Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 12-15 May 2017

China, USA Simulate Long-Duration Human Moon Missions In Closed Habitats

Beijing, China Hosts 1-Year Moon Mission Analog With 8 Volunteers In 2 Groups (2 Women, 2 Men In Each) Living In Yuegong-1 (Lunar Palace-1) Complete With Two 50m2 Greenhouses / Bio-Regenerative Life-Support Systems Experiments Vital For Lunar Settlement; 1st Group Will Remain For 60 Days, 2nd Group 200 Days, Then 1st Group Return For 105 Days; NASA Human Exploration Research Analog Campaign 4 (HERA-4) Is Ongoing From 6 May – 19 Jun At JSC, Houston TX 148.1 m3 Habitat; 4 Team Members Will Test New Space Food & Hardware Prototypes Including Simulated Exploration Vehicle, Use 3-D Printer; 3 Additional 45-Day Missions Run In Aug, Oct, Feb 2018

Credits: Beihang University – Beijing University for Aeronautics and Astronautics, Xinhua, Ju Huanzong, NASA

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 17-20 March 2017

Human Moon Mission Planning Advances In USA, China, Russia

US Gov Surveying Feasibility Of Human Moon Flyby Sep 2018 On Orion / SLS / EM-1, Private Venture SpaceX Plans 2018 Circumlunar Trip For 2 Tourists, Blue Origin Proposes 2020 Moon South Pole Cargo Deliveries To Start Permanent Human Settlement; China Chief Lunar Exploration Designer Hu Hao Announces Success Of CE-5 Sample Return Launching Nov 2017 Will Pave Way For Human Landing Mission Which ‘Should Be Carried Out ASAP’; Russia Begins Selection Of 6-8 Cosmonauts For Federatsiya Spacecraft Intended To Fly To Moon, First Uncrewed Test Flight Planned 2021 On New Angara Rocket

Credits: NASA, CNSA, Roscosmos, SpaceX, Blue Origin

Tuesday / 10 November 2015

Russia IMBP Reviewing Data From ~30 “Fly Women To The Moon” Experiments

11102015Luna-15 Six-Female Crew Completes 8-Day Simulation At Moscow Institute Of Medical-Biological Problems (IMBP) To Provide Information On “The Mechanisms Of Adaptation To The Conditions Of The Female Body 8-Day Isolation In Germoobekte While Rotating At Short-Radius Centrifuge” With Sergey Ponomarev (TL) As Project Leader; Crew Members (L-R) Daria Komissarova, Tatyana Shuguyeva, Polina Kuznetsova, Inna Nosikova, Anna Kussmaul & Elena Luchitskaya; Simulations & Data Include Moon Flight, 2-Day Orbit & Landing; Scientists Hopeful To Conduct Similar Experiments With Landing On The Moon Noted By IMBP Head Mark Belakovsky (BL)

Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, ESA, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, IMBP

Friday / 6 November 2015

Who Will Be The Next Astronaut To Reach The Moon?

Humans to MoonNew Class Of NASA Astronauts To Be Chosen Mid-2017, Agency Accepting Applications 14 Dec 2015 To Feb 2016; More Than 6,100 Applied During Last Call 2011 – 8 Chosen In 2013: 4 Women & 4 Men Who May Be The First Humans To Perform Lunar Mission Since 1972, Flying Aboard Orion ~2023; Private Golden Spike Co. Still Hoping For ~2020 Flights; China & India Steadily Advancing Moon Missions & Human Spaceflight Capabilities; Russia Proclaims Human Moon Mission 2029; ESA Discussing Eventual Permanent International Moon Station On Far Side

