New Imagery: Flight 41 from Ingenuity Mars Helicopter: NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter acquired these images using its navigation camera mounted in the helicopter’s fuselage and pointed directly downward to track the ground during flight. This select set of Images were acquired on Jan. 27, 2023:   Pre-flight: 41 Stats via NASA/JPL-Caltech Flight date: No […]

  Serving as the exploration zone for NASA’s Perseverance rover is Jezero Crater. It turns out to be a site for swirls of dust…so much so that one device has been damaged on the rover by two passing dust devils. The rover’s Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer is known as MEDA. It produces weather measurements such […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3724 duties. Susanne Schwenzer, a planetary geologist at The Open University; Milton Keynes, U.K., reports that recent planning started with a discussion where the robot should drive next.   Triple junction “We had spotted features in the distance, including a triple junction of rock […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3722 duties. Despite giving it the “old college try,” Curiosity’s attempt to drill into the Marker Band at the “Encanto” site did not reach sampling depth, reports Sharon Wilson, a planetary geologist at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. “Because other rocks around […]

That human-rated Soyuz MS-23 that will fly uncrewed as a replacement craft for a compromised Soyuz now docked at the International Space Station has completed vacuum chamber testing. The Soyuz MS-23 has also been tested for leaks and is now in a workplace for further pre-flight preparation, according to Russia’s Roscosmos in a Telegram posting. […]

In China’s Collaborative Design and Simulation Hall of the Deep Space Exploration Laboratory, lunar spacecraft specialists are conducting collaborative demonstration and design of plans for the Chang’e-6, Chang’e-7 and Chang’e-8 Moon missions. These lunar missions are to be carried out successively in the next 10 years. This fourth phase of lunar exploration has been detailed […]

Russia’s space station plans were detailed by Roscosmos head, Yuri Borisov, noting they are open to international cooperation on the Russian Orbital Station (ROS). The start of deployment of the ROS is in 2027. Borisov spoke at the plenary session of the Royal Readings – 2023, adding that Russia will support the work of the […]

The “rebooting of the Moon” by human explorers is pegged for NASA’s Artemis III mission with the crew footing their way around the lunar south pole. The lunar south pole is located on the rim of Shackleton crater, a 13 mile (21 kilometer) diameter feature. Moreover, the Moon’s south pole is surrounded by summits with […]

China’s robotic Moon explorer, Yutu-2, or the Jade Rabbit-2, continues to send back images from the lunar far side. The Chang’e-4 Moon mission lander and rover touched down on the Moon on January 3, 2019. Four years on, the lunar rover Yutu-2, named after the pet rabbit of the Chinese moon goddess Chang’e, has collected […]

  New details regarding China’s Long March 9 booster have been discussed by a leading rocket designer from the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology. According to China Daily, the overall, baseline structural design for the nation’s super-heavy carrier rocket is a large, three-stage rocket about 360 feet (110 meters) tall. Long March 9’s liftoff […]