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Team SpaceIL to Receive Inaugural $1 Million Moonshot Award

Today, all eyes were on Team SpaceIL as they attempted to soft-land on the surface of the Moon.  Their robotic lander, Beresheet, Hebrew for “Genesis,” came very close to touching down, but ultimately failed to soft-land during its final descent. As it prepared for landing, Beresheet experienced a main engine failure and lost communication with…
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Israel’s Beresheet Lander Crashes on Moon

The Israeli team SpaceIL attempt to land the country’s first moon lander, called Beresheet, on the Sea of Serenity on the moon failed. So sorry!! Their robotic lander, Beresheet, Hebrew for “Genesis,” came very close to touching down, but ultimately failed to soft-land during its final descent. As it prepared for landing, Beresheet experienced a…
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XPRIZE Foundation Announces $1 Million Moonshot Award

The first privately-funded spacecraft from former XPRIZE team, SpaceIL to reach the Moon is in lunar orbit right now and is projected to land this Thursday, April 11, marking the beginning of a new era in space exploration. In 2011, SpaceIL began to build its Beresheet spacecraft as its entry into the Google Lunar XPRIZE…
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IAU100 Launches Global Event for the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of an important milestone in space exploration and humankind – the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing – IAU100 has set up a dedicated website to coordinate global events and large moon observation activities, including the launch of a telescope competition. On 20 July 1969, a historical milestone took place: Neil…
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1969: First Moon Landing Forever Stamps

U.S. Postal Service unveils 50th anniversary of moonlanding stamps. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20, 1969, the U.S. Postal Service is pleased to reveal two stamp designs commemorating that historic milestone. Additional details are coming about the date, time and location for the first-day-of issue ceremony. One…
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Der erste Mondtourist steht fest!

Das hat es noch nicht gegeben: Das private Unternehmen SpaceX verkauft eine touristische Reise zum Mond. Allein das Raumschiff kostet über vier Milliarden Euro. Die Fahrt bezahlt ein Milliardär, der Künstler, Designer und Architekten mitnehmen möchte. Der japanische Milliardär Yusaku Maezawa soll als erster Weltraumtourist den Mond umrunden. „Endlich kann ich euch sagen, dass ich…
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Alle 105.000 Jahre wieder – die super Mondfinsternis mit Marsopposition

Am 27. Juli 2018 wird sich ab 19:15 Uhr Mitteleuropäischer Sommerzeit die mit 103 Minuten längste totale Mondfinsternis des 21. Jahrhundert ereignen. Darüber hinaus befindet sich der Mars zur gleichen Zeit in so genannter „Opposition“ und steht mit der Erde und Sonne auf einer Linie. Zudem handelt es sich um eine nahe Opposition, so dass man…
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SPACE 2018: Das aktuelle Raumfahrtjahr mit Chronik 2017

Das Raumfahrtjahrbuch SPACE 2018 mit allen Starts und Missionen, dazu ein Leitartikel über Space Servicing und Debris Removal. Weitere Artikel beschäftigen sich mit Google Lunar X Prize kurz vor Blamage, Chinas Raumfahrt, SPACEX und Blue Origin, der Astronautin, Trappist sowie der Nano-Satelliten-Mission zu Proxima-Centauri, u.v.m. Für die Science-Fiction-Freunde gibt es eine erfreuliche Nachricht: Der Science-Fiction Wettbewerb des…
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A giant leap for America and for the Moon

Vice President Pence unveiled the vision for American exploration of space at the first meeting of the reconstituted National Space Council (see “Moon, milspace, and beyond”, The Space Review, October 9, 2017). Going first back to the Moon is the right decision. It brings more to the table than it takes away. This article is…
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Back to the Moon, this time for pay

In July, Moon Express unveiled a full-scale mockup of its MX-1E lunar lander in a Capitol Hill hearing room. The lander, the company’s entry in the Google Lunar X PRIZE competition, is intended to be the first in a series of landers carrying ever-larger payloads to the lunar surface. Two months later, it as Astrobotic’s…
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