China is forging ahead on making use of its still-in-construction space station to carry out a range of experiments, both in-country investigations and though international partnerships. Last week, retrieved space experimental samples gathered by China’s Shenzhou-12 crew were transferred to the Chinese Academy of Sciences. A handover ceremony was held in Beijing on Friday […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 3276 duties exploring Gale Crater. Here are several just-released images showing the robot’s current surroundings:  

  Following Earth-Mars solar conjunction, China’s Tianwen-1 Mars orbiter has resumed communications, ready to re-start remote sensing of the Red Planet in early November, The China National Space Administration (CNSA) said Friday that the orbiter was in normal condition during the solar conjunction, successfully surviving the conjunction. CNSA stated that the orbiter will enter a […]

  It is a messy business – asteroid bombardment of the Earth. The Earth was a “full stop” planet to a substantial number of large impacts throughout the late Archean era. Around 2.4 billion years ago, during the tail end of this bombardment, the Earth went through a major shift in surface chemistry triggered by […]

    “International Collaboration and Competition in Space:  Oversight of NASA’s Role and Programs” is being held today by the Senate Subcommittee on Space and Science.       Live video at: https://www.commerce.senate.gov/ Range of topics The United States has long been the global leader in space exploration and has benefitted from robust, peaceful international […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now wrapping up Sol 3273 duties. The wheeled robot recently drove over nodules, crushing them in the process. Doing so has allowed researchers to see inside these features, reports Susanne Schwenzer, a planetary geologist at The Open University; Milton Keynes in the U.K. Newly sent images […]

        The purpose of the October 20, 2021 hearing is to understand the opportunities and challenges of space nuclear propulsion for enabling deep space exploration, examine the status of NASA’s R&D activities and plans for space nuclear propulsion, and to consider government and industry contributions to and collaboration on advancing space nuclear […]

Moon rock and regolith brought back to Earth by China’s Chang’e-5 lunar sample mission suggests that the samples are a new type of lunar basalt, different from those collected during previous U.S. Apollo and former Soviet Union robotic Luna missions. The first batch of lunar soil samples were sent to 31 labs of 13 Chinese […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3272 duties. The Red Planet robot is back in gear, following a few weeks of hibernation, reports Lucy Thompson, a planetary geologist at University of New Brunswick; Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada “Curiosity went into hibernation for a few weeks, executing only routine environmental and […]

A focused investigation of the Moon’s permanently shadowed regions is an objective of South Korea’s first Moon mission, the Korean Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter under the wing of the Korean Aerospace Research Institute in Daejeon, Korea. Scheduled for an August 2022 lunar sendoff atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 booster, the Korean Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter […]