China is set to launch on December 8 the first farside lunar landing mission in history, headed for a touchdown within the South Pole‐Aitken (SPA) basin following a 27-day flight. The scientific instruments of China’s robotic Chang’e-4 lander/rover will analyze both surface and subsurface of this region. Both the lander and the rover were designed as […]

NASA’s InSight spacecraft operations are moving forward, as indicated by a set of November 30th images. A lens cover was flipped open on InSight’s Instrument Context Camera (ICC) on Nov. 30, 2018. Located below the deck of the InSight lander, the ICC has a fisheye view, creating a curved horizon. Some clumps of dust are […]

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover is now carrying out Sol 2246 duties. Shown here are just-in images from the Mars machinery:

    Nine U.S. companies are now eligible to bid on NASA delivery services to the lunar surface through Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contracts, as one of the first steps toward long-term scientific study and human exploration of the Moon and eventually Mars.             And the NASA selected private […]

The Opportunity Mars rover remains silent – a causality of a mega-dust storm that encircled the planet that was first detected May 30 and lead to a halt of the rover’s operations at Perseverance Valley. “Still holding onto a sliver of hope that an almost 15 year old rover living under extreme conditions for a […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2245 duties. Reports Susanne Schwenzer, a planetary geologist at the Open University, Milton Keynes, in the United Kingdom: “Curiosity woke up to Mr. Rogers ‘Please would you be my neighbor’ this morning to welcome InSight…and then got very busy at the Highfield drill site. “Every plan […]

Launched in September 2016, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is scheduled to rendezvous with its targeted asteroid, Bennu, on Monday, Dec. 3 at approximately noon EST. NASA will air a live event from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. EST to highlight the arrival of the agency’s first asteroid sample return […]

To change the economics of space around the Moon – that’s the plan from Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL). A leading smallsat developer, SSTL is designing a low cost, roughly 80 pound (35 kilograms) lunar communications satellite mission called Demonstration of Technology-4, or DoT-4 for space shorthand. Targeted for a 2021 launch, DoT-4 will be […]

Mega-constellations consisting of tens, hundreds and even thousands of satellites in non-geostationary orbits are now being proposed to bring affordable broadband and other services to the world. However, investors in and operators of such constellations must clear multiple hurdles before getting their hardware off the ground, including rounds of technical reviews, securing financing and gaining […]

The walking and hopping quadruped robot is currently being tested in the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Yard. “Legged robots can traverse unstructured terrain and could be used to explore areas of interest, such as craters, which rovers are unable to reach,” explains team member Patrick Barton. “As they are very versatile, they can change […]

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