Think of it as one small step in penmanship – but at a giant leap in dollars: $19,900. Caran d’Ache and MB&F have issued a creative odyssey: the Swiss-made Astrograph writing instrument. This space rocket-shaped work of art contains a total of 99 components, comprising a multitude of innovative features: a “detent” system of […]

    Now in Sol 1877, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has reached a new milestone in driving – 11 miles (17.70 kilometers) — since landing in August 2012. Science teams have been identifying and working out a plan to characterize several high-priority science targets, brought about due to the robot sitting right on the boundary […]

NASA is pushing forward on testing a key energy source that literally “empowers” human crews on distant Mars, energizing habitats and running on-the-spot processing equipment to transform Red Planet resources into oxygen, water, and fuel. The agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) has provided multi-year funding for the Kilopower project. This work is viewed as […]

    Keep an eye on a trio of CubeSats – tiny satellites that are expected to make a big impact on future space missions. The Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) project uses a pair of CubeSats to explore data transmission to the ground via ultra-small lasers, and is also tasked to maneuver the […]

Littleton, Colorado – NASA’s next Mars mission is reaching “ship and shoot” status, a lander geared next year to start probing the Red Planet’s deep interior and even eavesdrop on rumbling Marsquakes. As spacecraft names go, it’s a mouthful: Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. That has been mercifully shortened to InSight. […]

The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, topped by the Cygnus spacecraft — S.S. Gene Cernan — launched from Pad-0A today, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. This supply ship is headed for the International Space Station, set to deliver approximately 7,400 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware […]

A House Space Subcommittee hearing was held November 9, dedicated to examining the development of the Space Launch System (SLS), Orion Crew Vehicle and the associated ground systems. The hearing, titled “An Update on NASA Exploration Systems Development,” heard from William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, NASA and Sandra Magnus, the outgoing […]

Now in Sol 1870, NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars has wheeled itself into a new position along the Vera Rubin Ridge. Reports Rachel Kronyak, a planetary geologist at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, in looking at recent images from the robot: “I can’t help but think that Curiosity is giving us a ‘high-five’ for […]

      Why should we imagine solar flares taking down the International Space Station? That’s the subject of a Future Tense seminar hosted by New America, Slate, and Arizona State University. So what happens when a catastrophic solar flare paralyzes global space agencies and throws the world order into chaos? This very scenario drives […]

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first human-made object to orbit the Earth. Precisely 60 years later, space-faring nations face a much different space environment; one that’s more diverse, disruptive, disordered, and dangerous. Today’s space domain presents a number of asymmetries that differ from other domains, creating a specific deterrence […]

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