We know going back to the Moon is expensive. Here’s how we could use metals extracted from Moon dirt to save millions of dollars.
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The days of freeze-fried astronaut ice cream are long behind us. What will humans eat on Moon colonies in the future? Carefully engineered space gardens could be the answer.
The space shuttle Atlantis was one of the last major launches aboard a NASA rocket.
After its fourth delay, the Artemis 1 launch is now scheduled for Nov. 16, 2022. NASA has a history of missing launch deadlines, but the private sector is slowly making launches more reliable.
Believe it or not, this sort-of happened before in Earth’s history – and now we have the Moon.
The moon is currently moving 3.8 cm away from the Earth every year.
Scientists have uncovered the long-term history of our receding moon. And it’s not from studying the moon itself, but from reading signals in ancient layers of rock on Earth.
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Tiny glass droplets found on the Moon show Earth and its satellite have been hit by ‘waves’ of asteroid impacts in the past.
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Lunar mining and geopolitical squabbles are set to play key roles in humanity’s return to the Moon.
Artist’s concept of an Artemis astronaut picking up lunar dust.
NASA's Advanced Concepts Laboratory
Why is humanity going back to the Moon after 50 years? Because we can, and we should.
NASA is going back to the Moon.
When the Orion Crew Capsule orbits the Moon there will be no one on board. But the mission will mark a key step in bringing humans back to Earth’s dusty sidekick.
Artemis-1 on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Centre.
Will humans be back on the Moon by 2025? It depends on how well the imminent launch of Artemis-1 goes.
Making territorial claims in space is illegal under international law.
The era of lunar resource use is quickly approaching. But with legal and practical issues still looming, nations are starting to think about sustainable ways to mine and protect the Moon.
China and the U.S. both have big plans for the Moon, but there are a number of reasons why no country could actually claim ownership of any land there.
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A comment by Bill Nelson, the NASA administrator, sparked a strong public response from the Chinese government. But due to legal and practical reasons, no country could take over the Moon anytime soon.
Exceptional high tides hit eastern Québec in 2010 and 2016.
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Popular belief suggests the highest tides in the St. Lawrence River are reached around the equinoxes. In truth, they arrive close to the solstices.
The Moon often looks enormous when it first rises because of what is known as the Moon illusion.
The Moon illusion is what makes the Moon look giant when you see it rising over a distant horizon. An astronomer explains what causes this awe-inspiring trick of the mind.
Pluto was recategorized from a planet to a dwarf planet in 2006.
A curious kid asks: Why does it matter if Pluto is a planet or a dwarf planet?
The greenhouse at McMurdo Station in Antarctica is the only source of fresh food during winter.
Scientists just grew plants in soil from the Moon, but Antarctica has long provided researchers with the perfect place to test their agricultural techniques for a future in space.
Harvest Moon - October 1 2020.
Take note, future colonisers: you may be able to grow stuff in certain places on the Moon.
There is a U.S. flag on the Moon, but in the future, countries may start to turn access to the Moon and asteroids into serious wealth.
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Current trends suggest that powerful nations are defining the rules of resource use in space and satellite access in ways that will make it hard for developing nations to ever catch up.
In the next decade, both a U.S.-led group and a collaboration between Russia and China aim to set up bases on the Moon.
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In the past 10 years, international alliances on Earth have begun to expand into space. Nations with similar interests collaborate with one another while competing with other space blocs.
Plus, a section of a rocket is about to crash on the Moon. What scientists hope to learn from it. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.