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Diana, a Blockchain ‘Lunar Registry,’ Attempts to Tokenize the Moon

In honor of Neil Armstrong’s “small step,” one company is taking a “giant leap” for blockchain. On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, Diana, a blockchain startup, is launching a “lunar registry” that attempts to place the lunar surface on a distributed ledger. The project is offering collective ownership of Earth’s only …

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Neil Armstrong’s Buzz Aldrin photo is unparalleled in art

Sponsored Links Few would deny that Neil Armstrong’s shot of fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin is one of the most famous and compelling photos ever taken. What makes it so iconic? Of course, he had access to a place that only 11 other human beings have been, but there’s more to it than that. The photo …

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Watch India launch a historic Moon mission starting at 5PM ET

Sponsored Links Pallava Bagla/Corbis via Getty Images India is on the cusp of making space exploration history in more ways than one, and you might get to watch it first-hand. ISRO is livestreaming the launch of Chandrayaan-2, its second uncrewed mission to the Moon, starting at 5PM Eastern (liftoff is expected at 5:21PM Eastern). The …

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China’s rover finds mysterious minerals on the far side of the moon

Sponsored Links China Global Television Network Early this year, China’s Chang’e-4 lunar lander made history when it became the first spacecraft to touch down on the far side of the moon. Now, according to a study published in Nature, the lander’s rover, Yutu-2, may have detected the first signs of lunar mantle material. If the …

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Impact that formed the Moon might have splashed into Earth’s magma ocean

Enlarge / An early version of the collision model, showing a head-on impact. The Earth and its moon are unique in our Solar System. Earth is the only rocky planet with a large moon, and only the dwarf planet Pluto has a moon that’s so similar in size to its host planet. The Moon is …

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The first private mission to the Moon may launch Thursday night

Enlarge / An artist’s concept of the Space IL lunar spacecraft on the surface of the Moon. SpaceIL SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday night, and while it may not be the primary payload, a small Israeli lunar lander is by far the mission’s most intriguing payload. The 180kg Beresheet …

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NASA backs tiny 3D-printed sensors for planetary rovers

NASA/W. Hrybyk Nanomaterials might just prove the key to the next wave of planetary rovers. NASA has poured $2 million into a Goddard Space Flight Center team developing 3D-printed sensors whose nanomaterials make them tiny, ultra-sensitive and resistant to radiation. The aim is to build a device that can detect minuscule (on the parts-per-billion-level) amounts …

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‘Apollo: Missions to the Moon’ documentary includes unheard audio

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing is coming up, and the National Geographic channel is determined to mark the occasion in style. It’s premiering its Apollo: Missions to the Moon documentary in July, and this isn’t just a rehash of the footage you’ve seen countless times. The documentary will cover the Apollo …

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