Communicating From the Far Side of the Moon

The far side of the moon (often mistakenly referred to as the “dark side” of the moon) never faces Earth due to the sphere’s elliptical orbit and synchronous rotation. For the first time, information—including a photograph—has been transmitted from the hemisphere by way of China’s National Space Administration’s Yutu-2 rover. While this might not seem like that big of a deal, it marks significant achievements and technological …

Nine Companies to Compete Over $2.6 Billion in NASA Contracts

In an effort to broaden their relationship with companies capable of developing technology for lunar transportation and exploration, NASA fielded over 30 pitches from various aeronautics and space organizations. Of the 30, nine were chosen to compete for $2.6 billion in government contracts. “When we go to the moon,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine says, “we want to be one customer of many customers in a robust marketplace.” Read more about …

Leather Moon Coasters

Multi-disciplinary designer Karen Kimmel hand-paints each set of four leather coasters to look like the moon’s surface in tribute to the Japanese art of ink marbling. Crafted in a range of pastel hues, each set arrives in a screen-printed muslin bag and is ready for drinkable lunar landings, or for toasting rare blood moons. Multi-disciplinary designer Karen Kimmel hand-paints each set of four leather coasters …