As the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) addressed the Department of Transportation Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) on Thursday, June 14 about issues that directly affect the U.S. commercial space industry. ”The United States has the potential to grow a vibrant and competitive […]

  Naval architect Kurt Hughes runs the Seattle-based company, Kurt Hughes Sailing Designs. A recent mission Hughes has launched is to build a line of habitable, Apollo-era lunar landers providing creature comforts with low impact on the land and high amazement factor.   External modules An inside visitor will find an open space, with external […]

    A new report — Safeguarding the Heavens: The United States and the Future of Norms of Behavior in Outer Space – has been issued by the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. This policy paper has been scribed by Frank A. Rose, a senior fellow for security and strategy in the Foreign Policy program […]

China and Saudi Arabia have jointly unveiled lunar images acquired through cooperation on the relay satellite mission for the upcoming Chang’e-4 lunar mission. An optical camera, developed by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology of Saudi Arabia, was installed on a micro satellite, named Longjiang-2. The small spacecraft is a hitchhiking probe that […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now in Sol 2083. The robot has been busily taking new images to create a “selfie.” Ken Herkenhoff, a planetary geologist at the USGS in Flagstaff, Arizona, reports that the investigation of the Duluth drill hole is going well, work that continued on Sol 2082. The robot’s Mars Hand Lens […]

“It is time to reexamine the framework of U.S. space policy in light of the dramatic changes in the space enterprise over the last decade.” A new report suggests that better standardization of regulations across military, civil, and commercial sectors would help close loopholes and reduce confusion. That’s a key message from a just issued […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now in Sol 2081. Roger Wiens, a geochemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, reports that the final several sols of Curiosity’s drill activities at “Duluth” are devoted mostly to imaging and to analysis of the pile of drill tailings that are dumped on the ground after the delivery to rover […]

NASA, with support from Bryce Space and Technology, has developed a map capturing a cultural perspective of locations in the solar system and points beyond. The Strategic Geography of the Solar System and Beyond was produced for NASA Space and Technology Mission Directorate Office of Emerging Space. The map’s emphasis is on three parts of […]

  Axiom Space is offering expeditions to space aboard the International Space Station (ISS)…and ultimately the Axiom commercial space station complex. Ten-day missions are priced at $55 million with the first launch occurring in 2020. The price includes transportation to and from the ISS, everything necessary to live and enjoy the experience while on orbit, […]

NASA will host a media teleconference today at 10:30 a.m. PDT (1:30 p.m. EDT) Wednesday, June 13, to discuss the health of NASA’s Opportunity rover. A massive Martian dust storm is affecting operations of the solar powered robot. The storm is one of the most intense ever observed on the Red Planet. As of June […]

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