- China’s Chang'E- 5 became the first lunar mission to detect water on the Moon’s surface in real time in 2020.
- The craft’s onboard mineralogical spectrometer found up to 120 parts per million of water content in the regolith and 180 parts per million in a boulder.
- The study revealing the findings was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances.
China’s recent lunar sample return mission made history by becoming the first to detect water on the Moon’s surface in real time.
The Chang’E-5 probe, which landed on the Moon on Dec. 1, 2020, found water at its landing site in the Northern Oceanus Procellarum’s basin, according to recently published research in Science Advances.
Wang Yaping has become the first female astronaut from China to walk in space.
Making history: Wang made her historic spacewalk from Sunday to early Monday morning during her team’s extravehicular activities at the Tiangong space station, CNN reported.
Yusaku Maezawa to become third billionaire to enter space, first Japanese space tourist to visit the ISS
Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is set to become the first Japanese space tourist to visit the International Space Station (ISS) this December.
Getting ready: The Japanese fashion magnate will take to the skies on Dec. 8 aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
Ellison Onizuka, the first Asian American astronaut, was recently honored with a NASA spacecraft named after him.
A fallen hero: Aerospace company Northrop Grumman named its NG-16 Cygnus spacecraft S.S. Ellison Onizuka after the astronaut died along with six other crew members in the tragic Space Shuttle Challenger mishap on Jan. 28, 1986, reported the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Aeronautical engineer Sirisha Bandla became the third Indian American woman to go to space after being part of the Virgin Galactic’s first fully-crewed flight test on Sunday.
Successful mission: Bandla, 34, joined British billionaire Richard Branson and four others aboard the SpaceShipTwo Unity 22. It lifted off from the Spaceport America launch facility in New Mexico at 10:40 a.m. ET, reported Times of India.
China has recently brought rocks collected from the “Mons Rümker” region, a volcanic complex in the moon that has not been previously explored, back to Earth.
The return capsule of China’s Chang’e-5 probe touched down on Earth in the early hours of Thursday, bringing back the country’s first samples collected from the moon, as well as the world’s freshest lunar samples in over 40 years. #ChangE5 #LunarProbe pic.twitter.com/hyLaFBUtdD
An Indonesian man has cleared up he did not become an overnight millionaire from the meteorite that crashed into his home, as western media outlets previously reported.
Josua Hutagalung, a 33-year-old coffin maker from North Sumatra, Indonesia, went viral after a meteorite crashed into his home last August, according to The Independent.
China’s space program has taken another step forward after it unveiled the new rocket astronauts will use for its future manned moon mission.
The launch vehicle was unveiled at the 2020 China Space Conference in Fuzhou, Fujian Province on Sept. 18, according to Space.
The next International Space Station (ISS) bound spacecraft has been named after Kalpana Chawla, the first woman of Indian descent to enter space.
The S.S. Kalpana Chawla: Northrop Grumman, a U.S.-based global aerospace and defense technology company, made the announcement on its Twitter Wednesday, according to First Post.
A pair of 10th graders from India has discovered an asteroid that will eventually find its way toward planet Earth.
Schoolgirl scientists: Radhika Lakhani and Vaidehi Vekariya got to name their celestial discovery HLV2514, which they chanced upon while participating in a joint project by Space India and NASA.
“Why are you not like Auntie Yi’s kid?! He works so hard.”
“Did you know that Steve’s kid just got into Harvard? He’s so smart.”
As NASA prepares for its ambitious trip to Mars next year, China is also making significant headway on its own mission to reach the Red Planet.
China has reached a major milestone with a recent successful test of its new Mars lander, CNN reports.