NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2168 tasks. Reports Sean Czarnecki, a planetary geologist at Arizona State University in Tempe: “Curiosity’s last plan didn’t quite get our intrepid rover close enough to our next potential drill location in the gray bedrock that is visually distinct on this part of Vera Rubin Ridge.” This […]

Tapping the use of high-flying satellites, scientists have released the most accurate, high-resolution terrain map of Antarctica ever created. The mapping project, called The Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica (REMA), will change science in Antarctica. The new map has a resolution of 2 to 8 meters, compared to 1,000 meters, which was typical for previous […]

This informative panel met today, Monday, September 10 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This event was webcast live. Moving forward The discussion focused on President Trump’s newly announced Space Force proposal. With Vice President Pence’s announcement of the Department of Defense’s report on “Organizational and Management Structure […]

    NASA’s Curiosity rover is now performing Sol 2167 duties. The plan called for the rover to make a “bump” – that is, a drive of roughly 50 feet (15 meters) reports Lucy Thompson, a planetary geologist at the University of New Brunswick; Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. That drive was to place the robot, […]

They have been characterized as tattoos on the Moon. Better known as lunar swirls, they resemble bright, snaky clouds painted on the Moon’s dark surface. The most famous, called Reiner Gamma, is about 40 miles long. Most lunar swirls share their locations with powerful, localized magnetic fields. The bright-and-dark patterns may result when those magnetic […]

  The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Hayabusa2 asteroid mission is busy at work, in position at asteroid Ryugu. Imagery shows the temperature differences on asteroid Ryugu’s surface during one rotation, with red indicating regions with a high temperature.   Distinct regions at different temperatures are captured by the Thermal InfraRed Imager (TIR). Features in […]

    NASA’s Curiosity rover is now in Sol 2165. A new road map has been issued showing the robot’s wheeling about Mars since landing in August 2012. The map shows the route driven by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity through the 2163 Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s mission on Mars (September 07, 2018). […]

      To answer significant questions about planetary systems, such as whether our solar system is a rare phenomenon or if life exists on planets other than Earth, NASA should lead a large direct imaging mission – an advanced space telescope – capable of studying Earth-like exoplanets orbiting stars similar to the sun, says […]

  A novel trial-run to help design a space elevator is headed for the International Space Station, an investigation that’s onboard Japan’s H-IIB Vehicle No. 7. That cargo resupply ship is scheduled for launch from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture on September 11th. The test equipment has been produced by researchers at Shizuoka […]

  Continued exploration of Pluto is advocated in a community White Paper on the case for Pluto follow on missions, and most particularly a Pluto orbiter. Now being circulated is “A White Paper on Pluto Follow on Missions: Background, Rationale, and New Mission Recommendations.” An executive summary explains: “The exploration of the binary Pluto-Charon and […]

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