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Kent’s Blue Origin sets its sights on the Moon
06 October 2018, 12:29 | Justin Tyler
NASA, Israel Space Agency Sign Agreement for Commercial Lunar Cooperation
In addition, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will attempt to take scientific measurements of the SpaceIL lander as it lands on the Moon.
The lunar modules used by NASA during the Apollo missions carried two people and weighed 4.7 tons without fuel. "This lander could be used to establish a surface base, deliver scientific or commercial cargo and perform Moon exploration", Lisa Callahan added.
Exposure to galactic cosmic radiation during deep space travel, such as to Mars, might significantly damage gastrointestinal functions in astronauts, say researchers, led by one of an Indian-origin.
The lander's first configuration will be capable of seating four astronauts as well as carrying up to 2,000lbs of cargo. Much of the hardware will be modeled on Lockheed's future deep-space crew capsule Orion, which the company has been developing for NASA and which reportedly costs $20 billion.
Lockheed Martin's recently announced lander will be the transport vehicle that will ferry astronauts between Gateway and the lunar surface.
"The Gateway is key to full, frequent and fast reusability of this lander", said Tim Cichan, space exploration architect at Lockheed Martin Space, who presented the lander concept at the International Astronautical Congress. "Because this lander does not have to endure the challenges of re-entering the Earth's atmosphere, it can fly back many times without the need for significant and costly renewals".
"We will return to the Moon, put Americans on Mars and once again explore the farthest depths of outer space", he said.
Dr. Ido Anteby, CEO of SpaceIL (left), Avi Blasberger, Director of the Israel Space Agency (ISA - second from left), NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine (second from right), and NASA Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate Thomas Zurbuchen (right), following the signing of the agreement.
Man makes shocking discovery about 30-year-old doorstop
The man contacted Sirbescu, who identified the rock as a meteorite composed of about 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel. The man named David, who didn't want his last name used says the rock has been used as a doorstop in a barn for decades.
MI man's doorstop rock turns out to be a $100000 meteorite
After analysis, the space rock was determined to contain 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel, which is rarely found on Earth. For the past thirty years, he has used it as a doorstop and sent it off to school with his children for show-and-tell.