Curiosity Navcam Left B image taken on Sol 1383, June 27, 2016. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now in Sol 1383 operations. Since landing in August 2012, the robot has snagged a total of 333,808 Images. Last Sol, Curiosity was slated to take a Mastcam video of Phobos – a moon of Mars – crossing in front of the Sun, reports Ryan Anderson a planetary scientist at […]

Long March 7 departs Wenchang coastal spaceport. Credit: New China

                    Update: Videos To view the Chinese reentry module landing via a You Tube/CCTV video, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sw4_H33K3vg Also, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFybXN7aRHM New booster China’s maiden voyage of its Long March 7 booster yesterday is a prelude of things to come this year – focused on […]

Credit: CNS via GBTimes

  UPDATE: Chinese media is reporting the successful launch of the Long-March-7. CCTV (China television) is broadcasting the liftoff of the vehicle, also showing staging of the booster as it roared toward space. Still to come, full technical details on the outcome of this premier mission. China’s new generation booster is ready for launch between […]

 President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Thursday, April 15, 2010. Obama visited Kennedy Space Center to deliver remarks on a new course the Administration is charting for NASA and the future of U.S. leadership in human space flight. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Earlier this week, the White House Office of the Press Secretary released “100 Examples of President Obama’s Leadership in Science, Technology, and Innovation.” This Impact Report is admittedly a self examination of Obama’s interest and investment in science and technology, a review that includes a section (#84-87) on “Reinvigorating America’s Space Program,” underscoring efforts and […]

Sources: Virgin Galactic, SpaceX via GAO report.

  The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a new report on commercial space: Industry Developments and FAA Challenges. GAO has taken a look at the U.S. commercial space launch industry noting it has changed considerably since the enactment of the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004. Space tourism The Federal Aviation Administration […]

Curiosity Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) image taken on Sol 1378, June 22, 2016. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars is now in Sol 1380. Over last weekend, the wheeled robot stopped after about 55 feet (17 meters) of a planned drive of 213 feet (65 meters) drive. “The rover is fine, the drive just tripped one of the very conservative limits on how the rover’s suspension was expected to […]

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A new alternative approach to a national security space strategy has been authored by two leading experts in the field. Their report — Toward a New National Security Space Strategy: Time for a Strategic Rebalancing has been written by Theresa Hitchens and Joan Johnson-Freese. The report notes that “the United States has the most to […]

Rocketeer Jeff Bezos. Credit: Blue Origin

The innovative and pioneer-pushing Blue Origin is ready to fly its New Shepard suborbital vehicle this Sunday. Blue Origin is an entrepreneurial space firm backed by Amazon.com mogul, Jeff Bezos. This rocket system is undergoing extensive testing – all prelude to offering rides to paying passengers to the edge of space. You can watch this […]

NASA

  NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars is now busily on task during Sol 1374. A few Sols ago, the robot made a drive of 105 feet (32-meters), executing the maneuver exactly as planned. That drive has given the rover a good view of the path toward the south, explains Ken Herkenhoff of the USGS Astrogeology […]

China

China has made good on a previously stated interest in opening the airlocks on their future space station to other nations. China expects that its space station will be operational around 2022 – a few years before the currently orbiting International Space Station is to reach its end-of-life. The core module of China’s space station […]

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