Tag: Moon

Biden White House Backs NASA’s Project Artemis Human Moon Landing Goal

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  The Biden White House backed NASA’s Project Artemis goal of landing humans on the Moon  in a recent briefing by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki in the most detailed comments about the new Administrations strategy regarding space exploration – although few details or timelines were specified. NASA’s current goal of landing

China Chang’e-5 Moon Lander Returned 1.7 Kilograms Lunar Rock Samples to Earth

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – China’s ambitious Chang’e-5 moon landing probe successfully brought back over 1.7 kilograms (3.8 pounds) of soil and rock samples gathered from the lunar surface, said the China National Space Administration (CNSA) which operated the groundbreaking mission. “Chang’e-5 probe retrieved about 1,731 grams of samples from the moon, according to the China National

NASA Announces 18 Artemis Astronauts for Initial Moon Missions

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  After a long wait and numerous inquiries NASA is closing out 2020 with the exciting announcement of the first 18 astronauts named to formed to the core of NASA’s Artemis Team that will “help pave the way for the next astronaut missions on and around the Moon as part of the Artemis program.” The Artemis

Earthrise from Apollo 8 on Christmas Eve

Taken aboard Apollo 8 by Bill Anders, this iconic picture shows Earth peeking out from beyond the lunar surface as the first crewed spacecraft circumnavigated the Moon, with astronauts Anders, Frank Borman, and Jim Lovell aboard on Christmas Eve on Dec. 24, 1968. Credit: NASA/Apollo 8/Bill Anders For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM TITUSVILLE, FL –  Earthrise!! on Christmas Eve!! On the

China Chang’e-5 Moon Probe Brings Back 1st Lunar Rock Samples to Earth in 4 Decades

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – China’s daring Chang’e-5 moon probe successfully brought back the first lunar soil and rock samples gathered from the surface in over four decades following a safe soft landing of the return capsule in a remote, snow covered region of Inner Mongolia, in northern China on Wednesday, Dec 16 – demonstrating a spectacular

China Change’5 Probe Collects Lunar Surface Samples, Blasts Off for Historic Return to Earth

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – After an action packed 19 hours of intense precision work to successfully gather and store pristine samples of lunar soil and rocks yesterday, the ascent vehicle component of China’s bold and ambitious Change’5 moon probe blasted off today, Dec. 3, from Earths nearest neighbor to meet up with the orbiting return capsule

NASA’s SOFIA Observatory Discovers Water Molecules on Sunlit Surface of Moon Aiding Artemis

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Scientists utilizing NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) airborne telescope observatory have made the first ever unambiguous discovery of water molecules on the sunlit surface of Earth’s Moon – centered at Clavius crater  in the Moon’s southern hemisphere.  These results could potentially aid  NASA’s Project Artemis plans for human lunar landings. This