December 2013

Incredible Technology: How to Mine Water on Mars

December 23rd, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The bone-dry desert of present-day Mars may seem like the last place you would look for water, but the Red Planet actually contains a wealth of water locked up in ice. Evidence that Mars once supported liquid water has been mounting for years, and exploratory missions have found that water [...]

The New Space Race: Moon Express Unveils Design for MX-1 Commercial Lunar Lander

December 9th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography, Video|Tags: , , , |

Moon Express recently unveiled the MX-1 spacecraft design at the Autodesk University in Las Vegas. The Mountain View, California-based company is in the commercial space race, competing for the $40-million-Google Lunar X prize. The coffee-table sized spacecraft will be powered by solar panels and hydrogen peroxide and can [...]

Why the next decade’s hot space race revolves around the moon

December 6th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If China’s just-launched Chang’e 3 lunar probe (quaintly known as the Jade Rabbit) drops its robotic rover down on the Moon’s surface in mid-December as scheduled, it will be the first soft landing on our nearest celestial neighbor in 37 years. It also kicks off a resurgence of interest in [...]

China launches rocket with its first moon lander and rover

December 2nd, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , |

BEIJING-- In hopes of ensuring that the next man on the moon is Chinese, Beijing launched a rocket carrying a buggy-like vehicle that is expected to roam and explore the moon's surface for three months. The Long March rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province [...]