NASA is trumpeting a set of principles tagged as the “Artemis Accords” – a set of ideals for a “safe, peaceful, and prosperous future” that the agency envisions to return to and utilize the moon while inviting other nations to sign up if they want to partner with the United States.   The Accords […]

  Researchers using China’s new Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) telescope — the largest single-dish telescope in the world — are piecing together a technological strategy to carry out a major and sweeping search for extraterrestrial intelligence.   What are the consequences of China first claiming they have found other star folk and how […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2769 tasks. Curiosity is still busy at “Glasgow” with the rover’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument Suite analyzing the drill sample in an upcoming plan, reports Susanne Schwenzer, a planetary geologist at The Open University, Milton Keynes, in the U.K. “This takes a lot of the […]

Burt Rutan is a legendary American aerospace designer and entrepreneur noted for his innovations and dynamism, from creating light, strong, unusual-looking, energy-efficient aircraft to his sub-orbital spaceplane design, the SpaceShipOne. That craft in 2004 became the first privately funded spacecraft to enter the realm of space, winning the Ansari X-Prize that year for achieving the […]

A new freely-available anthology released by the European Astrobiology Institute (EAI) delves into probing questions about microbial life on Mars and elsewhere to all the way to the Fermi Paradox: Where are they? The anthology, titled Strangest of All (a nod to H. G. Wells’s War of The Worlds), was edited by the author, editor […]

China space officials are detailing use of the country’s new-generation spacecraft to support human missions to the Moon. The return capsule of the trial version of China’s new-generation manned spaceship is under intensive study after touching down at the Dongfeng landing site, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, on May 8, 2020. The spacecraft was first […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2768 tasks. Reports Sean Czarnecki, a planetary geologist at Arizona State University in Tempe, Curiosity is at the “Glasgow” drill site, and preparing to deliver more sample material from Glasgow to the rover’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument Suite in the near future. Take a break […]

Large ground- and space-based telescopes will be able to observe Earth-like planets in the near future. Cornell astronomers have developed an environmental color “decoder” – to tease out climate clues for potentially habitable exoplanets in galaxies far away. The researchers see their work as helping to spot different planetary surfaces that are strongly influenced by […]

Enroll today to be part of the summer 2020 class of the Commercial Space Studies program, hosted by the International Space University-Center for Space Entrepreneurship (ISU-CSE) at Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida. The 2020 program now features a unique hybrid online structure that will enable a healthy balance of distance learning with two weeks of […]

China’s recent triumph in testing an unpiloted new-generation crew capsule included a technology development failure. A Flexible Inflatable Cargo Re-entry Vehicle was also onboard the Long March 5B booster and was to return to Dongfeng landing field in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The device, flown for the first time, is intended to eventually deliver to […]