NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has begun Sol 2550 tasks. Mariah Baker, planetary geologist at Johns Hopkins University reports: “Due to a brief network issue last week, the team had to postpone certain rover activities until after the weekend.”   Drill campaign As a result, Monday became “Drill sol 5,” which included the “portion to […]

  A new alliance between Virgin Galactic and Boeing has been announced, an investment of $20 million by Boeing to work together to broaden commercial space access and transform global travel technologies. The new deal is an effort to drive the commercialization of space and broaden consumer access to “safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible new […]

  Lisa Watson-Morgan was named program manager for NASA’s Human Landing System in July, tasked with rapid development of the lander that will haul to the Moon the first female and the next man to the lunar surface in 2024 and help promote sustainable missions by 2028. That’s a tall order…and Watson-Morgan sat down with […]

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Moon propellant mining outposts can grow into lunar cities. A futuristic architecture promises to greatly reduce the cost of human exploration and industrialization of Earth’s celestial next-door-neighbor. “A lunar outpost can evolve into a tourist destination and then a town, and then a city,” reports Joel Sercel of TransAstra Corporation. He presented […]

A newly issued User’s Guide details the McCandless Lunar Lander. Lockheed Martin’s commercial lunar mission services is explained in the guide describing the lander configuration, payload capabilities and interfaces, landing site options, testing and facilities, and mission operations. In addition to standard capabilities described, the lander can be customized to mission-specific needs. The McCandless Lunar […]

    NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now wrapping up Sol 2546 duties. Reports Dawn Sumner, a planetary geologist at the University of California Davis, last Wednesday the rover did not receive its planned to-do list. A Deep Space Network problem required scientists to respond to the loss of all the robot activities, deciding which […]

    NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has just started Sol 2546 duties. Reports Roger Wiens, a geochemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, Curiosity is going through its list of analysis details that take place after taking a drill sample.   A recent main activity by the Mars machinery is a SAM (Sample […]

  A new NASA report examines various scenarios in which nuclear reactors that are used to power spacecraft could accidentally reenter the Earth’s atmosphere. The report — Fission Reactor Inadvertent Reentry: A Report to the Nuclear Power & Propulsion Technical Discipline Team, by Allen Camp et al, NASA/CR−2019-220397, August 2019 – notes that there are […]

That trouble-plagued, Mars-situated, Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package, HP3, continues to receive long-distance motherly attention. The Germany-provided HP3 was deployed by NASA’s InSight lander that touched down on the Red Planet in November 2018. A self impelling nail nicknamed “the mole” was designed to hammer itself down into the surface of Mars. But the […]

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – The 100 Year Starship (100YSS) project is building a global community to spotlight the capabilities for human interstellar travel beyond our solar system within the next ten decades.  An independent, non-governmental, long-term initiative, 100YSS was started in 2012 with seed-funding through a competitive grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) […]