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Decadal White Paper: Accelerating Martian and Lunar Science through SpaceX Starship Missions

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SpaceX Starship On The Moon

SpaceX is developing the Starship vehicle for both human and robotic flights to the surface of the Moon and Mars.


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Carbon Dioxide Cold Traps On The Moon Are Confirmed For The First Time

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After decades of uncertainty, researchers have confirmed the existence of lunar carbon dioxide cold traps that could potentially contain solid carbon dioxide.

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Lunar-Like Material Found on the Earth Quasi-Satellite (469219) Kamo`oalewa

Lunar-Like Material Found on the Earth Quasi-Satellite (469219) Kamo`oalewa

A recent study offers new details about the physical properties and possible origins of (469219) Kamo`oalewa, a quasi-satellite that orbits the Sun but remains relatively close to the Earth.


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Late Bombardment Of The Moon Revealed

Late Bombardment Of The Moon Revealed

The lunar surface is covered by numerous craters that date back to the impacts of asteroids.


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China's Chang'E 5 Lunar Samples Reveal New Information About The Moon

China's Chang'E 5 Lunar Samples Reveal New Information About The Moon

The Moon's largest sea may have been even stormier than its name implies, according to the first new lunar samples since the then-Soviet Union's Luna mission in 1976.


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NASA Challenges Students to Design Moon-Digging Robots

NASA Challenges Students to Design Moon-Digging Robots

NASA seeks young engineers to help design a new robot concept for an excavation mission on the Moon.


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NASA, Australia Sign Agreement to Add Rover to Future Moon Mission

NASA, Australia Sign Agreement to Add Rover to Future Moon Mission

International and commercial partnerships are a critical component of NASA's long-term plans on and around the Moon under the Artemis program.


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LunaSAR: An Astronaut's Lunar Lifeline

LunaSAR: An Astronaut's Lunar Lifeline

With the Artemis program, NASA will establish a sustained presence on the Moon, opening more of the lunar surface to exploration than ever before.


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LunaNet: Empowering Artemis with Communications and Navigation Interoperability

LunaNet: Empowering Artemis with Communications and Navigation Interoperability

With Artemis, NASA will establish a long-term presence at the Moon, opening more of the lunar surface to exploration than ever before.


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Exotic Mix In China's Delivery Of Moon Rocks

Exotic Mix In China's Delivery Of Moon Rocks

On 16 December 2020 the Chang'e-5 mission, China's first sample return mission to the Moon, successfully delivered to Earth nearly two kilograms of rocky fragments and dust from our celestial companion.


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Peering Into The Moon's Shadows With AI

Peering Into The Moon's Shadows With AI

Permanently shadowed lunar craters contain water ice, but are difficult to image. A machine learning algorithm now provides sharper images.


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Moon's Tycho Crater Revealed In Intricate Detail

Moon's Tycho Crater Revealed In Intricate Detail

The National Science Foundation's Green Bank Observatory (GBO) and National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), and Raytheon Intelligence & Space (RI&S) have released a new high-resolution image of the Moon, the highest-ever taken from the ground using new radar technology on the Green Bank Telescope (GBT).


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VIPER Rover To Land Near Nobile Region of Moon's South Pole

VIPER Rover To Land Near Nobile Region of Moon's South Pole

In 2023, NASA's Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) will land near the western edge of the Nobile Crater at the Moon's South Pole to map and explore the region's surface and subsurface for water and other resources.


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International Astronomical Union Names Lunar Crater After Arctic Explorer Matthew Henson

International Astronomical Union Names Lunar Crater After Arctic Explorer Matthew Henson

The International Astronomical Union has named a lunar crater--the "Henson Crater"-- after Dr. Matthew Alexander Henson, an extraordinary explorer who journeyed to Earth's North Pole.


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Ballistic Air Guns and Mock Moon Rocks Aid in Search for Durable Space Fabrics

Ballistic Air Guns and Mock Moon Rocks Aid in Search for Durable Space Fabrics

The surface of the Moon is a harsh environment with no air, low gravity, dust, and micrometeorites--tiny rocks or metal particles--flying faster than 22,000 mph.


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Researchers Enlist Robot Swarms To Mine Lunar Resources

Researchers Enlist Robot Swarms To Mine Lunar Resources

With scientists beginning to more seriously consider constructing bases on celestial bodies such as the moon, the idea of space mining is growing in popularity.



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