Credit: NASA, ESA

Thursday / 29 October 2015

Russia Focused On Luna-2015 Simulation & Proclaims Humans To Moon 2029

10292015RSC Energia Head Vladimir Solntsev (TL) Reveals Human “Lunar Landing Is Planned For 2029”; Spacecraft For Mission Currently Being Built In Moscow With Inaugural Flight Aiming For 2021, ISS Space Dock 2023, Un-Crewed Moon Mission 2025, Astronauts To Moon 2029; Luna-2015 Female-Only Crew Simulations Commence, Gathering Data With “Over 30 Experiments” As Stated By Crew Member Daria Komissarova (LC); Experiment Taking Place At Moscow Institute Of Medical-Biological Problems; Potential Collaboration Efforts Also Underway With ESA For Moon Settlement & Joint Lunar Station Prospectively With China

Credit: ESA, IMBP, RSC Energia

Wednesday / 5 August 2015

Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Gathering Experimental Data For Future Space Missions

8052015First Canada Commander Of ISS Chris Hadfield (TL) Of Expedition 35, Advocating Future Moon Exploration, States “Yes! The Moon Is The Obvious Next Necessary Step”; CSA Continues To Take Advantage Of Moon / Mars Analogs In Arctic: Astronaut David Saint-Jacques (TC) Returning From Training Expedition On Kaskawulsh Glacier In Yukon, Data From Astronaut Jeremy Hansen (TR) Mission At Moon Analog Site In Tunnunik Crater Being Reviewed

Credit: CSA, NASA, Jeremy Hansen, Emily Chung / CBC

Thursday / 16 July 2015

ESA Envisions Lunar Village

7162015New Director General Of European Space Agency (ESA) Johann-Dietrich Woerner (TL) Proposes “Moon Village On The Far Side Of The Moon”; Collaborative Efforts Would Incorporate World Participation; Far Side Of Moon Long Supported By Dr. Jack Burns (TR) Of University Of Colorado Boulder; Motivation For Village Includes Telescopes For Deep Space Observation, Stepping Stone For Mars Missions / Training, 3D Printing Trials & Multi-Nation Astronaut Settlement / Expanded International Involvement

Credit: NASA, ESA, Foster + Partners

Friday / 10 July 2015

Six Russia Women To Participate In 8-Day
Moon Mission Analog Russia Women Moon Mission

Moscow Institute For Medical & Biological Problems To Observe Psychological Effects & Performance Of 6 Russia Women Scientists (Selected From 10 Experts In Physical / Biological / Medical Research) During 8-Day “Moon Mission” Starting 27 Oct; Women Will Live In Confined Mockup Spacecraft & Use Short Radius Centrifuge; Mission Duration Simulates Launch, One Orbit Around Moon & Return To Earth; Results Will Aid Planning For Long-Duration Missions / Permanent Moon Settlements

Credit: Medical & Biological Problems Institute, ESA, Laboratory of Physics & Physiology

Tuesday / 2 September 2014

Vision For Space Access May Be Difference In Tight Hawai`i Governor Race

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Pacific Space Access Could Become A Key Issue As Hawai’i Gubernatorial Race Heats Up; Sen David Ige (D), Duke Aiona (R), Mufi Hannemann (I) All Could Benefit From Supporting Pioneering Initiative To Develop Hawaii-Based Sea Launching Enterprise, Which Would Bring Economic And Scientific Opportunities To Islands; With NASA Missions LRO & Mars Opportunity Rover Receiving Funding For Extended Missions, Hawaii Island Role As Analog Test Site For Robotic / Human Planetary Missions Should Continue To Advance

Image Credit: PISCES, Sea Launch, KHON2

Wednesday / 13 August 2014

Shuttle Astronauts Advocate For Human Moon Missions

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Moon Is Ideal Location To Train & Develop Equipment / Procedures For Mars / Deep Space Missions Says Former Shuttle Astronauts Frank Culbertson (C) & Daniel Brandenstein (R); Astronaut Robert Crippen (CR) Says More Focus On International Cooperation Needed, Especially With China Moon Program; Acknowledged NASA Current Trend Of Risk Aversion, Urged Support For Orion Development: “This Is Our System To Get To The Moon”; Remarks Were Made During AIAA Space 2014 Forum In San Diego CA

Image Credit: AIAA, NASA, ESA