At a NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Project Science Working Group meeting today, James Head of Brown University offered this update on China’s now lunar orbiting Chang’e-6 mission – a sample return to Earth from the Moon’s far side:   Chang’e 6 Current Mission Timeline (5-24-24)• 5-3-24: Launched• 5-8-24: Entered a 12-hour lunar orbit (~200 […]

SpaceX is posting that the fourth flight test of its Starship could launch as soon as June 5, pending regulatory approval. The fourth flight test is focused from achieving orbit to demonstrating the ability to return and reuse Starship and Super Heavy. “The primary objectives will be executing a landing burn and soft splashdown in […]

  The largest camera ever built for astrophysics has arrived at the summit of Cerro Pachón in Chile. Transported from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California, the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) 3200-megapixel camera is the largest digital camera in the world. The device will soon be installed on the Simonyi Survey […]

Who Owns the Moon? – In Defence of Humanity’s Common Interests in Space by A.C. Grayling; Oneworld Publications/distributed by Simon & Schuster (2024); Hardcover, 224 pages; $26.95. Multiple countries have the Moon within its cross-hairs, for scientific purposes, for industrial gain, as well as to salute its military usefulness. Of late, China has put into […]

BOULDER, Colorado — The sending of Artemis astronauts beyond the protective cocoon of Earth’s magnetic field to the Moon is spurring a look at flight rules and sharpening space weather forecasting skills. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) here is working with NASA space radiation specialists to bolster space weather […]

The Washington Post has an informative series focused on the “New Space Age” – one that includes an exclusive conversation with the NASA Artemis II crew. “Space travel is booming,” explains the Washington Post, “creating an energy around the exploration of our solar system that hasn’t been seen since the days of Apollo — and […]

The lead scientist for the NASA Perseverance rover is upbeat regarding how much material has been stuffed in tubes, both dropped on the surface of Mars, as well as contained within the rover itself while wheeling about within Jezero Crater. Tagged “Lefroy Bay,” Caltech’s Ken Farley called attention to this sample collected by the Perseverance […]

China’s now orbiting Shenzhou-18 crew onboard the country’s Tiangong space station have completed the assembly, testing and outside attachment of a second material exposure experiments. The three Chinese astronauts — Ye Guangfu, Li Cong and Li Guangsu — were sent to the space station for a six-month mission on April 25. A tribology experiment box […]

China’s robotic Chang’e 6 lunar farside sample return mission is now in orbit around the Moon, ready to execute a landing attempt. The multi-component spacecraft is currently awaiting optimum illumination conditions in the Apollo basin interior landing area on the farside, with a touchdown generally planned for early June.   Prior to that next step, the […]

The folks at Celestis are offering space — memorial capsule space — for its upcoming Perseverance Flight. Billed as the first spaceflight ever to take memorial space capsules into space to orbit Earth and then deliver them safely home again, the mission is to be staged at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. Celestial keepsakes Celestis […]