Image taken by Curiosity

Operators of the NASA Curiosity rover on Mars are pleased to report that drilling into “Buckskin” was successful. Over the weekend, the plan called for more robotic arm activities, including transferring the sample to the scoop for inspection. But first, the ChemCam remote micro-imager (RMI) has taken pictures of the new drill hole and Mastcam […]

Credit: Evergreen Exhibitions

The space elevator, travel to Mars, futuristic spacecraft propulsion systems. If you want to travel “above and beyond” you’ll be interested in a new interactive flight exhibition – one that just launched on a multi-city tour to major science centers and air-and-space museums worldwide. Explored through five key themes that define flight and space travel […]

ATLAS#1 up and running on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. Credit: ATLAS Team

The first Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) telescope is now in operation on Haleakala – on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. ATLAS is an asteroid impact early warning system being developed by the University of Hawaii and funded by NASA. When ATLAS is completed in 2015, it will consist of two telescopes, 100 miles […]


  The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing earlier this week, making use of a panel of experts to review space exploration of other worlds, today and in the future.     Held July 28, the purpose of the hearing was to review recent NASA achievements in exploring […]

Image taken by Curiosity

  NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars has made a “mini-start hole”, which is the name for a new type of initial drilling test, according to Ryan Anderson, a planetary scientist at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. The target is called “Buckskin” and the test will drill a small hole in the rock […]

Well suited for space, Jenny Leonard’s Astro Baron. Credit: The Barons

Among 25 well-dressed and decorated Barons on display in Salisbury, a cathedral city in Wiltshire, England, is “Astro Baron” – thanks to Jenny Leonard, a creative and skilled artist based in London. The Trussell Trust, together with Wild in Art, is staging The Barons’ Charter Trail, called the biggest mass participation public art event ever […]

Credit: Joseph Lazio, JPL

  Robotic operations on the Moon are being investigated by university researchers – opening the door to laying out a radio telescope array on the lunar far side. The rover would be commanded by astronauts in NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which would be hovering in a halo point near the lunar far side called Earth-moon Lagrange […]

Leading Mars Underground member: Chris McKay Credit: NASA

The question of whether life has ever existed on Mars has been at the center of a 50-year robotic exploration campaign that has seen an increasingly sophisticated armada of flyby missions, orbiters, landers and rovers dispatched to the red planet. Christopher McKay, one of NASA’s most recognizable names in the field of astrobiology, argues that […]

Virgin Galactic pilot Todd Ericson and NTSB investigators at SpaceShipTwo accident site. Credit: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is releasing today the findings of its 9-month investigation into the crash of the SpaceShipTwo late last year. According to the NTSB, the probable cause for the mishap is as follows: “The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was Scaled Composites’ failure to […]

Virgin Galactic pilot Todd Ericson and NTSB investigators at SpaceShipTwo accident site. Credit: NTSB

    UPDATED: Board Meeting: Commercial Space Launch Accident – SpaceShipTwo July 28, 2015 9:30 a.m. ET   Webcast, go to:   Board members of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will meet Tuesday, July 28, to determine the probable cause of the October 31, 2014 in-flight breakup of SpaceShipTwo that occurred over the […]