Erik Hauri, Who Found Water On The Moon, Dies At 52

Carnegie geochemist Erik Hauri, whose work upended our understanding of the Moon’s formation and the importance of water in Earth’s interior, died Wednesday in North Potomac, Maryland, following a battle with cancer. He was 52. Hauri joined Carnegie as a staff scientist in 1994 and spent nearly 25 years investigating the geochemistry of the Earth, …Read More

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Ice Confirmed At The Moon’s Poles

In the darkest and coldest parts of its polar regions, a team of scientists has directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon’s surface. These ice deposits are patchily distributed and could possibly be ancient. At the southern pole, most of the ice is concentrated at lunar craters, while the northern pole’s ice …Read More

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ExoTerra To Become First Privately Owned Space Company To Fly To An Asteroid

NASA has awarded ExoTerra Corporation a $2.5M contract to demonstrate a novel solar electric propulsion system for CubeSats that will enable the shoebox-sized spacecraft to triple their available power and produce over 2.5 km/s of propulsion. Under the “Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies” award, ExoTerra will use the mission-enabling capability to fly …Read More

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Moon Express Gets Government Approval To Land On The Moon

August 3, 2016 – The U.S. Government has made a historic ruling to allow the first private enterprise, Moon Express, Inc. (MoonEx), permission to travel beyond Earth’s orbit and land on the Moon in 2017. This breakthrough U.S. policy decision provides authorization to Moon Express for a maiden flight of its robotic spacecraft onto the …Read More

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Secure World Foundation To Be Founding Partner Of Space Resources Working Group

Secure World Foundation (SWF) will play a leading role in a working group seeking to develop policy “building blocks” for the development and use of space resources. SWF will join with the University of Leiden’s Institute of Air and Space Law to support an international effort to clarify rights and obligations in the emerging space-mining …Read More

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Planetary Resources Testing Asteroid Prospecting Technology On Orbit

Planetary Resources, Inc. announced on July 16 that its Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) spacecraft had successfully deployed from the International Space Station’s (ISS) Kibo airlock and began its 90-day mission. The demonstration vehicle will validate several core technologies including the avionics, control systems and software, which the company will incorporate into future spacecraft that will venture into the Solar System …Read More

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