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SpaceNews military space reporter Mike Gruss interviews Gen. John Hyten, who took over as commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command in August. This 36-minute video, recorded Dec. 16 at the Pentagon, focuses on Hyten’s vision for the service’s space operations. •How Space Command will approach the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration •How the […]

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Book Review: The Art of Space – The History of Space Art, From the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era by Ron Miller; Zenith Press/Quarto Publishing Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota; $35.00 (hardcover); September 2014. This is an impressive gathering of artwork, drawn together by Ron Miller, artist extraordinaire. The book is an eye-catching […]

Liftoff of India’s next generation booster – GSLV Mk-III. Credit: ISRO

India’s next generation booster – GSLV Mk-III – flew successfully on its first experimental flight. The rocket departed the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota on December 18. The suborbital shot had a two-fold agenda: – Test the vehicle performance during its critical atmospheric phase of its flight carrying a non-functional cryogenic upper stage. – […]


Even before the first launch of China’s Long March 5, rocket builders in that country are eyeing the Long March 9 – a super-heavy booster reportedly intended to support human missions to the Moon. Li Tongyu, head of aerospace products at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, is quoted in the State-owned China Daily, […]

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Here’s a video that highlights key moments in space exploration, from humanity’s early fascination with stars to recent work in private space tourism. A Brief History of Space Exploration was shown at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California on November 13, 2014 as part of the kickoff to RAND’s biennial Politics Aside event. Take […]

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Chinese space officials have spotlighted the year-long scientific work of the still operating Chang’e 3 lander. The spacecraft touched down on the Moon’s surface on December 14, 2013. It carried the Yutu rover that was deployed from the stationary lander to roam freely across the lunar terrain. The state-owned news agency, the People’s Daily, quotes […]

August 2013 artist’s impression of James Webb Space Telescope. Credit: Northrop Grumman

A new study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has taken a look at the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) project. JWST is one of NASA’s most complex and expensive projects, at an anticipated cost of $8.8 billion. The GAO has found that with just less than 4 years until its planned launch in October […]

Enhanced color image of a hill in the Candor Colles region of Candor Chasma, Mars. Image is 1 km (0.62 miles) across.  Credit: USGS/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Want to stroll around on the Red Planet? If so, you may put in your backpack a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) geologic map of Mars, billed as the most detailed representation of the Red Planet to date. This new map provides geologic and structural information on layered sedimentary rocks at a scale comparable to […]

After releasing a test return capsule, the service module is headed for Moon orbit. Credit: China Space Website

China is prepared to move a spacecraft into lunar orbit next month – the service module involved in the country’s successful circumlunar return capsule test in November. After the separation of the return capsule that parachuted into Inner Mongolia, the larger service module continued its mission back to the vicinity of the Moon. Following two […]

December 10, 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of Col. John P. Stapp’s record-breaking experiment at the Holloman High Speed Test Track.  Credit: U.S. Air Force/Courtesy Photo

It has been 60 years since Col. John P. Stapp sailed down a test track, strapped in tight onboard Sonic Wind Rocket Sled 1. That pioneering ride on Dec. 10, 1954 earned Stapp the title, “The Fastest Man on Earth” – a speedy rocket-powered trip that propelled him to a rate of 632 miles per […]