NASA Makes Progress Toward Artemis Moon Rocket Launch

NASA makes progress toward Artemis Moon Rocket Launch

Inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians continue to prepare NASA’s super-powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and next-generation Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I mission. Artemis I is the first in a series of increasingly complex missions that will enable human exploration to the Moon and Mars. This uncrewed mission will launch […]

NASA Selects Draper to Fly Research to Far Side of Moon

NASA Selects Draper to Fly Research to Far Side of Moon

NASA has awarded Draper of Cambridge, Massachusetts a contract to deliver Artemis science investigations to the Moon in 2025. The commercial delivery is part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative under Artemis. Draper will receive $73 million for the contract, and is responsible for end-to-end delivery services, including payload integration, delivery from Earth […]

Terran Orbital Successfully Completes CAPSTONE’s First TCM Burn

Terran Orbital Successfully Completes CAPSTONE’s First TCM Burn

The NASA Artemis program satellite is charting a new path to the Moon Terran Orbital Corporation today announced the successful completion of CAPSTONE’s first TCM burn (TCM-1). As the first statistical maneuver of the mission, TCM-1 is designed to clean up expected dispersions from the launch vehicle injection – enabling CAPSTONE to continue its pathfinding […]

Contact Reestablished with CAPSTONE Spacecraft

CAPSTONE Uses Gravity on Unusual, Efficient Route to the Moon

CAPSTONE Mission: 06 July 2022 Update from Advanced Space: Over the last 24 hours, the CAPSTONE mission team has worked together to narrow down the likely cause of the communications systems anomaly discussed yesterday. The integrated mission team took time and care to work the problem, gaining information from various data sources, working with ground-based […]

NASA Loses Contact with Moonbound CAPSTONE Spacecraft

CAPSTONE Uses Gravity on Unusual, Efficient Route to the Moon

MISSION UPDATE From NASA’s Artemis Blog: Following the successful deployment and start of spacecraft commissioning on July 4, the Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) spacecraft experienced communications issues while in contact with the Deep Space Network. The spacecraft team currently is working to understand the cause and re-establish contact. The team has good trajectory data for […]

Rocket Lab Prepares to Launch CAPSTONE Mission to the Moon for NASA

Rocket Lab Appoints Arjun Kampani As General Counsel

Rocket Lab will launch a microwave oven-sized CubeSat dubbed CAPSTONE to a never-before-flown orbit around the Moon, blazing a new efficient deep space route that NASA hopes to use for future human spaceflight missions Rocket Lab USA is preparing to launch a satellite to the Moon for NASA as early as June 27th. The launch […]

NASA Seeks Input on Moon to Mars Objectives, Comments Due May 31

NASA Seeks Input on Moon to Mars Objectives, Comments Due May 31

As NASA moves forward with plans to send astronauts to the Moon under Artemis missions and to prepare for human exploration of Mars, the agency is calling on U.S. industry, academia, international communities, and other stakeholders to provide input on its deep space exploration objectives.  NASA released a draft set of high-level objectives Tuesday, May 17, identifying […]

NASA Goddard Scientists Begin Studying 50-year-old Frozen Apollo 17 Samples

NASA Goddard Scientists Begin Studying 50-year-old Frozen Apollo 17 Samples

Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recently received samples of the lunar surface that have been curated in a freezer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston since Apollo 17 astronauts returned them to Earth in December 1972. This research is part of the Apollo Next Generation Sample Analysis Program, or ANGSA, an effort to study […]