The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is one of NASA’s most complex and expensive projects, at an anticipated cost of $8.8 billion. Now in the midst of significant integration and testing that will last the two remaining years until the planned October 2018 launch date, the JWST project will need to continue to address many challenges and identify problems, some likely to be revealed […]

Now in Sol 1542, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover continues to be plagued by a drill anomaly issue. Investigation of the issue is continuing with more diagnostic tests planned. “Again, no mobility or other arm activities will be planned, so the science team added only remote sensing observations,” reports Ken Herkenhoff of the USGS Astrogeology Science […]

Credit: Eyal Gever

Put aside the sci-fi axiom that nobody can hear you scream in space…but what about laughter? Israeli artist Eyal Gever is working on “#LAUGH (2016)” — a global collaborative art project — to be launched into Earth orbit. It is set to become the first piece of art to be fabricated on a zero-gravity 3D-printer […]

Virgin Spaceship Unity (VSS Unity) touches down after flying freely for the first time after being released from Virgin Mothership Eve (VMS Eve) on December 3, 2016 in the Mojave Desert. Credit: Virgin Galactic

  The sky above the Mojave Air and Space Port in California on December 3 was the site of Virgin Galactic’s first drop test of Spaceship Unity (VSS Unity). VSS Unity’s test flight also marks the first time that a vehicle built by Virgin Galactic’s sister organization — The Spaceship Company — has flown fully […]

Mars true-color globe showing Terra Meridiani. Credits: NASA/Greg Shirah

  NOTE: Frank White is the author of the seminal work — The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution — first published in 1987, re-issued in 1998 with a third edition of the book released in 2014. The Overview Effect is an on-going phenomenon that impacts various aspects of world culture in the New Space […]

Curiosity Front Hazcam Right B image taken on Sol 1536, December 1, 2016. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The report from ground zero on Mars is that the Curiosity rover has encountered a drill fault. The robot is now in Sol 1537, and reports Ken Herkenhoff of the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona: “Unfortunately, the much-anticipated rotary-only drilling experiment did not even start due to a drill fault that is currently […]

Credit: ISECG

The International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) has just published the summary of its upcoming Science White Paper: “Scientific Opportunities Enabled by Human Exploration Beyond Low-Earth-Orbit.” The science white paper will inform the next edition of the Global Exploration Roadmap, expected in late 2017. The paper was developed by ISECG agencies together with a Science […]

Long March-5 ready for first liftoff. Credit: CASC via GBTimes

    It was a big year for China’s space program. A Chinese checklist of successes includes their longest piloted space mission; first use of a new Kennedy Space Center-like spaceport, the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Hainan Island off China’s southern coast; maiden flights of the Long March-7 and their heavy-lifter, the Long March-5. […]

Curiosity Navcam Right B image taken on Sol 1533, November 28, 2016. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

  Update Dec. 1st: Now in Sol 1536, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has completed a cross-contamination experiment and cleaning of CHIMRA went well, “so we are ready to drill into the Precipice target!” That’s the word from Ken Herkenhoff of the USGS. Past drilling activities have made use of both rotation and percussion, but percussion […]

Credit: U.S. Air Force

CNN is ready to drop on the TV watcher a special report – “War in Space: The Next Battlefield” – airing Tuesday, November 29th at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. “The stakes couldn’t be higher. How the US responds to this new threat could determine who wins the defining conflict of the 21st century,” explains a […]

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