Inspiration4 was the world’s first all-civilian mission to climb into orbit, a four-person crew transported skyward atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The privately-funded commercial mission took place September 16-18, 2021. The SpaceX Crew Dragon “Resilience” spacecraft was commanded by the well-heeled Jared Isaacman, entrepreneur, founder and chief executive officer of Shift4 Payments. Get familiar […]

The Moon needs power! That’s the on-switch approach suggested in the House NASA Reauthorization Act of 2024. A “Lunar Power Purchase Agreement Program” is in the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee language just released. Independent entity It authorizes NASA to enter into an arrangement with an independent entity to conduct a study on the […]

“Above us in the heavens, an intergalactic land grab is unfolding,” explains an upcoming HBO documentary Wild Wild Space, premiering on HBO and Max next Wednesday, July 17. “It’s a fast-paced and high-stakes race in which rockets and satellites are taking over low earth orbit to gain control over our planet,” explains a press statement […]

Details regarding China’s plan to return samples from Mars spotlights the country’s work on planetary protection – not only to protect the Red Planet from hitchhiking Earth microbes but also guard our biosphere and we Earthlings from the prospect of hauling back Mars biology. The importance of planetary protection in China’s deep space exploration plans […]

A general schedule for the creation of the Russian orbital station has been approved. Along with Roscosmos chief, Yuri Borisov, 19 general directors of the main cooperation enterprises recently inked the document. The deployment of the Russian station is planned to begin with the launch of the scientific and energy module in 2027. By 2030, […]

In outer space can you hear the sound from ballooning expectations? That “Noise of Summer” liftoff of Firefly’s launcher on July 3 from Vandenberg Space Force Base was loaded with eight CubeSats under NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI). One of the mini-spacecraft is a technology demonstration of a novel inflatable antenna for high-speed communications. Called […]

The call from the Moon is clear – try and find my water ice. There is the prospect that oodles of water ice could be lurking in the bottom of south polar craters on the Moon. Forgive the cosmic colloquialism but these super-chilly features – “where the Sun don’t shine” – are tagged as permanently […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing a number of duties. Abigail Fraeman, a planetary geologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, reports that researchers received data from the robot’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument Suite focused on the Mammoth Lakes sample late Monday afternoon of this week. “After chewing over the […]

China’s Shenzhou-18 space station crew has completed its second spacewalk. The China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) stated on Wednesday that Ye Guangfu, Li Cong and Li Guangsu worked together for about 6.5 hours to complete multiple tasks. Co-taikonaut Li Guangsu remained inside the space station. Beijing Aerospace Control Center staff assisted in carrying out spacewalk […]

  BOULDER, Colorado – As I get older by the day, you do wonder about the term “shelf life.” Meanwhile, this year, Astronaut Foods is celebrating five decades past when they soft-landed Astronaut Ice Cream into freeze-dried fandom. No refrigeration needed. And a three-year shelf life! Since its launch in 1974, developed alongside NASA, this […]