NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is closing out Sol 2529 duties. The Mars robot has scored its 23rd drill hole on Mars, reports Mark Salvatore, a planetary geologist at the University of Michigan. “Coming in at roughly 43 millimeters depth…and both the rover and new drill hole are happy and healthy!” Salvatore noted that Curiosity drilled […]

  Japan’s Hayabusa2 asteroid explorer is soon to dispatch a new robot onto space rock of ages, Ryugu. The spacecraft is slated to unload the roughly 2.2 pounds (one kilogram) Minerva-II2 next month – a device equipped with a camera, thermometer, photodiode, and accelerometer. Minerva is short for MIcro-Nano Experimental Robot Vehicle for Asteroid. This […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2529 duties. Reports Vivian Sun, a planetary geologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, it’s go for drilling at Glen Etive 2. “After studying the results from the ‘Glen Etive 1’ drill hole over conjunction, the team has decided to proceed with a second drill hole at […]

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a Science & Tech Spotlight on hypersonic weapons. As the GAO spotlight notes, hypersonic weapons, once developed, would fly faster than 3,800 mph and be extremely difficult to defend against. “Advances in hypersonic technologies have significant implications for national security, as well as for transportation and space […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now wrapping up Sol 2527 duties. The Red Planet machinery has returned to operations after standing down during the recent opposition from August 28 to September 7, 2019 – a period when Mars is on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth and curtails communications between Earth and the […]

Aliens of all stripes are zeroing in on the secretive Area 51 next week. Area 51 is the hush-hush U.S. Air Force military installation located at Groom Lake in southern Nevada. The installation has been the focus of numerous conspiracies involving the base’s extraterrestrial connection – a locale for captured flying saucers and surely an […]

  The classified U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane program has winged its way to a new milestone in its hush-hush current flight – winging past two years in Earth orbit. Also tagged as the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) – 5 mission, this currently orbiting space plane was rocketed into low Earth orbit back on […]

A new Gallup poll finds two-thirds of Americans believe the government knows more about UFOs than it has conveyed. One-third of those polled think some UFOs are actual sightings of alien spacecraft. Gallup’s Lydia Saad details poll findings in a September 6th communiqué: “For decades, UFO enthusiasts have claimed the government is warehousing crashed UFOs, […]

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has issued a September 7th update on the fate of the country’s Vikram lunar lander: “Chandrayaan-2 mission was a highly complex mission, which represented a significant technological leap compared to the previous missions of ISRO, which brought together an Orbiter, Lander and Rover to explore the unexplored south pole […]

  India’s mission control lost communications with its Chandrayaan-2 lunar lander at roughly 1.3 miles (2.1 kilometers) from its lunar touchdown. The true fate of the Vikram lander carrying the Pragyan rover is being reviewed by engineers at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Under investigation “The communications from the lander to ground station was […]