A NASA-funded study makes the case for making it simpler to send spacecraft to some areas of Mars while still protecting the planet from Earth-based contamination. The just-issued study could allow robotic missions to certain locations on Mars to be carried out with less restrictive “bioburden” requirements designed to prevent harmful contamination by Earth-based microbes […]

China’s next step in the country’s space station assembly program has taken place. The Shenzhou-13 crewed spaceship atop a Long March-2F carrier rocket has been rolled out to the launching area of Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on October 7th. Shenzhou-13 and its 3-person crew will be launched in the near future at […]

Metal-rich Near-Earth asteroids are being eyed as potential mining targets. New research, for example, underscores the value of asteroid 1986 DA, loaded with iron, nickel, cobalt, and platinum-group metals (PGM). Those characteristics present on the asteroid would exceed the global reserves of these metals here on Earth. In fact, if 1986 DA is mined and […]

World View, the stratospheric ballooning company, announced today taking passengers to the edge of space, launching from iconic global landmarks, starting with Grand Canyon National Park. World View’s mission is to bring as many people as possible to the edge of space so that at 100,000 feet, they’ll see a world without borders, a company […]

NASA Mars landers are in pause-mode for some two weeks – operationally impacted by Mars solar conjunction, the period when the Sun comes between Mars and Earth, blocking signals. This means NASA land rovers, Curiosity and Perseverance, will temporarily pause relaying raw images from the Red Planet for about two weeks, with new imagery to […]

Caught on camera! NASA’s Perseverance rover now wheeling about in Jezero Crater has been imaged by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter using its powerful High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE). Shane Byrne, HiRISE Deputy Principal Investigator at the University of Arizona explains that after a dramatic landing in February 2021, the Perseverance rover was re-imaged by […]

That enigmatic U.S. military X-37B robotic space drone has now chalked up more than 500 days circling the Earth. The Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-6) is also called USSF-7 for the U.S. Space Force, and was launched on May 17, 2020 by an Atlas-V 501 booster. OTV-6 is the first to use a service module to […]

Making its public debut is China’s next-generation crewed spacecraft. The once flown capsule is on display at the Airshow China 2021 in Guangdong Province’s Zhuhai City. This craft is larger than the now-in-use Shenzhou spacecraft. China space officials say the new vehicle extends the qualities of reliability and safety, and will be reusable.   Moon […]

A new study appraises the wide swath of space technology trends and strategic financial insights – including space health, off-planet construction to private spaceflight, space solar power and space settlement. The 240-page case study is the work of SpaceTech Analytics (STA), a strategic analytics agency focused on markets in the space exploration, spaceflight, space medicine, […]

  China’s lander and Yutu-2 rover have worked for 1,000 Earth days on the lunar farside, according to the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration (CNSA). The lander, rover, and payloads are reportedly in good condition. As of Wednesday, Yutu-2 has traveled 2,754 feet (840 meters) and obtained 3,632.01 […]