U.S. President Donald Trump has put pen to paper in signing the Space Policy Directive – 1 – placing NASA on the pathway for a return to the Moon. The event took place in the Roosevelt room of the White House in Washington, Monday, December 11, 2017. Wanted: funds, political will “This could turn […]

Tech Insider has published a very informative video focused on comparing SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy and Big Falcon Rocket, Blue Origin’s New Glenn, and NASA’s Space Launch System.   NASA’s Saturn V rocket was the pinnacle of technology during the Apollo era. More than 40 years after its final flight, it’s still the world’s most powerful rocket. […]

Anybody onboard ‘Oumuanmua – the mysterious interloper that was spotted hurtling through our solar system? The Green Bank Telescope is tuning in on the odd cigar-shaped object to find out. Cigar/needle shape “Researchers working on long-distance space transportation have previously suggested that a cigar or needle shape is the most likely architecture for an interstellar […]

  An investigative series of articles takes a look at New Mexico’s Spaceport America. The Spaceport America site is to become the departure spot for the Richard Branson-backed SpaceShipTwo commercial operation to propel customers to the suborbital heights.       An in-depth set of articles and an interview about Spaceport America’s future has been […]

What’s the new scoop of heavenly news from the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope? NASA is set to announce the latest discovery at 1 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, December 14. Machine learning The discovery was made by researchers using machine learning from Google. Machine learning is an approach to artificial intelligence, and demonstrates new ways […]

Apollo 17: Diary of the 12th Man is the continuing saga of America’s last deep space human mission of the 20th century.  Installment s of Apollo 17 astronaut Jack Schmitt’s diary are available, with a new post on December 7, 2017 – in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of his launch on this date in 1972 […]

Apollo 17 was the final act in the “opening curtain” for deep space exploration. But that lowering of the human exploration curtain was in December of 1972. Apollo 17 was the longest human lunar landing flight (301 hours, 51 minutes); longest lunar surface extravehicular activities (22 hours, 4 minutes); largest lunar sample return (an estimated […]

  Listen up! Previously unheard communication between Apollo astronauts, mission control and backroom support staff is now available given speech-processing technology utilized by a team of researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas. ExploreApollo.org uses signal, speech and language processing algorithms to extract new information, merge information sources, and provide a new perspective on […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now deep into Sol 1897 operations. Long wheel tracks in Sol 1896 imagery from the robot show a successful drive of roughly 82 feet (25 meters), bringing it to another stop along the route on Vera Rubin Ridge. “We’ll actually spend a few days at this stop, where we plan […]

A U.S. House of Representatives Space Subcommittee hearing, “NASA’s Next Four Large Telescopes, was held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. The purpose of the hearing was to examine the development of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) and the planning for a […]

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