NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2491 tasks. Over the weekend, Curiosity successfully dropped off a portion of the Glen Etive drill sample. But reports Claire Newman, an atmospheric scientist at Aeolis Research in Pasadena, California, “for some reason, the sequence was interrupted, so no images of the portion were acquired.” Diagnose the […]

    China’s Chang’e-4 farside lander/rover mission has been switched to “dormant mode” for the chilly lunar night. The Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration has also stated that the Yutu-2 rover has now chalked up 889 feet (271 meters) of wheeled exploration. China’s Chang’e-4 probe was launched on […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2488 duties and there’s now official word on Curiosity Mars rover’s recent success. On Sunday morning the team received the message that Curiosity’s latest drill hole was successful at “Glen Etive.” This is the 22nd full-depth drill hole on Mars, and we can celebrate its success on […]

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  A new study has determined that the Moon is significantly older than previously believed. Earlier research had estimated the Moon to have formed approximately 150 million years after the solar system’s formation. This new finding has been spearheaded by Earth scientists at the University of Cologne’s Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, constraining the age […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2485 duties. “We are go for drilling at Glen Etive 1,” reports Lucy Thompson, a planetary geologist at University of New Brunswick. Scientists have received the results of the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) and Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) compositional analysis of the prospective drill target, as […]

      Transforming cislunar space into an economic wellspring is in the sights of a new university-based initiative. Purdue University’s Cislunar Initiative is geared to evaluating access to cislunar space, supplying the building blocks for infrastructure, identifying and utilizing space resources, advancing the development of space policy and providing critical educational opportunities. The “cislunar […]

  China’s micro lunar orbiter — Longjiang-2 (also known as DSLWP-B) – crashed into the Moon’s farside on July 31 (Beijing Time), reports the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration. Weighing 104 pounds (47 kilograms) Longjiang-2 was sent into space on May 21, 2018, together with the Chang’e-4 lunar […]

    NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now carrying out Sol 2484 tasks. Mark Salvatore, a planetary geologist at the University of Michigan, reports that weekend drilling is in the plan. Scientists have been largely interested in characterizing the large block of exposed bedrock in front of the rover to derive as much information as […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is presently performing Sol 2483 duties. Reports Mariah Baker, a planetary geologist at Johns Hopkins University, the robot is currently located in the southern part of the “Visionarium,” with planning underway to start the next drill campaign. “And we can’t help but take in the scenery! Perched on top of a […]