Last year, President Donald Trump signed an executive order reviving the National Space Council to help fuel a new space economy and harness government and private investments to return humans to the moon and on to Mars. POLITICO staged on April 12 a deep-dive conversation about what the National Space Council has accomplished so […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2021 tasks. Reports Ken Herkenhoff, a planetary geologist at the USGS in Flagstaff, Arizona, a top science priority for researchers working the rover is to acquire all of the data needed to adequately characterize the rocks at the current location before the robot drives away. Recently discussed […]

China is readying its Chang’e-4 lunar probe for liftoff later this year. While attempting the first landing on the Moon’s far side – it’s got a “seedy side” too. According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, the probe will carry a tin containing seeds of potato and arabidopsis, a small flowering plant related to cabbage […]

The Secure World Foundation (SWF) has issued a new report – Global Counterspace Capabilities: An Open Source Assessment – that focuses on space security. “Over the last several years, there has been growing concern from multiple governments over the reliance on vulnerable space capabilities for national security, and the corresponding proliferation of offensive counterspace capabilities […]

A letter signed by 72 leading lunar researchers from academia and the private sector has been sent to key congressional lawmakers in support of President Trump’s Space Policy Directive 1. That policy document refocuses NASA to rekindle human Moon exploration to enable eventual footprints on Mars. “The U.S. lunar community is excited not only about […]

  As China’s space station era draws closer, the country’s astronauts are receiving comprehensive training to assure longer stints in space, as well as carry out space walking tasks for in-orbit assembly and repair of the station. An April 8 China Central Television (CCTV) interview with Chen Dong – who flew on the Shenzhou 11 […]

New Curiosity traverse map through Sol 2017: This map shows the route driven by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity through the 2017 Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s mission on the Red Planet (April 09, 2018). Numbering of the dots along the line indicate the sol number of each drive. North is up. The scale […]

  Take a virtual tour of the Moon in all-new 4K resolution, thanks to data provided by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. This visualization moves around the near side, far side, north and south poles, highlighting interesting features, sites, and information gathered on the lunar terrain. Music Provided By Killer Tracks: “Never Looking Back” […]

    Hey all you space whistleblowers out there – suck in the new United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) report: NASA Contractor Whistleblowers – Steps Taken to Implement Program but Improvements to Timeliness and Guidance Needed. Fulfilling its duty The GAO notes that NASA relies on contractor employees to fulfill its mission—and these employees […]

  A discussion with Christian Davenport, author of The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos. This event was held on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, staged by The Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. Billionaire entrepreneurs The Space Barons is […]

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