XPRIZE Gives Moon Express a GO for 2017 Launch to Land First Private Spacecraft on Moon

An artist illustration of the Moon Express MX-1 lunar lander on its mission to the moon. On Dec. 8, 2015, Google Lunar XPRIZE officially verified the company’s launch contract, paving the way for a moonshot by the end of 2017. Image Credit: Moon Express

Teams from around the world have been competing to […]

China Launches Chang’e 3 on Country's First Mission to Land on the Moon

Liftoff of China’s Chang’e 3 and their “Jade Rabbit” Yutu rover to the surface of the Moon from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China. Image Credit: CCTV

Today, under cover of darkness, China successfully launched their first robotic lunar rover atop a powerful Long March-3B rocket from the country’s Xichang Satellite Launch […]

Northrop Grumman Kicks Off Apollo 11 Anniversary Weekend With BBQ at US Space Walk of Fame

Northrop Grumman hosted a barbecue luncheon for the men and women who worked on the Apollo Program. This and other events took place a day prior to the 44th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

TITUSVILLE, Fla — Just one day before the 44th anniversary of […]

Felt Rather Than Heard: The Historic Launch of Apollo 11 to the Moon

Humanity’s first piloted landing on the Moon was perhaps our species’ greatest triumph of the 20th century … or maybe of any century in history. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty-four years ago this very day, the ground in Florida shook to 7.7 million pounds of thrust as the largest and most powerful rocket ever […]