For those aspiring Mars explorers, you now have a watch that displays the time back on Earth, as well as on the Red Planet. Swiss watch brand Omega has teamed up with the European Space Agency (ESA) to launch the “Marstimer.” According to an ESA statement, “this new watch is space-tough and Mars-mission ready.” […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3608 duties. “Whenever working on Mars throws up a complication, Curiosity’s team has to make a pivot,” reports Alex Innanen, an atmospheric scientist at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Curiosity has found itself in a bit of a precarious spot, and can’t do […]

China completed an in-orbit key step on Friday, Beijing Time – the transposition of the in-construction space station’s Wentian lab module. The hour-long operation was carried out between astronauts inside the Tiangong orbital facility — Chen Dong, Liu Yang, and Cai Xuzhe — and ground controllers. “After the Wentian lab module completed the transposition, the […]

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has assessed technologies and approaches to evaluate and mitigate the following potential effects: Increase in orbital debris. Debris in space can damage or destroy satellites, affecting commercial services, scientific observation, and national security. Better characterizing debris, increasing adherence to operational guidelines, and removing debris are among possible mitigation […]

A target touchdown spot on Titan – a moon of Saturn. New research is helping to converge on a smooth landing location for NASA’s 990-pound Dragonfly rotorcraft in 2034. “Dragonfly will land in an equatorial, dry region of Titan – a frigid, thick-atmosphere, hydrocarbon world,” said Cornell’s Léa Bonnefoy. “It rains liquid methane sometimes, but […]

Missions to Mars – A New Era of Rover and Spacecraft Discovery on the Red Planet by Larry Crumpler; HarperCollins; (2021) 336 pages; Hardcover: $35.00. There is nothing like reading a first-rate book on Mars expertly written by a person that’s moved across the Martian landscape – that is, through the eyes of a robotic […]

What are the ripple effects from declaring we have found extraterrestrial life beyond Earth…or perhaps here on Earth? There’s a steady drumbeat of Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) organizations and specialists calling for “Full Disclosure” that alien contact has occurred in the past, and indeed is underway now given reports of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon – UAP […]

China’s Zhurong Mars rover has been radar-scanning the subsurface of the Red Planet. Those scans reveal a multi-layered geological make-up below the ground of Mars, which was found to be far more complex than previously thought, according to Ling Chen, a researcher at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences. […]

After 10 months flying in space, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), the world’s first planetary defense technology demonstration, successfully impacted its asteroid target on Monday — the agency’s first attempt to move an asteroid in space. Mission control at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, announced the successful impact at […]

NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is to test and validate today a method to protect Earth in case of an asteroid impact threat. DART is NASA’s first mission to demonstrate asteroid deflection by a kinetic impactor, one that aims to shift an asteroid’s orbit by smashing a spacecraft into the smaller member of the […]