Global Space News for 17 Jul 2019
Now you can see what Neil Armstrong saw as he landed the Apollo 11 lunar module, known as the Eagle, on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969.
Fifty years later, Michael Collins only has vague recollections of where he was when he first saw humans land on the moon.
Momentus, an in-space transportation startup, has raised nearly $34 million in funding to date for its Vigoride and Vigoride Extended vehicles to move small satellites from one orbit to another.... SpaceNews.com
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center:
At a time when ESA is looking forward to future lunar exploration, it turns out there is already some small but crucial ESA-developed hardware in operation on the far side of the moon.
As the Apollo 11 lunar module approached the Moon's surface for the first manned landing, commander Neil Armstrong switched off the autopilot and flew the spacecraft manually to a landing.
Nearly 50 years after our first steps on the moon, samples from the Apollo missions, Mars and Vesta still have a lot to tell us about the formation of the planets and the Earth's volcanoes, and... Diamond Light Source is helping to shine a light on these insights.
Half a century after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first "small steps," we're going back with all the wonders of 21st century technology, but this time, things will be different.... SpaceNews.com
Humans have not had much of an opportunity to work on the moon. The 12 Apollo astronauts who got to explore its surface clocked in 80 hours in total of discovery time. From their brief encounters, and... from extensive analyses of Apollo samples and lunar meteorites that were found on Earth, scientists have learned nearly as much as is possible to learn about the lunar environment without much contact with the surface. Now, for the first time in half a century, NASA's Artemis missions will allow scientists and engineers to examine the surface from up close. This will teach us how to move safely across lunar soil, known as regolith; how to build infrastructure on top of it; and how to keep humans safe in space. The techniques scientists will develop on the moon will make it possible for humans...
Look up on a clear night and you can see some circular formations on the face of our lunar neighbour. These are impact craters, circular depressions found on planetary surfaces.
"Hidden Figures" and "First Man" were arguably the most inspirational space-themed movies of the last several years. Both, though, had to reach back to the glory days of John Glenn and Neil Armstrong.... The faces of my children after watching these movies was the surest sign of a missed opportunity, of a generation raised without a Moonshot.
A team of collaborators from Carnegie and the University of Chicago used red giant stars that were observed by the Hubble Space Telescope to make an entirely new measurement of how fast the universe... is expanding, throwing their hats into the ring of a hotly contested debate. Their result--which falls squarely between the two previous, competing values--will be published in the Astrophysical Journal.
Asteroid 2006 QV89, a small object 20 to 50 metres in diameter, was in the news lately because of a very small, one-in-7000 chance of impact with Earth on 9 September 2019.
Dozens of very different commercial and institutional missions to the moon are planned for the coming decades.
The FAA plans to further extend the public comment period for a proposed revision of commercial launch and reentry regulations that's faced significant industry criticism. SpaceNews.com
Astronomers have conducted spectroscopic observations of three magnetic chemically peculiar (CP) stars, HD 188041, HD 111133 and HD 204411. Results of these observations, presented in a paper... published July 8 on arXiv.org, reveal fundamental parameters and the evolutionary status of the trio, also proving the usefulness of spectroscopy for studying faint CP stars.
When JFK announced the nation's moon ambitions in May 1961, the United States had a mere 15 minutes of human-spaceflight experience -- and that had been accrued just three weeks earlier. Still, the... president had confidence that NASA could deliver on his promise.
Women have been historically excluded from the space program but getting a woman to the Moon may change that.
Ready to relive the first landing mission on the moon, five decades ago? PBS and BBC Studios will bring viewers through Apollo 11's major milestones in the new film "8 Days: To the Moon and Back."
Following a flawless launch the day before, the Apollo 11 crew continued their historic journey to the moon on July 17, 1969. Landing at the Sea of Tranquility was scheduled for July 20.
Satellite communications startup UbiquitiLink has raised more than $12 million for its plan to launch a constellation of satellites to extend the reach of terrestrial mobile networks, the Falls... Church, Virginia, company announced July 17. SpaceNews.com
Hasselblad cameras are synonymous with the Apollo missions. We visited Gothenburg to find out how a Swedish camera made it to the Moon.
NASA and ESA have a long term plan for Europe to deliver a the European Service Module for the Orion spacecraft. With NASA's announcement to bring humans back to lunar surface before the end of 2024,... it also decided that the third ESA-provided European Service Module will contribute to this mission.
Technology image of the week: China's Chang'e-4 mission on the far side of the Moon is employing an ESA-developed LEON microprocessor