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December 17-23, 2018 / Vol 37, No 51 / Hawai`i Island, USA

14 Dec 2018, 20:04 UTC
December 17-23, 2018 / Vol 37, No 51 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Observing the 50th Year of Apollo 8, Envisioning the Next Human Moon Missions
USA looks to New Year 2019 with its renewed National Program support of Humans returning to the Moon, while celebrating the 50th Year of Apollo missions. On December 21, the first crewed mission to the Moon, Apollo 8, will be remembered with pioneering Astronauts Frank Borman II, James Lovell Jr and William Anders, along with the iconic Earthrise photograph. Commercial crews are training to become the first Americans to launch from USA soil since 2011, possibly next year on SpaceX Dragon V2 and Boeing CST-100 Starliner around the time of Apollo 11 commemorations. As a catalyst toward development of human-rated lunar landers, 9 companies chosen for Commercial Lunar Payload Services are working to provide Moon deliveries at 10+ kg starting as early as 2019 for the next 10 years. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stresses the importance of getting to the Moon “fast” and “sustainably”. Global lunar interest and competition continue to spark new first attempts on the Moon: China aims to land on the Far Side with Chang’e-4 around January 2-3; India is launching Chandrayaan-2 to the Moon South Pole region ~Jan 30; and SpaceIL from ...

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