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ASU CubeSat to Explore Moon

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An ASU-built CubeSat about the size of a shoebox will be used to produce a map of the water resources on the moon for future space exploration. It is the first ASU-led interplanetary mission. (Credit: Sean Amidan/ASU/SpaceTREx)

An ASU-built CubeSat about the size of a shoebox will be used to produce a map of the water resources on the moon for future space exploration. It is the first ASU-led interplanetary mission. (Credit: Sean Amidan/ASU/SpaceTREx)

ASU PR — A spacecraft the size of a shoebox with Arizona origins will soon be orbiting our nearest neighbor to create a map of water-ice on the moon.

The NASA-selected CubeSat will be designed, built and operated at Arizona State University and is one piece of the agency’s larger mission to fully characterize the water content at the lunar South Pole in preparation for exploration, resource utilization and improved understanding of the moon’s geologic history.

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This Week on The Space Show

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This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston:

1. Monday, August 10, 2015; : 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome JEREMY STRAUB and several of his students to discuss their research on a wide range of space related topics including cybersecurity for spacecraft (an intrusion detection system and cryptography technique) to an attitude determination and control system component to image processing.

2. Tuesday, August 10, 2015, 7 PM PDT (10 PM EDT, 9 PM CDT): We welcome RUSSELL COX, CEO & Founder, The Lunar Initiatives. See www.LunarInitiatives.com.

3. Friday, August 14, 2015, 9:30-11 AM PDT (12:30-2 PM EDT, 11:30 AM – 1 PM CDT): We welcome back CHARLES MILLER to discuss the new Return to the Moon concept and architecture as described in the new report, “Economic Assessment and Systems Analysis of an Evolvable Lunar Architecture that Leverages Commercial Space Capabilities and Public-Private-Partnerships.” See www.nss.org/docs/EvolvableLunarArchitecture.pdf for further information.

4. Sunday, August 16:,12-1:30 PM PDT, (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). Welcome to our OPEN LINES program. All space & STEM calls welcome. First time callers welcome.

Confirmed! Moon Does Orbit the Earth

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GREENBELT, Md. (NASA PR) — A NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a unique view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth last month. The series of test images shows the fully illuminated “dark side” of the moon that is never visible from Earth.

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Study: Returning Astronauts to Moon Cheaper Than Thought

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The moon rising over Half Moon Bay, California on Halloween 2009. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

The moon rising over Half Moon Bay, California on Halloween 2009. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

A new study published last week has put forth an “Evolvable Lunar Architecture” (ELA) that it claims would reduce the projected cost a returning humans to the moon by up to 90 percent.

The study, “Economic Assessment and Systems Analysis of an Evolvable Lunar Architecture that Leverages Commercial Space Capabilities and Public-Private-Partnerships,” finds that the  projected cost of returning to the moon could be reduced from about $100 billion to about $10 billion (plus or minus 30 percent) using private-public partnerships that leverage emerging commercial capabilities.

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GLXP News: Earthrise Space Tests Out Rover at NASA Facility

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Sagan performing mobility tests in NASA Lunar Regolith Bin. (Credit: ESF)

Sagan performing mobility tests in NASA Lunar Regolith Bin. (Credit: ESF)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. (ESF PR) – Earthrise Space Foundation (ESF) recently ventured out to Cape Canaveral to perform a series of tests on Sagan in NASA’s very own Lunar Regolith Bin.

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Astrobotic, NASA Team to Develop Flight Software for Griffin Lander

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Griffin Lander. (Credit: Astrobotic Technology)

Griffin Lander. (Credit: Astrobotic Technology)

PITTSBURGH, PA, July 7, 2015 (Astrobotic PR) – Astrobotic Technology, in partnership with NASA under the Lunar CATALYST initiative, has developed a preliminary version of its flight software for precision guidance. This software will direct the Griffin lander to safe touchdown on the Moon at a pit in the Lacus Mortis region on Astrobotic’s first mission. Astrobotic developed the software using NASA’s Core Flight Software (CFS), then validated Griffin’s mission performance and fuel usage using NASA-proven modeling and simulation tools.

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GLXP Update: Team Synergy Moon Moves Forward

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VIRUS-1 thruster test (Credit: Team Synergy Moon)

VIRUS-1 thruster test (Credit: Team Synergy Moon)

SAN FRANCISCO (Team Synergy Moon PR) — 2015 started with a BANG! as the Google Lunar X PRIZE awarded $6Million in Milestone Prizes.  Team Synergy Moon has also been busy, with lots of development work happening at Interorbital Systems for our launch infrastructure, launch vehicle and lunar lander.

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GXLP Update: Audi AG Supports Part-Time Scientists Moon Bid

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Part-Time Scientists rover. (Credit: Audi)

Part-Time Scientists rover. (Credit: Audi)

INGOLSTADT, Germany (Audi PR) — Audi is taking off for the moon – along with the Part-Time Scientists. Nearly 45 years after NASA’s Apollo 17 completed the last manned mission to the moon, the cooperating partners have selected the old landing site of Apollo 17 as the new target.

A group of German engineers in the Part-Time Scientists team is working within the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition to transport an unmanned rover to the moon. Audi is supporting the Part-Time Scientists with its know-how in several fields of technology – from quattro all-wheel drive and lightweight construction to electric mobility and piloted driving.

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Video: New Moon Race Nearly 8 Years Old

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Video Caption: From 2007-2010, 29 teams from 16 countries registered to compete in the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Today, 16 teams from 13 countries remain in the competition. They now have 6 months left to secure a contract for their launch to the moon. Welcome to the new space race.

Google Lunar X Prize Extends Deadline Again

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The Google Lunar X Prize has once again extended its deadline, this time to Dec. 31, 2017. The announcement comes six months after the $30 million competition extended its deadline from Dec. 31, 2015 to the end of 2016.

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