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US To Approve First Private Moon Mission

The United States government will soon approve the first private mission to the Moon. A source close to Moon Express, a private company, says the government has granted it permission to send a lunar lander to the Moon's surface. The lander is the 20-pound MX-1.

First Human CRISPR Trial To Begin In China

Chinese scientists will test the CRISPR gene editing technique in humans for the first time. A team at Sichuan University's West China Hospital (Chengdu) wants to see how altered cells can be used in the treatment of lung cancer. Tests are set to begin in August.

SpaceX Dragon Successfully Connects With ISS

The International Space Station received SpaceX's Dragon capsule early this morning using its 57-foot robotic arm. Inside the capsule is gear for the astronauts, equipment for experiments, and parts for the station. The ISS crew will now unload around 5,000 pounds of gear.

Smart Sutures Created To Track Wound Healing

Sensor-filled threaded sutures that can record measurements from your body during the healing process have been created by engineers at Tufts University. The sutures record pressure, stress, strain, temperature, pH, and glucose levels. All of the data can be sent wirelessly.

Kepler Mission Confirms Another 104 Exoplanets

Astronomers working on the Kepler project have confirmed 104 new exoplanets. This is the largest collection of planets Kepler has found as part of its K2 mission. In total, the spacecraft helped locate 1,284 planets during its first mission, which ended in 2013.

SpaceX Picks Its First Reusable Rocket

SpaceX has picked the rocket it will reuse for the first time in a mission later this year. During a NASA presentation, the company revealed it would reuse the second rocket to make a successful landing. The first is likely going to end up in a museum.