A novel approach to creating a reusable solar electric space (SEP) “tug” for toting payloads to the Moon, Mars or elsewhere is dubbed “Sunflower” – a Modular, Hexagonally Symmetric, SEP Cargo Transport Spacecraft. Sunflower was the winner in NASA’s 2017 BIG Idea Challenge, a concept forged by students from Tulane University. The Sunflower’s structure, […]

  The United Kingdom has put in motion a draft Spaceflight Bill, promoting the construction and operation of spaceports across the UK for the first time, as well as giving the go for spacecraft to be rocketed spaceward from British soil. Tariq Ahmad, aviation minister, said: “We have never launched a spaceflight before from this […]

Mars attacks…this time in a new movie called Life. To be released in the U.S. on March 24, the going-in theme as advertised for Life is that an international space crew discovers life on Mars. That’s the good news. But the delivery package of samples to their spacecraft from the Red Planet has an edgy […]

The United Arab Emirates has the Red Planet in its sights, not only moving forward on a Mars orbiter but also establishing the first inhabitable human settlement on the planet by 2117. Space visionary, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. He recently unveiled, along with […]

  There are indications of U.S. President Donald Trump shaping his space policy agenda. Among those agenda items: — His policies will be aimed at human exploration of the solar system. — His policies will make NASA’s prime mission to reach beyond low earth orbit. — He will turn over non-military and intelligence activities in low earth […]

  Meteors emitting sizzling, rustling and hissing sounds as they descend seem contrary to the laws of physics. What’s up with this observation? Because sound travels far slower than light, the sounds should arrive several minutes after the meteor hits, rather than accompany or even precede it. These sounds cannot be attributed to direct acoustic […]

The first orbital launch attempt from New Zealand is near at hand. Rocket Lab has transported its Electron booster to a launch site in the Mahia Peninsula from the company’s Auckland facility. Rocket Lab’s mission is to make space accessible by offering small satellite customers a rapid-response orbital service that is frequent, reliable and affordable. […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is conducting Sol 1612 science duties. The robot completed a drive of 75 feet (23 meter) on Sol 1611. The Mars machinery ended up in an area with many bedrock blocks partly covered by dark sand, reports Ken Herkenhoff of the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. Holiday happenings A […]

Now in Sol 1611, the Curiosity Mars rover is on location to survey several potential targets. On Sol 1610 the Curiosity Mars rover drove nearly 89 feet (27 meters). Dark bedrock A dark patch of bedrock, appropriately named “Patch Mountain” was chosen for Curiosity’s Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam), Right Mastcam, and Mars Hand Lens Imager […]

Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017 – 10:00am Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building NASA: Past, Present, and Future 1) Hon. Harrison Schmitt Apollo 17 Astronaut; Former United States Senator https://science.house.gov/sites/republicans.science.house.gov/files/documents/HHRG-115-SY-WState-HSchmitt-20170216.pdf 2) Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford Gemini VI, Gemini IX, Apollo 10, Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Astronaut; Chairman, […]

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