1. What is up with the Space Force?
  2. Nat Geo Unveils Earth’s Natural Magic in ‘Yellowstone Live’
  3. 3M Creates State of Science Index Survey, Interview with 3M Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate
  4. A New AI Algorithm Can Track Your Movements Through Walls
  5. See This Underwater Drone Capture Life Under the Sea
  6. Buying a Home in a Rising Interest Rate Environment
  7. Can A Fleet Of Tiny Flying Insects Change The World?
  8. This VR Exhibit Lets You Land On Mars
  9. Johnny Galecki’s ‘SciJinks’ Premieres On May 16 On Science Channel
  10. National Geographic Launches Open Explorer For Citizen Scientists
  11. A New Space Race to the Moon Has Begun
  12. This Heat Map Shows 8.7 Billion Strokes of Lightning
  13. The Ultimate Travel Bucket List for 2018 (and beyond)
  14. Watch the First Instagram Live with the International Space Station
  15. The International Space Station Gets A New Zero Gravity Printer
  16. Discovery Channel Uncovers Lost Treasures of Egypt
  17. Adam Savage Let’s Kids Show Off Their Mad Science Skills In Mythbusters Jr.
  18. Engineers Create A Tiny Wireless Injectable Biosensor
  19. Cruising Out of San Juan, Puerto Rico
  20. Watch: Time Lapse Camera Captures Construction of Rancho Mirage Observatory
  21. A Robotic Fish Uses A Nintendo Controller To Swim With A School Of Real Fish
  22. Water Could Shield Mars Bound Astronauts And Colonists From Harmful Radiation
  23. Interview With A Genius About National Geographic’s ‘Genius’
  24. Interview With Humans on Mars Advocate and Consultant to the Mars TV Series
  25. Is a self aware robot like Chappie possible? Yes, and soon, says scientist.
  26. Are We All Cyborgs? Interview with Futurist Jason Silva on ‘RoboCop’
  27. Mindfulness Meditation and OCD Interview with Steve Volk on Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz
  28. Interview with NASA Astronaut on ‘Gravity’ and the Dangers of Spacewalking
  29. Neuroscientist Discusses Consciousness Transfer and the Movie ‘Self/less’
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  1. What is up with the Space Force?
  2. Nat Geo Unveils Earth’s Natural Magic in ‘Yellowstone Live’
  3. 3M Creates State of Science Index Survey, Interview with 3M Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate
  4. A New AI Algorithm Can Track Your Movements Through Walls
  5. See This Underwater Drone Capture Life Under the Sea
  6. Buying a Home in a Rising Interest Rate Environment
  7. Can A Fleet Of Tiny Flying Insects Change The World?
  8. This VR Exhibit Lets You Land On Mars
  9. Johnny Galecki’s ‘SciJinks’ Premieres On May 16 On Science Channel
  10. National Geographic Launches Open Explorer For Citizen Scientists
  11. A New Space Race to the Moon Has Begun
  12. This Heat Map Shows 8.7 Billion Strokes of Lightning
  13. The Ultimate Travel Bucket List for 2018 (and beyond)
  14. Watch the First Instagram Live with the International Space Station
  15. The International Space Station Gets A New Zero Gravity Printer
  16. Discovery Channel Uncovers Lost Treasures of Egypt
  17. Adam Savage Let’s Kids Show Off Their Mad Science Skills In Mythbusters Jr.
  18. Engineers Create A Tiny Wireless Injectable Biosensor
  19. Cruising Out of San Juan, Puerto Rico
  20. Watch: Time Lapse Camera Captures Construction of Rancho Mirage Observatory
  21. A Robotic Fish Uses A Nintendo Controller To Swim With A School Of Real Fish
  22. Water Could Shield Mars Bound Astronauts And Colonists From Harmful Radiation
  23. Interview With A Genius About National Geographic’s ‘Genius’
  24. Interview With Humans on Mars Advocate and Consultant to the Mars TV Series
  25. Is a self aware robot like Chappie possible? Yes, and soon, says scientist.
  26. Are We All Cyborgs? Interview with Futurist Jason Silva on ‘RoboCop’
  27. Mindfulness Meditation and OCD Interview with Steve Volk on Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz
  28. Interview with NASA Astronaut on ‘Gravity’ and the Dangers of Spacewalking
  29. Neuroscientist Discusses Consciousness Transfer and the Movie ‘Self/less’
A New Space Race to the Moon Has Begun

China has been on a slow march to Space, and although they had a sluggish start, their program is in high gear. In recent weeks, they made headlines with one of their space labs falling back to Earth and mostly burning up in the atmosphere, but that was a planned event and marked the end of a successful program. It was one of two space labs meant to prepare China for their own space station. They are aiming for the mid-to-late 2030s to get their first taikonauts (a term used for China National Space Administration (CNSA) astronauts) on the lunar surface.

Russia is also focused on the moon. Next year they hope to launch a lunar rover. They have two more lunar missions planned after that. Putin recently said he hopes to have cosmonauts on the moon as well.

Former Astronaut and U.S senator from New Mexico Harrison Schmitt. He was one of the last people to walk on the Moon as a crew member of Apollo 17 in December 1972. This photo was taken December 7, 2017 during a press conference at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. (Image credit: Alejandro Rojas)

I got the chance last December to ask one of the last humans to walk on the moon, Harrison Schmitt, a few questions at a press conference commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 17 mission. There were rumors about NASA refocusing on getting back to the moon, so I asked Schmitt if he felt we would soon be in another space race to the moon. He told me, “I think it has already started.”

Harrison Schmitt stands to the left of President Trump (right of the President in this image) during the signing of Space Policy Directive 1 on December 11, 2017. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson (right of Schmitt) was also in attendance. (Image credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

Just a few days later, Schmitt was standing next to President Trump as the President signed a new NASA directive making the Moon our new focus, putting Mars on the back burner.

To read more about this, including details on the Chinese and Russian lunar programs, check out my story “How Russia and China Ignited the New Space Race to the Moon” on Den of Geek.

Alejandro Rojas
Alejandro Rojas is a blogger, journalist, podcast host and real estate agent. His stories appear on The Huffington Post, The Roswell Daily Record, and Den of Geek. He has been interviewed on several cable news networks. He has also appeared on the Travel Channel, Syfy, National Geographic, and E!. He is the creator and editor of ModernAmerican.News.

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