Will the Cold War-era Outer Space Treaty survive in the current geopolitical environment? And if not, then what? Does the success of the NASA Artemis Accords point towards further developments in the near future? A new paper queries how best to fairly allow nations to claim new territory in a way that does not spark […]

    Dangers await humans on Mars as Elon Musk sets his sights on colonization. “There really is only one true home for us—and we’re already here,” explains science journalist Shannon Stirone, featured on the March 4th broadcast of CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith.”             Go to Stirone’s article […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 3049 tasks. “Curiosity continues her climb up toward the lovely cliff of ‘Mont Mercou,’” reports Michelle Minitti, a planetary geologist at Framework in Silver Spring, Maryland. The drive could be the start of the sulfate-rich layers of “Mount Sharp” that the science team have had their eyes […]

China appears to be on the verge of a one-two punch in both the country’s human space flight program as well as its robotic planetary exploration plans. Before the end of June, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) notes it anticipates the lofting of the 20-metric-ton core space station module, Tianhe, or Harmony of Heaven. […]

  If you are perplexed, befuddled and bewildered about reports of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena and possible visitations of alien craft from afar, there’s opportunity to take action with your own do-it-yourself sky-monitoring gear. Given the low-cost nature and capability of today’s consumer grade technology, you too can be at the ready to document out of […]

First Light – Switching on Stars at the Dawn of Time by Emma Chapman; Bloomsbury Sigma; 304 pages; February 2021; Hardcover: $28.00. Ponder this in your next face-to-face with the nighttime sky: Think back in space and time when darkness gave way to light, a point in time when the very first stars burst into […]

As China’s Tianwen-1 Mars spacecraft circles the Red Planet, back here on Earth, a trio of names is being weighed for the country’s first Mars rover. The suggested names are the product of a 40-day global online poll. They are: — “Zhurong,” a fire god in ancient Chinese mythology. — “Nezha,” a Chinese mythological figure. […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 3046 tasks. Ken Herkenhoff, a planetary geologist at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona, reports that a recent drive by the robot on Sol 3044 brought it to “an area mostly covered by dark sand, with very few exposed rocks in the arm workspace.” Still, […]

  What does patulas, glue-mastic, Hermetall and Anaterm sealants, sandpaper, foam rubber, fluoroplastic films, alcohol wipes, metal pads, and electrical tape have to do with space? Also, toss in goggles, respirators, rubber gloves, a drill and a vacuum cleaner. Cosmonauts are to use these to fix a 2-inch (4.5-centimeter) air leak in the Zvezda intermediate […]

A citizen science project asks you to keep an eye out for aurora – that complex dance of particles and magnetism between the Sun and Earth. With the right tools, you can generally capture aurora in photographs. Your camera can even pick up very dim colors of the auroral spectrum that your eyes cannot see. […]