Space Exploration
Mission to Jupiter's icy moon confirmed  SCIENCE DAILY · 22 minutes
An icy ocean world in our solar system that could tell us more about the potential for life on other worlds is coming into focus with confirmation of the Europa Clipper mission's next phase. more
Study started for bacteria-free space missions  ESA · 5 hours
Bacteria grow everywhere, including inside the International Space Station. That is why ESA has selected the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) to... more
How to become a great impostor  PHYS.ORG · 5 hours
Unlike other icons who have appeared on the front of Life magazine, Ferdinand Waldo Demara was not famed as an astronaut, actor, hero or politician. In fact, his 23-year career was rather varied. He was, among... more
Europa Clipper passes key review  SPACE NEWS · 8 hours
A NASA mission to a potentially habitable moon of Jupiter has cleared a major review despite uncertainty about when, or how, it will launch. SpaceNews.com more
Earth to FEDOR: Russia launches humanoid robot into space  REUTERS · 9 hours
A Russian humanoid robot was making its way on Thursday to the International Space Station after blasting off... more
Russia sends its first humanoid robot Fedor into space  PHYS.ORG · 9 hours
Russia on Thursday launched an unmanned rocket carrying a life-size humanoid robot that will spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts on the International Space Station. more
Boeing spacecraft astronauts see new frontier for commercial space  REUTERS · 9 hours
A crew of veteran U.S. astronauts and aviators are training in Houston for a manned mission to the... more
Russia sends 'Fedor' its first humanoid robot into space  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
Russia on Thursday launched an unmanned rocket carrying a life-size humanoid robot that will spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts on the International Space Station. more
Spaceflight consistently affects the gut  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
A new study discovered that spaceflight -- both aboard a space shuttle or the International Space Station (ISS) -- has a consistent effect on the gut microbiome. more
Spaceflight consistently affects the gut  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
A new Northwestern University study discovered that spaceflight—both aboard a space shuttle or the International Space Station (ISS)—has a consistent effect on the gut microbiome more
Spacewalking astronauts add parking spot to space station  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Spacewalking astronauts added another parking spot to the International Space Station on Wednesday. more
MAXI J1621–501 is a low-mass X-ray binary, study finds  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
An international team of astronomers has uncovered important insights about the recently discovered transient source known as MAXI J1621–501. Results of new observations conducted with NASA's NuSTAR spacecraft indicate that... more
NASA Confirms Europa Clipper Mission  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 day
NASA’s Europa Clipper mission is moving toward completion of its final design, followed by the construction and testing of the solar-powered spacecraft and science payload. “We... more
Space Council recommendations address exploration and management concerns  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
Despite a strong public endorsement of NASA’s efforts to return humans to the moon as a step towards Mars, a... more
Space Council says NASA’s exploration programs “on track”  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
Nearly five months after directing NASA to accelerate its plans to return humans to the surface of the moon, Vice... more
Enabling longer space missions  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
The Hall thruster is a propulsion system that is often used by spacecraft engaged in longer missions. A recent study has shown how the operating lives of these systems can be further extended. more
Thomas Pesquet on a new underwater lunar adventure  ESA · 2 days
Over the next two weeks ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronaut Drew Feustel and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai will take... more
Enabling longer space missions  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing has reignited interest in space travel. However, almost any mission beyond the moon, whether manned or unmanned, will require the spacecraft to remain fully operational for at least several years. The... more
Space station's data rate increase supports future exploration  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
NASA recently doubled the rate at which data from the International Space Station returns to Earth, paving the way for similar future upgrades on Gateway, NASA's upcoming outpost in lunar orbit, and... more
All instruments onboard Rosalind Franklin rover  ESA · 2 days
The full suite of scientific instruments, including cameras that will give us our eyes on Mars, the drill that will retrieve pristine soil samples... more
Pass the basalt  ESA · 2 days
Human and robotic exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano installs the BioRock experiment on the International Space Station more
Long-Duration Spaceflight Alters Brain Connectivity: Study  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
An international team of scientists has found alterations of task-based functional brain connectivity in a group of astronauts after a long-duration spaceflight. The findings... more
A space cocktail of science, bubbles and sounds  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The International Space Station was again the stage for novel European science and routine operations during the first half of August. Plenty of action in the form of bubbles and sounds added... more
Mission to Jupiter's icy moon confirmed  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
An icy ocean world in our solar system that could tell us more about the potential for life on other worlds is coming into focus with confirmation of the Europa Clipper mission's next phase. The decision... more
