A recently released report forecasts the maturing nature of high energy laser weapons, high power microwave weapons and particle beam weaponry. Apart from the U.S., China, Russia, Germany and India have stepped up efforts to design directed energy weapons, military hardware that can be used in the battlefield. These include high power radio frequency […]

  National Geographic has issued an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip that follows the SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, and his team as they witness and celebrate the first launch of Falcon Heavy. On February 6, SpaceX made history with the first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket—and National Geographic was there, right alongside SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. […]

    Littleton, Colorado – NASA’s next Mars lander is in the final “ship and shoot” phases from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base – the first interplanetary mission to rocket from that site. The Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) is undergoing last checkouts here at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has just begun Sol 1961 operations and is to perform a weekend of activities at the same location it has been stationed at all week. “While we’re ready and eager to see some new terrain, we had no shortage of interesting science targets to fill our plan,” reports Rachel Kronyak, a […]

    Finding evidence for life on Mars has been a decades-long ambition of NASA. Billions of dollars has been spent with the Red Planet being wheeled over, poked, and probed as a result. What are the limits of robot-performed “Curiosity science investigations” (CSI) on the Red Planet? No doubt, Mars is holding its secrets […]

  It is official. That SpaceX Falcon Heavy payload has been assigned an interplanetary ID: Tesla Roadster (AKA: Starman, 2018-017A). The trajectory name is tesla_s3. The computations were done by the Solar System Dynamics Group, Horizons On-Line Ephemeris System located at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The Horizons on-line tool can be used […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is just starting Sol 1959 operations. Michelle Minitti, a planetary geologist; for Framework in Silver Spring, Maryland, says expect “old site, new tricks.” Turns out that recovering from a recent fault with the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument Suite “proved more challenging than expected, so our planned drive to the […]

  Prototype Moon rover work is being spearheaded by the European Space Agency. The work is being carried out under the ESA-led Human-Enhanced Robotic Architecture and Capabilities for Lunar Exploration and Science, or Heracles for short. Heracles is underway as a cooperative effort with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency […]

Space watcher and astrophotographer, Derek Breit of Morgan Hill, California, snagged impressive video of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy engine burn, hurling a Tesla Roadster outward into deep space. Breit has added the video to his notable gallery page, which contains pre-burn video too. This is posted to: http://www.poyntsource.com/New/Gallery.htm Scroll down to bottom of resources available […]

A new reentry time window forecast for the fall of China’s Tiangong-1 space lab has been provided by the Space Debris Office at the European Space Agency’s ESOC mission control centre, Darmstadt, Germany. The current estimated window is now roughly March 25 to approximately April 17, with the caveat “this is highly variable.” Reentry will […]

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