The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has reissued a notification by China on the future uncontrolled re-entry of the country’s Tiangong-1 space lab. On March 16, 2016, the Tiangong-1 ceased functioning and to date the spacecraft has maintained its structural integrity. The space lab’s operational orbit is under constant and close surveillance […]

NASA’s Curiosity rover is performing Sol 1754 science tasks, recently carrying out pre-drive science followed by a drive and making untargeted observations, reports Abigail Fraeman, planetary geologist at NASA/JPL in Pasadena, California. “There were a variety of light and dark colored veins near the rover that were visible in the Navcam images, so the science […]

  The best way to find laser flashes from another civilization is to always look everywhere The SETI Institute in Mountain View, California has released details of “Laser SETI: First Ever All-Sky All-the-Time Search – an essential capability when looking for intermittent signals. Flash drive The first flash from the group is they’ve launched a […]

  Back in February of this year, an Indian Space Research Organization rocket deployed over a hundred miniature spacecraft into Earth orbit, the largest stream of petite spacecraft, called CubeSats, dispensed into space courtesy of a single heave-ho booster. On July 7 a volley of five cubesats carrying amateur radio payloads — dubbed the BIRDS-1 […]

Curiosity performed a “jam-packed” weekend of contact and remote science on some beautiful sand deposits, reports Rachel Kronyak, a planetary geologist from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The Mars machinery is now wrapping up Sol 1752 duties. Long-distance mosaic A current plan uses the rover’s Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) to target “Grogg Ledge,” a […]

  While the impact from the recent China Long March 5 booster failure is still unknown, space engineers in that country are working on the bold Chang’e-5 lunar return sample mission. The mooncraft was originally targeted for a November liftoff atop a Long March 5 booster. It would depart from the newly completed Wenchang Space […]

A new report has assessed the nanosatellite and microsatellite market, an appraisal that projects out to 2022 the worldwide demand for small spacecraft. Based on mass, the smallsat market has been segmented into 1 kg-10 kg (nanosatellite) and 11 kg-100 kg (microsatellite). Based on application, the nanosatellite and microsatellite market has been segmented into communication, […]

NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars is wrapping up Sol 1749 science tasks. “Curiosity has intentionally scuffed a nearby sand ripple, which has gifted the team with an exceptional view of the interior of these small sand deposits,” reports Michael Battalio and atmospheric scientist from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. “The majority of the […]

      Now in Sol 1749, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has been scoping out sandy ripples in its workspace. Here are some new, just-in photos:  

A Chinese experiment flown onboard the International Space Station is back in Florida, fresh from its trek into Earth orbit. The Beijing Institute of Technology experiment is aimed at studying the effects of the space radiation environment on DNA and the changes in mutation rate. It is the first-ever Chinese experiment flown to the orbiting complex. […]

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