With the NASA/ESA Cassini spacecraft nose-diving into Saturn on September 15, there are a number of moving messages from those attached to the now-gone spacecraft. Among them, Carolyn Porco, Cassini Imaging Team leader and director of the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS) at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado. “We came. We […]

Just sliding into Sol 1818, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover heads for a “soliday” on Sunday to get researchers back in synch with “Mars time” in Gale Crater. That’s the update from Kenneth Herkenhoff a planetary geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Arizona. The focus of recent science planning was observations of the robot’s […]

Foreign Space Capabilities: Implications for U.S. National Security is a new monograph authored by Steve Lambakis and available from the National Institute for Public Policy, dated September 2017. The monograph explains: “U.S. defense leaders must strive to guarantee U.S. freedom of action and provide a strong deterrent to aggressive behavior in space that prevents efforts by […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is currently in Sol 1816, scouting about on Vera Rubin Ridge. Planning for the rover’s science duties “was a bit like reading a great mystery novel,” reports Abigail Fraeman, a planetary geologist at NASA/JPL in Pasadena, California. “There were several twists and turns along the way, but we eventually reached an […]

  We sit at a pivotal moment for John F. Kennedy’s legacy of space innovation. Private enterprise is ramping up spaceflight efforts. A new administration in Washington, D.C. is pondering a new vision for America’s space program. Deep-dive conversation This POLITICO event on September 12 convened experts for a deep-dive conversation to explore the possibilities […]

Water as a resource in future lunar exploration has been deemed critical. Now there’s a map to help determine whether or not water could be worthwhile to extract, either as drinking water for astronauts or to produce fuel. The study, published in Science Advances, builds on the initial discovery in 2009 of water and a […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has just begun Sol 1815 science duties – and the scenery is outstanding. Curiosity continues the ascent up Vera Rubin Ridge. The focus of a last weekend plan was on carefully documenting the changes in stratigraphy as the robot leaves the Murray bedrock. For the robot, there is a bevy of […]

China’s intent to put in place a permanent space station in the 2020’s was bolstered late Tuesday by an automated fast-docking between the Tianzhou-1 cargo ship and the uncrewed Tiangong-2 space lab. According to China’s Xinhua news agency, this third docking between the two craft took six and a half hours. Two previous dockings took […]

The world’s largest furniture retailer, IKEA, has turned its eyes to the skies and is delving into “space pod” furnishings – such as creature comforts within a Mars habitat. IKEA specialists spent three days at the Utah-situated Mars Desert Research Station, a program created and managed by The Mars Society. The IKEA idea is to […]

    China’s blossoming robotic moon exploration agenda appears to be in a state of flux. Due to a July launch failure of the country’s most powerful rocket on its second flight, the Long March 5, a readjustment of China’s lunar program is seemingly underway.         Rumors There are consistent and bubbling […]

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