NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 3188 tasks. Ken Herkenhoff, a planetary geologist at USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona, reports that a Sol 3185 drive went well. The robot is now near a low, linear ridge. “This ridge attracted the attention of the tactical science team so several observations of it […]

Apollo Over the Moon in Perspective by Ronald A. Wells (Author), Harrison H. Schmitt (Author), Robert Godwin (Series Editor); CG Publishing/Apogee Books; 230 pages; Soft cover: $29.95 This multi-faceted volume provides exquisite detail and unique looks of the Moon as seen through the Apollo “J” missions – the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 Moon landing […]

  Look for a major reveal regarding the search for technological signatures from extraterrestrial civilizations. To be showcased Monday, the multi-prong Galileo Project also may foster the discovery of — or better scientific explanations for potential new natural atmospheric phenomena, or in some instances terrestrial technology explanations for many of the presently inexplicable Unidentified Aerial […]

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has provided guidelines, eligibility, and criteria for the administration of the FAA Commercial Space Astronaut Wings Program. “In order to maintain the prestige of Commercial Space Astronaut Wings, the FAA may further refine the eligibility requirements at any time as it deems appropriate.”   […]

In late 2022, an Intuitive Machines Nova-C Moon lander is to carry several payloads, including a Nokia LTE/4G communications system to the lunar South Pole – a wireless communications network on the Moon that serves as a communications gateway to Earth. Nova-C will also carry an M1 Mobile Autonomous Prospecting Platform (MAPP) rover — built […]

Legislation from Senior Ways and Means Democrat would tax space travel for non-scientific research purposes As the space tourism race continues today, U.S. Rep Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, previewed a new space tax. The Securing Protections Against Carbon Emissions (SPACE) Tax Act would create new excise taxes […]

From Niall McCarthy, Data Journalist at Statista.com: Once denied the chance to go into space by the U.S. government due to her gender back in the 1960s, Wally Funk finally fulfilled her lifelong dream yesterday. Funk is a highly experienced pilot with a whopping 18,600 hours in the cockpit and she was part of Jeff […]

Three Chinese astronauts, Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo, have worked and lived in the space station core module for a month since the Shenzhou-12 piloted spacecraft was launched into space. The astronauts have been in good condition after completing their first extravehicular operations, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA). A second […]

  China has flown a reusable suborbital carrier, a craft that touched down at an airport in Alxa League in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Launched on Friday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gobi Desert, the maiden flight of the prototype of a reusable suborbital aerospace plane was declared successful. […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3179 tasks. Reports Susanne Schwenzer, a planetary geologist at The Open University; Milton Keynes, U.K., the rover’s Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) and Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) have been looking at the drill fines of the “Pontours” drill hole – the robot’s 32nd […]