Research carried out by NASA’s Curiosity rover at Gale Crater point to the possible ultraviolet degradation of biologically produced methane. The robot has permitted scientists to analyze carbon isotopes in sediment samples taken from half a dozen exposed locations, including an exposed cliff. According to a just-published paper led by Christopher House, professor of geosciences […]

China’s Chang’e-4 probe was launched on December 8, 2018, making the first-ever soft landing within the Von Kármán Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the Moon’s far side on January 3, 2019. The Chang’e-4 lander deployed the Yutu-2 rover that has now wheeled over 1,000 meters of lunar landscape. The lander and rover have […]

Dylan Taylor is a “space angel,” an investor in NewSpace and last December he reached a new career high, quite literally. He flew onboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital rocketship on its NS-19 mission. Blue Origin successfully completed its third human spaceflight on Saturday, December 11, 2021 the first with six passengers to make the […]

China’s Yutu-2 far side lunar rover has taken over 1,000 photos since it landed on the Moon three years ago. The robot is exploring the Von Kármán crater, a large lunar impact feature that is located in the South Pole-Aitken Basin. Yutu-2 was deployed from the Chang’e-4 lander that touched down on the far side […]

London-based Sen has announced that its first satellite able to stream Ultra High Definition videos of Earth is now in orbit. Sen’s ETV-A1 was launched January 13 aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare. On board this launch were 105 commercial and government spacecraft, including CubeSats, microsats, PocketQubes, and orbital transfer vehicles. The Sen satellite is […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3356 duties. Ken Herkenhoff, a planetary geologist at USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona, reports that a rover “bump” has moved the Mars machinery closer to “The Prow” outcrop. The short drive placed the front wheels very close to the base of the […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3355 duties. Ashley Stroupe, a mission operations engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory reports that Curiosity has been doing a little bit of everything: some contact science, some targeted science, and a little driving. The robot snagged a view of the small ledge in […]

  There are key advantages of a radio telescope in lunar orbit, or on the surface of the lunar farside, for conducting the search for extraterrestrial intelligence – to give an ear for technosignatures from other starfolk. A new research paper on the topic has been led by Berkeley SETI undergraduate intern Eric Michaud. Breakthrough […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3353 duties. “On the second sol of the weekend plan, Curiosity took an unexpected break,” reports Michelle Minitti, a planetary geologist at Framework in Silver Spring, Maryland. The robot stopped its arm motion on the way to deploying the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) […]

A new report from NASA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) flags a number of issues regarding the space agency’s astronaut corps. The processes NASA uses to size, train, and assign astronauts to specific missions are primarily calibrated toward meeting the current needs of the International Space Station. “However, the astronaut corps is projected to fall […]