Piplsay, a global platform for getting people’s opinions at scale, has taken a look at public views regarding UFOs. According to the group, aliens have long been a fixture in American pop culture, which is why the United Kingdom’s government’s decision to declassify its UFO files is likely to create a lot of buzz in […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2672 tasks. The rover has made a successful drilling at target Hutton reports Rachel Kronyak, a planetary geologist at the University of Tennessee, “our newest (and 24th!) drill hole on the surface of Mars!” “As a fitting celebration, a box of donut holes was passed around […]

Between 1969 and the end of 1972, twelve U.S. astronauts kicked up the powdery regolith, the topside dirt of the Moon. They were later dubbed the “dusty dozen.” Along with invaluable lunar samples, Apollo moonwalkers brought back a significant message to Earth: The Moon is a Disneyland of dust. Those 20th century human outings confronted […]

The Trump administration established the Space Force as a separate military branch in December 2019. U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper noted last month, nations have been in space for many, many years. “It’s just been recently that both China and Russia pushed us to the point where it now became a warfighting domain,” he […]

It is GO for drilling at Hutton reports Catherine O’Connell, a planetary geologist at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Curiosity is parked at the “Hutton” drill site, the rover’s new drill site on Mars. Over the past couple of sols, Mars scientists have focused on assessing the suitability of the bedrock […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2667 duties. “After seeing our initial contact science results and our successful pre-load test, the plan is to continue preparing to drill and get a sample from the Hutton target,” reports Ashley Stroupe, Mission Operations Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Curiosity is continuing to do more […]

China’s Long March-5B — a modified version of the Long March-5 rocket – has arrived at its launch site in southern China’s Hainan Province. The rocket’s components were carried by two rocket transportation ships – Yuanwang 21and Yuanwang 22– from Tianjin, a northern coastal municipality and home to the launch vehicle’s manufacturing complexes. Those rocket […]

As a batch of OneWeb satellites is set for liftoff Thursday, an international appeal/petition from astronomers is calling for a moratorium on satellite constellations. A Soyuz-2.1b with Fregat-M booster, topped by 34 OneWeb satellites is scheduled to take off February 6 from Kazakhstan, kicking off a sequence of up to 20 launches from three countries […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2666 duties. Mars scientists are scoping out new assignments for the rover, notes Claire Newman, an atmospheric scientist at Aeolis Research in Pasadena, California. There were three options at the start of planning: (1) Stay put and prepare to drill; (2) Do a “bump” to get […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2665 tasks. “It’s not the ground that is tilted, we are!” That’s the report from Abigail Fraeman, a planetary geologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Curiosity is near the contact between the clay-bearing “Glen Torridon” unit and the “Greenheugh” pediment, and the rover is parked at a […]