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About The NASA Mars Rover 2020 Trip  ASTRO WATCH · 21 hours
One of the most exciting projects to be coming in only just a few short months is the NASA Mars Rover project... more
China state agency successfully launches rocket for commercial use: CCTV  REUTERS · 1 day
A Chinese government space agency successfully launched on Saturday its first rocket meant for commercial use,... more
NASA picks Alabama's 'Rocket City' for lunar lander job  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
NASA picked Alabama's "Rocket City" on Friday to lead development of the next moon lander for astronauts. more
APT Satellite nets $21 million from Apstar-6 insurance claim, next satellite delayed  SPACE NEWS · 1 day
APT Satellite says it has received $21 million in insurance payments for the partial failure of the Apstar-6 communications satellite in May 2018.  SpaceNews.com more
Marshall selected to lead NASA human lunar lander program  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center will manage the agency’s efforts to develop a lander needed to achieve the... more
NASA chief announces Alabama facility as moon spacecraft headquarters  REUTERS · 2 days
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Friday said Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama will serve as headquarters for... more
Tiny GPS backpacks uncover the secret life of desert bats  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
A new study using miniaturized satellite-based tags revealed that during drier periods desert bats must fly further and longer to fulfill their nightly needs. According to researchers this... more
Space samples link NASA's Apollo 11 and Mars 2020  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
On July 24, 1969, Apollo 11 command module Columbia splashed down in the Pacific, fulfilling President Kennedy's goal to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to... more
Image: Hubble's portrait of star's gaseous glow  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Although it looks more like an entity seen through a microscope than a telescope, this rounded object, named NGC 2022, is certainly not algae or tiny, blobby jellyfish. Instead, it is a vast orb... more
Robotic toolkit added to NASA's Mars 2020 rover  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The bit carousel—a mechanism that will play a key role in the acquisition, containment and eventual return to Earth of humanity's first samples from another planet—has been incorporated into NASA's Mars 2020... more
NASA selects proposals to demonstrate smallSat technologies to study interplanetary space  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
NASA has selected two proposals to demonstrate small satellite technologies to improve science observations in deep space, which could help NASA develop better models to predict... more
Air Force soliciting bids for small, medium satellite launch program  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
OSP-4 is designed to accommodate payloads greater than 400 lbs. The Air Force projects it will... more
NASA picks Alabama site as HQ for human moon lander program: sources  REUTERS · 2 days
The head of NASA is set to announce plans on Friday to name the U.S. space agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama as... more
Top NASA official gets look at next moon rocket  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA's top official says the rocket expected to power the next mission to the moon is about 90 percent complete. more
NASA pinpointed tropical storm Krosa's strength before Japan landfall  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA's Aqua satellite provided forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center with infrared data and cloud top temperature information for Tropical Storm Krosa as it was making landfall in southern... more
Moon glows brighter than sun in images from NASA's Fermi  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
If our eyes could see gamma rays, the Moon would appear brighter than the Sun! That's how NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has seen our neighbor in space... more
Moon glows brighter than sun in images from NASA's Fermi  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
If our eyes could see high-energy radiation called gamma rays, the Moon would appear brighter than the Sun! That's how NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has seen our... more
Young Jupiter was smacked head-on by massive newborn planet  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
A colossal, head-on collision between Jupiter and a still-forming planet in the early solar system, about 4.5 billion years ago, could explain surprising readings from NASA's Juno spacecraft, according to... more
To boldly go, again!  ESA · 3 days
The award-winning Space Rocks returns to the indigo at The O2 in London on 21 September for another celebration of space science and engineering, along with the art,... more
NASA scientists fly over Greenland to track melting ice  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA scientists are crisscrossing Greenland on a mission to track melting ice. more
Conceptual design ready for PLATO telescope simulator  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research designs and builds a space simulator to test and calibrate eight out of twenty-six cameras for ESA's next exoplanet hunter telescope, PLATO. The conceptual design is now complete.... more
Three new Beta Cephei stars detected  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Using NASA's prolonged Kepler mission, known as K2, astronomers have identified three new Beta Cephei stars. The newly found trio is an important addition to the still short list of known stars of this type. The... more
First DJ in space  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano made space (and music) history on 13 August when he broadcast the first DJ music set from orbit, performing to an audience of over 3000 people as part of the BigCityBeats WORLD CLUB DOME Cruise Edition. more
Virgin Galactic unveiling mission control for space tourism  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. more
Sierra Nevada Corp. selects ULA Vulcan for Dream Chaser missions  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Sierra Nevada Corp. announced Aug. 14 that it will use United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan launch vehicle... more
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Had Tiny, Temporary Moon  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
Astrophotographer Jacint Roger has spotted a small object in a sequence of images of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft on October 21, 2015.... more
Young Jupiter was smacked head-on by massive newborn planet  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A colossal, head-on collision between Jupiter and a still-forming planet in the early solar system, about 4.5 billion years ago, could explain surprising readings from NASA's Juno spacecraft, according to... more
NASA follows tropical storm Krosa's approach to landfall in southern Japan  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite shows that Tropical Storm Krosa contains powerful thunderstorms with heavy rain capabilities as it moves toward landfall in southern Japan.... more
First DJ in space  ESA · 4 days
In partnership with Big City Beats, ESA's Luca Parmitano rocks Ibiza from orbit more
The first DJ in space  ESA · 4 days
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano made space (and music) history on 13 August when he broadcast the first DJ music set from orbit, performing to an audience... more
'Interplanetary Shock' Seen for 1st Time  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
A team of four NASA spacecraft finally caught sight of a phenomenon scientists have been hunting for years: an interplanetary shock. more
NASA to seek independent review of ISS National Laboratory  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
NASA will perform an independent review of the non-profit organization that runs the portion of the International Space... more
NASA selects proposals to further study the fundamental nature of space  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
NASA has selected two proposals for concept studies that could help us better understand the fundamental nature of space and how it changes in response to... more
NASA descends on Icelandic lava field to prepare for Mars  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
To prepare for the next mission to Mars in 2020, NASA has taken to the lava fields of Iceland to get its new robotic space explorer ready for... more
NASA studies how arctic wildfires change the world  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Wildfires in the Arctic often burn far away from populated areas, but their impacts are felt around the globe. From field and laboratory work to airborne campaigns and satellites, NASA is studying... more
NASA finds Henriette fading  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Infrared imagery from NASA's Terra satellite found just a few scattered areas of cold clouds in the Eastern Pacific Ocean's Tropical Depression Henriette on August 13. more
NASA sees wide center in tropical storm Krosa  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and captured a good shot of the wide, ragged center of circulation in Tropical Storm Krosa. more
Spitzer Spots Perfect Edge-On Galaxy: NGC 5866  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
NASA has released a stunning infrared image taken by the agency’s Spitzer Space Telescope of a lenticular galaxy called NGC 5866. NGC... more
NASA's Spitzer spies a perfectly sideways galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope might look like a lightsaber floating in space, but it's actually an entire galaxy viewed on its side. more
One year, two trips around sun for NASA's Parker Solar Probe  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Since NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched on Aug. 12, 2018, Earth has made a single trip around the sun—while the daring solar explorer is well into... more
NASA mission selects final four site candidates for asteroid sample return  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
After months grappling with the rugged reality of asteroid Bennu's surface, the team leading NASA's first asteroid sample return mission has selected four potential sites for... more
Image: Small object spotted orbiting 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Last week marked five years since ESA's Rosetta probe arrived at its target, a comet named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (or 67P/C-G). Tomorrow, 13 August, it will be four years since the comet, escorted by Rosetta, reached its perihelion—the... more
Space symphony  ESA · 5 days
Human and robotic exploration image of the week: ‘Space Station Earth’ makes its world premiere at Stockholm Culture Festival more
'Mad' Flat-Earther's Steam Rocket Launch Grounded by Bad Water Heater Bought on Craigslist  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
"Mad" Mike Hughes will have to wait until this weekend to launch after having issues with the water heater for his steam-powered... more
Robonaut to return to ISS  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
As Russia prepares to launch an experimental humanoid robot to the International Space Station later this month, a similar NASA robot is being readied for a... more
