Saudi Arabia will contribute to China’s Chang’e-4 mission to the far side of the Moon. That’s the word from the SpaceWatch Middle East news site. As part of a recent six week-long tour of Asian countries, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia has struck a deal between his Kingdom and China. Moon MoU […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now in Sol 1639, continuing its dune campaign. The robot has been at Stop 3, surveying “Southern Cove” for a couple of sols, prior to wheeling to another locale. Drill diagnostics continuing Ryan Anderson, a planetary scientist at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona reports the plan […]

  A look at U.S. President Trump’s Budget for NASA has been issued: America First: A Budget Blueprint To Make America Great Again. The Budget increases cooperation with industry through the use of public-private partnerships, focuses the Nation’s efforts on deep space exploration rather than Earth-centric research, and develops technologies that would help achieve U.S. space goals and benefit […]

China’s space station program is advancing steadily, an orbital facility that is targeted to be complete around 2022. In the meantime, Chinese astronauts are actively preparing mentally and physically for future long-term stays onboard the space station. According to Zhang Yulin, deputy commander-in-chief of the program, China’s space station will consist of three 20-ton modules, […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has wheeled into Sol 1636, taking in views of the Bagnold dunes and Murray Buttes. Last weekend’s plan was successful, “and put us close to the third stop of the current campaign to study the Bagnold Dunes,” reports Ryan Anderson, a planetary scientist at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in […]

  Talk about get up and go! Zero 2 Infinity of Barcelona, Spain has successfully launched its first rocket from the edge of space. “This milestone opens the door for safer and more efficient space access for small satellites,” the group explains in a press statement. Controlled ignition The March 1st flight began a few […]

  The pace in China is quickening as the country’s first cargo spacecraft — Tianzhou-1 – moves toward its April launch. In recent video reports via CCTV-Plus, details of the Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft show it to be 35 feet (10.6 meters) tall with its largest diameter at 11 feet (3.35 meters) and a weight of […]

Last week, Congress passed S. 442: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Transition Authorization Act of 2017. The bill originally introduced in the U.S. Senate by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), along with Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and John […]

  Now performing Sol 1634 duties, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover wheeled roughly 95 feet (29 meters) to the south on Sol 1632. The robot is in good position for weekend tasks, reports Ken Herkenhoff of the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. Dust cover issues resolved The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) images taken […]

Yes, Mark Watney in “The Martian” would be potato proud. Indicators show potatoes can grow on Mars according to The International Potato Center (CIP). The Potatoes on Mars project was conceived by CIP to both understand how potatoes might grow in Mars conditions and also see how they survive in the extreme conditions similar to […]

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