In the high-degree of strangeness department, the New York Times, Politico and the Washington Post have posted stories on a secret UFO program run by the Department of Defense, who worked with Bigelow Aerospace. Go to: The Pentagon’s Secret Search for UFOs Funded at the request of Harry Reid, the program probed a number of encounters military […]

Peer over the shoulders of Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers as they build hardware for NASA’s Mars 2020 mega-rover mission.   This 360 video transports you to the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.   Engineer Emily Howard narrates as you walk around the hardware that is intended to softly […]

  Now in Sol 1906, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is prowling around Vera Rubin Ridge, soaking in the vista in various directions. A new Curiosity’s traverse map through Sol 1905 has been issued by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The map shows the route driven by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity through the 1905 Martian day, or […]

A new report, Recapturing a Future for Space Exploration: Life and Physical Sciences Research for a New Era, highlights the critical need for space life and physical sciences research both for enabling and expanding the exploration capabilities of NASA as well as for contributing unique science in many fields that can be enabled by microgravity. […]

Chief rocketeer for Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos, has released a full video of Mannequin Skywalker’s ride to space, from liftoff to landing. “Unlike him, you’ll be able to get out of your seat during the zero gee part of the flight. And ignore the pinging sound – it’s just from one of the experiments on […]

  An assessment of U.S. President Trump’s new Space Policy Directive-1 has been issued by Steven Aftergood in his Secrecy News report published by the Federation of American Scientists. “President Trump created an entire new category of presidential directives to present his guidance for the U.S. space program,” Aftergood notes. Trump’s new Space Policy Directive […]

Thales Alenia Space has signed a trio of contracts with U.S. companies to help shape NASA’s Deep Space Gateway and Deep Space Transport projects. The work is being done under the framework of the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) activities with Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Orbital–ATK. Deep space infrastructure Thales Alenia Space support […]

Just wrapping up Sol 1903 operations, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has been scooting about on Vera Rubin Ridge. The robot has been focusing on the rocks that make up the ridge, measuring their chemistry and imaging their structure to try and understand the origin of this prominent feature in Gale crater reports Michelle Minitti, a […]

The fine art of exoplanet detection is on the upswing, perhaps at the cusp of a watershed moment in detecting life on other worlds. Ground and space-based telescopes have been busy plumbing the depths of space to find and confirm over 3,500 planets are circling their parent stars. For sure, that number is destined to […]

              Blue Origin’s New Shepard flew again for the seventh time December 12 from Blue Origin’s West Texas Launch Site. Video at: Known as Mission 7 (M7), the flight featured the next-generation booster and the first flight of Crew Capsule 2.0. Crew Capsule 2.0 features large windows, measuring […]

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