NASA Announces Contracts for VIPER Mission to Lunar South Pole

Artist’s concept of the four-wheeled VIPER rover at work at the lunar south pole. Much of its scientific instrumentation originates from the now-canceled Resource Prospector. Image Credit: NASA

NASA has selected Astrobotic Technology, Inc., of Pittsburgh, Penn., to launch its Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) mission, targeted to rise from Earth in 2023 […]

NASA Selects Companies to Develop Vehicles for Landing Humans on the Moon

The Artemis program aims to send the next man and the first woman to the Moon by 2024. NASA has selected 3 companies to develop human landers that will land astronauts on the moon. Blue Origin, SpaceX, and Dynetics. Image Credit: NASA

America’s goal to return humans to the Moon before the end of […]

: Remembering Apollo 13's Lost Moonwalks, 50 Years On (Part 1)

Artist’s concept of Apollo 13 astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise exploring Fra Mauro. The Lunar Module (LM) Aquarius is visible in the background. Their lost surface explorations subsequently passed to Apollo 14 crewmen Al Shepard and Ed Mitchell. Image Credit: Teledyne Brown

In an alternate universe, Jim Lovell and Fred Haise should have […]

'Driven By Confidence': Remembering Apollo 13's Lost Moonwalks, 50 Years On (Part 1)

Jim Lovell and Fred Haise participate in lunar surface training in February 1970. Their target was the Moon’s Fra Mauro foothills. Photo Credit: NASA

Had the cruelty of fate not intervened, a half-century ago, this month, the fifth and sixth humans ever to set foot on another world twice have walked on the dusty […]

'Our Finest Hour': Remembering Apollo 13, 50 Years On (Part 4)

Apollo 13 back on Earth. Photo: NASA

By the middle of April 1970, Project Apollo—America’s effort to land a man on the lunar surface—had reached one of its most decisive points of crisis. As described in last weekend’s AmericaSpace history feature, an explosion rocked the Apollo 13 spacecraft, halfway to the Moon, destroying one […]

'Up to You Now': Remembering Apollo 13, 50 Years On (Part 3)

Astronauts gather in Mission Control at the height of the crisis. Seated (from left) are Deke Slayton, Jack Lousma and John Young, with Ken Mattingly and Vance Brand standing. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifty years ago, this week, the lives of three humans literally hung in the balance, more than 200,000 miles (320,000 km) from […]

'We Have a Problem': Remembering Apollo 13, 50 Years On (Part 2)

Gene Kranz (in foreground) watches the Flight Day 3 TV broadcast from Apollo 13. Photo: NASA

Fifty years ago today, on Saturday, 11 April 1970, the third mission aimed at landing humans on the Moon got underway, with a spectacular launch from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. As recounted […]

'Bored to Tears': Remembering Apollo 13, 50 Years On (Part 1)

Apollo 13’s Latin motto of “Ex Luna, Scientia” (“From the Moon, Knowledge”) highlighted this mission as a voyage of exploration and scientific endeavor. Image Credit: NASA

By the spring of 1970, six months had passed since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin triumphantly fulfilled President John F. Kennedy’s pledge to land a man on the […]

Apollo 15 Veteran Al Worden Dies at 88

Al Worden waves to ground personnel at Patrick Air Force Base prior to taking off on a training flight in a T-38 aircraft in July 1971. Photo Credit: The Project Apollo Archive/NASA

Only four years before the first woman and the next man are due to set foot on the surface of the Moon, […]

'To Become More Diverse': Choosing the Apollo 13 Landing Site, 50 Years On (Part 1)

Apollo 13’s Latin motto of “Ex Luna, Scientia” (“From the Moon, Knowledge”) highlighted this mission as a voyage of exploration and scientific endeavor. Image Credit: NASA

Had the cruelty of fate not intervened, 14 sons of Earth—not 12—would have taken the sweeping descent down to the surface of the Moon and left their bootprints […]