Microgravity in space and its effects on the brain  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Researchers from Russia and Belgium have found that space travel that leads to microgravity situations may have a significant effect on the brains of humans. Cosmonauts who travel in space... more
Commercial crew providers prepare for fall test flights  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Boeing and SpaceX said Aug. 19 that they expect to carry out critical test flights of their commercial crew systems... more
India's Moon probe enters lunar orbit  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
India's Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft entered lunar orbit on Tuesday, executing one of the trickiest manoeuvres on its historic mission to the Moon. more
Plans detailed for first U.S. mission to land on moon since Apollo  REUTERS · 3 days
The first American spacecraft expected to land on the moon in nearly 50 years will be a robotic moon lander built by closely held... more
A space cocktail of science, bubbles and sounds  ESA · 3 days
The International Space Station was again the stage for novel European science and routine operations during the first half of... more
Robotic tool operations bring in-space refueling closer to reality  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA's Robotic Refueling Mission 3 (RRM3) completed an initial set of tool operations, bringing the idea of using water ice or methane from other worlds as fuel for spacecraft one... more
Video: Moving on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The ExoMars mission will see Rosalind Franklin the rover and its surface platform Kazachok land on the Red Planet in 2021. From fine-grained soil to large boulders and slopes, the rover has to be able to move across many types... more
About The NASA Mars Rover 2020 Trip  ASTRO WATCH · 5 days
One of the most exciting projects to be coming in only just a few short months is the NASA Mars Rover project... more
NASA picks Alabama's 'Rocket City' for lunar lander job  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NASA picked Alabama's "Rocket City" on Friday to lead development of the next moon lander for astronauts. more
Marshall selected to lead NASA human lunar lander program  SPACE NEWS · 6 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 · 6 days
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Friday said Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama will serve as headquarters for... more
Moving on Mars  ESA · 6 days
How the ExoMars rover will overcome obstacles and dunes on the Red Planet more
Robotic toolkit added to NASA's Mars 2020 rover  PHYS.ORG · 6 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 · 6 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
NASA picks Alabama site as HQ for human moon lander program: sources  REUTERS · 7 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 · 7 days
NASA's top official says the rocket expected to power the next mission to the moon is about 90 percent complete. more
Young Jupiter was smacked head-on by massive newborn planet  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
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
First DJ in space  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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
Sierra Nevada Corp. selects ULA Vulcan for Dream Chaser missions  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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
The first DJ in space  ESA · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
NASA will perform an independent review of the non-profit organization that runs the portion of the International Space... more
NASA descends on Icelandic lava field to prepare for Mars  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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 mission selects final four site candidates for asteroid sample return  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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
Space symphony  ESA · 1 week
Human and robotic exploration image of the week: ‘Space Station Earth’ makes its world premiere at Stockholm Culture Festival more
Robonaut to return to ISS  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
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
Moonquake Detectives Decode Pattern Left on Lunar Surface Jan. 3, 1975  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
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
NASA planning to keep BEAM module on ISS for the long haul  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
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
MMS Finds First Interplanetary Shock  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
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... more
Tardigrades: We're now polluting the moon with near indestructible little creatures  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An Israeli spacecraft called Beresheet almost made it to the moon in April. It took a selfie with the lunar surface in the background, but then... more
NASA's MMS finds first interplanetary shock  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
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
Bubbles in space  ESA · 2 weeks
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
AeroCube 10, jam-packed with experiments, deploys from Cygnus  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
The Aerospace Corp.’s two-satellite AeroCube 10 mission was released from the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft Aug. 7 packed with sensors... more
ULA Atlas 5 launches Air Force AEHF-5 communications satellite  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
An Atlas 5 carrying AEHF-5 lifted off at 6:13 AM EST from Space Launch Complex-41 from Cape Canaveral... more
Amid $5 billion buyout, Cobham in hot pursuit of megaconstellation work  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
SpaceNews spoke with Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions President Shawn Black to find out what’s in... 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
