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Jeff Bezos has unveiled an ambitious plan to send a spaceship to the Moon.

Bezos says his space company Blue Origin will land a robotic ship the size of a small house, capable of carrying four rovers and using a newly designed rocket engine and souped-up rockets. It would be followed by a version that could bring people to the moon along the same timeframe as NASA's proposed 2024 return.

The Amazon chief, who was dwarfed by his mock-up of the Blue Moon vehicle at his presentation in Washington D.C. Thursday, said, "This is an incredible vehicle and it's going to the moon."

DOOMED BERESHEET SPACECRAFT SNAPPED THIS PICTURE MOMENTS BEFORE CRASHING INTO MOON

Bezos said: "It's time to go back to the moon. This time to stay.”


Jeff Bezos speaks in front of a model of Blue Origin's Blue Moon lunar lander, Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Washington D.C.. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Lunar exploration is garnering plenty of attention at the moment. Last month, for example, Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft crashed into the lunar surface. If the privately-funded probe had successfully executed a ‘soft landing’ on the Moon it would have taken Israel into a select group of nations. Only three countries – the U.S., the Soviet Union and China – have made successful ‘soft landings’ on the lunar surface.


China became the first country to successfully land a probe on the far side of the Moon when the Chang’e 4 lander reached the lunar surface on Jan. 2.

The U.S. is the only country to place astronauts on the Moon, having done so most recently in December 1972 during the Apollo 17 mission. Only 12 men, all Americans, have set foot on the Moon.


July 20, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing and lunar missions continue to be a source of fascination.

A checklist that traveled to the surface of the Moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin recently sold at auction in New York for $62,500. In the same auction, three tiny Moon rocks brought back from space by the unmanned Soviet Luna-16 mission were sold for $855,000.


Dec. 21, 2018 also marked the 50th anniversary of the momentous Apollo 8 launch. During a series of historic lunar orbits, NASA astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders became the first humans to see the far side of the Moon.

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It appears that all the attention has been shifted away from Mars and towards the moon. In some kind of a
new space race. NASA is being awfully hush mouth about the new Insight lander on Mars. Leading some to speculate there is something wrong with it. It isn't a rover so it didn't roam around and find something.

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https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7339

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It appears that all the attention has been shifted away from Mars and towards the moon. In some kind of a
new space race. NASA is being awfully hush mouth about the new Insight lander on Mars. Leading some to speculate there is something wrong with it. It isn't a rover so it didn't roam around and find something.

This gal is feeling better and calling home again.

https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7339
Thank God for that.
Some leading space scientists recently said that you cannot get to Mars if you are not first full time on the Moon.
**** shame that the Washington, regardless of party pissed away 40 plus years of advancement by focusing on the moon rather than the semi-worthless econo-box version of a space shuttle, that killed people, for a space station that was nearly as useless.


There was a bit more detailed article on the same thing on MSN yesterday.

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Thank God for that.
Some leading space scientists recently said that you cannot get to Mars if you are not first full time on the Moon.
**** shame that the Washington, regardless of party pissed away 40 plus years of advancement by focusing on the moon rather than the semi-worthless econo-box version of a space shuttle, that killed people, for a space station that was nearly as useless.


There was a bit more detailed article on the same thing on MSN yesterday.

Yup^^^^^^^ this.
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Bob, there is a report where one of our returning astronauts was saying that the ISS is filthy and it stinks.
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Bob, there is a report where one of our returning astronauts was saying that the ISS is filthy and it stinks.

Well you cant roll the window down when someone has gas!


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I think the Shuttle Program was a success.


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But even while the Space Shuttle Program has officially come to a close, more than 120 technologies developed during its lifetime are continuing to benefit society as commercial products. As a part of its celebration of the retirement of the space shuttle, NASA highlighted several of these spinoffs with an exhibit on display at the unveiling of Discovery at its new permanent home. The exhibit will also appear at the upcoming unveilings of the Space Shuttles Enterprise, Endeavour, and Atlantis in New York City, Los Angeles, and Kennedy Space Center, respectively.

Among the award-winning spinoffs that have emerged from the Space Shuttle Program are life-saving medical innovations, energy-conserving insulation and design elements, and even protective—and fashionable—eyewear.

Space shuttle science has led to important, and even surprising, advances in medical technology. Inspired by experiments demonstrating the strong growth of bacteria in microgravity, NASA engineers developed a special bioreactor with rotating walls to simulate freefall conditions—essentially recreating a microgravity environment on Earth. The unique growth method encourages healthier, more natural-forming cell cultures and is currently facilitating research into treatment for cancer and diabetes.

A heart pump on display in the NASA exhibit is a great example of how innovation can come from unexpected sources—in this case flow challenges posed by the space shuttle’s fuel pumps, a problem that turned out to share similarities with challenges posed by human blood circulation. The resulting miniaturized pump, which was a result of collaboration between doctors and NASA engineers, has kept more than 450 people alive while they wait for a transplant.

One of the shuttle’s most versatile spinoffs is the flexible, practical form of aerogel developed by NASA to keep liquid hydrogen fuel for the shuttle below -253 °C. Aerogel, the world’s lightest solid and one of the most effective insulators, now protects homes and industrial equipment, keeps the feet of mountain climbers warm, and is used to treat painful circulatory disorders.

Another set of space shuttle spinoffs are not only featured in the NASA traveling display but employed on the road across the Nation. Aerodynamics research conducted as part of the Space Shuttle Program led to truck design improvements, now ubiquitous, that can save thousands of gallons of gas per vehicle each year. NASA engineers also discovered that adding small tabs to the back of a truck smoothed air flow around the vehicle, reducing drag—a technology made commercially available.

Multiple NASA-derived advances in eyewear have proven to be popular spinoff technologies over the years. One such technology, a titanium frame for glasses that is light-weight and hinge- and screw-free, is now widely available for consumers in both corrective and sunglass models. These frames, and unique protective lenses, are derived from designs originally created for astronauts.

Through these technologies and many more, the Space Shuttle Program will benefit the Nation for years to come, forecasting the kind of unique returns we can expect from current and future NASA programs and missions. These are only a fraction of the nearly 1,800 spinoffs documented to date—technologies that have saved tens of thousands of lives, created thousands of jobs, reduced billions of dollars in costs, and generated over a billion dollars in revenue.

For more information on NASA spinoff technologies from the Space Shuttle Program and beyond, visit http://spinoff.nasa.gov.

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Oh my gosh can you imagine lol. " You gotta do that in here? Why don't you blow that out the airlock next time"
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I think the Shuttle Program was a success.

Kin I've always thought that. The two we lost was because someone didn't have enough foresight to
have prevented the disasters. Especially with Challanger they should have known better about those
O rings and cold weather. It wasn't the ships themselves.
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I wonder who is conjuring up the new space force space ships. With a name like that you know they are going to be military.
Armed and maneuverable. I don't think the top secret Air Force space plane was just a toy.
Lasers, rail guns, either one of them would be devastating in orbit.
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