The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) has blueprinted what they term “the modern day space elevator – 2021.” According to ISEC’s president, Pete Swan, the space elevator idea is ready to begin engineering development. “It is the Green Road to space,” he explains, part of a dual space access architecture which includes advanced rockets. Furthermore, […]

  The Wilson Center has made available 20 declassified documents that provide an extraordinary peek into the preparations and implementation of the flight of Yuri Gagarin, the first Soviet cosmonaut, who flew into space in his Vostok spaceship on April 12, 1961.     Compiled by Asif Siddiqi, a professor in the Department of History […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3090 tasks. The robot’s drive on Sol 3088 went well, “and there is lots of bedrock in the arm workspace,” reports Ken Herkenhoff, a planetary geologist at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. The strategic plan included full contact science to support […]

    Tag it as a tragedy of the commons. Decades of detritus build-up in the form of Earth-circling, high-speed clutter – from spent rocket stages, paint chips, dead or dying satellites to leftover remains from anti-satellite testing. The amount of human-made objects in low-Earth orbit has been steadily mushrooming over the past 50 years. […]

During an April 12 meeting on long-term priorities of space exploration, pilot-cosmonaut of the USSR and State Duma Deputy Valentina Tereshkova (the first woman to orbit Earth aboard Vostok 6 in June 1963) asked Russian President Vladimir Putin a lifestyle question regarding cosmonauts. Valentina Tereshkova: On this important date, when 60 years ago our compatriot […]

    NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 3087 tasks. Last week, Curiosity circled the base of “Mont Mercou” and has 3-D profiled the large outcrop, reports Catherine O’Connell-Cooper, a planetary geologist at the University of New Brunswick; Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. The robot began climbing up the side of the nearly 20-feet […]

  The China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) said on Monday that a Long March-7 Y3 rocket, slated to loft a supply ship to China’s still-to-be-built space station, has arrived at its launch site in southern China’s Hainan Province. The rocket, alongside the Tianzhou-2 cargo craft, has been transported to the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site […]

NASA has scraped a weekend plan to fly the Ingenuity Mars helicopter at Jezero Crater. The decision to delay the test flight has been based on data from the Ingenuity Mars helicopter that arrived late Friday night. During a high-speed spin test of the rotors on Friday, the command sequence controlling the test ended early […]

  The new installment of Diary of the 12th Man is now available, a captivating look at the Apollo 17 mission of 1972, written by astronaut Harrison H. (Jack) Schmitt. In Section 3 of Chapter 12 – “Pages of History” – the reader will find a treasure trove of experiences by Apollo 17 moonwalkers, Eugene […]

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3083 tasks. The robot is near the transition between the “Glasgow” member and the sulfate-bearing unit. “As this is a major geologic transition, the science team is trying to get as much data as possible before moving away,” reports Ashley Stroupe, a mission […]