Saturday, February 24

Moon

Peregrine One Mission Lander Mission Experiences A Failure
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Peregrine One Mission Lander Mission Experiences A Failure

On Monday, NASA tried to send the Peregrine Mission One Lander to the moon. After leaving Earth, the mission experienced some issues. According to NASA, there was a failure within the propulsion system that caused a critical loss of propellant.The idea behind this mission was to send five payloads to the moon, aboard Astrobiotic's Peregrine Lander. The payloads will aim to locate water molecules on the moon, measure radiation and gasses, and evaluate the lunar exosphere.Because of this failure, NASA will be abandoning the Peregrine One. It will become space debris. However, a second lander is scheduled to launch in February.Another moon mission, Artemis II, plans to send astronauts to the moon in 2026.Image Source: Astrobotic
Artemis III Moon Landing Has Been Delayed Until 2026
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Artemis III Moon Landing Has Been Delayed Until 2026

In 1969, people landed on the moon for the first time. NASA wants to go back, but it looks like it might be longer. The Artemis III mission has been postponed to September 2026.Originally, NASA planned on sending people top the moon in September 2025. However, the space agency pushed the flight to 2026 to give the team more time.“We are returning to the Moon in a way we never have before, and the safety of our astronauts is NASA’s top priority as we prepare for future Artemis missions. We’ve learned a lot since Artemis I, and the success of these early missions relies on our commercial and international partnerships to further our reach and understanding of humanity’s place in our solar system." NASA Administrator Bill NelsonThis mission is named Artemis III, which is planned...
SLIM Spacecraft Will Land On The Moon On January 19th
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SLIM Spacecraft Will Land On The Moon On January 19th

According to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan will be doing their first ever moon landing on January 19th.To land on the moon, Japan will use it's robotic Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) spacecraft. The plan calls for SLI to begin its decent towards the moon around 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT; 12 Am Japanese Standard Time). The first ever Japanese moon landing will be scheduled to occur 20 minutes later.The SLIM spacecraft launched atop a Japanese H-2A rocket on September 6th, and began it's journey towards the moon. On Christmas day, the spacecraft will enter lunar orbit. After that, it will spend a month prepping for it's touchdown.Once it lands, Japan will be the 5th country to land on the moon.Image Source: JAXA
China Is Starting To Make Plans For a China Moon Base
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China Is Starting To Make Plans For a China Moon Base

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has started making plan for creating the International Lunar Research Station, which will be a base on the moon.The project is already in the works, and is expected to be finished by 2050. However, it looks like "basic version" of the base will be completed by 2028. The basic version will be built over the course of seven launch missions - these include the Chang'e missions, as well as three international missions.The Chang'e missions will focus on exploring the moon, as well as gathering samples and data. Other missions such as ILRS 1-5 will help build the full version of the base between the years 2030 and 2040.According to Wu Weiren, Chief Designer of the country's lunar program, building this large-scale base beyond earth will hel...