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Trump's NASA Pivot - The Atlantic

Rumors that the Trump administration was more interested in the moon than Mars began circulating days after the inauguration. Leaked memos published in February revealed the president's advisers wanted NASA to send astronauts there by 2020, one part ...and more »

Astronaut Scott Kelly on the devastating effects of a year in space - The Sydney Morning Herald

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly spent a year in space. His recollections of this unprecedented test of human endurance, and the physical toll it took, raise questions about the likelihood of future travel to Mars.and more »

US Will Return to the Moon, Pence Says - Scientific American

The Trump administration is committed to sending astronauts to the moon as part of a broader push to prioritize human spaceflight and firm up U.S. dominance in the final frontier, Vice President Mike Pence said. "We will return American astronauts to ...and more »

Lunar volcanoes and lava lakes gave the early moon an atmosphere - New Scientist

By Jeff Hecht. If you travelled back in time 3.5 billion years and looked up at the night sky, you would have seen an atmosphere around the moon. Though today it retains only a few tenuous wisps of atmosphere, new calculations show that massive ...and more »

The US Just Officially Said It Is Sending Humans Back to The Moon - ScienceAlert

Earlier this month, NASA said it was prepared to shift its focus away from Mars, and toward the Moon, whenever the current administration gave the "go" for logistical launch. Now the organisation will have to put their plans into motion, because the ...and more »

The Moon Once Had An Atmosphere? - Discover Magazine (blog)

Barren and desolate today, our moon was once swathed by a thin atmosphere. Born from geothermal eruptions when the moon was still young, gaseous traces of carbon monoxide, sulfur, hydrogen and oxygen once swirled across the moon's surface, say ...and more »

It Turns Out That Our Moon Once Had an Atmosphere - Futurism

New research shows that our Moon once had an atmosphere 3 to 4 billion years ago. It formed when volcanic eruptions rocked the ancient satellite, propelling gases above its surface too rapidly for them to seep into space. The surface of the Moon is ...and more »

Vice President Mike Pence Wants to Send Astronauts Back to the Moon - Fortune

U.S. astronauts may once again walk on the moon. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday that the Trump administration wants to send astronauts to the moon “not only to leave behind footprints and flags,” but to set the stage for the U.S. to send ...and more »

NASA could go back to the future and revive moon base plans from a decade ago - GeekWire

Moon base An artist's conception from 2007 shows astronauts walking up to an early lunar habitat. (NASA Illustration). In the wake of the National Space Council's first meeting, NASA says it has been told to draw up plans to send humans to the moon ...and more »

That Time When Volcanic Eruptions Created a Temporary Atmosphere on the Moon - Gizmodo

Aside from some floating dust, our Moon has absolutely no atmosphere to speak of. New research suggests this wasn't always the case, and that long ago, an atmosphere briefly popped into existence as a result of intense volcanic activity. Around three ...and more »