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Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 lunar sample bag just sold at auction for an insane amount

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Back in May, we told you about the upcoming auction of a true piece of space travel history: Neil Armstrong's very own lunar sample bag which not only flew into space on the Apollo 11 mission but was also carried by the famous astronaut on the lunar surface and filled with dust and rock from the moon. The bag, which landed in private hands due to a hilarious mix-up at a government auction, finally went on the block at Sotheby's and was bought by someone with very, very deep pockets for a sum of $1.5 million. 

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Mike Wehner

July 21st

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NASA finally admits it has no money to land on Mars

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NASA has a bold plan to reach Mars by 2030, but that doesn’t mean it’ll actually land on the red planet. In fact, it looks like the space agency is finally ready to admit that, at current costs for such operations, it doesn’t have the money to land humans on Mars and then bring them back. Revisiting the Moon is a different business.

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Chris Smith

July 14th

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Moon Express wants to one-up SpaceX and Blue Origin with regular moon visits

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When it comes to commercial space travel, the biggest names in the game right now are Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin, but a not-so-new contender is hoping to change that in short order. The company, called Moon Express, was founded as a candidate for Google's Lunar X Prize, and while that competition is still ongoing, the future of Moon Express seems to be bright regardless of whether or not it walks away with top honors.

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Mike Wehner

July 13th

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Japan wants to put a man on the moon by 2030

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With NASA's focus on Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and as many exoplanets as it can spot, it's easy to forget that our closest neighbor — the moon — is still a pretty interesting place to visit. Japan plans to do just that, announcing plans to send a manned mission to the surface of the moon close to 2030, and the newly revealed plans are heating up the space race between asian countries, most notably China.

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Mike Wehner

June 29th

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The first trip to Mars will come with the longest layover ever

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Nobody likes layovers, but the first astronauts heading to Mars will get to experience one of the longest such experiences of their lives. They’ll have to spend one year going around the moon, which will probably be a very annoying wait for the first people heading to the red planet. It’s not all bad news, however, as they won’t just wait for time to pass by. NASA actually wants to make sure that the round trip to Mars, a 1,000-day endeavor, is carefully planned during the time.

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Chris Smith

May 14th

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Giant, hyper-detailed Moon model is now making its way around the world

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It takes just about 27 days for the Moon we all know and love to make its way around the Earth, but it's going to take far longer for a giant model of the Moon to do the same. Museum of the Moon is an art exhibit that provides visitors with an up-close-and-personal look at our planet's only natural satellite, and it's currently traveling between festivals and universities so that everyone can experience its awesomeness.

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Mike Wehner

March 24th

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China is going to beat the United States back to the Moon

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When China's Chang'e 3 mission successfully landed a rover on the Moon in 2013 it was the first time a spacecraft had achieved a soft landing on the rock in nearly four decades. The last time NASA performed a Moon landing was the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, and while the United States does have plans to return, it looks like China is going to double up — and potentially triple up — on its lunar excursions before the U.S. can make its return.

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Mike Wehner

December 28th

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Keep Track of Every Mission Throughout The Solar System With This Handy Map

There’s been dozens of probes that have gone out exploring the solar system since 1959's Luna 2 probe. PopChartLab has gone and noted down each one since in this beautiful poster of the Solar System.

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Andrew Liptak

March 13th

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Keep Track of Every Mission Throughout The Solar System With This Handy Map

There’s been dozens of probes that have gone out exploring the solar system since 1959's Luna 2 probe. PopChartLab has gone and noted down each one since in this beautiful poster of the Solar System.

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Andrew Liptak

March 13th

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Keep Track of Every Mission Throughout The Solar System With This Handy Map

There’s been dozens of probes that have gone out exploring the solar system since 1959's Luna 2 probe. PopChartLab has gone and noted down each one since in this beautiful poster of the Solar System.

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Andrew Liptak

March 13th

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