After two failed attempts, NASA has successfully launched its Moon-bound megarocket the Space Launch System, which will travel beyond the far side of the Moon and back - further than any other habitable spacecraft so far.
There is as much as 120 parts per million of water (as hydroxyl and/or H2O) in the lunar regolith, new data from the lander of China’s Chang’e-5 lunar probe has revealed.
The moon’s regolith is made up of approximately 45 percent oxygen. Each cubic meter of lunar regolith contains 1.4 tons of minerals on average, including about 630 kilograms of oxygen.
Whereas NASA is seeking partners for its Artemis Program, Russia and China are pursuing an agreement of their own. They call it the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS), and they too are looking for partners.
Lunar Gateway will be an orbiting habitat that will allow astronauts to make regular trips to and from the lunar surface. NASA has signed a contract with SpaceX to launch modules of the Gateway aboard a a Falcon Heavy rocket in 2024.
NASA has announced the names of the 18 astronauts that make up the Artemis Team. A select few, and some international partners, will be going back to the Moon. The next man and first woman on the Moon are among the names.
A Chinese probe transferred rocks it gathered from the moon to an orbiter on Sunday in preparation for returning samples to Earth for the first time in almost 45 years, the country's space agency announced.
NASA has confirmed, for the first time, water on the sunlit surface of the Moon. This discovery indicates that water may be distributed across the lunar surface, and not limited to cold, shadowed places.
Where does the water on Earth come from? How was our Moon formed? And is there one single event that had led to the formation of both?
NASA recently announced the three companies that will be building lunar landing systems to take astronauts back to the Moon - SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Dynetics.