Space Exploration
Free-space data-carrying bendable light communications  PHYS.ORG · 19 minutes
Bendable light beams have significant applications in optical manipulation, optical imaging, routing, micromachining and nonlinear optics. Researchers have long explored curved light beams in place of traditional Gaussian beams for line-of-sight light communications. In a recent study now... more
Companies, international partners key to future lunar exploration  SPACE NEWS · 14 hours
Entrepreneurs and international government agencies will play important roles in NASA’s future lunar exploration, according to speakers at the 2019... more
Musk's satellite project testing encrypted internet with military planes  REUTERS · 15 hours
The Air Force is using SpaceX's fledgling satellite network to test encrypted internet services for a number of... more
SpaceX plans to start offering Starlink broadband services in 2020  SPACE NEWS · 16 hours
The goal is to complete six to eight Starlink launches to get sufficient coverage to start... more
New era of locally-sourced resources in space  ESA · 21 hours
This month space experts from all over the world convened in Luxembourg for the first Space Resources Week to discuss how best... more
The ongoing search for habitable exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 24 hours
A balmy Florida evening, and my family and I stood on Cocoa Beach, looking northward toward the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. We were part of a seaside crowd gathered to witness the launch of NASA's... more
All-female spacewalk duo set sights on Moon  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
What's even better than venturing out into the vacuum of space? Landing on the Moon, according to US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, the first all-female duo to conduct a spacewalk. more
Space agencies endorse continued cooperation in lunar exploration  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
Leaders of several national space agencies endorsed continued cooperation in space exploration, including missions to the moon, and said that... more
Lucy mission completes critical design review  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The Lucy mission led by Southwest Research Institute is one step closer to its 2021 launch to explore the Trojan asteroids, a population of ancient small bodies that share an orbit with Jupiter. With the successful... more
Female spacewalking duo uplifted by excitement below  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The astronauts who took part in the first all-female spacewalk are still uplifted by all the excitement down on Earth. more
Space mice and robots among latest science heading into space from Wallops Island  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Space mice, radiation vests, robotic avatars and recycling polymers for 3-D printers are among the science experiments bound for the International Space... more
Pence calls for American-led cooperation in space exploration  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
Vice President Mike Pence told an international audience that the United States intends to lead in space but seeks cooperation... more
Airstream, Boeing unveil new astronaut transfer vehicle  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
Airstream, maker of the iconic “silver bullet” travel trailer, unveiled Astrovan II, an eight-seat transport vehicle Boeing will use to transport commercial... more
Made In Space to launch commercial recycler to space station  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
Made In Space announced plans Oct. 21 to send a plastic recycling facility to the International... more
Analysis of Galileo’s Jupiter Entry Probe Reveals Gaps in Heat Shield Modeling  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
The entry probe of the Galileo mission to Jupiter entered the planet's atmosphere in 1995 in fiery fashion. As the probe descended from Mach... more
Report calls for changes in planetary protection policies  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
An independent report is calling on NASA to update decades’ old planetary protection policies to reflect changing knowledge of solar... more
NASA's planetary protection review addresses changing reality of space exploration  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
NASA released a report Friday with recommendations from the Planetary Protection Independent Review Board (PPIRB) the agency established in response to a recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering,... more
Mars 2020 unwrapped and ready for testing  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
In this time-lapse video, taken on Oct. 4, 2019, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, bunny-suited engineers remove the inner layer of protective antistatic foil on the Mars 2020 rover after the... more
NASA astronauts complete repairs on historic spacewalk  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
Two NASA astronauts successfully replaced a faulty battery charger during the agency’s first all-female spacewalk Oct. 18, an event that at times... more
NASA Astronauts Make History with 1st All-Female Spacewalk  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
Today (Oct. 18), NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir embarked on the first spacewalk in history to be completed by a team of all women. more
