NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3514 duties. “Drill success!” reports Ken Herkenhoff, a planetary geologist at USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. “Our first drill attempt since last November was successful!” The new drill hole is surrounded by drill tailings as expected. This is one of several times […]

  That Earth-circling U.S. military X-37B robotic space drone is closing in on a new long-duration record. The Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-6) is also called USSF-7 for the U.S. Space Force, and was launched on May 17, 2020 by an Atlas-V 501 booster and is winging past 770 days. Flight of a previous record-holder was […]

  NASA’s CAPSTONE CubeSat mission is set for its Moon-bound departure to demonstrate a unique orbit for future NASA Artemis missions. Liftoff from the Rocket Lab launch facility in Mahia, New Zealand atop the firm’s Electron booster is now set for Monday, June 27, 2022 at 6 a.m. Eastern Time (10:00 UTC).   The Cislunar Autonomous […]

Late last year, sky watchers reported that a rocket body was heading towards a lunar collision, destined to make its demise on the Moon. On March 4, 2022 that hardware smacked into the Moon near Hertzsprung crater. Now thanks to the sharp-shooting NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft, the results of that grand slam have […]

NASA is pressing ahead on the agency’s long-sought robotic Holy Grail mission – rocketing back to Earth pieces of Mars. This fast-paced, multi-billion dollar endeavor is dedicated to hauling back planetary particulars from the Red Planet to our world in the early 2030’s. A Mars Sample Return (MSR) campaign is now being orchestrated by NASA […]

  NASA’s Artemis return to the Moon program has gotten a power boost – in the form of a lunar fission surface power system. NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have chosen three design concept proposals for a fission surface power system design that could be ready to launch by the end of […]

  The Perseverance rover at Jezero Crater has reached layered and weirdly eroded rocks at the edge of the ancient delta deposit.  “They get even weirder, with an obviously unnatural feature in one of them that sometimes disappears,” explains Mars Guy (Planetary scientist, Steve Ruff, at Arizona State University in Tempe).         […]

  Mining asteroids in the future would benefit from using Mars orbit as a base from which to access Main Belt Asteroids (MBAs) – asteroids that orbit between Mars and Jupiter. As a result, a growing economy that utilizes space resources or large scale exploration missions will likely find Mars orbit convenient. The stable platform […]

Add Spaceport America in New Mexico to be on the receiving end of an incoming Sierra Space Dream Chaser, a winged commercial spaceplane. Spaceport America and Sierra Space of Broomfield, Colorado announced today the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) about the southern New Mexico site being a compatible runway where Dream Chaser […]

Life in Space – NASA Life Sciences Research During the Late Twentieth Century by Maura Phillips Mackowski, University of Florida Press (May 2022); 375 pages; Hardcover: $35.00. This well-researched, well-written, and meticulously documented account of a somewhat concealed side of NASA offers a revealing look into the agency’s research in the space life sciences – […]