China is preparing to engage in its own planetary defense initiative – a “knock ’em sock ’em” tactic to showcase how an asteroid that’s threatening to Earth can be diverted.     The planetary defense mission would take place in the next 10 years, said chief designer of China’s lunar exploration program, Wu […]

China’s chief designer of the country’s expansive Moon plans has detailed the next 10 to 15 years of lunar projects. Wu Weiren said China has planned the fourth stage of its lunar exploration program, including Chang’e-6, Chang’e-7, and Chang’e-8. Among them, Chang’e-6 is set to collect samples from the far side of the Moon and […]

  NASA’s Martian helicopter has made its 34th flight – a short, low altitude hop – but a test of its get-up-and-go. The 18 second flight and climb to 16 feet (5 meters) took place on November 23rd, during Sol 625 of the Perseverance rover’s wheeling across the Red Planet. Flight 34 is a continuation […]

The crewmembers of the Polaris Dawn mission are busily training for their orbital flight early next year, one that will see the first commercial spacewalk, as well as carry out studies on the long-term implications of microgravity and radiation on human health. Polaris Dawn’s four-person team recently visited the University of Colorado, Boulder, detailing their […]

Among the European Space Agency’s “Acknowledges”, “Recognizes,” “Reaffirms,” “Stresses,” “Notes” “Decides,” “Having Regard to”, “Considers that,” “Welcomes” and “Underlines” from documents written for a just-concluded Ministerial meeting: “Looking towards Mars exploration, and with strong backing from the science community, the decision was made to build a European lander to take the Rosalind Franklin rover to […]

China is augmenting its astronaut corps to support at least two crews of three individuals each to fly space missions in 2023. Yang Liwei, deputy chief designer of China’s manned space program, told China Central Television (CCTV) that the country has begun the selection of the fourth group of space travelers which will have 12 […]

A crewed mission to Venus while en route to the Red Planet can enable valuable tele-operated science due to human nearness to that cloud-veiled world. That’s the output from a study report — Meeting with the Goddess: Notes from the First Symposium on Venus Science Enabled by Human Proximity — prepared for the W. M. […]

China could land a trio of taikonauts on the Moon before 2030. That’s the story from China Central Television (CCTV), talking with a chief designer of China’s Long March rockets. Speaking during this year’s China Space Conference in Haikou City of south China’s Hainan Province, Long Lehao, also an academician of the Chinese Academy of […]

The U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has issued a cost estimate focused on S. 4503, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023. Dated November 22, 2022, the CBO document notes establishing a secure system to collect information on Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP). As a bill, S. 4503 would authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2023 […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3659 duties. Reports Keri Bean, rover planner deputy team lead at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the robot had a busy weekend. On sol 3657, the plan called for a very long block of remote sensing, including a Navcam dust devil survey. Also, a Chemistry […]