Credit: NASA/JPL

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is cruising for science in studying “Pink Cliffs” within the “Pahrump Hills” outcrop forming part of the basal layer of the Mount Sharp mountain. Here are some new images from the robot showing the work in progress:

Credit: DLR

What’s it sound like when you land on a comet? Well, as you would guess, it’s a “thud.” That’s the report from Martin Knapmeyer, a planetary scientist at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) A short but significant “thud” was heard by the Cometary Acoustic Surface Sounding Experiment (CASSE) as […]

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New story from me up today on Asteroid Impact Threat: Experts Report on Early-Warning Strategies by Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist November 20, 2014 06:40am ET      

Artist’s image shows NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft in orbit around Mars. (Courtesy NASA/GSFC)

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) is off and running – starting its one-year primary science mission on November 16. “With the formal start of our science mission, we’re on track to be able to carry out our full mission as planned, and the science team is looking forward to an incredibly exciting […]

Artist concept of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) 70-metric-ton configuration launching to space. SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built for deep space missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately to Mars. Credit: NASA

The NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a November 14 report that flags the space agency’s current and top management and performance challenges. Its key observation is that NASA’s “static” budgets, along with fiscal uncertainties, makes it tough for the space agency to move forward on its agenda. Looking forward to 2015, the NASA […]

Instrumented Philae comet lander. Credit: ESA/DLR

Update – the Philae lander has entered sleep mode at 01:36 Central European Time (CET) on November 15, 2014. The Philae lander performed about 56 hours of continuous scientific measurements on the surface of Comet 67P. But by 01:15 CET on November 15 the energy state of the lander became so low that the engineers […]

Hush-hush spacecraft are providing new data on incoming objects within the Earth

Here’s new news via old data! Data gathered by U.S. government sensors onboard hush-hush spacecraft — and released to NASA for use by the science community — reveal that small impact events are frequent and random. A map of these small impact events – known as fireballs or bolides –has been released by NASA and […]

Desert testing of exoplanet search technique - the starshade. Credit: Northrop Gruman

A new story from me, up today on Innovative ‘Starshade’ Tech Could Illuminate Rocky Alien Planets by Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist November 14, 2014 06:56am ET

This image was taken by the Philae comet lander looking down using its descent ROLIS imager when it was about 130 feet (40 meters) above the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.   It shows that the surface of the comet is covered by dust and debris ranging from mm to metre sizes. The large block in the top right corner is 5 meters in size. In the same corner the structure of the Philae landing gear is visible.   The aim of the ROLIS experiment is to study the texture and microstructure of the comet

The European Rosetta mission deposited the Philae lander onto comet Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on November 12, Central European Time. European space scientists confirmed that the probe bounced three times prior to coming to a stand-still attitude. Harpoons on the lander did not fire and Philae appeared to be rotating after the first touchdown, which indicated that […]

Two-part image taken by Philae comet lander. Photo shows Philae safely on the surface - with one of its landing legs visible. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft deployed the Philae lander – achieving a space first. They have been riding through space together for more than 10 years. Philae is the first probe to land on a comet, while Rosetta is the first to rendezvous with a comet and follow it around the Sun. The information collected by Philae at one […]