Simultaneous presence in space surges to historic maximum of 14 people

China's cargo craft docks with space station core module

Combined tests start for Ariane 6 at Europe's Spaceport

UK space company to establish link with the far side of the Moon

The satellite, named Lunar Pathfinder, will be vital for the planned return missions to the Moon. Built by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and supported by 11.6 million pounds in UK Space Agency funding via the European Space Agency (ESA),…

Solar electric propulsion makes Psyche spacecraft go

When it comes time for NASA’s Psyche spacecraft to power itself through deep space, it’ll be more brain than brawn that does the work. Once the stuff of science fiction, the efficient and quiet power of electric propulsion will provide…

Joining forces for Aeolus

For a team of scientists and technicians from Europe and the US, the fact of ‘going back to the office’ this September has meant heading off to the Cabo Verde islands in the Atlantic – not to extend their summer…

First deep drilling success for ExoMars

ESA’s Rosalind Franklin twin rover on Earth has drilled down and extracted samples 1.7 metres into the ground – much deeper than any other martian rover has ever attempted. The successful collection of soil from a hard stone and its…

Nine Ways We Use AR and VR on the International Space Station

Even the most highly trained and experienced person sometimes needs a hand. For astronauts aboard the International Space Station, that helping hand comes from other crew members, experts on the ground, and increasingly, in the form of augmented reality (AR)…

NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Captures a Mars Rock Feature in 3D

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter provided a 3D view of a rock-covered mound during its 13th flight on Sept. 4. The plan for this reconnaissance mission into the “South Seitah” region of Mars’ Jezero Crater was to capture images of this…

Artemis rover to land near Nobile region of Lunar south pole

In 2023, NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) will land near the western edge of the Nobile Crater at the Moon’s South Pole to map and explore the region’s surface and subsurface for water and other resources. Part of…

Battling to 'replant' Albania's threatened marine forests

In the bay of Vlora on central Albania’s coast, crystal clear waters sparkle in the sun but under the surface, it is a desert. The large brown algae forests — a hot spot of biodiversity — are steadily shrinking, scientists…

NASA Weekly ISS Space to Ground Report for 17 September, 2021

©NASA Astronaut Shane Kimbrough removes robotics workstation components. (Sept. 9, 2021) ©NASA Astronaut Shane Kimbrough removes robotics workstation components. (Sept. 9, 2021) NASA’s Space to Ground is your weekly update on what’s happening aboard the International Space Station. Got a…

NASA plans to send lunar rover to Nobile region of moon's South Pole

NASA’s ice-hunting VIPER lunar rover, scheduled to arrive on the moon in 2023, would land near the Nobile Crater on the lunar South Pole, the space agency announced Monday. The crater offers a relatively safe area to hunt for water…

Justin Simon Shepherds Perseverance through first phase of Martian rock sampling

The Johnson Space Center scientist was tasked with helping guide the way for mission’s first cored Mars rock sample. The evening of Aug. 1 felt a lot like a birthday to NASA planetary scientist Justin Simon. On that night, Simon…

Russian Gov't allocates $60Mln to build Soyuz for tourist flights

The Russian government has allocated more than 4.4 billion rubles ($60.6 million) to space company Glavkosmos, a subsidiary of the Roscosmos state corporation, for the production of a rocket and spaceship for tourist flights by 2024. “To allocate in 2021…

Australian Wildfires Triggered Massive Algal Blooms In Southern Ocean

A satellite image shows smoke from the 2019-20 Australian wildfires covering parts of the Southern Ocean. Credit: Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communication Technology. CREDIT Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communication Technology A satellite image shows smoke from…

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 16 September, 2021 – 3D Virtual Reality Spacewalk Filming

©NASA Astronaut Shane Kimbrough wears an augmented reality headset. (Sept. 7, 2021) ©NASA Astronaut Shane Kimbrough wears an augmented reality headset. (Sept. 7, 2021) A 3D virtual reality camera that filmed Sunday’s spacewalk has been returned to the inside of…

Space men at work

If you are spacewalking and you know it, raise your hand. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet (left) and JAXA astronaut Aki Hoshide (right) performed a spacewalk on Sunday 12 September to prepare another section of the International Space Station for its…

Dynetics selected to build NASA's sustainable lunar lander

Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, has been selected to help NASA enable a steady pace of crewed trips to the Moon’s surface as part of the Artemis program’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) Appendix N. As…

Space Babes

Houston, we have a problem! Love and sex need to happen in space if we hope to travel long distances and become an interplanetary species, but space organizations are not ready. National agencies and private space companies – such as…

NASA confirms thousands of massive, ancient volcanic eruptions on Mars

Scientists found evidence that a region of northern Mars called Arabia Terra experienced thousands of “super eruptions,” the biggest volcanic eruptions known, over a 500-million-year period. Some volcanoes can produce eruptions so powerful they release oceans of dust and toxic…