NASA-NOAA satellite views massive Tropical Storm Krosa  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Tropical Storm Krosa is a large tropical cyclone. When NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean, it captured a visible image of the massive storm. more
Moonquake Detectives Decode Pattern Left on Lunar Surface Jan. 3, 1975  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 days
It seems that at some point after astronauts visited the moon, a powerful moonquake sent boulders tumbling across the lunar surface. Here's what they tell us. more
ESA confirms second ExoMars parachute test failure  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
The European Space Agency said Aug. 12 that another test of the parachutes that will be used on the ExoMars 2020 lander... more
NASA measures rain rate in tiny Tropical Storm Henrietta  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Tiny Tropical Storm Henrietta is the newest addition to the tropical cyclone line-up in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The storm developed early on Aug. 12 and soon after the GPM... more
NASA finds deadly Lekima's remnants over China  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and captured a visible picture of the remnant clouds of deadly former Typhoon Lekima over eastern China. more
Hubble Captures Beautiful Planetary Nebula Image  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced a stunning image of NGC 2022, a vast orb of gas in space, cast off by an... more
NASA planning to keep BEAM module on ISS for the long haul  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
An experimental module added to the International Space Station three years ago to test expandable module technologies has been cleared to remain on the... more
Hubble's New Portrait of Jupiter  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
This new Hubble Space Telescope view of Jupiter, taken on June 27, 2019, reveals the giant planet's trademark Great Red Spot, and a more intense color... more
Chinese space startup revs up for reusable rocket race  REUTERS · 1 week
Chinese startup LinkSpace on Saturday completed its third test of a reusable rocket in five months, stepping up... more
NASA gives Typhoon Lekima a twice-over with the Aqua satellite  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA's Aqua satellite provided infrared and visible views of Typhoon Lekima as it was approaching landfall in China. China has posted Typhoon and Heavy Rain Warnings for Lekima. more
NASA's MMS finds first interplanetary shock  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
NASA's MMS mission just made the first high-resolution measurements of an interplanetary shockwave launched from the Sun. more
NASA's Aqua Satellite finds a large ragged eye in Typhoon Krosa  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Typhoon Krosa is a large storm moving through the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite revealed that the large typhoon also has... more
Hubble Snaps Super-Sharp Image of Jupiter  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope obtained a detailed image of Jupiter on June 27, 2019, when the gas giant was approximately 400 million miles... more
Asteroid's features to be named after mythical birds  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Working with NASA's OSIRIS-REx team, the International Astronomical Union's Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN) approved the theme "birds and bird-like creatures in mythology" for naming surface features on asteroid (101955)... more
Op-ed | Is AI key to the survival of satcoms?  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
As the world becomes more connected, many don’t see a need for satellite, yet we must... more
Astronomers Discover Vast Ancient Galaxies, Which Could Shed Light on Dark Matter  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Astronomers used the combined power of multiple astronomical observatories around the world and in space to discover a treasure-trove of previously unknown ancient massive... more
OneWeb disputes Virgin Orbit lawsuit, says LauncherOne is too expensive  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Megaconstellation startup OneWeb asked a court to dismiss a June lawsuit by Virgin Orbit, claiming that... more
Virgin Orbit offers vision of responsive smallsat constellation launch  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
As Virgin Orbit prepares to attempt its first orbital launch later this year, the company is offering a... more
Hubble showcases new portrait of Jupiter  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals the intricate, detailed beauty of Jupiter's clouds in this new image taken on 27 June 2019. It features the planet's trademark Great Red Spot and a more intense colour palette... more
Typhoon Krosa follows leader Supertyphoon Lekima  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NOAA-NASA's Suomi NPP satellite captured this image using NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Worldview application on Aug. 08, 2019 and it shows Supertyphoon Lekima heading towards the coast of China as Typhoon Krosa... more
Lekima becomes Supertyphoon, heading towards Eastern China  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA's Aqua satellite captured this infrared image of Supertyphoon Lekima as it tracked 214 nautical miles southwest of Okinawa, Japan.  Tropical cyclone warning signal #1 is in force for the Luzon provinces of Batanes... more
NASA's MMS finds first interplanetary shock  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The Magnetospheric Multiscale mission—MMS—has spent the past four years using high-resolution instruments to see what no other spacecraft can. Recently, MMS made the first high-resolution measurements of an interplanetary shock. more
