Earth’s neighboring Moon is far from being a “been there, done that” world even taking into account a dozen Apollo moonwalking visitors between 1969 and 1972. There is now a convergence of reasons to return to the Moon, not only for science, but for economic and security motives, as well as signaling global leadership […]

  Initial analyses of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission is rippling through the scientific community. In the early morning hours of September 24, 2023, NASA’s first sample return mission of bits and pieces of asteroid Bennu successfully parachuted into the Department of Defense Dugway Proving Ground in the Utah Test and Training Range, roughly […]

  Wait-a-Minute! It turns out – one group’s space junk is another person’s viewing hot spot. The Glamping Collective in North Carolina was on the receiving end last May of leftovers from the SpaceX Dragon Crew-7 mission to the International Space Station.  On May 22, a member of the Glamping Collective landscaping crew discovered the […]

Coming to full-stop after a 53-day space sojourn to the Moon and back, China’s Chang’e-6 return capsule stuffed with its cache of lunar specimens parachuted into a pre-selected site within Siziwang Banner in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The scientific catch of the day were samples from the unexplored southern mare plain of the Moon’s […]

  More information has come to light regarding that hitchhiking mini-rover on China’s Chang’e-6 Moon sampling mission. The little Chang’e-6 rover is named “Jinchan” and weighs roughly 11 pounds (5 kilograms) reports the China ‘N Asia Spaceflight website. Carried by Chang’e-6 to the far side of the Moon, the tiny vehicle rolled into position and […]

New research points to Mars being on the receiving end of basketball-size meteorites – on a near daily basis. An international research group, co-lead by ETH Zurich and Imperial College London, have derived the first estimate of global meteorite impacts on Mars using seismic data. According to the new work, between 280 to 360 meteorites […]

  China’s Chang’e-6 lunar mission to the Moon’s far side netted over 4.3 pounds (1,935.3 grams) of samples. A ceremony was held on Friday by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) to hand over the samples to the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for storage, analysis and research.     […]

A container carrying China’s far side lunar samples has been extracted from the returner capsule of the Chang’e-6 lunar probe mission during a June 26 ceremony at the China Academy of Space Technology in Beijing. The Chang’e-6 probe returner touched down in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Tuesday, completing its 53-day Earth-to-Moon and […]

China lunar scientists have begun their inspection of the country’s Chang’e-6 returner capsule and its cache of far side lunar samples. Parachuting into the Siziwang Banner of north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region shortly after 2 p.m. local time on Tuesday, the capsule’s touchdown concluded a 53-day journey from Earth, to the Moon, and back to […]

China’s just landed specimens from the far side of the moon signals not only technological achievement and plows new territory for the country’s space exploration capacity, it is also sparking a chain-reaction in scientific, policy, and diplomatic circles within the U.S. Wrapping up a 53-day undertaking from Earth departure on May 3 to back on […]