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The MPC is responsible for the efficient collection, (computation,) checking and dissemination of astrometric observations and orbits for minor planets and comets, via the Minor Planet Circulars (issued monthly) and the Minor Planet Electronic Circulars.
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A web portal providing news items relating to Moon and Mars missions. The website has an image gallery, film clips, and useful links to other NASA topic areas.
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Moon Base Clavius is an organization of amateurs and professionals devoted to the Apollo program and its manned exploration of the moon. Our special mission is to debunk the so-called conspiracy theories that state such a landing may never have occurred.
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Eric Berger reports that after several years of secrecy, a company called Moon Express revealed the scope of its ambitions on Wednesday. And they are considerable. The privately held company released plans for a single, modular spacecraft that can be combined to form successfully larger and more capable vehicles. Ultimately the company plans to establish a lunar outpost in 2020 and set up commercial operations on the Moon.

Perhaps most intriguingly, Moon Express says it is self-funded to begin bringing kilograms of lunar rocks back to Earth within about three years. We absolutely in... More →
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Moon Express Inc. is a privately funded lunar resource company created to establish new avenues for commercial space activities benefitting life on Earth. Commonly referred to as Moon Ex, the company was founded by Dr. Bob Richards, Naveen Jain, and Dr. Barney Pell in August 2010 and officially entered the Google Lunar X Prize Competition (GLXP) in October of that same year. Headquartered in the NASA Ames Research Park in Mountain View, CA, Moon Express combines Silicon Valley lean start-up principles with expertise in aerospace engineering and planetary sciences. Selected by Forbes as one of ... More →
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A private company founded by a group of dotcom entrepreneurs says it will establish a permanent base on the Moon and begin mining its surface by 2020. Spurred on by the offer of a $20 million prize by Google, Fl-based Moon Express unveiled plans yesterday on Capitol Hill to build a base on the Moon South Pole and staff it with robots that will explore the lunar surface looking for water and minerals.

The company would put its plans into action using the MX-1E, a 2-m-high space robot that can land on the Moon and hop across its surface. Bob Richards, the chief executive of Moon Expre... More →
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Mike Wall reports that The quest to win a $30 million race to the moon is just the first part of Moon Express grand plan. The Florida-based company is developing an entire family of spacecraft designed to help usher in a new age of low-cost space exploration, from the moon to Mars and beyond, Moon Express representatives revealed today.

As its name suggests, Moon Express vision starts with Earth nearest neighbor. The company is one of five teams left in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, which will award $20 million to the first privately funded group to soft-land a robot on the... More →
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Minerals found in craters on the Moon may be remnants of asteroids that slammed into it and not, as long believed, the satellite's innards exposed by such impacts, a study said Sunday.The findings, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, cast doubt on the little we knew of what the Moon is actually composed of.

It had long been thought that meteoroids vaporize on impact with large celestial bodies. Unusual minerals like spinel and olivine found in many lunar craters, but rarely on the Moon's surface, were therefore attributed to the excavation of sub-surface lunar layers by aste... More →
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Fabrizio Bozzato reports that the equitable development of fusion fuel on the moon could be a catalyst for clean energy and a global renaissance. As the world largest energy consumer, China is deeply aware of the imperative of addressing its energy trilemma and how to simultaneously achieve and balance energy security, energy equity (access and affordability), and environmental sustainability in the coming decades, and is determined to develop clean and unconventional power to quench its thirst for energy. Indeed, powering an economy the size of China, especially by mid-century, solely by burn... More →
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Mike Wall reports that a historic launch complex that helped send NASA probes off to explore the solar system is being pressed into service again this time, by a moon-mining company. California-based Moon Express, which seeks to extract and exploit lunar resources, will base its spacecraft development and flight-test operations at Space Launch Complex 36, a facility at the Florida Cape Canaveral Air Force Station that was used for 145 Atlas V rocket launches from 1962 to 2005, company representatives announced on January 22, 2015.

Some of those SLC-36 liftoffs in the 1960s sent NASA... More →
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Planetary scientist Michael Mumma, a physicist at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., who was among the first to detect methane in Mars atmosphere, said the new findings from the Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory means Mars has an unidentified mechanism for destroying methane, a process that occurs much faster than the 200 years or so that would be expected given the planets photochemistry.

