Intuitive Lunar Lander
“Intuitive Machines' IM-1 mission made history on Feb. 22, with the first successful Moon landing*
This will be the first of several missions before the next Atemis mission to fly a crewed mission around the moon, before the Artemis III mission to land humans on the moon in a few years.
Exciting times ahead. You can read more about the IM-1 mission here
Japan SLIM Mission
This week saw Japan become only the 5th country to land on the moon. This has been achieved using their SLIM mission, Smart Lander for Investigating the Moon (SLIM).
At the time of writing this, the mission status is that they landed on the moon, but there are issues with the solar panels preventing power to the lander. However, landing on the moon is very difficult. So this success proved the technology worked.
More information will be available in due course, in the meantime there is a link to the mission website below.
Biochemistry of Enceladus
Observations of Elemental Composition of Enceladus Consistent with Generalized Models of Theoretical Ecosystems | bioRxiv
Paper on BiorXiv on the chemistry found on Enceladus. You can read this here
I found a link to this on the Fediverse and the original post can also be found here
This can also be discussed on Science Forums
India Moon mission
There doesn't seem to have been much in the news about this, but India's mission to the moon is past another critical stage.
This is really important for the country but hopefully also for humanity as with any luck we will actually start to collaborate on exploration.
Artemis 2 training
With the 2024 Artemis 2 mission fast approaching, the mission teams are hard at work training for this important mission to fly humans around the moon and return safely to Earth. Read more here
JWST finds water on Enceladus
Posted to the Fediverse on 30/5/2023. The James Webb Space Telescope has potentially found water on Enceladus, one of the moons of Saturn. This is a great discovery and shows there is water on other planets. You can read original fediverse post via link below.
The following graphic was also part of the post, so reproducing here too.
Feel free to discuss further either tag me on fedi @firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can start a thread on Science Forums
Sorry, I don't use mainstream social media. This is 2023, the fediverse provides intellectual content.
The Damage to Lunar Orbiting Spacecraft Caused by the Ejecta of Lunar Landers
This is an interesting paper looking at The Damage to Lunar Orbiting Spacecraft Caused by the Ejecta of Lunar Landers.. The Link was posted to the Fediverse.
Just highlights the many dangers of space exploration, we need to protect any spacecraft from moon ejecta. How we do this will of course require more research and data, as I guess we can't just go up and collect a load of moon dust and bring to earth, probably not as simple as that as we would probably need to simulate the gravity difference on the moon.
I have started a discussion on science forums around this as I am just speculating about how we can research this. I would guess that once we do have data, then we can use AI to help with simulations.
Artemis II Mission
The crew to take NASA and humans back to lunar orbit has been announced. This is the second mission which will take a human crew around the moon and back to Earth.
Rolls Royce Nuclear engine
Rolls-Royce Nuclear Engine Could Power Quick Trips to the Moon and Mars