NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is on the move at Gale Crater. Abigail Fraeman, a planetary geologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, reports on recent activities of the robot. “We planned quite a drive on Wednesday, with lots of twists and turns over very bumpy terrain, Fraeman says. The team was gratified to learn everything completed […]

New research casts a spotlight onto those dark, sunlight shy cold traps on the Moon – spots where water could be lurking as a valuable, exploitable resource. Volatiles like water may exist in the shadows at the bottom of craters near the poles of the Moon. However, the Moon has been on the receiving end […]

China’s new Moon lander mission is undertaking a multi-step program involving the four components of the spacecraft: an ascender, a lander, a returner and an orbiter. “Therefore every step of the Chang’e-6 mission is interlinked and crucial,” said Hu Zhenyu, head of the engineering and technical team of the launch site of the Chang’e-6 mission […]

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement in regards to the SpaceX Starship-Super Heavy Project at Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A in Florida. That EIS is tied to issuing a commercial launch Vehicle Operator License for proposed SpaceX Starship operations at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Public scoping meetings The SpaceX […]

  Another chunk of space junk appears to have fallen on Saskatchewan farmland in western Canada. Found on farmland on April 28, the recovered debris appears to be leftovers from the “trunk” of a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft.   A re-tracing of the ground track of the suspected SpaceX leftover goes right through Saskatchewan, above the […]

China’s Chang’e-6 Moon sampling probe has performed a braking maneuver and is now in circumlunar orbit, reports the China National Space Administration (CNSA). Meanwhile, the ICUBE-Q mini-satellite has been released by Chang’e-6. ICUBE-Q was developed by the Intelligent Satellite Technology Center at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the Pakistan Institute of Space Technology. Chang’e-6 […]

Over the last number of years, our planet has become encircled by Starlink, OneWeb, and other “megaconstellation” satellites. Yes, the emergence of those megaconstellations offers great benefit for humanity. But in a wait-a-minute pause, there are also substantial costs, including the imposition on humankind’s ongoing and growing thirst for astronomical peering into the surrounding universe. […]

NASA’s forward thinking Innovative Advanced Concepts program (NIAC) has selected six visionary concept studies for additional funding and development. And the winners are: Fluidic Telescope (FLUTE): Enabling the Next Generation of Large Space Observatories Pulsed Plasma Rocket: Shielded, Fast Transits for Humans to Mars is an innovative propulsion system The Great Observatory for Long Wavelengths […]

  An international cadre of payload specialists aboard China’s outbound Chang’e-6 robotic Moon mission gathered last week in China’s Haikou City, the capital of Hainan Province. The Chang’e-6 lunar probe departed last week from the Wenchang Space Launch Site and is set to collect lunar samples from the far side of the Moon. Multiple international […]

From the Garage to Mars: Memoir of a Space Entrepreneur by Scott Tibbitts; ‎HenschelHAUS Publishing (March 2024); 254 pages; softcover; $24.95. If you’ve got entrepreneurial dollars aligned with the needed spunk and spine to create a new space company, this book provides an insider, industrial strength look at what kind of roller coaster ride you […]