Bye-bye, miss american pie: The U.S. Congress and President Trump have sealed a $2 trillion+ stimulus deal stimulated by the on-going COVID-19 crisis that’s impacted all aspects of the U.S. economy, including America’s civil space program. Let’s layer those transmissible woes on top of projected NASA intentions to shape a human return to the Moon […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is currently performing Sol 2717 tasks. At last report, the Edinburgh drill campaign continues. A sampling of new images from the Red Planet robot:

China’s prototype of a new-generation piloted spaceship is scheduled to launch with no crew in mid to late April on the maiden flight of the Long March-5B carrier rocket, a variant of the Long March-5. The spacecraft is being readied for launch at the Wenchang Space Launch Center, Hainan Province.   The spacecraft is being […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2716 duties. Reports Fred Calef, a planetary geologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory: As the Edinburgh drill campaign continues, and the Chemistry & Mineralogy X-Ray Diffraction/X-Ray Fluorescence Instrument (CheMin) instrument awaits the first taste of the bedrock in front of the rover, the science team is focused […]

  If all goes as scheduled for NASA’s Mars 2020 mission, a first-time experiment for the Red Planet is the production of on-the-spot oxygen. The Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) represents the first time that NASA is demonstrating In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) on the surface of another planetary body. MOXIE will produce oxygen […]

Curiosity’s drill successfully dug into the “Edinburgh” target over last weekend, reports Michelle Minitti, a planetary geologist at Framework in Silver Spring, Maryland, “the first sandstone the drill has attempted to conquer since the engineering team hacked a new drilling method back in 2018.” Minitti adds that it is now time for Curiosity to check […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now carrying out Sol 2713 tasks. New imagery shows the rover’s drill operation on Edinburgh bedrock and surrounding views:  

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2712 tasks.                 A three Sol weekend centered on drilling target “Edinburgh” and several Sol 2712 images reflect that activity:

Dear Neil Armstrong – Letters to the First Man from All Mankind by James R. Hansen, Purdue University Press; October 2019; Hardback; 400 pages, $34.99. This is a wonderful book, documenting the over-whelming amount of cards and letters received by Neil Armstrong, the first human to set foot on the Moon in July 1969. Within […]

Testing is underway at the Wenchang Space Launch Center for launching China’s new-generation crewed spaceship. The prototype of the spacecraft is developed for the country’s space station and subsequent space missions. According to China Central Television (CCTV), compared with the crew-carrying Shenzhou spacecraft, the new generation of piloted spacecraft is larger, can carry both astronauts […]