Credit: National Geographic

      This new volume is coming to a book store near you! New in paperback from National Geographic is Mission to Mars – My Vision for Space Exploration by celebrated Gemini 12 astronaut, Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin and space journalist Leonard David.                     […]

Opportunity Mars rover uses its instrumented robot arm to investigate surface. Front Hazcam, Sol 3993. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

    While the Curiosity mega-rover patrols its site, not to be forgotten is NASA’s old-timer Mars robot, Opportunity. It continues its exploratory work on the west rim of Endeavour Crater near the entrance of “Marathon Valley,” an assumed location for abundant clay minerals.         The robot has been using its robotic […]

The image is from ‘Hidden Valley’ in Gale Crater on Mars. Very fine-grained sediments, which slowly fell down through the water, were deposited right at the bottom of the crater lake. The sediment plates at the bottom are level, so everything indicates that the entire Gale Crater may have been a large lake.  Credit: NASA/JPL, MSSS

A research team has published some intriguing work in Nature Geoscience regarding transient liquid water and water activity at Gale crater on Mars – the exploration zone of NASA’s Curiosity rover. Led by F. Javier Martín-Torres of the Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra in Granada, Spain, the group analyzed the relative humidity, air […]

This image was taken by Curiosity

    Latest looks at Curiosity’s Mars scenary – including inspection of the rover’s wheels that are under stress due to the Red Planet’s rocky surface.

Altai Optical Laser Center (AOLC) near Savvushka, Russia. Credit: V.P. Aleshin, E.A. Grishin, V.D. Shargorodsky, D.D. Novgorodtsev

A team of Russian researchers are using the Altai Optical Laser Center (AOLC) near Savvushka, Russia to image from the ground various spacecraft. The intent of their work is to help solve problems in space surveillance. They report that the use of adaptive optics at AOLC allows the analysis of spacecraft that run into emergency situations. […]


Members of the House Subcommittee on Space on Thursday, April 16 discussed fiscal year 2016 budget priorities with NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr. at a hearing on the Obama administration’s budget request for the space agency.   Space Subcommittee Chairman Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.): “NASA is at a crossroads. Unfortunately, the last six years featured […]

This image was taken by Curiosity

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is wheeling its way westward through a valley called “Artist’s Drive.” In the 12 months following its August 2012 landing, Curiosity has found evidence for ancient streambeds and a lakebed environment more than 3 billion years ago that offered conditions favorable for microbial life.   The rover is now examining […]

International Space Station to serve as recycling site. Credit: NASA

  NASA has funded a novel recycling system for the International Space Station (ISS) and future deep-space human expeditions. The “Positrusion recycler” will convert plastic waste into high-quality 3D printer filament for use in making tools, replacement parts, and satellite components onboard the ISS. NASA has awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Program award to […]

Credit: Star Trek/ CBS Studios, Inc.

Call it a rocket builder’s Vulcan death grip. There appears to be a bit of a row between United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) just announced new Vulcan rocket and the Paul Allen Vulcan Aerospace enterprise, the big and bold Stratolaunch aircraft. ULA launched a name-the-new rocket competition that allowed Americans to vote on their favorite name […]

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

  The first color image ever made of the Pluto system by a spacecraft on approach has been released. The image of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, was taken by the Ralph color imager aboard NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on April 9, 2015, from a distance of about 71 million miles (115 million kilometers). […]