Hamdan Bin Mohammed: “The UAE is accelerating its efforts to create a brighter future for the region.” Emirates Lunar Mission is the first Emirati and Arab mission to study an unexplored part of the illuminated surface of the moon.
Christina Koch, a NASA astronaut who holds the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, will be a mission specialist on next year's Artemis II flight around the Moon.
The spacecraft's four solar panels, about 13 feet (four metres) long, deployed correctly and are providing more energy than expected, said Jim Geffre, the Orion manager at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Flight Controllers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston inserted Orion into a distant retrograde orbit by firing the orbital maneuvering system engine for 1 minute and 28 seconds.
The current launch window for Nasa's Artemis 1 mission to the Moon ends Tuesday and is "definitely off the table," said Jim Free, associate administrator for Exploration Systems Development, at a press conference on Saturday.
Nasa's new moon rocket sprang another dangerous fuel leak Saturday, forcing launch controllers to call off their second attempt to send a crew capsule into lunar orbit with test dummies.
"Nasa is forgoing a launch opportunity... and preparing for rollback (from the launchpad), while continuing to watch the weather forecast associated with Tropical Storm Ian," it said on Saturday.
The ispace has announced that the “Rashid Rover” is getting closer to the moon, while the control centre in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, is preparing for the next phase.
Chang’e 5 is China’s most ambitious lunar mission yet and marks the first time in four decades that any country has sought to bring rocks and debris from the moon to Earth.