China’s Chang’e-4 mission is entering sleep mode on Monday given that the Moon’s farside is entering a 14-day nighttime period. China Global Television Network (CGTN) reports that the Chang’e-4 stationary lander and Yutu-2 rover both “did a good job during the past fortnight.”     Working conditions The working conditions of each system were normal, […]

There’s a call to protect the Moon’s farside, but doing so is complicated by the current, new race to the Moon. The farside is unique where radio transmissions and noises produced by humanity on Earth may not reach since the spherical body of the Moon blocks them, acting like a shield. Therefore, protecting the Moon’s […]

NASA’s InSight Mars lander is nearing its next major milestone mission by deploying the German Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3). Like the seismometer and Wind and Thermal Shield, the HP3 will be placed on the surface of Mars by InSight’s robotic arm. Plowing deeper HP3 is designed to burrow down beneath the Red […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2315 tasks. The rover is cruising through the clay-bearing unit on some compacted clast-rich soil. Here’s a sampling of recent imagery from the Red Planet prowler:

  NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) has released its 2018 Annual Report. The ASAP appraisal highlights 2018 activities and includes assessments of NASA’s: Exploration Systems Development Commercial Crew Program Deep space exploration International Space Station operations Aeronautics missions and air operations, and Enterprise protection Risk management In a letter within the report to NASA […]

  In the winter 2019 issue of the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering Magazine, how to make space elevators a reality is tackled. No material yet exists that’s strong enough to withstand the tension caused by the pull of the counterweight, the force of the Earth rotating, and the gravitational weight of the cable […]

Renewed interest in exploration of the Moon has the potential to benefit lunar science greatly and could evolve into a program facilitated by partnerships between commercial companies and NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). That’s the view of companion reports issued today by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The two studies are: Review […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2313 tasks. “Curiosity is cruising through the clay-bearing unit on some compacted clast-rich soil,” reports Scott Guzewich, an atmospheric scientist and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “It’s some of the best driving terrain we’ve encountered in Gale Crater, with just some occasional sandy patches […]

NASA and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) are coordinating efforts focused on the recent touchdown of China’s Chang’e-4 Moon lander and Yutu-2 rover. The robotic probe throttled itself down on January 3 within the Von Kármán crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the farside of the Moon. The U.S. space agency has also […]

“It is the pinnacle of the mission!” Those are the words of Japan’s Hayabusa2 team officials, prepared to land atop asteroid Ryugu. The touchdown operation to collect a sample from Ryugu will be between February 20th – 22nd. Hayabusa2 is scheduled to begin the descent from February 21, and touchdown on the surface of Ryugu […]

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