The Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has announced a contest to select eight eligible SpaceX 'Starship' passengers globally for his Dear Moon 2023 mission. Releasing a YouTube video, Maezawa shared the criteria which is to "push its envelope to help other people and greater society in some way" and "willing to support other crew members who share similar aspirations." Moreover, Maezawa clarified that the six-day lunar voyage will be… read-more
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China has become the world's second nation to hoist its flag on the lunar surface. It achieved the feat on December 4 during its on-going Chang’e 5’s space expedition to retrieve rock samples from the Moon. The Chinese unmanned mission has collected four pound of rock samples and has made a lift-off for return. The US’ Apollo 11 mission in 1969 was the first to plant any national flag on Moon.
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NASA will pay Colorado-based Lunar Outpost company a nominal $1 to collect samples from the moon. The decision has been taken after the Lunar Outpost was awarded a contract to collect samples under the low-cost lunar resource collection program held by NASA. With this, NASA aims to allow the companies to practice and extract resources from the moon. Interestingly, NASA has stated that payments will be made in three stages.
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The United Arab Emirates is set to launch lunar rover named ‘Rashid’, the first ever Arab Moon mission in 2024. The rover has named after late Sheikh Rashid, for his vision of Dubai. The mission is meant for scientific study and better understanding of the moon. There will be a range of scientific instruments on the Lunar mission, including two high-resolution optical cameras. Earlier in July, UAE had launched its Mars Mission from Japan.
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