US makes history with first all-female spacewalk  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir on Friday became the first all-female pairing to carry out a spacewalk—a historic milestone as NASA prepares to send the first woman to the Moon. more
First all-female spacewalking team makes history  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The world's first all-female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, replacing a broken part of the International Space Station's power grid. more
World's 1st female spacewalking team makes history  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The world's first female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, floating out of the International Space Station to fix a broken part of the power network. more
U.S. astronauts embark on the first all-female spacewalk  REUTERS · 5 days
U.S. astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made history on Friday when they stepped outside the International Space Station (ISS)... more
ESA welcomes Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister  ESA · 5 days
Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider paid a special visit to ESA’s astronaut centre in Cologne, Germany today where he expressed commitment to strengthening... more
The 1st All-Female Spacewalk Happening Today. Here's How to Watch It Live  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are scheduled to begin the first-ever all-female spacewalk today (Oct. 18) at around 7:50 a.m. EDT (1150... more
Mars InSight's 'mole' is moving again  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NASA's InSight spacecraft has used its robotic arm to help its heat probe, known as "the mole," dig nearly 2 centimeters (3/4 of an inch) over the past week. While modest, the movement is significant: Designed... more
Near-Earth asteroids spectroscopic survey at the Isaac Newton telescope  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The study of near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) is driven by both scientific and practical reasons. Because of their proximity to our planet, they can provide key information regarding the delivery of... more
HiRISE views NASA's InSight and Curiosity on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recently sent home eye-catching views of the agency's InSight lander and its Curiosity rover. more
Japan to participate in U.S. moon landing plan: Kyodo  REUTERS · 6 days
Japan has decided to participate in a U.S. plan for putting astronauts back on the moon by 2024... more
SpaceX seeking many more satellites for space-based internet grid  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
SpaceX wants spectrum access for nearly four times as many satellites as originally planned for its high-speed internet constellation, the company and a UN agency confirmed Wednesday. more
New high-mass X-ray binary detected in the Large Magellanic Cloud  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Using ESA's XMM-Newton spacecraft, an international team of astronomers has discovered a new, very young high-mass X-ray binary (HMXB) in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). The newly found... more
Robotic spiders to explore the moon  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
There is no doubt that one of the hallmarks of the modern space age is that it is becoming increasingly democratic. In addition to more space agencies entering the fray, private aerospace companies are contributing like... more
Sierra Nevada ready to complete assembly of first Dream Chaser spacecraft  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) says it’s ready to proceed into final assembly and testing... more
NASA unveils flexible, one-size-fits-all space suits  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Bye bye to bunny hops: when US astronauts next touch down on the Moon, expect them to walk almost as they do on Earth, thanks to a new generation of spacesuits offering key advantages over those... more
NASA unveils new spacesuit prototypes for missions   REUTERS · 1 week
NASA on Tuesday showed off two new spacesuits tailored for future moonwalking astronauts, signaling development of a crucial component to the space... more
NASA reshuffles spacewalk schedule after hardware failure  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
NASA will postpone the remainder of an ongoing series of spacewalks at the International Space Station to upgrade batteries for its power... more
NASA moves up 1st all-female spacewalk to fix power unit  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA is moving up the first all-female spacewalk to this week because of a power system failure at the International Space Station. more
Analysis of Galileo's Jupiter entry probe reveals gaps in heat shield modeling  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The entry probe of the Galileo mission to Jupiter entered the planet's atmosphere in 1995 in fiery fashion. As the probe descended from Mach... more
Analysis of Galileo's Jupiter entry probe reveals gaps in heat shield modeling  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The entry probe of the Galileo mission to Jupiter entered the planet's atmosphere in 1995 in fiery fashion, generating enough heat to cause plasma... more
SpaceX submits paperwork for 30,000 more Starlink satellites  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
The FCC, on SpaceX’s behalf, submitted 20 filings to the ITU for 1,500 satellites apiece in various low Earth orbits,... more
