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NASA Oxygen Pipeline Moon Lunar South Pole Artemis
NASA has just released a proposal for building an oxygen pipeline in the Moon’s lunar south pole region for future Artemis astronauts. This oxygen will be used for human habitats, rovers, life support systems, and an oxidizer for launch vehicles departing the Moon. These oxygen extraction technologies are set to be demonstrated at large scale on the Moon as early as 2024, while supporting Artemis astronauts as early as 2026.

NASA Robot Cold Operable Lunar Deployable Arm COLDArm Moon
Snoopy is set to join the Artemis I crew, and the Peanuts character just might be joined by NASA’s robotic Cold Operable Lunar Deployable ARM (COLDArm) on a future mission. The lunar surface around the Moon’s South Pole is even colder at night than Mars, making it a challenge for our current spacecraft, which utilize energy-burning heaters to keep from freezing.

Startup STELLS Wireless Charging Moon Mobile Power Rover
Canada-based startup STELLS revealed their Mobile Power Rover (MPR-1) this week, and if tests are successful, it aims to provide wireless charging on the Moon via its solar panels by 2025. They plan to launch it as a payload on an Intuitive Machines lander to the south polar regions of the lunar surface, and once activated, will transfer power using wireless technology to other spacecraft as well as vehicles.

Astrophotographer Moon Image 8-inch Telescope
Photo credit: Daryavaseum
When you look at pictures of the Moon like this, a giant telescope usually comes to mind. Amateur astrophotographer Darya Kawa Mizra captured this incredibly sharp image of the Moon using a Celestron Nexstar 8SE telescope along with a Canon EOS 1200D camera at prime focus. The colors you see are the minerals reflecting off the surface and were slightly enhanced in post processing.

Supercomputer Simulation Moon Formed Hours Collision
We found out that lunar caves could be used as shelter for future astronauts, but how did Earth’s Moon actually form? A supercomputer simulation predicted that an object approximately the size of Mars, called Theia, collided with Earth and that is how the Moon formed. It didn’t take months or even days, just a matter of hours, when material was launched directly into orbit after the impact.