Space X – Jenam 2011 Tue, 28 Jun 2022 11:35:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Space X – Jenam 2011 32 32 Launch of NASA’s CAPSTONE mission to the Moon Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:10:50 +0000

A small NASA-funded spacecraft launched from New Zealand on Tuesday, kicking off the space agency’s plans to send astronauts back to the moon in a few years.

The spacecraft, called CAPSTONE, is about the size of a microwave oven. It will study a specific orbit where NASA plans to build a small space station for astronauts to stop before and after going to the moon’s surface.

At 9:55 p.m. local time (5:55 a.m. EST), a 59-foot-tall rocket carrying CAPSTONE lifted off from a launch pad along the east coast of New Zealand. Although the mission collects information for NASA, it is owned and operated by a private company, Advanced Space, based in Westminster, Colorado.