Path set for commercial communications around the Moon

ESA confirmed a contract signature yesterday with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) to be the main customer for their Lunar Pathfinder satellite launching in 2024 that will provide communications services around the Moon. A whole suite of lunar exploration missions…

Visionary tech concepts could pioneer the future in Space

NASA missions make it seem like the future is now – rovers exploring Mars with cutting-edge gadgets, a spacecraft venturing home with an asteroid sample, and a complex space telescope peering at the early universe. So, what’s the next big…

SpaceX all-civilian orbital crew completes historic mission

Four SpaceX tourists returned to Earth safely on Saturday after spending three days in space, successfully concluding the first orbital mission in history with no professional astronauts on board. The SpaceX Dragon capsule, whose heat shield allowed it to withstand…

SKorea plans to launch solid-propellant space launch vehicle in 2024, Defence Ministry says

South Korea’s Institute for Defense Analyses managed to carry out successful firing tests of a solid-propellant engine for a new space launch vehicle already on 29 July, paving way for commercial launches of this type of rockets to start as…

ABL Space selected for NASA Cryogenic Demonstration Mission

ABL Space Systems announced that is has been selected as the launch provider for the NASA Cryogenic Demonstration Mission. Developed under a NASA Tipping Point contract awarded in 2020, the Cryogenic Demonstration Mission will launch in 2023 and demonstrate in-space…

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 15 September, 2021 – Robotics Support

©NASA Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide checks out a pair of Astrobee robotic free-flyers inside the Kibo laboratory module. ©NASA Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide checks out a pair of Astrobee robotic free-flyers inside the Kibo laboratory module. A variety of robotics work took…

Men may sleep worse on nights during the first half of the lunar cycle

Men’s sleep may be more powerfully influenced by the lunar cycle than women’s, according to a new study from Uppsala University, now published in the journal Science of the Total Environment. Previous studies have produced somewhat conflicting results on the…

Russian actress says 'too late' to fear ISS launch

Russian actress Yulia Peresild said Thursday it was “too late” for fear ahead of her launch into space, as Moscow races against Hollywood to film the first movie in orbit. Russia’s space agency Roscosmos is dispatching the 36-year-old screen star…

NASA awards launch services contract for GOES-U Mission

NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-U (GOES-U) mission. GOES-U will provide advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s weather, oceans, and environment, as well as real-time…

Seabirds starve in stormy 'washing machine' waves: study

Thousands of seabirds that wash up on Atlantic coasts every year could have been starved to death by cyclones that whip up “washing machine” waves, a new study says, with experts warning the phenomenon could worsen with climate change. Puffins,…

How to catch a perfect wave: scientists take a closer look inside the perfect fluid

Scientists have reported new clues to solving a cosmic conundrum: How the quark-gluon plasma – nature’s perfect fluid – evolved into matter. A few millionths of a second after the Big Bang, the early universe took on a strange new…

Australian wildfires triggered giant algal blooms thousands of miles away

The bush fires that torched Australia in 2019 and 2020 fueled massive algal blooms a few thousand miles away in the Southern Ocean, according to a new study. Between November 2019 and January 2020, wildfires across Australia burned millions of…

Mushballs stash away missing ammonia at Uranus and Neptune

Mushballs – giant, slushy hailstones made from a mixture of ammonia and water – may be responsible for an atmospheric anomaly at Neptune and Uranus that has been puzzling scientists. A study presented by Tristan Guillot at the Europlanet Science…

Synspective signs launch agreement with Exolaunch to launch 3rd SAR Satellite “StriX-1” on Soyuz-2

Synspective Inc., a SAR satellite data and analytic solution provider, announced a new Launch Agreement with a small satellite launch services provider, Exolaunch, to launch Synspective’s third demonstration SAR satellite “StriX-1” on a Soyuz-2 launch vehicle in mid-2022. The companies…

Chinese astronauts complete three-month space mission

Three Chinese astronauts have completed the country’s longest crewed mission and started their journey home on Thursday after 90 days at the Tiangong space station conducting spacewalks and scientific experiments. “The Shenzhou-12 manned spacecraft has successfully separated from the space…

How planets may be seeded with the chemicals necessary for life

Analysis of unique “fingerprints” in light emitted from material surrounding young stars has revealed “significant reservoirs” of large organic molecules necessary to form the basis of life. Dr John Ilee, Research Fellow at the University of Leeds who led the…

Enhanced BeiDou short message service displayed at int'l summit

An enhanced version of BeiDou short message service was showcased at the First International Summit on BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) Applications held in Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province, Thursday. The new technology enables two-way communication on mobile phones in…

Physicists discover black holes exert a pressure in serendipitous scientific first

Physicists at the University of Sussex have discovered that black holes exert a pressure on their environment, in a scientific first. In 1974 Stephen Hawking made the seminal discovery that black holes emit thermal radiation. Previous to that, black holes…

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