There are now plants and animals on the Moon (thanks to China)

China’s Chang’e-4 lander touched down on the far side of the moon (Jan. 3 Beijing time, Jan. 2 US), and it’s got some living things on board. A small “tin” in the lander contains seeds of potatoes and rockcress (Arabidopsis thaliana, a flowering plant related to cabbage and mustard, as well as a model organism […]

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AP: Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaches space in test

AP: MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Galactic’s tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California’s Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space. The rocket ship hit an altitude of 51 miles (82 kilometers) before beginning its gliding descent, said mission official Enrico Palermo. It […]

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NASA makes it easier to spot the International Space Station via its own Website

For those of us who keep track of what’s up with the International Space Station (ISS), NASA has put up a dedicated web site for just that. The web site (called Spot The Station) includes information about not only where the ISS currently is, but why it is up there, when the station’s passing overhead, an […]

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NASA Announces New Partnerships for Commercial Lunar Payload Delivery Services

Nine U.S. companies now are eligible to bid on NASA delivery services to the lunar surface through Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contracts, as one of the first steps toward long-term scientific study and human exploration of the Moon and eventually Mars. These companies will be able to bid on delivering science and technology payloads […]

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