ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and Schiaparelli, also known as the ExoMars Entry, descent and landing Demonstrator Module are seen here during vibration testing at Thales Alenia Space, in Cannes, France. Credit: ESA–S. Corvaja, 2015

Europe’s ExoMars spacecraft is almost complete for launch next year. ExoMars 2016 is nearing construction in its clean room at Thales Alenia Space in France. The Mars-bound mission is a joint effort between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia’s Roscosmos. That sojourn consists of a Trace Gas Orbiter plus an Entry, Descent and Landing […]

Phobos base concept. Credit: New Space/ Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

A new, cost-constrained U.S. strategy to send humans on Mars has been blueprinted. The study team believes placing a crew on the Red Planet could be achieved within projected NASA budgets by minimizing new developments and relying mainly on already available or planned NASA assets. This important study has been published in New Space, a […]


  Word from ground controllers is that the Opportunity Mars rover is in good health after communication blackout. The Earth-Mars Solar Conjunction command moratorium and communication blackout has ended. Telemetry is again being received from Opportunity. Normal tactical planning has resumed with the Sol 4059 (June 25, 2015) plan. Opportunity is on the west rim […]

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ALE CO. Ltd. is a Japan-based space technology company that wants to provide artificial shooting stars “any time, any place as you like.” According to Lena Okajima, head of ALE in Tokyo, her group is working with experts in various Japanese universities to develop a spacecraft that can toss out tiny balls from Earth orbit […]

Curiosity: Back on-line after solar conjunction. Credit: NASA/JPL/USGS

“Mars has passed through solar conjunction, and reliable communication with the spacecraft at Mars is possible again,” explains Ken Herkenhoff, a member of the Curiosity Mars rover team. As the team starts implementing the Sol 1027 plan, the NASA Curiosity rover’s Mastcam observations of several targets that were imaged just before solar conjunction are being […]

Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang after they delivered closing statements at the conclusion of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) / Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. Credit: State Dept Image /June 24, 2015

The seventh round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) was held June 22-24, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The two sides held in-depth discussions on major bilateral, regional, and global issues, including a number of space agenda items. “The depth and breadth of our discussion at this year’s Strategic & Economic Dialogue has been […]

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NASA is moving forward on planting bootprints on the Red Planet. The “First Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars” will be held this October at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, Texas. The purpose of this workshop to be held October 27-30 is to identify and discuss […]

Left to right: Moderator - Gil Rudawsky, Vice President, GroundFloor Media; Leonard David,  Reporter - Inside Outer Space; Laura Keeney, Business Reporter - The Denver Post; Greg Avery, Reporter - Denver Business Journal; and Maya Rodriguez, TV Reporter - KUSA. Photo credit: Barbara David

Colorado’s aerospace industry is growing and outperforming national economic trends. Eight of the country’s major space contractors have a significant presence in Colorado and the state continually outperforms national averages in employment, salary, and education. In 2014, Colorado ranked first in private aerospace employment in the U.S. and direct and indirect aerospace employment exceeded 160,000 […]

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  A design concept for future Mars missions has led to a system commercially suitable for Earthly water applications for non-potable use. The “Shower of the Future” offered by Orbital Systems, a Swedish clean tech start-up, shares the same water purification technology that NASA uses in space. This technology was spurred by a cooperative effort […]

Big bang theory: ESA’s Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM), a candidate mission due for launch in 2020. Credit: ESA–

  They are mean and malicious – and could mess up your day here on Earth. That said about asteroids, an upcoming “global day of awareness and education” is incoming on June 30 – the anniversary of the 1908 Tunguska impact in Siberia, the largest asteroid hit on Earth in recently recorded history. The Tunguska […]