Rovers capable of imprinting the Moon and Mars landscape with customized words and pictures is a new line of business being offered by RKF Engineering of Bethesda, Maryland. The idea has garnered a U.S. patent earlier this year, according to the group, cited as RKF Engineering patent US 18/100,141. For example, once the made to […]

The highly productive NASA New Horizons mission is on “extended leave” after departing Earth in January 2006 – and the agency is now considering a new assignment for the nuclear-powered craft after over 6,267 days in space. New Horizons zoomed past Pluto and its moons in July 2015, before conducting the first reconnaissance of a […]

That compromised Russian Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft is returning to Earth – in un-crewed manner — at the end of the month. The craft experienced a coolant leak attached to the International Space Station last year, putting to question safe transport of crew members back to terra firma. Meanwhile, cosmonauts onboard the ISS have been readying […]

  Researchers have reanalyzed nearly 40-year-old data accumulated by NASA’s Voyager 2 and now speculate that two moons of Uranus may have oceans beneath their icy surfaces. The moons – Ariel and Miranda — may be releasing energetic particles into space, according to a new study led by specialists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3772 duties. The Red Planet robot is leaving Tapo Caparo and is beginning something new, reports Catherine O’Connell-Cooper, a planetary geologist at the University of New Brunswick; Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. “But… actually, we are not going very far,” O’Connell-Cooper adds. “Whilst sitting at […]

The UK Space Agency has provided funding to Rolls-Royce into how nuclear power could be used to support a future Moon base for astronauts. Specialists at Rolls-Royce are engaged in developing a “Micro-Reactor” program, a key technology to help sustain future Moon missions and enhance their scientific value. The UK Space Agency has announced $3.5 […]

China continues to scope out a future international lunar research station, one that will carry out lunar-based Earth observations and perform lunar resource utilization. Zou Yongliao, head of the lunar and deep space exploration division of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, revealed the goals at a recent national space conference, as reported by China Science […]

  When OneWeb and Russia’s Roscosmos cut off cooperation last year, stranded at the Baikonur Cosmodrome were 36 OneWeb satellites to be lofted into orbit via a Soyuz booster. According to Novosti-Kosmonavtiki citing a Reuters story, the head of OneWeb, Neil Masterson, has abandoned attempts to return the satellites from Baikonur. The British company reportedly […]

The annual report of worldwide threats to the national security of the United States has been issued by the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence. This 2023 Annual Threat Assessment Report includes appraisals of China and Russian space activities. Overall, the report states that China is steadily progressing toward its goal of becoming […]

Remains of a modern glacier near Mars’ equator have been found. The finding implies water ice is possibly present at low latitudes on the Red Planet…even today. The announcement comes from the now-in-session 54th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference being held in The Woodlands, Texas. Scientists at the gathering revealed the discovery of a relict […]