A recent claim that India’s Pragyan Rover may have survived the crash of the Vikram Moon lander in September 2019 appears not to be the case. Shanmuga Subramanian, an IT developer, suggested that the rover may have moved at least a few meters away from the Vikram lander after the failed landing. To his […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now carrying out Sol 2849 tasks. “The most important activity for Curiosity on sol 2849 is an analysis of the “Mary Anning” drill sample with SAM’s gas chromatograph (GC) and quadrupole mass spectrometer (QMS),” reports Melissa Rice, a planetary geologist at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. “The operation of […]

A candidate for NASA’s future deep space habitation applications is the Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Large Inflatable Fabric Environment, or LIFE™ Habitat. Under Phase 3 of NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) Appendix A habitat program, design concepts could be used on the lunar surface or as a Mars transportation habitat to test […]

  Researchers diving into lava tubes here on Earth believe that Martian and lunar tubes are one to three orders of magnitude more voluminous than on our home planet. The upshot of a new underground data base reveals Mars and Moon lava tubes are respectively 100 and 1,000 times wider than those on Earth, which […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now engaged in the start of Sol 2846 duties. There has been confirmation that the planned Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument Suite specimen bake was successful, reports Abigail Fraeman, a planetary geologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. A Sol 2846-2848 plan has been scripted. Supplementary analysis “This weekend […]

  Four Indian astronauts continue to undergo training at Russia’s Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center near Moscow. They are prospective space travelers for India’s Gaganyaan project. According to Russia’s Roscosmos, the foursome “are doing well and are determined to continue training further.” The completion of their training at the center is scheduled for the first quarter […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now carrying out Sol 2844 duties. Reports Sean Czarnecki, a planetary geologist at Arizona State University in Tempe, a recent plan called for Curiosity to drop off some of its newly acquired “Mary Anning” drill sample to the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument Suite for Evolved Gas Analysis (EGA). […]

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Progress is being reported on readying Russia’s Luna-25 spacecraft. Last month, flight units of Russian scientific instruments were delivered from the Space Research Institute to NPO Lavochkin – part of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency. Russian space industry specialists have started installing them on the Luna-25 spacecraft. The Russian lunar landing vehicle includes nine instruments: […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2842 tasks. The robot is carrying on with its drill campaign at the “Mary Anning” site, reports Rachel Kronyak, a planetary geologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The meat of a recently scripted plan focuses on dropping off a powdered drill sample to the rover’s onboard Chemistry […]