A virtual meeting of The Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) was held today, detailing a number of exploration issues, including a projected effort to robotically return samples from the Red Planet. MEPAG meetings involve the planetary exploration community, particularly those scientists, engineers, project and program personnel, theoreticians and experimentalists, instrument scientists, and modelers […]

The United Arab Emirates Space Agency and the International Astronomical Center (IAC) have announced the organization of a joint campaign to monitor China’s Tiangong-1 space laboratory as it falls back to Earth. China orbited Tiangong-1 in late September 2011. The nose dive of the 8.5 ton craft is expected to take place as early as […]

  Where is Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster with Starman? Surely having a window full of speeding tickets by now, that SpaceX launched Falcon Heavy Tesla Roadster on February 6 is apparently tumbling, but in cruise control – outward bound from Earth. Thanks to a creative website by Ben Pearson, founder of Old Ham Media, viewers […]

  For the first time, aerospace giant, Lockheed Martin, is making technical documents for its satellite buses openly available to the public. Typically, that data is closely held, shared with others via a non-disclosure agreement in place. The company’s initiative is dubbed “Open Space.” The goal is to help more companies and innovators tackle pressing […]

The Trump administration’s recently issued proposed NASA budget includes support for a new Planetary Defense program for near-Earth object detection and mitigation under the agency’s Planetary Science Division. Part of the program is to bankroll the formulation of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission at $90 million in its first year. DART would collide […]

A new forecast on the reentry of China’s Tiangong-1 space lab has been issued by The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies (CORDS). Tiangong-1 is predicted to reenter in early April 2018, plus or minus 1.5 weeks. This prediction was performed by The Aerospace Corporation on February 14 and assumes an uncontrolled […]

Closing out Sol 1967 duties, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has accomplished several newsworthy tasks. “We got lots of good news this morning,” reports Ken Herkenhoff, a planetary geologist at the USGS in Flagstaff, Arizona. Firstly, the rover’s Dust Removal Tool brushed off a potential drill target successfully. Also done, Herkenhoff adds, was the analysis by […]

  Passenger flight on rocket-for-hire flings to the edge of space is near at hand. One big draw that adds to the bragging rights for space travelers is the view from high above. Rubbernecking tourists will have face time with space, snagging perspective and images to travelogue their voyages.     Life-changing views One major […]

The ultimate goal: Have one million people from Earth, living, working and moving around on Mars. Join Hewlett-Packard’s Mars Home Planet for a chance to win prizes, collaborate with the world’s leading visionaries, and earn a chance to have your design included in the ultimate Mars VR Experience. Transportation, infrastructure In short, call it the […]

Earlier this week, Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence, presented the United States Intelligence Community’s 2018 assessment of threats to US national security. In the Coats statement for the record, that unclassified worldwide threat assessment included a section on “Space and Counterspace.” Here is that section of the report: Antisatellite efforts Continued global space industry […]

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