Each month we round up some of the top stories in space, entrepreneurship, innovation, finance and technology.
Here’s our round-up for October:
NASA celebrates its 60th Birthday!
October 1st marked the 60th anniversary of NASA which started operations in 1958, two months after it was created by the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958. From putting humans on the moon for the first time in 1969 to launching Voyager 1 and 2 in 1977 which have gone on to become the furthest man-made objects from Earth, continuing to travel through interstellar space over 40 years later, having revolutionised our understanding of the solar system on the way, the US space agency has been instrumental in our exploration of space. Read more here.
Lockheed Martin Unveils Plans for Huge Reusable Moon Lander for Astronauts
Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin revealed its concept for a reusable, single-stage spaceship capable of ferrying four astronauts between lunar orbit and the surface of the Moon. Read more at Space.com.
NASA issues call for payloads to go on commercial lunar landers
As NASA evaluates proposals for commercially developed small lunar landers, the agency is now seeking payloads that could fly on those spacecraft despite concerns from some scientists that they don’t know if their experiments are compatible with those landers. See more at SpaceNews.
NASA confirms new delays in commercial crew test flight schedule
In an Oct. 4 statement, NASA said the revised date for the uncrewed test flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft was now January 2019. The vehicle could be ready for launch in December, the agency added, but scheduled it for January “to accommodate docking opportunities at the orbiting laboratory.” Read more at SpaceNews.