China’s Chang’e-5 Moon mission faces a complex set of step-by-step stages to collect and return lunar samples back to Earth. The craft’s departure atop a Long March-5 Y5 booster from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site occurred at 4:30 a.m. Beijing time. Weighing 8.2 tons, Chang’e-5 consists of an orbiter, a lander, an ascender and […]

Given success of China’s Chang’e-5 mission to haul back to Earth lunar specimens, the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) is establishing procedures to share the material with international colleagues. Lin Yangting, professor with the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of Chinese Academy of Science, told China Global Television Network that researchers need to hand in […]

  (Washington, DC) Today, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas emphasized the risk the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) poses to American international leadership in science and technology following the launch of the CCP’s Chang’e-5 mission to the Moon. “The launch of Chang’e-5 is a significant step by China towards their goal […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2949 tasks. “While it doesn’t rain in Gale crater, Curiosity is quite familiar with wind, and she watches out for the atmospheric phenomena around herself,” reports Susanne Schwenzer, a planetary geologist at The Open University; Milton Keynes, U.K. “As we are again in the dust storm […]

China is marching forward on the launch next week of the Chang’e-5 lunar mission – a complicated undertaking to haul back to Earth samples of the Moon. In preparation, south China’s Wenchang Space Launch Center rolled out to the launch pad the lunar probe’s carrier rocket, the Long March-5. China’s second-generation space tracking ship, Yuanwang-3, […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2948 tasks. “We are continuing our ‘benches’ mini-campaign and the current bench is spread out before us like a brick road on our way to our next stop,” reports Scott Guzewich, an atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Curiosity is continuing to study these erosion-resistant […]

  As part of the European Space Agency’s Moon Village initiative, a lunar community study has been carried out by architecture, interior design, engineering and urban planning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). The detailed village design was done in collaboration with ESA and the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics of the Massachusetts Institute of […]

The National Science Foundation (NSF) made a tough, difficult decision to move forward on a “controlled decommissioning” of the iconic Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Two recent and unexpected cable failures and consultations with multiple engineering experts led to the verdict of demolishing the Big Dish. Arecibo has pioneered a number of discoveries such as […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2946 tasks. Reports Mark Salvatore, a planetary geologist at the University of Michigan, Curiosity will be staying busy as the team continues to investigate the topographic “benches” as the robot moves from the Glen Torridon region uphill towards the sulfate-bearing unit. “Last week, Curiosity was positioned at […]

    If all stays on track, the DNA of Arthur Clarke, the gifted visionary writer, will be placed on Earth’s moon next year. That’s also the fictional home of an alien monolith as detailed by Clarke in his Space Odyssey series and rendered into visual manifestation by film maker Stanley Kubrick in the epic […]