China’s Shenzhou-14 crew continues to set up the newly lofted Wentian lab module, a key element of the country’s in-construction space station. Commander Chen Dong and co-astronauts Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe are assembling the regenerative life support system and preparing for extravehicular activities. The taikonaut trio on Friday spent five and a half hours […]

  That Chinese space plane launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert on the night of August 4-5 by a Long March 2F rocket is being assessed by satellite watchers. Marco Langbroek in the Netherlands has posted some interesting details via his SatTrackCam Leiden (b)log. “The re-usable experimental spacecraft was launched […]

NASA’s Curiosity rover has been on the prowl at Gale Crater since landing on Mars in August of 2012, touching down on the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT). Ten (Earth) years later, the Mars machinery continues its mission of exploration, notes Scott VanBommel, a planetary scientist at Washington University. “As […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3553 duties. “Curiosity is making its way through the stunning ‘Paraitepuy Pass,’ the little canyon that runs between the ‘Deepdale’ and ‘Bolivar’ buttes to our east and west, respectively,” reports Elena Amador-French, Science Operations Coordinator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “The canyon floor […]

China’s on-going space station construction includes use of a small robotic arm attached to the recently lofted Wentian lab module. The China Manned Space Agency (CMS) said on Wednesday that arm has completed a series of in-orbit tests. A new video released shows the tests, with the small robotic arm disengaging from its base, crawling […]

Since Frank White’s seminal book on “the overview effect” found its way into the hands, minds, and consciousness of readers in 1987, that term has increasingly become iconic for explaining a very human condition attached to the space travel experience. Following the publishing of that influential work — The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human […]

Those suspected remnants of China’s Long March-5B Y3 core rocket stage that crash landed in Sarawak have been found to emit no radiation. Daily Express Online – an Independent National Newspaper of East Malaysia, reports that the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) the non-radioactive status of the hunks of junk made the determination. Four […]

  Indonesian police and villagers are taking a close look at what could be leftovers of that Chinese rocket body that recently re-entered. The object discovered at Pengadang, a village in Sekayam District of the Sanggau Regency in West Kalimantan measures around 16 feet (5 meters) long and roughly 7 feet (2 meters) wide. Another […]

  Lunar caves would provide a temperate, stable, and safe thermal environment for long term exploration and habitation of the Moon. Indeed, people could potentially live and work in lunar pits and caves with steady temperatures in the 60s.    That’s the bottom line from researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Tyler […]

  Increasing attention is being paid to the repercussion of rocket launches and space debris reentries on Earth’s fragile atmosphere, coupled to impacts on global climate and stratospheric ozone. Exacerbating the situation is the rise of worldwide launch rates and the hurling of mega-constellations of satellites into Earth orbit. Then there’s the associated clutter of […]