Turning astronauts into Moon explorers

ESA’s geology training course PANGAEA has come of age with the publication of a paper that describes the quest for designing the best possible geology training for the next astronauts to walk on the surface of the Moon. Since 2016, PANGAEA has equipped ten astronauts from three space agencies with the foundational knowledge and skills Read More

Train like an astronaut with the 2023 Walk to the Moon Challenge

In brief The Mission X 2023 Walk to the Moon Challenge is now officially open.  As of 16 January, registered teams can complete activities, earn points, and help the Mission X mascots, Luna and Leo, walk to the Moon! In-depth Mission X is a free educational and inspirational project that challenges students to train like Read More

NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Top 22 of ’22

  Here is a look at the most significant events this year at America's multiuser spaceport:FEBRUARY Rocco A. Petrone Launch Control Center at Kennedy   Credits: NASA/Cory Huston     Launch Control Center Renamed for Famed Launch Director     Following a Feb. 22 ceremony, the Launch Control Center at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida was officially renamed Read More

A wreath of star formation

Webb's picture of the month December is dominated by NGC 7469, a luminous, face-on spiral galaxy approximately 90 000 light-years in diameter that lies roughly 220 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Pegasus.  This spiral galaxy has recently been studied as part of the Great Observatories All-sky LIRGs Survey (GOALS), which aims to study Read More

ESA to invite companies to connect with the Moon

Some 250 missions to the Moon will launch over the next decade alone, according to market analysists Northern Sky Research, which the company predicts will activate a €100 billion lunar economy, creating jobs and prosperity on Earth. ESA’s Moonlight initiative – which received financial backing from ESA’s Member States at the Council at the Ministerial Read More