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On May 4th, NASA’s InSight lander on Mars detected the most powerful marsquake the spacecraft has felt ever since landing in 2018 — a magnitude 5 tremor. NASA’s beleaguered InSight lander on Mars has detected a magnitude 5 “marsquake” — the largest one the spacecraft has felt yet since landing on the planet in November of 2018. It’s a major moment that comes during a fraught time for

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Astrobotic unveils private robotic lunar lander it aims to launch to the Moon this year

On April 20th, commercial space company Astrobotic unveiled its new Peregrine robotic lunar lander, which the company aims to land on the Moon by the end of the year. This afternoon, commercial space company Astrobotic unveiled its nearly complete robotic lunar lander, designed to take payloads for paying customers like NASA to the surface of the Moon. It marks the first time the company has shown the mostly

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Artist Jeff Koons aims to send sculptures to the Moon on commercial lunar lander

American artist Jeff Koons plans to send a new batch of sculptures to the Moon later this year on a robotic lunar lander built by Houston-based company Intuitive Machines. Later this year, American artist Jeff Koons will be displaying some of his latest sculptures in their most exotic location yet: the surface of the Moon. Thanks to a new collaboration, Koons will create some new sculptures that will travel to the

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NASA announces plans to develop second Moon lander, alongside SpaceX’s Starship

NASA announced plans to develop a second lander alongside SpaceX’s Starship vehicle to take humans to the lunar surface for its Artemis program. The goal is to spur competition for upcoming missions to the Moon. Today, NASA announced plans to develop a second human lunar lander for its Artemis program, the agency’s major spaceflight initiative to send humans back to the Moon. To build the vehicle, the space agency is calling on commercial space companies

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NASA’s human Moon lander program finally gets full funding in new budget bill

On March 9th, Congressional appropriators released a new omnibus spending bill that would give some of NASA’s underfunded programs the full funding the president’s budget request asked for. If Congress’ sweeping new spending bill is signed, it would finally provide full funding to some major NASA projects that have been underfunded over the last few years. Notably, NASA’s program to develop a new human lunar lander would be fully

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Blue Origin loses lawsuit against federal government over NASA’s human lunar lander contracts

A federal judge has ruled on Blue Origin’s lawsuit against NASA over contract awards for the agency’s human lunar lander program, denying the company’s petition. NASA awarded SpaceX the sole contract in April. Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight venture Blue Origin has lost out on its lawsuit against NASA over a contract to build the space agency’s next human lunar lander. The judgement puts an end to Blue Origin’s monthslong quest to receive government funding

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Blue Origin ‘gambled’ with its Moon lander pricing, NASA says in legal documents

Blue Origin "gambled and lost" with its Moon lander proposal by hoping NASA would be willing to negotiate its $5.9 billion price tag, agency attorneys write in blunt legal filings obtained by The Verge. Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin “gambled” with its Moon lander proposal last year by hoping NASA would be willing to negotiate its $5.9 billion price tag, agency attorneys argued in blunt legal filings obtained by The Verge. NASA, cash-strapped with a

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SpaceX’s lunar lander contract on hold again pending Blue Origin’s lawsuit

SpaceX’s $3 billion contract to build a lunar lander for NASA was temporarily halted on August 19th after Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin filed a lawsuit over the award, court documents show. SpaceX’s $3 billion contract to build a lunar lander for NASA was put on hold for a second time on Thursday after Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin sued over the award, according to court filings. NASA voluntarily agreed to temporarily suspend the

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin sues NASA, escalating its fight for a Moon lander contract

Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin brought its fight against NASA’s Moon program to federal court on Monday, filing a lawsuit that could again delay SpaceX’s lunar lander contract. Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin brought its fight against NASA’s Moon program to federal court, doubling down on accusations that the agency wrongly evaluated its lunar lander proposal. The complaint escalates a monthslong crusade by the

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Dota 2’s The International will take place in Southeast Asia for the first time

Heading to Singapore this fall Dota 2’s annual tournament, The International, will take place in Singapore this October. While Valve has held The International in the US, Canada, China, Germany, and Romania in the past, this is the first time the global esports competition is

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Hyundai is building EV and battery production facilities in Georgia

Hyundai is building facilities dedicated to manufacturing electric vehicles and batteries in Savannah, Georgia. The plant will create over 8,000 jobs and produce 300,000 vehicles annually. Hyundai is building facilities dedicated to manufacturing electric vehicles (EVs) and batteries in Savannah, Georgia, marking Hyundai’s first EV-only plant in the US (via CNBC). The South Korean automaker will spend $5.5 billion on the new

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