evidence Wednesday. Plenty of planets exist beyond our solar system, but a moon around one of those worlds has yet to be confirmed. The potential moon would be considerably... More »

Elon Musk Names Tycoon Set to Fly Around the Moon

'I choose to go to the moon,' says Yusaka Maezawa

(Newser) - "I choose to go to the moon," Japanese fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa declared at an event at SpaceX's California headquarters Monday night. SpaceX founder Elon Musk revealed Maezawa as the company's first paying passenger on a voyage around the moon scheduled for 2023, reports Reuters . Maezawa,... More »

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