The engineering teams of SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) tomorrow will perform the most critical maneuver yet in Beresheet’s journey to the Moon. Lunar orbit insertion, or “Lunar Capture,” allows the spacecraft to enter the Moon’s gravity and begin orbiting prior to landing. The maneuver will be performed tomorrow April 4, at 5:15 p.m. […]

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft is ready to create an artificial crater on the surface of asteroid Ryugu. On April 5 (JST), the Small Carry-on Impactor (SCI) — a 4.4 pound (2 kilogram) copper lump called “Liner” will be dropped to the surface of the asteroid at a velocity of 2 km per second to make an […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is wrapping up Sol 2365 tasks. Ashley Stroupe, a mission operations engineer at NASA/JPL in Pasadena, California reports that Curiosity is getting close to the area in which the robot will next drill. But before heading off, scientists are taking a number of images using the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) and […]

A life-indicating gas on Mars – methane – has been independently confirmed. The research has been led by Marco Giuranna of the Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali in Rome, Italy. The paper — Independent confirmation of a methane spike on Mars and a source region east of Gale Crater – has been published in […]

  Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft is nearing its next duty: Creating an artificial crater on the surface of asteroid Ryugu. On April 5, the Small Carry-on Impactor (SCI) — a 4.4 pound (2 kilogram) copper lump called “Liner” will be dropped to the surface of the asteroid at a velocity of 2 km per second to […]

  An Israeli spacecraft is headed for the Moon, slated to touch down in April within Mare Serenitatis on the northern hemisphere of the Moon. Onboard is an experiment — smaller than a computer mouse — that could enable spot-on touch downs of future robotic and human-carrying landers.         For more information, […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is just wrapping up Sol 2363 duties. New imagery shows the robot making tracks and performing a variety of science tasks.    

New research suggests deep groundwater on Mars could still be active and creating surface streams in some near-equatorial areas on the planet. Once again, scientists point to the planet’s recurring slope linea – RSL for short – that are akin to dried, short streams of water that appear on some crater walls. The new work […]

According to the China National Space Administration, the country’s lunar rover — Yutu-2, or Jade Rabbit-2 — has woken up from its third lunar night on the farside of the Moon and resumed its scientific exploration mission. The rover woke itself up at 8:28 p.m. on Friday and re-established communications with the Queqiao relay satellite. […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has just begun Sol 2362 duties. “We are continuing to find interesting new things in Glen Torridon,” reports Abigail Fraeman, a planetary geologist at NASA/JPL in Pasadena, California. Fraeman points to new imagery on target “Stonebriggs.” “We’ve seen round and smooth clasts before,” Fraeman adds, “but this area really stands out […]

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