New computer graphics have been used to debunk the debunkers regarding historic Apollo 11 lunar landing. Credit: NASA

Tackling the skeptics out there that the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969 was a hoax is NVIDIA, a pioneering visual computing and computer graphic enterprise. By using Maxwell, their new graphics processing unit (GPU) architecture, company experts have debunked the debunkers. Maxwell is designed to solve some of the most complex lighting and graphics […]

The MIT BioSuit is a skintight spacesuit that offers improved mobility and reduced mass.  Credit: Photo-illustration: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT

  It’s a tight fit – but if you’re sauntering around on Mars that’s a fashion statement. Space designers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are stitching together plans for shrink-wrapping spacesuits. So much so that spacesuits of the future may resemble a streamlined second skin. The MIT BioSuit is a skintight spacesuit that offers […]

The 4M mission is dedicated to Manfred Fuchs who died early this year. 4M stands for the Manfred Memorial Moon Mission. Credit: OHB/LuxSpace

European space technology company, OHB AG, is conducting a private satellite mission to the Moon, due to be launched at the end of October 2014. The mission is a lunar flyby with the small satellite getting a ride into space via the last stage of a Chinese booster. The 4M mission is dedicated to OHB […]

NASA Inspector General report appraises U.S. space agency

NASA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released an informative report that looks at the space agency’s efforts to identify and mitigate near-Earth object (NEO) hazards. Inspector General Paul Martin released the report that assesses NASA’s efforts to identify and mitigate potential dangers caused by comets and asteroids that approach or enter the Earth’s atmosphere. […]

Thanks to military spacecraft, scientists are getting more data on the threat of incoming space objects. Credit: NRC

Here is a new story from me on something I consider very important: US Military’s Meteor Explosion Data Can Help Scientists Protect Earth By Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist September 15, 2014 04:48pm ET

Site J is located on the head of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. An inset showing a close up of the landing site is also shown.  The primary landing site was chosen from five candidates during the Landing Site Selection Group meeting held on September 13-14, 2014. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

The European Space Agency has picked a spot for the Philae lander touchdown on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. According to ESA, Site J offers unique scientific potential, with hints of activity nearby, and minimum risk to the lander compared to the other candidate sites. Site J is on the ‘head’ of the comet. The backup landing zone, […]

The 27th Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers in Beijing, China has brought together space travelers from around the globe. Credit: CMSE

Space travelers from around the globe are taking part in the 27th Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers in Beijing, China. The theme of the Congress is “Cooperation: To Realize Humanity’s Space Dream Together.” The program has been underway from September 10-15. Yang Liwei, deputy director of China Manned Space Agency – and […]

Credit: NASA/JPL

NASA has announced that the Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet’s Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater. That’s the rover mission’s long-term prime destination. Curiosity’s trek up the mountain will begin with an examination of the mountain’s lower slopes. In late 2013, the Curiosity team realized […]

Credit: ESA

Decision time is nearing! The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on August 6. Scientists and engineers are on the prowl to find a suitable location for the comet lander, Philae. Five candidate touchdown spots were announced on August 25 for further investigation. By September 14, the five possible sites will have […]

The Aquarius underwater habitat and laboratory.  (Credit: NOAA

It’s called a “science splashdown.” The undersea environment is the closest analogue on Earth to a gravity-weak environment like that of asteroids, the moons of Mars or Mars itself. Therefore, other than being in outer space, going to inner-space is the best place to test relevant exploration concepts. The NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, known […]