With U.S. spacecraft ‘tipped over’ on moon, mission to be cut short Tuesday – National

A private U.S. lunar lander is expected to stop working Tuesday, its mission cut short after landing sideways near the south pole of the moon. Intuitive Machines, the Houston company that built and flew the spacecraft, said Monday it will continue to collect data until sunlight no longer shines on the solar panels. Based on … Read more

Lunar lander Odysseus sends back first pics from its moon landing

The Odysseus lander transmitted its first photos from the surface of the moon Monday, a milestone for the first lunar probe operated by a private company. Odysseus touched down near the south pole of the moon Thursday, becoming the first American probe to land on the moon in more than 50 years. The mission was … Read more

US Spaceship Lying Sideways After Tipping Over During Moon Touchdown

Washington: The first American spaceship to the Moon since the Apollo era is probably lying sideways following its dramatic landing, the company that built it said Friday, even as ground controllers work to download data and surface photos from the uncrewed robot. The Odysseus spacecraft landed near the lunar south pole Thursday at 6:23 pm … Read more

Five things to know about the Odysseus moon landing 

A robotic lunar lander developed by Houston-based Intuitive Machines became the first private spacecraft to land on the moon Thursday. The Odysseus lunar lander’s victory was the first U.S. landing on the moon in over 50 years, and faced some difficulties in its trip to the lunar surface, with Intuitive Machines CEO Stephen Altemus calling … Read more

‘Martians Wanted’ NASA Is Looking For 4 Volunteers To Pretend They’re On Mars For A Year

Would you like to be stuck in a box with three other strangers for a year, pretending to be on Mars? Yeah? OK, weirdo, I’ve got good news for you. NASA is looking for a handful of people to do just that. Daytona 500 Champ William Byron On Teamwork And Strategy Here’s what’s going on. … Read more

Sierra Space’s Awesome New Spaceplane Is Taking The Fight To SpaceX

The private race to space basically has two main parties right now, there’s the Elon Musk-backed SpaceX, which regularly ferries supplies and satellites around for Nasa, and the Jeff Bezos-funded Blue Origin, which is the space travel agent of choice for the rich and famous. Now, there’s a third private space flight firm that’s almost … Read more

NASA’s New PACE Observatory Searches for Clues to Humanity’s Future

Way up in the sky and sprinkled across the seas, two of the littlest yet most influential things in the world have stubbornly guarded their secrets: aerosols and phytoplankton. Today, NASA launched its Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, Ocean Ecosystem mission, or PACE, to unravel their mysteries. The mission’s findings could be a key to understanding how … Read more

NASA Engineers Are Racing to Fix Voyager 1

Voyager 1 is still alive out there, barreling into the cosmos more than 15 billion miles away. However, a computer problem has kept the mission’s loyal support team in Southern California from knowing much more about the status of one of NASA’s longest-lived spacecraft. The computer glitch cropped up on November 14, and it affected … Read more

The race for the moon – podcast | News

Robin McKie is the science editor of the Observer. Over the last 42 years, he’s covered everything from advances in genetics and new discoveries in physics to the urgent scientific issues raised by the Covid pandemic. But one topic excites him more than any other: space – and, more specifically, the moon. He tells Michael … Read more