As multiple nations have exploration crosshairs on Earth’s Moon, there’s also increasing discussion of the military utility of cis-lunar space and lunar territory too. Moon expert, Paul Spudis of the Lunar and Planetary Institute, has written this reflective piece:   The Moon’s Role in the New U.S. Space Force – The military implications of […]

  The view that Earth’s Moon is a foreboding, dried out, desolate world may be all wet. The first direct and definitive evidence for surface-exposed water ice in areas of permanent shadow at the moon’s polar regions is being claimed by a research team. The finding is based on detection of near-infrared absorption features of […]

    Recent Curiosity Mars images of a “foreign object” on Vera Rubin Ridge show it moved from spot to spot. But why and what is it? It’s an alien gum wrapper or a Martian band-aid, declared a few observers. “Now I know where my lost sock went,” decried one Mars photo onlooker. Spacecraft debris? […]

The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration, edited and introduction by John Logsdon, foreword by Bill Nye, Penguin Classics, September 2018; Paperback $18.00: 400 pages. John Logsdon is a noted space historian and this book reflects his preeminent status as a first-rate scholar. This volume is a treasure-trove of material, just in time for the […]

  The rover for China’s Chang’e-4 lunar mission was presented in Beijing on August 14. 2018. The Chang’e-4 lunar mission — lander and rover — is scheduled to launch in December 2018 and will land in the Aitken crater, located in the Aitken Basin, in the South Pole region on the far side of the […]

The U.S. Department of Defense’s 2018 report to Congress on Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China has been issued, an annual look that includes a review of China’s space prowess. In the report several sections deal with China’s space activities, a program that “continues to mature rapidly,” the document notes. China’s […]

    Reports Brittney Cooper, an atmospheric scientist from York University in Toronto, Canada: Identified as the “Pettegrove Point Foreign Object Debris” (PPFOD), it was speculated to be a piece of spacecraft debris. In fact the object has been identified as a very thin flake of rock. “We can all rest easy tonight,” Cooper explains, […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has just begun Sol 2143 operations. Work is underway on the recent Stoer drill sample says Ashley Stroupe, a mission operations engineer at NASA/JPL in Pasadena, California, in a recent report. The main activity is the drop-off of sample to the Chemistry & Mineralogy X-Ray Diffraction/X-Ray Fluorescence Instrument (CheMin), based on […]

China’s bid to return to Earth samples from the Moon since the 1970s is slated for next year. The 2019 liftoff of the highly complex mission of Chang’e-5 on a Long March 5 booster is targeted for the Moon’s Rümker region in Northern Oceanus Procellarum. Mons Rümker is seen as the most distinctive geological feature […]

  If all remains on track, a new Chinese Moon mission, Chang’e‐4, will be launched in late 2018 to attempt the first farside landing in history, headed for the Von Kármán crater, within the South Pole‐Aitken (SPA) basin. The scientific instruments of China’s farside spacecraft, mounted on a lander and a rover, will analyze both […]

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