Astronaut organization seeks role advising Artemis  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
An organization of current and former space travelers is offering its expertise to NASA as the agency works towards a “quite aggressive” goal of... more
Russia bids farewell to first man who walked in space  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Hundreds of people including Russian and US astronauts and top officials bid farewell Tuesday to Alexei Leonov, a legendary Soviet cosmonaut who was the first man to perform... more
Emirati astronaut returns home to hero's welcome  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An Emirati astronaut who became the first Arab to reach the International Space Station received a hero's welcome home on Saturday. more
Alexei Leonov, the first spacewalker, passes away  ESA · 2 weeks
Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first person to conduct a spacewalk, passed away on 11 October, aged 85. more
Astroscale, ClearSpace aim to make a bundle removing debris  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Within a year, Astroscale plans to begin a complex series of demonstrations to show the startup’s spacecraft can... more
NASA considering purchase of additional Soyuz seats  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
NASA expects to buy at least one more Soyuz seat from Russia to provide assured access to the International Space Station should... more
Lunar Water Ice May Have Multiple Sources, Researchers Say  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Lunar orbiters such as India’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft and NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) recently detected water icy on... more
Clock ticks as SpaceX builds craft for NASA  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Two weeks ago, the head of NASA seemed sick of waiting for SpaceX and Boeing Co. to finish developing the capsules that are supposed to carry U.S. astronauts to and from the... more
Pence added to IAC 2019 opening ceremony  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to speak during the opening ceremony of the 70th International Astronautical Congress here Oct. 21,... more
NRL launches space weather instrument on NASA satellite  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) instrument aboard NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite will deliver unprecedented information to help scientists investigate how both terrestrial and solar weather impact the ionosphere, the... more
First man to conduct spacewalk, Alexei Leonov, dies  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Alexei Leonov, a Soviet-era cosmonaut who was the first man to conduct a spacewalk in 1965, died in Moscow on Friday aged 85 after a long illness. more
First man to conduct spacewalk, Alexei Leonov, has died: assistant  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Alexei Leonov, a Soviet-era cosmonaut who was the first man to conduct a spacewalk in 1965, died Friday in Moscow aged 85, his assistant said. more
NASA administrator explains Twitter spat with SpaceX  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Thursday that a recent Twitter statement critical of SpaceX was a signal to all the space agency's contractors about realistic development timelines. more
Artificial meat is now made in space, coming to a supermarket near you  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Creating meat from cells is no longer the realm of science fiction: a Russian cosmonaut did it aboard the International Space Station,... more
NASA and SpaceX hope for manned mission to ISS in early 2020  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
SpaceX could launch US astronauts to the International Space Station as early as next year if tests on the company's long-delayed Crew Dragon capsule... more
NASA launches satellite to explore where air meets space  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA launched a satellite on Thursday night to explore the mysterious, dynamic region where air meets space. more
NASA aims for first manned SpaceX mission in first-quarter 2020  REUTERS · 2 weeks
SpaceX's Crew Dragon astronaut capsule will be ready for its first manned test flight into orbit... more
Manned SpaceX mission will happen in first quarter of 2020: NASA boss  REUTERS · 2 weeks
NASA boss Jim Bridenstine said on Thursday that the first manned mission into orbit by SpaceX's Crew Dragon would take place in the first... more
Luca powers up for a spacewalk  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano is preparing to step out into space for his first spacewalk of the Beyond mission. more
Luca powers up for a spacewalk  ESA · 2 weeks
European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano is preparing to step out into space for his first spacewalk of the Beyond mission. more
Reflecting on deep space  ESA · 2 weeks
Operations image of the week: This 32-metre antenna is undergoing an important transformation. Soon, it will be ready to communicate with spacecraft across deep space more
Call for innovation to advance Europe’s lab in space  ESA · 2 weeks
The International Space Station is open for business and ESA is calling on industry to help extend the... more
Boeing, SpaceX press towards commercial crew test flights this year  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Boeing expects to carry out a pad abort test for its CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle... more
