Here on Earth, researchers are on the lookout for microbial or, at best, unintelligent life. But finding leftover technological artifacts by prior technological, perhaps spacefaring, species could be easier to locate. Be prepared to detect unambiguous “technosignatures” is the advice of Jason Wright at the Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and […]

  U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) chaired on April 26th the first of a series of planned hearings to explore the reopening of the American frontier in space. The hearing was titled “Reopening the American Frontier: Reducing the Regulatory Barriers and Expanding American Free Enterprise in Space,” and examined the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness […]

    A newly released U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has found that the countdown for the first exploration mission of the Space Launch System/Orion spacecraft is likely to face delay. The GAO report issued last week notes that NASA is working towards a November 2018 launch date for the first test flight of […]

The total eclipse of the sun this August that sweeps across the continental United States is an eye-catching celestial occurrence. But what about a coworker, friend or family member who is totally blind or visually impaired? Over the last couple of decades, there has been notable work done by NASA, educators and the National Federation […]

  The Curiosity Mars rover continues its exploration trek, wheeling past the 10 mile mark since landing in August 2012. Now in Sol 1681, the robot accomplished a drive of almost 95 feet (29 meters). The rover parked at a site suitable for a busy plan full of contact science on the Murray formation, reports […]

China space officials are bullish on pressing forward with constructing in Earth orbit a 60-ton permanent space station in the 2020s. To do so, piloted space missions are to be carried out by the country from 2019 to 2022. China’s space station plans have been bolstered by the Tianzhou-1/Tiangong-2 space lab refueling in obit – […]

China has completed its first refueling test in Earth orbit using the Tianzhou-1 cargo vessel. The Tiangong-2 space lab has for the first time undergone “in-flight refueling.” The cargo spacecraft was launched from the Wenchang Launch Center on April 20 and successfully docked with the unoccupied space lab two days later. Two-month flight As reported […]

It’s official! NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has racked up over 10 miles (16.12 kilometers) since landing at 10:32 p.m. PDT, August 5, 2012. The robot is now performing Sol 1678 science duties. Up Mt. Sharp A recent report by Abigail Fraeman via the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona underscores the rover’s drive sessions […]

A record setting skydiver in China has announced an edge of space plunge slated to be the longest and fastest free fall jump. The jump is also a bid to boost safety in human space travel and further space science research. Ye Chenguang, the holder of Chinese record for skydiving, officially announced in Beijing on […]

New Rule: Make Earth Great Again on Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) Stop ‘Trashing Earth Because We’ve Got Mars’ as ‘Back-Up’ (Video) Published on April 21, 2017 In honor of Earth Day, Bill Maher calls on his fellow humans to save this planet instead of trying to colonize Mars. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrGFEW2Hb2g

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