Now in Sol 1707, the NASA Curiosity Mars rover recently completed a drive of 48 feet (14.6 meters). Following that drive, scientists decided against robot arm activities due to a lack of compelling targets and in deference to making the next drive longer. Bedrock science Michael Battalio, an atmospheric scientist at Texas A&M University reports […]

  A passionate plea to curb space waste issues – that’s at the heart of a patent pending Solar Space Waste Incineration System. According to John Arwood the idea is a unique step forward in dealing with the growing problem of orbiting space waste and junk. His system, he explains, is a solution that can […]

The private Rocket Lab orbital-class booster was successfully launched from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. While the Electron rocket’s maiden flight was heralded by the group, the vehicle did not reach orbit. Peter Beck, CEO and founder of Rocket Lab, said in a press statement: “It was a great flight. We had a great […]

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced today they are collaborating with Beoing to design, build and test a technology demonstration vehicle for the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program. Boeing’s Phantom Express aims to enable faster, more affordable small satellite launches. In a Boeing statement, the aerospace firm will develop an autonomous, reusable spaceplane […]

A European Space Agency (ESA) and industry inquiry into last year’s crash-landing of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module on the Red Planet has concluded that conflicting information in the onboard computer caused the descent sequence to end prematurely. According to a just-released final report, the Schiaparelli demonstrator was very close to successfully landing on Mars at […]

All the obstacles in spaceflight can theoretically be broken down in to subsets of risk. Whether personal risk, programmatic risk, financial risk or professional risk, these are the things holding back individuals and organizations from accomplishing goals. What does this mean for Mars and how can we overcome it? Next steps I was pleased to […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has just begun Sol 1705 duties. Abigail Fraeman, a planetary geologist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California reports that Curiosity is continuing to make progress towards Vera Rubin Ridge along the Mt. Sharp ascent route. In the planning of two sols — Sol 1705 and Sol 1706 – […]

Cave divers have been utilizing a drone to explore caverns – a technology that could be a valuable plus in future exploration of lava tubes on Mars. The drone was tested during the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Cooperative Adventure for Valuing and Exercising human behavior and performance Skills course (CAVES-X1) expedition. ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano […]

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of the Defense are embarking on a pilot program to define the pathway forward on Space Traffic Management and what functions may be better suited for a civil agency. This joint-appraisal is to start this summer, likely in the August time frame. Funding details are expected in […]

Central to preparing for the early colonization of Mars, why not first take up a seat at the Waterville Opera House in central Maine? Not only that, there’s a casting call for future Martians. “One Way Trip To Mars-a rock opera” premieres at the Waterville Opera House August 24-27. Emotional rollercoaster The show is rooted […]

Griffith Observatory Event