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SpaceX and Blue Origin -design NASA’s manned moon lander

SpaceX and Blue Origin -design NASA’s manned moon lander

Overview

SpaceX and Blue Origin -design NASA’s manned moon lander

NASA is aiming towards the lunar manned mission. The Artemis program for which the initial missions are going to be conducted. According to new reports, NASA had selected Elon Musk’s SpaceX also, Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origin and an Albama based firm called Dynetics.

These companies are collectively going to aim towards the biggest leap of colonizing the moon.

The Artemis program

This Artemis program by US space agency NASA aims to land the first woman and next man on the moon surface by 2024.

This will lead to the colonization of moon in future. Therefore, NASA had tied up with other companies for this mission.

MOON LANDER – CONTRACTS

NASA had done the deal for worth $967 million. For the three companies – $579 to Blue Origin, $135 to SpaceX and $253 million to Dynetics.

Moon lander designs

According to the reports the three companies have three different designs for the lander. SpaceX had designed the next generation spacecraft Starship which once landed will take the astronauts to the surface through an elevator. In contrast, Blue origin design is an Integrated Lander vehicle(ILV).

SpaceX and Blue Origin -design NASA's manned moon lander
Prototype concept for starship

SpaceX and Blue Origin -design NASA’s manned moon lander

Lander selection

According to NASA, the time period of contract will be up to February 2021. Therefore, after the time period NASA will evaluate and select the suitable lander from the initial demonstration mission.

Also, take a look how the tweets are trending…

All this shows that the space race is going much to an extent…

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NASA needs your help for mini moon payload designs

NASA needs your help for mini moon payload designs

NASA needs your help for mini moon payload designs.

Overview

You have got a chance to prove yourself to unleash the scientist in you! You just need to design a better payload for a lunar rover with the size of a bar soap!

Yes! You heard it right! On Thursday NASA issued ideas for a miniaturized payload to send the miniaturized rovers to the lunar surface. The program called the “Honey, I Shrunk the NASA payload challenge” through a platform called HeroX.

According to the details, the challenge is to design a payload for a lunar rover with a size of a bar soap. Also, there are more challenges that awaits with testing prototyping and creation. For the first round that is the design round, a reward of total $160,000 prize money is announced. Also, note the point that it will accept all submissions till June 1st.

NASA needs your help for mini moon payload designs
NASA have plans for the future missions

NASA needs your help for mini moon payload designs

Advantages of small size rover

  • Small size rovers are not so complicated.
  • Small size rovers have lower probability of damage.
  • It can be built at cheaper rates.
  • Small size rovers can be used as a starter prior to a mission as a method of testing.
  • Small size rovers will cut high energy consumption.
  • As a rover is primarily used for probing, then small size rover has the capacity to do so.

Conclusion

These rovers will help in collecting information about the lunar surface, also it’s environment. These information will be quite useful for future lunar missions. In 2022, NASA is planning for an Artemis program.

So, what are your thoughts regarding the payload? Will you take part in the challenge? I want my readers to be the champion! So go for it!

Also don’t forget to comment your views!

Super pink moon lights the sky amid COVID-19

Super pink moon lights the sky amid COVID-19

Super pink moon lights the sky amid COVID-19,

The Super pink moon lighted up the night sky across the world. Amid the COVID-19 which made the world to come to sandstill, the supermoon provided a magnificent view and hope to the entire world.

What is a Supermoon?

Super Pink Moon lights the sky amid COVID-19

As the name suggests, supermoon is not that kind of super big thing. It happens when a full moon comes nearer to the Earth. Also, they appear 10-15 per cent brighter.

Super pink moon lights the sky amid COVID-19

What’s with the name?

Super Pink Moon lights the sky amid COVID-19
This beautiful flower you are seeing is the Phlox flower from which the Supermoon get its name.

The name Super pink moon is adapted because these supermoon appear during the spring season. Mostly in North American regions certain flowers which are pink colored blooms. Therefore, with the reference to it traditionally the name for the moon came into being.

The above picture shows the flower Flox from which the name of the supermoon came.

Timings

The super pink moon was visible from April 7 in the evening to April 8 in the morning.

Full Supermoons of 2020

  • The first supermoon was on March 9 with distance of 357,404 km.
  • The second supermoon the current one on April 7 – 8 with distance of 357,035 km.
  • The coming one is on May 7.

Missed the supermoon?

Missed the Super Pink Moon? No need to worry. Here is another chance : the coming month of May on 7 th the world will witness the new supermoon. So, get ready!

So, guys what are your views on the Super Pink Moon? Had anyone watched it or missed it. Comment your views and let me know!