Equipment attached to China’s 500-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, is being upgraded to search for extraterrestrial civilizations. In a China Daily story, Tong-Jie Zhang of Beijing Normal University’s astronomy department explains: “At present, the back-end equipment is being upgraded, and it is expected that new observations can be made after September, when the […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2784 tasks. The rover has been investigating an interesting pebble/nodular patch reports Mark Salvatore, a planetary geologist at the University of Michigan. After a drive of longer than 164 feet (50 meters), Curiosity parked in front of an interesting patch of bedrock and sand well within […]

What steps are necessary to establish a cislunar sustainability paradigm? A new publication underscores the fact that, as more nations become spacefarers and cislunar traffic increases, established and emerging players should employ lessons learned from operations in low Earth orbit and geosynchronous Earth orbit “to be better caretakers of the expanded orbital neighborhood.” The report […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2783 tasks. Meanwhile, a new rover road map has been issued. This map shows the route driven by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity through the 2780 Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s mission on Mars (June 1, 2020).   Numbering of the dots along the line […]

  A new update on that troubled Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) experiment deployed by NASA’s Insight Mars lander. The “mole” is part of the HP3 and has only managed to partially bury itself since it started hammering in February 2019. Good news “We have good news! The mole is in the ground […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2781 duties. Recent planning calls for the robot wheeling more than 1.5 kilometers – driving to the next major unit of Mt. Sharp, the “sulfate-bearing” unit. “During this traverse the focus will be on driving as far as we can each sol, but we’ll still be […]

  Who2 has created GIANT LEAPS: Heroes of Space and Flight – a new solitaire game that celebrates great pilots, astronauts, inventors, and daredevils of the past two centuries, from Neil Armstrong to the Montgolfier Brothers, even Russia’s Laika space dog!  Who2 staffers Paul Hehn and Fritz Holznagel chose the 52 groundbreaking figures and wrote […]

  A Europlanet Telescope Network collaboration will initially link 15 observatories around the globe to provide coordinated observations and rapid responses in support of planetary research. “Our aim with this new network is to support a global community that can react fast and effectively to observational alerts and participate in coordinated observational campaigns related to […]

The White HouseOffice of the Press SecretaryFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 30, 2020REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMPAT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER Moments ago, as we witnessed the launch of two great American astronauts into space, we were filled with the sense of pride and unity that brings us together as Americans. That same spirit which powered our astronauts to […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now carrying out Sol 2778 duties. “This week the science team decided not to drill a second hole next to the ‘Glasgow’ target, and so we’re able to hit the road again this weekend,” reports Scott Guzewich, an atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “We’re […]