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With NASA’s upcoming Artemis missions, it would make sense to install a high-speed internet network of sorts on the Moon for astronauts to use, and that’s where the Nokia Luna Net comes in. It consists of the main unit, lander, and three smaller nodes. When fully deployed the main unit as well as smaller nodes form a mesh communication network fully autonomously, powered by thermo-generators capable of generating electricity in extreme temperatures. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
Living on the Moon may sound far-fetched now, but it will most certainly become a reality in the coming decades, and the European Space Agency (ESA) wants to spark your imagination with this interesting lunar habitat, created by one of the world’s leading architectural firms Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). Retired NASA astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman, now Professor at MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, worked with the SOM team on the livability of their design, based on his experiences in space. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has partnered with Sony, TOMY Company, Ltd. (Tomy Company), and Doshisha University to develop a transformable lunar robot. This innovative robot will be ultra-compact and ultra-lightweight capable of traversing in the harsh lunar environment by employing the miniaturization technologies of TOMY Company as well as Doshisha University. Read more for an additional picture and information.
It’s official, Lockheed Martin has partnered with General Motors Co. to develop a next generation lunar vehicle that will soon transport astronauts on the surface of the Moon through NASA’s Artemis program. Humans will once again explore and conduct scientific experiments on the lunar surface using a variety of rovers, or more specifically, a Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV), the first of many types of surface mobility vehicles needed for this program. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) unveiled what could be the first permanent human village on the moon, which will be showcased at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale in May. It’s touted as a self-sustaining, long-term lunar outpost situated along the rim of Shackleton Crater on the Moon’s south pole, a location that receives nearly continuous sunlight for most of the lunar year. This means residents will be able to harvest solar power and use the shadowed interior of the crater to hold water ice for consumption. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
NASA is preparing to send human astronauts back to the Moon as part of the Artemis program, and the agency has selected SpaceX to continue development of the first commercial human lander. When completed, it will be able to safely transport the next two American astronauts to the lunar surface. The Space Launch System rocket will be used to launch four astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft for their multi-day journey to lunar orbit, while two of them transfer to the SpaceX human landing system (HLS) for the final leg of their journey to the surface of the Moon. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Photographer Alexandru Barbovschi just so happened to be in the right place and time during the most recent full Mineral Moon at the end of March – the term essentially refers to our Moon, but edited with colors on its surface to reveal the mineral deposits. Why? He captured the International Space Station (ISS) transiting in front of this event, and he had to perfectly time his camera to capture the event, which happened in a flash, literally. Read more for the short video and additional information.
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Many times, the photographs and video footage you see of celestial bodies was captured using high-powered telescopes, but for those who have a Leica APO-Telyt-R 400mm f/2.8 lens, it’s capable of much more than you think. Photographer Markus Stark recorded this at only 290 meters above sea level while camping in Germany, as his intended goal was to make the viewer feel like they observing the moon from a spacecraft. Read more for the video and additional information.
NASA has just announced that it has selected JPL’s Lunar Crater Radio Telescope advanced concept for further research and development. This ultra-long-wavelength radio telescope on the far-side of the Moon has several advantages compared to Earth-based and Earth-orbiting telescopes, including being able to observe the universe at wavelengths greater than 10m (i.e., frequencies below 30MHz) and having the Moon act as a physical shield that isolates the lunar-surface telescope from radio interferences/noises from Earth-based sources. Read more for two videos and additional information.
NASA successfully hot fired all four engines on the massive Space Launch System core stage for the Artemis I rocket that will travel to the moon at the end 2021, but they were cut after a minute into the planned eight-minute test. The original goal was to simulate the thrust the Space Launch System rocket’s core stage, which generates 1.6 million pounds burning through more than 700,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. Read more for a video and additional information.