NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3777 duties. Monday’s planned drive positioned Curiosity with a new workspace to investigate, reports Scott VanBommel, a planetary scientist at Washington University. “We have left the Marker Band,” VanBommel adds. “As a physicist and spectroscopist by training, I find myself looking more at the […]

  Russia’s reactivation of Moon exploration is on the move – the country’s Luna-25 robotic lander is to be transported to the Vostochny Cosmodrome in early June. According to NPO Lavochkin, the production leader of the spacecraft, delivery of the Luna-25 is scheduled for the first ten days of June 2023. Previously, Russia’s Roscomos announced […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3775 duties. It was a jam packed weekend for the robot on Mars reports Sharon Wilson, a planetary geologist at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. “The rover is heading south across the Marker Band and is currently sitting in […]

Rovers capable of imprinting the Moon and Mars landscape with customized words and pictures is a new line of business being offered by RKF Engineering of Bethesda, Maryland. The idea has garnered a U.S. patent earlier this year, according to the group, cited as RKF Engineering patent US 18/100,141. For example, once the made to […]

The highly productive NASA New Horizons mission is on “extended leave” after departing Earth in January 2006 – and the agency is now considering a new assignment for the nuclear-powered craft after over 6,267 days in space. New Horizons zoomed past Pluto and its moons in July 2015, before conducting the first reconnaissance of a […]

That compromised Russian Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft is returning to Earth – in un-crewed manner — at the end of the month. The craft experienced a coolant leak attached to the International Space Station last year, putting to question safe transport of crew members back to terra firma. Meanwhile, cosmonauts onboard the ISS have been readying […]

  Researchers have reanalyzed nearly 40-year-old data accumulated by NASA’s Voyager 2 and now speculate that two moons of Uranus may have oceans beneath their icy surfaces. The moons – Ariel and Miranda — may be releasing energetic particles into space, according to a new study led by specialists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3772 duties. The Red Planet robot is leaving Tapo Caparo and is beginning something new, reports Catherine O’Connell-Cooper, a planetary geologist at the University of New Brunswick; Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. “But… actually, we are not going very far,” O’Connell-Cooper adds. “Whilst sitting at […]

The UK Space Agency has provided funding to Rolls-Royce into how nuclear power could be used to support a future Moon base for astronauts. Specialists at Rolls-Royce are engaged in developing a “Micro-Reactor” program, a key technology to help sustain future Moon missions and enhance their scientific value. The UK Space Agency has announced $3.5 […]

China continues to scope out a future international lunar research station, one that will carry out lunar-based Earth observations and perform lunar resource utilization. Zou Yongliao, head of the lunar and deep space exploration division of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, revealed the goals at a recent national space conference, as reported by China Science […]