China’s Chang’e-6 lunar lander mission has lobbed far side snag and stash specimens into orbit around the Moon. The lander served as a temporary “launching pad.” A 3,000-newton engine worked for about six minutes, pushing the ascender with its cache of lunar materials into lunar orbit. If all continues on schedule, Chang’e-6’s ascender craft will […]

NOTE: According to a source that contacted me regarding this article: “We have learned from some well-informed feedback and reminders that there was no “Project” Moon Dust.  It was simply “Moon Dust”.  I apologize for the error in the Government Attic description. If you were so inclined, you could amend your article accordingly to remove the […]

In a “groundbreaking” mission, China’s Chang’e-6 Moon lander wrapped up two days of drilling and scooping at its far side lunar landing spot. The 8.35-metric-ton, multi-pronged Chang’e-6 mission involves an orbiter, a returner, a lander, and an ascender, built by the Beijing-based China Academy of Space Technology, a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology […]

  China’s Chang’e-6 lunar mission has carried out a successful far side touchdown and is already busily gathering specimens for send-off to Earth. The first batch of data has been relayed from the Chang’e-6 lander-ascender combination following its arrival on Sunday morning (Beijing Time). The landing was aided by China’s newly positioned Queqiao-2 relay satellite […]

Attention air travelers. After all that huffing and puffing, trying to get to the terminal departure gate on time, here’s another worry. With your legs finally airworthy, up and tightly locked in the up position, make sure you’re at a window seat. That way you can keep an eye out for incoming space junk that […]

A detailed look at both orbital and seismological data gathered at Mars point to a clear increase in the number of dust avalanches around the epicenters of two “Marsquakes.” The seismic events were recorded during the NASA InSight lander mission to the Red Planet that performed duties at Elysium Planitia from May 2018 to the […]

Eye-patches on! Practice your best “grrr.” Plop down pieces of eight, doubloons and cue “Captain” Jack Sparrow! It’s a wait-a-moment meeting. Get ready for the First Annual Space Piracy Conference, set for early next year. The Center for the Study of Space Crime, Policy, and Governance (CSCPG) plans a two-day, invite only symposium that brings […]

  The thought of beaming energy to an energy-hungry Earth from space has long been studied, even advanced over 80 years ago in science fiction. Fast forward to the 21st century, investigations here on Earth and now in space seemingly bolster the concept. Still, space solar power beaming is viewed by some as a truly […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is carrying out an array of extraterrestrial tasks. Conor Hayes, a graduate student at York University in Toronto, Canada, reported on the robot’s duties on Sols 4193-4194. A recent drive of Curiosity added up to nearly 100 feet (30 meters) as the rover continued to move towards the […]

China’s Chang’e-6 Moon-orbiting mission is studying far side landing sites for accessibility and to perform a safe touchdown in early June. Launched on May 3, some 5 days later the craft entered a 12-hour lunar orbit and began circularizing its orbit. James Head of the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science at Brown University […]