Littleton, Colorado – NASA’s next Mars mission is reaching “ship and shoot” status, a lander geared this year to start probing the Red Planet’s deep interior and even eavesdrop on rumbling Marsquakes. As spacecraft names go, it’s a mouthful: Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. That has been mercifully shortened to […]

Over the weekend Curiosity completed a drive that took the robot to the very southern edge of Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR), reports Roger Wiens, a geochemist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. “So we have downhill slopes directly in front of and around the side of the rover, though we plan to […]

    A new space tourism market report is forecasting growth at the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 14.34 percent from 2017-2021. For years, space tourism was an option only for the richest of the population ever since Dennis Tito went on a commercial orbital space tour in 2001. Since that time, nine more […]

    The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) held on January 18 a discussion by experts focused on creating a more resilient civil space architecture. CSIS is a bipartisan, nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to providing strategic insights and policy solutions to help decision makers chart a course toward a better world. Top […]

Now performing duties in Sol 1941, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is busy studying bedrock transition to better understand the textural and chemical changes across this transition. Reports Ken Herkenhoff, a planetary geologist for the USGS in Flagstaff, Arizona, the robot performed a drive on Sol 1939, placing it next to the bright/dark transition territory. On […]

    Upstart booster provider, Rocket Lab, successfully reached orbit with the test flight of its second Electron orbital launch vehicle, “Still Testing.” Electron lifted-off January 21 from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on the Māhia Peninsula in New Zealand.   Customer payloads Still Testing was carrying a Dove Pioneer Earth-imaging satellite for launch customer […]

A retro-reflective look at Apollo moonwalking in 1969-1972 has found that despite their best efforts, the astronauts consistently demonstrated the challenges of keeping to schedule. Georgia Institute of Technology researchers analyzed the archived mission reports from the Apollo moonwalks to see how well moonwalkers were able to stick to their expected timelines during extravehicular activities […]

Now in Sol 1939, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is wrapping up science duties, busily exploring Vera Rubin Ridge location “e,” reports Lauren Edgar, a planetary geologist at the USGS in Flagstaff, Arizona. Scientists are excited looking over the robot’s Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) data, Edgar notes, seeing that the instrument did a great job with […]

NASA is pushing forward on testing a key energy source that literally “empowers” human crews on the near-by Moon and distant Mars, energizing habitats and running on-the-spot processing equipment to transform local resources into oxygen, water, and fuel. The space agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) has provided multi-year funding for the Kilopower project. This […]

Now in Sol 1938, NASA’s Curiosity rover is continuing its up-close looks at features of Vera Rubin Ridge. Positioned in location “e,” “it certainly seems that ‘e’ should stand for ‘exciting,’ as we’ve collected quite a rich set of observations at this location, including extensive imaging and geochemical analyses,” reports Rachel Kronyak, a planetary geologist […]

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