Astronauts and citizens team up against light pollution  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
For an astronaut looking out of the International Space Station windows, city lights are brighter than the stars. To tackle light pollution citizen scientists are urged to help map out the problem... more
'One small nibble for man': 3-D printer makes meat in space  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The prospect of astronauts tucking into a roast dinner has grown slightly closer after a successful experiment used a 3D printer to create meat on the... more
Researchers Measure Pressure in Solar System’s Heliosheath  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Using data from NASA’s Voyager spacecraft, a team of scientists has calculated the total pressure from particles in the outer region of... more
Exoplanet explorers  ESA · 2 weeks
Watch Nobel laureate Michel Mayor’s seminar about exoplanets Thursday 10:30–11:30 CEST live from ESA’s European Space Astronomy Centre more
Northrop Grumman’s satellite servicer MEV-1, Eutelsat satellite, launch on ILS Proton  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
An International Launch Services Proton rocket carried Northrop Grumman’s first satellite-servicing spacecraft and a... more
Astronauts and citizens team up against light pollution  ESA · 2 weeks
For an astronaut looking out of the International Space Station windows, city lights are brighter than the stars. To tackle... more
SpaceX says rideshare missions will launch on time, even if partly empty  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
SpaceX plans to launch regular Falcon 9 rideshare missions starting in March and won’t delay launches for tardy customers, a company executive said Oct.... more
Kepler books Soyuz for first two service-grade satellites   SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
As it explores changes to its constellation orbit and spacecraft design, Kepler Communications on Oct. 7 said it nonetheless secured... more
Putin bestows award for courage on U.S. astronaut who survived rocket failure  REUTERS · 2 weeks
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday bestowed a prestigious state award for courage on Nick Hague, the U.S. astronaut who survived a botched space... more
Closed water loop  ESA · 2 weeks
Human and robotic exploration image of the week: A closed-loop toilet system demonstrates space technology at ESA Open Day in the Netherlands more
Controlling robots across oceans and space  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
This Autumn is seeing a number of experiments controlling robots from afar, with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano directing a robot in The Netherlands and engineers in Germany controlling a rover in Canada. more
NASA looks to support development of commercial space stations  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
As NASA releases a draft solicitation to support development of commercial space stations, a former agency administrator is... more
Russia bestows medal on US astronaut in failed launch  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Russia has decorated NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who survived an aborted space launch last year, with one of its highest honours, the Order of Courage, a Kremlin decree said on... more
Industry weighs government’s role in satellite servicing  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
With the first commercial satellite servicing spacecraft about to launch, industry executives argue that government agencies, primarily seen as developers of key... more
Kepler books Soyuz for first two operational satellites   SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
WASHINGTON — As it explores changes to its constellation orbit and spacecraft design, Kepler Communications on Oct. 7 said it... more
Artemis, meet ARTEMIS: Pursuing Sun science at the moon  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
By 2024, NASA will land astronauts, including the first woman and next man, on the Moon as part of the Artemis lunar exploration program. This won't be the first time... more
Elon Musk Doesn't Know Where the Aliens Are (So, Stop Asking)  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
At a recent event in Boca Chica, Texas, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirms that, to his knowledge, we haven't yet discovered aliens. more
Curiosity rover finds an ancient oasis on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
If you could travel back in time 3.5 billion years, what would Mars look like? The picture is evolving among scientists working with NASA's Curiosity rover. more
NASA's Curiosity Rover finds an ancient oasis on Mars  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
If you could travel back in time 3.5 billion years, what would Mars look like? The picture is evolving among scientists working with NASA's Curiosity rover. more
Deep learning used to create virtual 'super instrument'  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Scientist describe a new algorithm that combines the capabilities of two spacecraft instruments, which could result in lower cost and higher efficiency space missions. The virtual 'super instrument,' is a computer algorithm... more
Open Day in images  ESA · 2 weeks
On 6 October, 9 159 people visited ESA's technical heart in the Netherlands to meet astronauts, space scientists and engineers more
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