Intuitive Machines is nearing launch of the company’s Nova-C class lunar lander, named Odysseus, via a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This Intuitive Machines (IM-1) launch was selected through NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative in which NASA contracts with a commercial partner. Given successful launch (possibly on […]

China’s Queqiao-2 – a relay satellite for the country’s Moon missions – arrived February 2 at the Wenchang launch center in south China’s Hainan Province. According to China’s National Space Administration (CNSA), testing of the spacecraft will soon be underway with launch in the first half of this year. Once on duty, Queqiao-2 will make […]

Japan’s SLIM lunar lander has now entered a dormant state, slipping into a two-week stint of sun-shy induced silence. According to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the ground control team for the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) said a last photo session was taken. No response […]

To spot other star folk occupying space out there in the great beyond, first you must cast the net wide by using an array of techniques and technologies. Indeed, any “fishing expedition” for ET includes close-in studies of life in extreme environments, be they right here on Earth, on Mars, or deep diving through the […]

An international team of researchers have proposed Mount Etna – one of the most active and monitored volcanoes on Earth – as a suitable terrestrial laboratory to get a handle on possible active volcanism on Venus. And there’s more. This research probing of the Sicilian volcano Etna is proposed within the “AVENGERS” initiative. In Venusian […]

  Space scientists are eager to protect the option of doing astronomy from Earth’s Moon. What’s foreseen in future years is planting hardware on the lunar landscape such as super-cooled infrared telescopes, a swath of gravitational wave detectors, large Arecibo-like radio telescopes, even peek-a-boo instruments tuned-up to seek out evidence for “out there” aliens. Tomorrow land […]

The NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel’s Annual Report for 2023 is just out and about for your reading critique. ASAP was established by Congress in 1968 to provide advice and make recommendations to the NASA Administrator, as well as Congress, on safety matters. There are some fascinating “wait-a-minute” takeaways to ponder. “Make, manage, or buy?” […]

New research indicates that potential landing sites at the Moon’s south pole for robotic and human-carrying Artemis missions are vulnerable to quakes and landslides. Science results published in the Planetary Science Journal show linkage of a group of faults located in the Moon’s south polar region to one of the most powerful moonquakes recorded by […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now wrapping up Sol 4078 duties. “We arrived at a workspace with bedrock delightfully dotted with resistant features whose granular appearance and gray color were intriguing,” reports Michelle Minitti, a planetary geologist at Framework in Silver Spring, Maryland. Those features were intriguing enough to warrant attention from […]

China is pressing forward on its space station plans, readying the next two crew flights with selected astronauts undergoing active training. This will be a busy year for China’s space launches, with six major missions planned, including the recently launched cargo craft Tianzhou-7 now docked to the orbiting outpost. Upcoming missions Tianzhou-8 and the crewed […]