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Kiwis have been treated to amazing views of the annual ‘strawberry moon’ rises.

A strawberry moon – otherwise known as the Mead Moon, Rose Moon or Thunder Moon – is the name given to the full moon in June. The sixth full moon of the year.

This year it rose on Saturday, resulting in some spectaular views. The moon marks the start of the eclipse season.

Sorry to disappoint you but, despite the name, the moon won’t look like a strawberry or its colours.

The name relates to the time when wild strawberries are ripe in the northern hemisphere.

Donald Trump has given his permission for NASA to mine on the moon.

NASA believes the moon’s water, ice and other mineral resources can be mined and used by the U.S.

Last Monday, Trump signed the executive order called the Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources.

The order states that the 1967 Outer Space Treaty allows for the use of space resources on the moon, Mars and elsewhere.

The permission maybe used as early as 2024. This is when NASA’s Artemis program aims to land two astronauts on the moon. Their aim is to establish a sustainable human presence by 2028.

According to experts, mining the Moon will help humans travel further in space, to places like Mars.

The plan may be to use the Moon like a petrol station – because it has the resources needed for rocket fuel – like hydrogen and oxygen.

Having a petrol station in space means rockets can travel further into space before worrying about running out of fuel.

NASA has announced it is looking to use astronaut’s pee to build bases on the moon.

In a new study, researchers have found that urea, the major organic compound found in human urine, could be useful for making concrete on the moon. 

Yes, you read that right… WEE could help build HOMES on the MOON.

NASA’s Artemis programme is aiming to have astronauts living on the moon by 2024. With the goal of sending humans to Mars these bases will help astronauts explore even further into space.

Building these stations is no easy task. Sending materials from Earth to the Moon is very expensive and time-consuming.

New research suggests that urea (the chemical found in human wee) can bind the moon dust together and create a strong building material.

This would be really useful as it would mean it would be one less chemical to take into space. It is also a good way to help recycle astronaut waste.

Astronomers believe the earth may have a second moon. At least that is for a short time.

Astronomers at the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey believe they’ve spotted an asteroid that has been caught in Earth’s gravity.

The asteroid is believed to be between 1.9 and 3.5 meters in diameter.

Earth captured object the called 2020 CD3 on the night of February 15th, 2017. Since then they believe it has been orbiting the earth.

It’s the second asteroid that’s known to have entered Earth’s orbit. The previous one, 2006 RH120, was also discovered by the CSS and orbited Earth for 18 months over 2006 and 2007.

India has failed in its attempt to land a craft on the moon.

The country had sent a craft named Chandrayaan-2 entered the moon’s orbit on 20th August.

The plan was to put a lander on the moon. The lander carried a 27kg Moon rover with instruments to analyse the lunar soil.

India would have been the fourth nation to make a soft landing on the Moon.

The country’s first Moon mission – Chandrayaan-1, in 2008. It didn’t land on the moon but carried out a detailed search for water on the lunar surface using radars.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told his country’s space scientists he was proud of a programme.

Contact with Chandrayaan-2 was lost moments before its Vikram module was due to touch down at the lunar south pole.

The fate of the craft is not yet known.

The lander (named Vikram, after the founder of Isro) carried within its belly a 27kg Moon rover with instruments to analyse the lunar soil.

Nasa have released information that pinpoints the 796 items humans have left on the moon.

The official NASA Catalogue of Manmade Material on the Moon lists the objects. It states that 765 are from American missions.

Some of the items are as small as a pair of nail clippers, others consist of entire rovers and probes that long ago crashed into the surface.

Each dot on these maps represents one major item, and they’re not to scale. The image is deisgned to give people a sense of just how much we’ve left behind.

Each of the missions also took samples and performed scientific experiments on the surface. That means there is a lot of science tools that were left behind.

The world is remembering 50 years since humans landed on the moon.

American astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first people to walk on the Moon on 20 July 1969.

As Neil Armstrong walked he spoke the famous words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

A camera was able to transmit the moment to around 650 million people who were watching on television.

Armstrong was joined by fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin. They spent 21 hours on its surface, including a seven-hour sleep, before returning to Earth.

Why was the Moon landing so important?

The simple reason is that it had never been done before – and it was a big ambition for countries.

In 1962, US President John F Kennedy announced a big ambition, in a speech which is now very famous.

In the run-up to the Moon landing, the US was competing with the Soviet Union. Both were trying to be the first to complete missions exploring the world outside the Earth’s atmosphere.

“We choose to go to the Moon!” he said.

NASA invested lots of money (around $25 billion) and effort into making this happen. The mission would come to be known as the Apollo programme and its goal was to land humans on the Moon and bring them safely back to Earth.

About 400,000 people worked on the project.

The Moon landing in numbers

  • About 400,000 people worked on the Apollo 11 mission
  • It cost Nasa around £25 billion
  • The mission blasted off on 16 July 1969
  • It took four days, six hours and 45 minutes to get to the Moon
  • The lunar module landed on the Moon at 8:17pm on 20 July 1969
  • By the time the crew landed back on Earth, the mission had taken 8 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds
  • A total of 12 people have walked on the Moon
  • The last people walked on the Moon in 1972

NASA has announced they are planning to visit one of Saturn’s moons.

The space agency announced they will be sending a drone to the moon known as Titan.

The mission will be called Dragonfly. It will see a drone helicopter sent to the cold moon in search of knowledge and perhaps even life.

Dragonfly will not launch for some time. Its current launch date planned for 2026, and it will take eight years to actually make the journey.

NASA will select “dozens” of locations for the drone to visit on Titan.

A Japanese billionaire will make history as the first private passenger to take a trip around the moon.

Yusaku Maezawa will be the first SpaceX passenger to the moon.

The 42-year-old is the founder of Japan’s largest online fashion retailer, Zozotown. In his sparetime he is an art enthusiast.

As part of the trip he is inviting up to eight artists to go with him, planning to turn the entire ride into an art project.

The entrepreneur bought all the available seats that were for sale. The passengers will spend about a week in space. When they return they will create an art creation entitled “dearMoon“.

The trip is planned for 2023. It will be the first time someone has travelled to the moon since the Apollo Mission in 1972.

But this trip won’t involve a lunar landing. The first prototype spacecraft is currently under construction, and Mr Musk hopes to begin test flights in 2019.

Elon Musk’s company SpaceX has unveiled the first private passenger it plans to fly around the Moon.

42 year old Japanese billionaire, Yusaku Maezawa, will be the first ‘Moon Tourist’.

The mission is planned for 2023, and would be the first lunar journey by humans since 1972.

But the rocket meant to take him to the moon still has not been built yet, and Mr Musk cautioned: “It’s not 100% certain we can bring this to flight.”

Only 24 humans have visited the Moon – all of them Americans; 12 of them landed on the moon. Nasa’s Apollo 17 in December 1972 marked the last time humans landed on the moon, or went beyond low Earth orbit.

Mr Maezawa will not land on the moon.