An upcoming auction by Boston-based RR Auction will feature a special Apollo 17 item from the late Gene Cernan. The Apollo 17 mission to the Moon took place December 7–19, 1972. Cernan wore a cuff checklist on his wrist for the duration of the final Apollo 17 moonwalk, exposing it to the lunar environment […]

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission is to be launched in 2024. Onboard that craft will be a German-French rover slated to land on the Martian moon Phobos and explore its surface for approximately three months. Prepatory landing tests for the rover’s touchdown on the Martian moon is underway at […]

  The launch of Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket is slated to occur later this week, delivering NASA science investigations, supplies and equipment to the International Space Station. One payload: 60 pills to test how they cope with the rigors of space radiation and microgravity.   The University of Adelaide is investigating how pharmaceutical tablet formulations […]

Scientists diving back into decades-old data collected by NASA’s Pioneer Venus spacecraft mission have found evidence for phosophine in the clouds of Venus – considered a potential biosignature for life. Pioneer Venus went into orbit around Venus in December 1978.  The spacecraft made a destructive plunge into the planet’s atmosphere on October 8, 1992. Re-examine […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2897 tasks. Nearly a month ago the rover team started taking Remote Micro-Imager (RMI) telescope images to study the stratigraphy of some sedimentary benches over 300 – 650 feet (100-200 meters) distant from the robot’s current location. Reports Roger Wiens, a geochemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2896 duties. Claire Newman, Atmospheric Scientist at Aeolis Research in Pasadena, California, reports that the rover regularly looks at the Martian atmosphere, making use of its Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument using a “Passive Sky” observation. “Among other things, this allows us to measure the amount of […]

  How intense and hazardous to humans is cosmic radiation on the Moon? To be sure, any long-term stays on the Moon will expose astronauts’ bodies to high doses of radiation. An instrument provided by Germany onboard China’s Chang’e-4 farside lander has measured space radiation in temporal resolution for the first time on the lunar […]

A high-tech pioneer for NASA’s Gateway — the deep space outpost that’s part of the Artemis return-to-the-moon agenda — is being readied for departure early next year. NASA’s Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment – mercifully called CAPSTONE in space agency shorthand — is destined to be the first spacecraft to function […]

    The absence of surface water doesn’t preclude the potential for life elsewhere on a rocky object, like deep in the subsurface biosphere – be it at Mars or Earth’s Moon. New research analyzes the “thickness” of subsurface regions on those worlds, places where water and life might exist in principle and whether the […]

    China’s Chang’e-4 lander and the well-wheeled rover have been switched to dormant mode within the Von Kármán crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the farside of the Moon. The farside mission landed on January 3, 2019. According to the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration the […]