A May 17 hearing in Congress focused on reported objects zipping through the skies that are now termed Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) – or for the elder skywatcher reading this, Unidentified Flying Object, (UFO). Witnesses detailed the work of a newly established Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG). According to one lawmaker, the […]

It has been a year since China’s Tianwen-1 mission reached the Red Planet consisting of an orbiter, a lander and a rover. On May 15, 2021 – now, one year ago – the lander touched down in a pre-selected landing area in Utopia Planitia. A week later on May 22, 2021, the Mars rover Zhurong […]

  In 2023, according to a Rocket Lab posting, the entrepreneurial launch firm is sending the first private mission to Venus to help gather important data regarding what may be signs of life in the clouds of Venus. The goal, using an Electron launch vehicle and Photon spacecraft, is to send a probe to around […]

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is issuing a license to the Huntsville-Madison Airport Authority in Alabama to operate the Huntsville International Airport (HSV) as a commercial space reentry site. According to the FAA, the license permits the airport to offer its site for Sierra Space Dream Chaser vehicles returning to Earth […]

Mars helicopter flies over spacecraft wreckage. The Perseverance rover was delivered safely to the Martian surface thanks to a complex set of components including a parachute and backshell. Now Ingenuity has scoped out what became of them after they did their job.   Go to: https://youtu.be/Wslv4dubR1k Perseverance finally touches rocks of the delta, so why […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3472 duties. After a successful drive of 154 feet (47 meters), with roughly 16 feet (5 meters) of elevation gain, the robot arrived at more new and interesting terrain to investigate, reports Elena Amador, a systems engineer and planetary scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion […]

  Robotic return of samples from the surface of Mars has been a holy grail goal of Red Planet investigators for many, many years. Over that time, strategies for returning Red Planet collectibles have ranged from “grab and go” acquisition from the surface, dust collection in the atmosphere, to on-planet scientific selection by specially equipped […]

  Free event!   Space journalist Leonard David will provide a presentation on global space exploration activities and trends (some worrisome) in the coming years, as well as next week’s UFO congressional hearing. Registration is required for this online program hosted by the Nederland Community Library in Colorado.               […]

  Back to Tomorrowland! These sleek white and black rockets were part of a Disneyland’s Tomorrowland refurbishment. They took thousands of little astronauts on aerial adventures. Few of these vehicles have ever been offered for public sale. This attraction vehicle is numbered 67. It measures 114″ long x 48″ wide x 48″ tall – that’s […]

  China’s Zhurong rover on Mars has detected recent aqueous activities within its exploration zone at Utopia Planitia. A new research paper in Science Advances notes that Mars’ climate is cold and dry in the most recent epoch, and liquid water activities are considered extremely limited. Previous orbital data only show sporadic hydrous minerals in […]