Download your digital edition of the SpaceNews SmallSat Show Daily  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
The Day 1 issue, published Aug. 6, features coverage of OneWeb, Arianespace, SpaceX, HawkEye 360, LeoLabs,... more
Summertime  ESA · 2 weeks
Human and robotic exploration image of the week: The International Space Station transiting the Sun more
New finds for Mars rover, seven years after landing  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's Curiosity rover has come a long way since touching down on Mars seven years ago. It has traveled a total of 13 miles (21 kilometers) and ascended 1,207 feet... more
Space travel might fry your brain, causing permanent learning and memory problems  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
During the course of a deep space mission, astronauts are routinely in various degrees of peril. Depending on which Hollywood sci-fi thrillers you choose,... more
NASA 'optometrists' verify Mars 2020 rover's 20/20 vision  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Equipped with visionary science instruments, the Mars 2020 rover underwent an "eye" exam after several cameras were installed on it. The rover contains an armada of imaging capabilities, from wide-angle landscape cameras... more
How Deep Space Travel Could Affect the Brain  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Exposure to chronic, low dose radiation -- the conditions present in deep space -- causes neural and behavioral impairments in... more
Two weeks of science and Beyond  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Over two weeks have flown by since ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano was launched to the International Space Station for his second six-month stay in orbit. His arrival, alongside NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and Roscosmos Soyuz commander... more
How deep space travel could affect the brain  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Exposure to chronic, low dose radiation -- the conditions present in deep space -- causes neural and behavioral impairments in mice, researchers report. These results highlight the pressing need to develop safety... more
Arianespace and SpaceX offering new dedicated rideshare services  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Two of the largest commercial launch providers separately announced plans Aug. 5 to provide dedicated launches of small satellites to... more
Two weeks of science and Beyond  ESA · 2 weeks
Over two weeks have flown by since ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano was launched to the International Space Station for his second six-month stay in... more
Op-ed | Two more rules for building a megaconstellation  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
While the concept of constellation is not new, the challenges connected to operating hundreds of spacecraft at the... more
Report outlines SpaceX’s plans for Starship launches from KSC  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
SpaceX plans to build facilities at the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A for launches and, eventually, landings... more
'Moving fast:' Musk's SpaceX eyes Florida for launch site for Mars rocket  REUTERS · 3 weeks
Elon Musk's SpaceX is expanding its facilities in Florida to make room for the space company's forthcoming super heavy-lift launch vehicle dubbed Starship, according... more
Kubos and Ruag partner to provide computer systems for megaconstellations  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
Open source spacecraft software developer Kubos is working with Ruag Space to offer high-performance and scalable... more
How to use graphene to help future space exploration  nanowerk · 3 weeks
Scientists have started testing novel graphene-based thermal management devices for space applications. more
Flight by Light: Mission accomplished for LightSail 2  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Mission accomplished: the Planetary Society announced Wednesday that its LightSail 2 spacecraft, which was launched last month, had successfully raised its orbit using only the power of photons from the Sun. more
First-of-its-kind study in space station seeks to find causes of major diseases  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
High above the Earth, researchers are conducting a first-of-its-kind study to help patients with Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis on the planet below. The... more
LightSail 2 spacecraft successfully demonstrates flight by light  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Years of computer simulations. Countless ground tests. They've all led up to now. The Planetary Society's crowdfunded LightSail 2 spacecraft is successfully raising its orbit solely on the power of sunlight. more
Sunbeam-sailing spacecraft deemed 'mission success' in Earth orbit  REUTERS · 3 weeks
A small crowd-funded satellite promoted by TV host and science educator Bill Nye has been propelled into a higher orbit... more
Space station cell study seeks causes of major diseases  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
High above the Earth, researchers are conducting a first-of-its-kind study to help patients with Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis on the planet below. The International Space Station experiment is looking... more
Russian spaceship brings 3 tons of supplies to space station  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
An unmanned Russian spaceship carrying tons of supplies to the International Space Station has docked with the orbiting laboratory. more
Cybersecurity test on ISS  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A compact experiment aimed at enhancing cybersecurity for future space missions is operational in Europe's Columbus module of the International Space Station, running in part on a Raspberry Pi Zero computer costing just a few euros. more
Cybersecurity test on ISS  ESA · 3 weeks
Technology image of the week: This compact experiment aimed at boosting space cybersecurity is operating on the International Space Station, using a Raspberry Pi Zero computer more
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