European lunar architecture details leaked

Gaetano Marano at his Ghostnasa website has leaked, from a European Space Agency website, an EADS Astruim presentation that was part of a 8 July lunar architecture, industry daycredit: EADS AstriumSo it would appear that a European Moon mission would require four...

NASA’s nuclear powered lunar landers

credit: NASAThis image is from a video of a compressed air cylinders propelled prototype Modular Common Spacecraft Bus, tested by NASA Ames Research Center. The octagon-like common bus will be used for NASA’s 2011 launched Lunar Atmosphere and...

The Constellation conundrum

credit: NASA / Flight The big conundrum for NASA’s Constellation programme is how do you design transportation for an exploration strategy that envisages a permanently manned lunar outpost when all your major procurement decisions are based on reusing elements...

China talks Moon, Russia talks nukes

MSNBC writes that China’s Moon orbiter Chang’e 1 has entered lunar orbit and here is a report that the country’s space programme is considering using its Long March 3 vehicle for sending a lander mission Yury Zaitsev, Russian Academy of Engineering...