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Europe and Russia may join forces for Moon landing, ESA launches tiny spacecraft from the ISS, and more....

19 Oct 2015, 09:29 UTC
Europe and Russia may join forces for Moon landing, ESA launches tiny spacecraft from the ISS, and more....
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If you've enjoyed this please share it on facebook, twitter, or whatever your favourite social media is. Europe and Russia may co-operate on Moon landerDr James Carpenter, of the European Space Agency, has described to the BBC how he expects Europe and Russia might co-operate on a lunar lander that would land on an unexplored region of the Moon's south pole. The Lunar south pole is home to a lot of mysteries, including valley where the sun has not risen for billions of years,mountain peaks where it never sets, large amount of water ice and organic molecules, unique geological formations, and temperatures colder than the far side of the planet Pluto. The lander would mainly be aimed at searching for usable materials such as water ice, and might be a first step towards a manned base (although I've heard that before).Above: A topographic Map of the Lunar south pole, the lander's destination. Courtesy of ESA.Fuel mined on the Moon may be the key to MarsBut, while we're on the Moon, Olivier de Weck (a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and of engineering systems at MIT) and Takuto Ishimatsu (a postdoc at MIT), have published findings that suggest the easiest way ...

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