We think that if Mars Science Lab lasted long enough and made sufficient measurements at a regular cadence that it should, at some point, see methane, if indeed there is another ... More →
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Patrick Caughill reports that NASA is looking to get deeply involved in the Moon in the coming decades. The space agency has recently delivered a request for information to private agencies seeking to collaborate in future missions to the Moon. In the request, NASA writes, NASA has identified a variety of exploration, science, and technology demonstration objectives that could be addressed by sending instruments, experiments, or other payloads to the lunar surface. To address these objectives as cost-effectively as possible, NASA may procure payloads and related commercial payload delivery ser... More →
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NASA is accepting proposals for a new moon-mining program to explore the lunar surface for valuable resources like helium-3 and rare-earth metals. The Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown program (CATALYST) is a no funds exchanged Space Agreement Act and final proposals are due on March 17th, 2014. One or more private companies will win a contract with NASA to build prospecting robots, the first step toward mining the moon. However, the possibility of lunar-mining has triggered debate as according to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty of the United Nations, countries are prohibite... More →
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Today NASA pursues technical innovations and scientific discoveries to advance human exploration of space. To prepare for these complex missions, a vast amount of planning, testing, and technology development must be accomplished. Yet, forecasting how that planning will translate into everyday operations in space is difficult while still on Earth. To help prepare for the real-life challenges of space exploration, NASA relies on Earth-based missions that are similar, or analogous, to space. These are called analog missions or field activities set in remote locations with extreme characteristics... More →
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NASA's near-earth watching program, initially started by Gene Shoemaker in 1993.
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After receiving more than 400 responses to the Asteroid Initiative RFI, a team of NASA scientists, engineers, and mission planners evaluated the proposed ideas. The evaluation team rated the responses for relevance to the RFI objectives, innovativeness of the idea, maturity of the development approach, and potential to improve mission affordability.
Nearly 100 respondents have been invited to present their ideas and concepts during the Asteroid Initiative Idea Synthesis Workshop alongside NASA personnel and members of the larger community, including virtual participants. The purpose of th... More →
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In what can be considered giant leap towards mining minerals from the moon, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has began accepting applications from potential business partners interested in mining the moon. The move, part of a plan unveiled in January, aims to find private financing to help its experts design and build lunar prospecting robots, the first major step required to explore Earths natural satellite for valuable resources. Unlike some business figures who have set up their own space mining endeavors, NASA only counts on a budget set by the US government, whi... More →
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NASA reports that for the first time in almost 40 years, a NASA human-rated rocket has completed all steps needed to clear a critical design review (CDR). The Space Launch System (SLS) is the first vehicle designed to meet the challenges of the journey to Mars and the first exploration class rocket since the Saturn V.

SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built and, with the Orion spacecraft, will launch America into a new era of exploration to destinations beyond Earth orbit. The CDR provided a final look at the design and development of the integrated launch vehicle before ful... More →
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Researchers studying thunderstorms have made a surprising discovery: The lightning we see with our eyes has a dark competitor that discharges storm clouds and flings antimatter into space. Astrophysicists and meteorologists are scrambling to understand dark lightning.

Produced by Science@NASA, this video is well done and reports on advancing the understanding of the environment in space above the clouds.
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The Europa Lander Science Definition Team Report presents the integrated results of an intensive science and engineering team effort to develop and optimize a mission concept that would follow the Europa Multiple Flyby Mission and conduct the first in situ search for evidence of life on another world since the Viking spacecraft on Mars in the 1970s.

The Europa Lander mission would be a pathfinder for characterizing the biological potential of Europa ocean through direct study of any chemical, geological, and possibly biological, signatures as expressed on, and just below, the surfa... More →
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NASA has announced that it will be launching a mission in 2016 to lay the groundwork for asteroid mining - an activity that could ultimately add trillions of pounds to the world economy. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will arrive at the asteroid Bennu in 2018 with the aim of collecting cosmic samples to return to Earth. Scientists hope the mission will accelerate technology that will soon enable humans to mine asteroids for precious metals. NASA scientists claim the high concentration of raw materials found in asteroids - such as ingredients for fuel and precious metals like iron and platinum - cou... More →
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An inexpensive look at what the future might holding for the mining industry and the future of automated technology was on display during NASA Robotics Mining Competition at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The annual contest gives students from across the nation the chance to design, build and then operate robotic explorers in a bin loaded with simulated Martian soil called regolith.

Although the teams get to decide whether to give their robots direction by remote control or program them to work autonomously, the machines are tasked with collecting as much regolith ... More →
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Karla Lant reports that NASA is fast-tracking a planned trip to 16 Psyche, an asteroid that almost completely consists of nickel-iron metal, and probably platinum, cobalt, and other metals. The iron in 16 Psyche alone is estimated to be worth $10,000 quadrillion (at current market prices), if humans were able to bring it down to Earth, which sounds great, until you realize that the entire global economy is only worth $78 trillion. Injecting that much worth into the world economy would crash that metals market, in a totally different kind of asteroid impact than most people think about. Same wi... More →
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Dom Galeon and Abby Norman opine that where there is water, life abounds, at least, that has been the experience here on Earth. As such, many planetary probes have been designed to look for the presence of water, or signs of it. In our solar system, there are celestial bodies that have been found to contain great amounts of water. These so-called ocean worlds include Jupiter moons.... Europa and Ganymede, and the Saturn moon Enceladus.

Now, NASA has just made its plans to explore deeper into these ocean worlds official. NASA hosted the Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop, where p... More →
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NASA has released a technical report on potential future search efforts for near-Earth objects after a year of analysis by scientists working on this issue on near-Earth objects less than 1 kilometer in size
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