A Tesla roadster is headed for a possible speeding ticket as it is cruising toward Earth at nearly 6,000 miles per hour. On February 6, 2018 SpaceX launched the automobile on a Mars-crossing orbit.     But the car may hit the Earth… sometime within the next 15 million years – so don’t panic. […]

  The Spring Festival, which centers around the Chinese New Year, is being celebrated by China’s Shenzhou-17 space station crew: The Year of the Dragon Festive decorations have been placed inside the Tiangong space station.     Chinese astronauts Tang Hongbo, Tang Shengjie, and Jiang Xinlin pasted Spring Festival couplets on the walls of the […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 4049 duties. Amelie Roberts, a graduate student at Imperial College London, reports that Curiosity had a recent and successful imaging-based stint providing geologists new looks of Gediz Vallis Ridge and surrounding buttes as the imagery is downlinked to Earth. Curiosity also completed a drive […]

The Moon calls! But setting up a future lunar outpost to sustain long-term crews there is an energy-hungry undertaking. One eye-catching concept is regenerative fuel cell energy systems, the ability, for one, to energize a Moon base through the 14-earthday-long and super-cold lunar night. Infinity Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Inc. of Windsor, Connecticut began work […]

That secretive mission of the U.S. Space Force X-37B, lofted into a classified orbit by a SpaceX Falcon Heavy booster last December has been spotted by eagle-eyed satellite trackers. This novel space trek of the winged craft is dubbed Orbital Test Vehicle-7 (OTV-7). Classified doings A recent posting by Tomi Simola, a sky watching hobbyist […]

  There’s some interesting “wait a minute” fallout from the upcoming nose dive to Earth of the European Remote Sensing satellite, ERS-2. According to the European Space Agency (ESA), the spent ERS-2 satellite weighing 2.3 tons is predicted to slip into Earth’s atmosphere on February 19 – with a current uncertainty of +/- 2.8 days. […]

The future of Mars exploration will be greatly enhanced by humans that make the sojourn to the Red Planet. Indeed, flesh and bone on that distant world far outstrips what mechanized Mars machinery can attain – but yes, certainly at far greater cost. NASA is blueprinting a moon-to-Mars strategy that identifies science as one of […]

Scientists are now inspecting snagged, bagged and tagged bits and pieces from asteroid Bennu, the cosmic mother lode delivered by NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification and Security – Regolith Explorer mission. It’s known in acronymic astro-speak as OSIRIS-REx. Scientists are now inspecting snagged, bagged and tagged bits and pieces from asteroid Bennu, the cosmic […]

NASA’s now off-duty and damaged Mars helicopter has been spotted by the Perseverance rover, the final resting place among the sand ripples in Neretva Vallis. Simeon Schmauß explains via X/Twitter that the images were up-scaled 2x and color processed to approximately match what the human eye would see.       After its 72nd flight […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 4086 duties. Reports Sharon Wilson Purdy, a planetary geologist at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., Curiosity continues its investigation of the light and dark banded sulfate terrain and started a two-sol (Sols 4084-4085) planning day with several beautiful rocks […]