NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3561 duties. Curiosity is continuing to press on through Paraitepuy Pass reports Alex Innanen, an atmospheric scientist at York University; Toronto, Ontario, Canada. “The terrain continues to be tricky, with lots of sand and rocks…and the rover planners are working hard to determine […]

Over the years, there has been an explosion of CubeSat capability. But make room for an alternate approach – DiskSat. The Aerospace Corporation is looking into this novel, thin circular satellite. For launch, several DiskSats can be stacked to fit within a launch vehicle’s fairing and deployed one at a time after the launch vehicle […]

Since its wheels-down landing in February of last year, NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has been busily at work, on the prowl steering itself across the Jezero Crater landscape. Perseverance is on a roll, a collectible outing to stash core samples in sealed tubes that are to eventually find their way to Earth via the Mars […]

  China’s next space station segment – the Mengtian lab module – is now at the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in south China’s Hainan Province. The Mengtian lab module means “Dreaming of Heavens,” and will be assembled at the launch site and go through relevant tests with launch later this year, in October. The construction […]

You would think plunging into deep space, to the outer banks of our solar system, would be a person’s career ascension. But for Alan Stern, principal investigator of the New Horizons mission that explored Pluto and now the Kuiper Belt, he also recently descended in a deep sea submersible to view the sunken remains of […]

  Riding atop the maiden voyage of the NASA Space Launch System, the uncrewed Orion spacecraft, if lofted on August 29th, would result in a mission duration of approximately 42 days, with a targeted Orion splashdown on October 10th.   The upcoming Artemis 1 flight is a haven for dummies – onboard “phantom” passengers in […]

A new collaboration signals a significant step towards attaining a sustainable cislunar industry. Two commercial companies — Helios and Eta Space – announced today they are joining forces to solve the problem of off-Earth oxygen production. Helios, which is backed by the Israel Space Agency, has developed an electrochemical reactor capable of extracting oxygen from […]

China’s Shenzhou-14 crew continues to set up the newly lofted Wentian lab module, a key element of the country’s in-construction space station. Commander Chen Dong and co-astronauts Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe are assembling the regenerative life support system and preparing for extravehicular activities. The taikonaut trio on Friday spent five and a half hours […]

  That Chinese space plane launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert on the night of August 4-5 by a Long March 2F rocket is being assessed by satellite watchers. Marco Langbroek in the Netherlands has posted some interesting details via his SatTrackCam Leiden (b)log. “The re-usable experimental spacecraft was launched […]

NASA’s Curiosity rover has been on the prowl at Gale Crater since landing on Mars in August of 2012, touching down on the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT). Ten (Earth) years later, the Mars machinery continues its mission of exploration, notes Scott VanBommel, a planetary scientist at Washington University. “As […]