Credit: National Geographic/Leonard David

Book Tour Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet With Leonard David and Pascal Lee of the Mars Institute Author Event: Sunday October 30, 2016 2:00 PM   Corte Madera 313 Corte Madera Town Center Corte Madera, CA 94925 415-927-9016 For more information on this book-signing venue, go to:         […]

Live aboard China

  China’s on-going Shenzhou-11/Tiangong-2 mission has included launch of an “accompanying” satellite. The 104-pound (47 kilograms) satellite – about the size of a printer — was launched from the Tiangong-2 space lab on Sunday at 7:31 a.m., local Beijing time. China’s Technology and Engineering Center for Space Utilization under the Chinese Academy of Sciences reports […]


Yes…“Mars is hard!” That’s particularly true when you slam into the planet at nearly 200 miles per hour. Imagery from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) orbiting the Red Planet has spotted the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Schiaparelli lander. Lost contact ESA lost contract with the lander mid-way through its descent to the planet’s surface. Imagery […]


    Book Tour Update: Mars – Our Future on the Red Planet Event date: Saturday, October 29, 2016 – 7:30pm Kepler’s Books 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA 94025 650-324-4321 For more information, go to:    

Curiosity Front Hazcam Right B image taken on Sol 1495, October 20, 2016. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Scientists are delighted with the progress of the Curiosity Mars rover, given that the robot has successfully created a new drill hole. Curiosity is now in Sol 1497. According to planning reports, Sol 1496 was to start with a Chemistry & Camera (ChemCam) passive observation of the dump pile of material from “Quela”, the rover’s […]

Credit: NASA

Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is announcing the “Harnessing the Small Satellite Revolution” initiative, building on a growing wave of private sector interest in miniaturized spacecraft for applications ranging from communications and remote sensing to satellite inspection and repair. Today, astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly are visiting the White […]

Shenzhou-11 crew is now onboard the Tiangong-2 space lab for 30 days. Credit: CCTV

China space travelers, Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong, are busy at work onboard the Tiangong-2 space lab, starting their routine work and exercise programs. In-space activities by the crew are being monitored by technicians at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center. Harvesting lettuce One early task was to plant lettuce seeds so the twosome can harvest […]

 Curiosity Mastcam Right image taken on Sol 1494, October 19, 2016. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The NASA Curiosity Mars rover is now in Sol 1496. New imagery shows the rover carrying out drilling duties on Mars. There is also new news from the Curiosity Mars rover: a follow-up image taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) showed that the Quela dump pile had been moved by the wind again! […]


    What occurred during yesterday’s attempted landing of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ExoMars 2016 Schiaparelli lander is under analysis by experts. Perhaps offering new insight on the apparent mishap at Mars – NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and the Opportunity rover.   Detailed telemetry The lander was dispatched from the now safely orbiting […]

Curiosity Front Hazcam Left B image taken on Sol 1494, October 19, 2016. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now in Sol 1494. Ken Herkenhoff of the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona reports that winds at the Curiosity site unexpectedly influenced the “Quela” dump pile. Images taken by rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) and the Chemistry & Camera Remote Micro-Imager showed the pile was offset from […]

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