NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2117 duties. According to Michelle Minitti, a planetary geologist at Framework in Silver Spring, Maryland, the robot made “great progress” across the “Vera Rubin Ridge” toward the site of our next drilling attempt at “Sgurr of Eigg.” Weekend plan A weekend plan has Curiosity collecting more […]

  The personal collection of Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the Moon, will be presented in a series of auctions beginning November 1-2, 2018 by Heritage Auctions. The Armstrong Family Collection features never-before-seen artifacts from his momentous lunar landing to private mementos – including pieces of a wing and propeller from the […]

      Today is “Moon Day” that commemorates the first human landing on the Moon by America on July 20, 1969. To mark the occasion, China Plus/Xinhua has published a Moon Day special that salutes China’s burgeoning lunar exploration program. China Plus is the official English website of China Radio International.       […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2116 duties. Reports Ken Herkenhoff, a planetary geologist for the USGS in Flagstaff, Arizona: “The Sol 2115 wheel imaging went well, and we received the images needed to plan a drive back to ‘Sgurr of Eigg,’ near the Sol 1999 rover position.” On the plan is […]

The Space Foundation today released the findings of its publication The Space Report 2018: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity. The findings in the 2018 report revealed that in 2017, the global space economy totaled $383.5 billion worldwide. Also, during 2017: Seven countries/agencies spent more than $1 billion on space The U.S. share of […]

  Select Chinese satellites are to get a re-boost according to China’s Science and Technology Daily. The vehicle would use a robotic arm to dock with the spacecraft, and then carry the satellite to maintain its original orbit. Simpler, efficient option The vehicle is being developed by an academy affiliated to the China Aerospace Science […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2115 duties with a priority to image the rover’s wheels. Acquisition of those images is needed to plan a drive back to the Sol 1999 location, where the robot may start another drilling campaign. Ken Herkenhoff, a planetary geologist at the USGS in Flagstaff, Arizona, reports that […]

Blue Origin’s New Shepard vehicle successfully flew today, a step closer to providing pay-for-ticket human space travel on suborbital treks. Exhilarating ride As posted by Blue Origin: “During this mission, known as Mission 9 (M9), the escape motor was fired shortly after booster separation. The Crew Capsule was pushed hard by the escape test and […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is engaged in Sol 2114 duties, finishing up at the Voyageurs drill site. Reports Mark Salvatore, a planetary geologist at the University of Michigan in Dearborn: “After our attempt to drill the Voyageurs target did not reach sufficient depth due to the impressive hardness of the rock, the team is […]

  Launch tomorrow of the New Shepard is slated for 9:00 am CT / 14:00 UTC. Live webcast begins at T-20 minutes on http://BlueOrigin.com On Mission 9 a third round of payload customers from commercial companies, universities and space agencies will share the cabin with Blue Origin’s Mannequin Skywalker for their flight to space. Customers […]

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