A space watchdog group dedicated to aerospace safety has “yellow flagged” NASA’s Journey to Mars activity, noting that work underway lacks substantive risk reduction, technology maturation, and advanced systems development to achieve stated objectives. The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress, has issued its 2016 annual report […]

Judges in China are sifting through thousands of names and logo artwork for the country’s first Mars exploration project, slated for launch in 2020. The judging panel consisting of academicians in the field of China’s lunar and deep space exploration, space engineering experts and artists have chosen eight names and eight logos after preliminary assessments. […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has imaged an unusual object, possibly a meteorite. At first glance the find appears to be similar to an Iron-Nickel meteorite found by the robot back in October 2016. Curiosity’s Mastcam Right image of the object was taken on Sol 1577, January 12, 2017. The color, luster, and general morphology appears […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is working through a roster of science duties on Sol 1579. Rover scientists have put together a 4-sol plan following a drive of the robot of over 80-feet (25-meters) across the Red Planet’s landscape. “Curiosity is surrounded by more dark sand than usual, but there is enough rock exposed that […]

There is no doubt that big-time troublemakers lurk out there in the cosmos. We know that blitzkrieging asteroids and comets can make for a bad day here on Earth. Our planet has been on the receiving end of long-ago scurrilous intruders…and has the pock marks to prove it. In the waning days of U.S. President […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now busy at work performing Sol 1577 duties. The robot drove almost 100-feet (30-meters) on Sol 1576, stopping in a location with a nice exposure of bedrock in the arm workspace, reports Ken Herkenhoff of the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. Clean optics The word is that […]

  Now in Sol 1576, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover encountered an “arm fault” that prevented the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) full suite from completing it task, leaving the camera close to the surface with its dust cover open. The issue also precluded the robot from making planned remote science and driving duties, reports Ken […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is currently performing Sol 1575 duties. Following a drive of over 80 feet (25-meters) on Sol 1574, the robot is again studying exposed bedrock in its robot arm workspace. “To balance desires to sample the composition of the rocks along the traverse and to make good progress toward the south, […]

Hurled spaceward over a year and seven months ago, the puzzling United States Air Force’s X-37B space plane has winged past 600 days of operation in Earth orbit. It is just 75 days away from setting a programmatic milestone. Known in military space speak as OTV-4 (Orbital Test Vehicle-4), this robotic mini-space plane was sent […]

Fodor’s Travel offers expert travel advice for every stage of a traveler’s trip. They provide travel recommendations for all tastes and budget in over 7,500 worldwide destinations. But curb that travel taste for leaving Earth! The organization has posted their “Fodor’s No List 2017” spotlighting citizen space travel as a kind of no fly zone. […]

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