Evidence found for cloaked black hole in early universe  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A group of astronomers, including Penn State scientists, has announced the likely discovery of a highly obscured black hole existing only 850 million years after the Big Bang, using NASA's... more
Hubble's new portrait of Jupiter  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new Hubble Space Telescope view of Jupiter reveals the giant planet's trademark Great Red Spot, and a more intense color palette in the clouds swirling in Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere than seen in previous years. more
U.S. military is eager to take advantage of smallsats at scale if price is right  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
The U.S. military is eager to take advantage of small satellite constellations if the technology proves it can... more
Bubbles in space  ESA · 1 week
Bubbles are soon to be made in space as part of an experiment that combines scientific insight with an objectively cool process on International Space Station.    The Reference mUltiscale... more
Exolaunch qualifies, begins selling microsatellite separation system  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
German launch services provider Exolaunch sees strong demand for the microsatellite separation system, CarboNIX, it qualified on the July 5 Soyuz rideshare... more
What happened to the promise of hosted payloads? It’s complicated.  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
When the U.S. Air Force selected 14 companies in July 2014 to help the government launch... more
NASA seeking proposals for cubesats on second SLS launch  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
NASA is soliciting proposals to fly cubesats on the second flight of its Space Launch System, even as... more
MEDLI2 installation on Mars 2020 aeroshell begins  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Hardware installed onto NASA's Mars 2020 entry vehicle this week will help to increase the safety of future Mars landings. more
ULA Atlas 5 launches Air Force AEHF-5 communications satellite  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
An Atlas 5 carrying AEHF-5 lifted off at 6:13 AM EST from Space Launch Complex-41 from Cape Canaveral... more
Dark meets light on Mars  ESA · 1 week
ESA’s Mars Express has captured the cosmic contrast of Terra Cimmeria, a region in the southern highlands of Mars marked by impact craters, water-carved valleys, and... more
Vector Launch awarded its first U.S. Air Force mission  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
The ASLON-45 space vehicle manifest will consist of multiple 3U and larger U.S. government cubesats to low earth... more
FCC’s streamlined licensing rules seen as boon for smallsat industry  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s streamlined licensing rules for small satellites sailed through a vote Aug.... more
Philippines on alert with Typhoon Lekima  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Lekima is now a typhoon and has triggered warnings in the Philippines. NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and provided a visible image of the storm that shows a clear eye. more
NASA catches transitioning Tropical Storm Francisco near Korean Peninsula  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Sea of Japan and provided forecasters with a visible image of Tropical Storm Francisco as it was transitioning into an extra-tropical cyclone. more
Use of emotional support animals growing in popularity  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Animals can provide emotional support to humans. Emotional Support Animals (ESA) are gaining popularity across the globe, and today, they’re showing up more in places that were previously labeled as animal-free. more
Orbex wins launch contract from In-Space Missions  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Orbex, a United Kingdom-based small launch vehicle developer, announced Aug. 7 that another British company, In-Space Missions, awarded it a contract for... more
Israel's Amos-17 satellite enroute to target orbit after SpaceX launch  REUTERS · 2 weeks
Space Communication said on Wednesday its Amos-17 communications satellite was launched into space and was enroute... more
Rocket Lab plans reusable booster for satellite launches  REUTERS · 2 weeks
Small-satellite launch firm Rocket Lab announced on Tuesday a plan to recover the core booster of its Electron rocket using... more
SpaceX launches Amos-17 satellite for Spacecom  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
SpaceX launched a communications satellite for Israeli satellite operator Spacecom Aug. 6 on an expendable Falcon 9 mission.  SpaceNews.com more
Rocket Lab to attempt to reuse Electron first stage  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Rocket Lab announced Aug. 6 it will attempt to recover the first stage of its Electron small launch... more
Satellites for Intelsat, European lasercomm launch on Arianespace rocket  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
The Ariane 5 took off at 3:30 p.m. Eastern from Europe’s Guiana Space Center in South America, carrying... more
EDRS-C launched!  ESA · 2 weeks
Ariane 5 lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana to place the second EDRS satellite in its planned orbit more
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The second satellite to join the constellation that forms the European Data Relay System (EDRS) has been successfully launched. The satellite was launched on board an Ariane 5 from Europe’s... more
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