Yes, it’s filed under speculative, space, architecture. But the New York-based Clouds Architecture Office (Clouds AO) has released details of “Analemma” and a system referred to as the Universal Orbital Support System (UOSS). This same group worked with NASA recently to create a Mars Ice Home. Overall, the group’s new concept trump’s Trump Tower! […]

    After more than a decade of controversy, the debate over the icy world’s demotion to “dwarf planet” status shows no sign of stopping. The upshot from the vote to downgrade Pluto as a planet to a dwarf planet in 2006 by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) continues to swirl around a major axis […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is busy working science duties, now in Sol 1651. “Sol 1650 activities completed as expected, so it’s time to start scooping,” reports Lauren Edgar, a research geologist at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. The plan focused on acquiring Scoop #1 and dropping off a portion of the […]

  What are the prospects for altering the environment of Mars more to our liking? Can the Red Planet be terraformed was recently spotlighted during last week’s Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) held at The Woodlands, Texas. Terraforming serves up a variety of meanings, be it raising the pressure and temperature enough to allow […]

(Update: March 28, 2017) Two ancient sites on Mars that hosted an abundance of water in the planet’s early history have been recommended as the final candidates for the landing site of the 2020 ExoMars rover and surface science platform: Oxia Planum and Mawrth Vallis. The process to decide where Europe’s ExoMars rover will scout […]

The hush-hush mission by the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B space plane has sailed past a previous program record for time in orbit. Launched atop an Atlas booster on May 20, 2015, the OTV-4 (Orbital Test Vehicle-4) has winged past 674 days – a long-duration flight milestone for the program reached back in October 2014. The […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is busy at work on Sol 1647 after a drive of over 98 feet (30 meters) on Sol 1646. Over this weekend, the robot is assigned remote sensing and arm work, along with a drive onto the edge of a large dune. Left middle wheel A recent traction control test involving […]

The Curiosity Mars rover is now in Sol 1646, following a drive of roughly 65 feet (20 meters) the previous sol. Curiosity has wheeled toward the big sand dune to the east that is the subject of a science campaign that will possibly start next week. Traction control “Another drive toward the east is planned […]

  It is the policy of the United States to support full and complete utilization of the International Space Station (ISS) through at least 2024. But what happens to the ISS after that date? It’s an open question. A recent hearing examined the range of choices facing America and the impacts of various options. The […]

  Being “well-suited” for Mars requires tackling an array of challenges to make a fashion statement. Thanks to university-based teamwork a novel approach has been taken to blueprint exploration attire for the Red Planet. A collaboratory to design a spacesuit for Mars has been put in place at the University of California-Berkeley – a multidisciplinary, […]

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