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Space agencies endorse continued cooperation in lunar exploration  SPACE NEWS · 1 hour
Leaders of several national space agencies endorsed continued cooperation in space exploration, including missions to the moon, and said that... more
Surveying Solar Storms by Ancient Assyrian Astronomers  ASTRO WATCH · 2 hours
A research team led by the University of Tsukuba combined observations from ancient cuneiform tablets that mention unusual red skies with radioisotope... more
NASA catches short-lived Tropical Storm Priscilla's landfall in Mexico  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
Tropical Storm Priscilla was short-lived because it formed on Sunday, Oct. 20 very close to the coast of western Mexico and made landfall that same day. NASA's Terra satellite provided... more
Chandra Sheds New Light on Tycho’s Supernova Remnant  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 hours
X-ray images of Tycho’s supernova remnant (Tycho’s SNR) show a pattern of bright clumps and fainter holes. By comparing new... more
NASA finds a transitioning Tropical Storm Neoguri  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean on Oct. 21 and captured a visible image of Tropical Storm Neoguri. Satellite imagery revealed that the storm is becoming extra-tropical. more
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope clears critical sunshield deployment testing  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
The sunshield for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has passed a test critical to preparing the observatory for its 2021 launch. Technicians and engineers fully deployed and tensioned... more
Lucy mission completes critical design review  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
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
NASA finds Typhoon Bualoi rapidly intensified  PHYS.ORG · 5 hours
Typhoon Bualoi rapidly intensified over 24 hours and quickly developed an eye and powerful thunderstorms.On Oct. 21, the eye of Typhoon Bualoi was just over 50 miles from the island of Saipan when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP... more
Boeing marketing its small GEO satellite to international governments  SPACE NEWS · 6 hours
Potential customers include partner countries of the U.S. government's WGS constellation. SpaceNews.com more
The 1st Human on Mars May Be a Woman, NASA Chief Says  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 hours
It won't be long before we see the first woman on Mars, and she just might beat the first man there, NASA Administrator Jim... more
Boeing marketing its small GEO satellite to national governments  SPACE NEWS · 6 hours
Potential customers include partner countries of the U.S. government's WGS constellation. SpaceNews.com more
Armoring satellites to survive and operate through attacks  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
Satellites do a lot of things—they help people navigate from one place to another, they deliver television programming, they search for new stars and exo-planets and they enable the U.S. nuclear deterrence... more
Biodiversity of insects modeled from space satellite data  SCIENCE DAILY · 8 hours
With freely available radar data from satellites, biodiversity in forests can be analysed very well. Researchers now report that biodiversity even of tiny insects can be reliably modeled from space. more
Astronomers investigate IRAS 09002-473 cluster, find hundreds of probable member stars  PHYS.ORG · 10 hours
Using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers from Pennsylvania State University (PSU) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have investigated IRAS 09002-473, an embedded cluster of... more
Solar orbiter ready to depart Europe  PHYS.ORG · 10 hours
ESA's Solar Orbiter mission has completed its test campaign in Europe and is now being packed ready for its journey to Cape Canaveral at the end of this month, ahead of launch in February 2020. more
Airstream, Boeing unveil new astronaut transfer vehicle  SPACE NEWS · 10 hours
Airstream, maker of the iconic “silver bullet” travel trailer, unveiled Astrovan II, an eight-seat transport vehicle Boeing will use to transport commercial... more
Forests on the radar  PHYS.ORG · 10 hours
With freely available radar data from satellites, biodiversity in forests can be analysed very well. In Nature Communications, researchers report that biodiversity even of tiny insects can be reliably modeled from space. more
The rotation of Venus  PHYS.ORG · 11 hours
Venus is covered in a thick layer of clouds, one reason that it appears so bright in the sky. Ancient astronomers had a good idea of what (since Copernicus) we know as its orbital period; the modern measurement is that... more
Emerging cracks in the Pine Island Glacier  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
The Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites have revealed new cracks, or rifts, in the Pine Island Glacier—one of the primary ice arteries in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The two large rifts were first... more
NASA map reveals a new landslide risk factor  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
In the deadly 2018 earthquake in the Indonesian city of Palu, intense shaking changed solid ground into a landslide of flowing mud, multiplying the death toll and economic impact. A new paper... more
Island afire  ESA · 14 hours
Technology image of the week: ESA’s Proba-V catches smoke plumes rising from the island of Borneo more
Hubble Observes Dwarf Spiral: IC 4653  SCI-NEWS.COM · 14 hours
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken a beautiful picture of the dwarf spiral galaxy IC 4653. IC 4653 is located approximately 80 million... more
Japan to join Artemis program  SPACE NEWS · 21 hours
The Japanese government plans to join NASA in its Artemis program of lunar exploration, although the details about how it will contribute remain to be worked... more
Defense Innovation Unit seeks stealthy satellite antennas, handheld navigation devices  SPACE NEWS · 1 day
DIU wants to 'make the process easy for companies that don't have time to answer traditional... more
China's next commercial rockets to make test flights in 2020, 2021: Xinhua  REUTERS · 2 days
China will launch test flights for the next two space rockets in its Smart Dragon series meant for commercial use in 2020 and 2021,... more
Report calls for changes in planetary protection policies  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
An independent report is calling on NASA to update decades’ old planetary protection policies to reflect changing knowledge of solar... more
Soil on Moon and Mars Likely to Support Crops  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
Researchers at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands have produced crops in Mars and Moon soil simulant... more
NASA's planetary protection review addresses changing reality of space exploration  PHYS.ORG · 3 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 · 3 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-NOAA satellite finds overshooting tops, gravity waves in Tropical Storm Nestor  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided night-time and infrared views of developing Tropical Storm Nestor in the Gulf of Mexico and found over-shooting cloud tops and gravity... more
NASA astronauts complete repairs on historic spacewalk  SPACE NEWS · 3 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
Firefly partners with Aerojet Rocketdyne, mulls AR1 engine for Beta launch vehicle  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Firefly Aerospace on Oct. 18 said it is collaborating with Aerojet Rocketdyne to increase the performance of its upcoming Alpha launch vehicle, and is... more
NASA Astronauts Make History with 1st All-Female Spacewalk  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 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 · 3 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
NASA-NOAA satellite observes development of Tropical Storm Octave  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided infrared data that showed the development of Tropical Storm Octave in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. more
NASA-NOAA satellite finds Tropical Storm Neoguri consolidating  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center with a visible image of Tropical Storm Neoguri that showed it had become more organized over the previous 24 hours. more
Senator pushes for FCC, not satellite operators, to run C-band auction  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said the FCC should be able to clear the spectrum... more
Senator pushes for FCC to run C-band auction, not satellite operators  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said the FCC should be able to clear the spectrum... more
Emerging cracks in the Pine Island Glacier  ESA · 3 days
The Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites have revealed new cracks, or rifts, in the Pine Island Glacier – one of the primary... more
Solar Orbiter ready to depart Europe  ESA · 3 days
ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission has completed its test campaign in Europe and is now being packed ready for its journey to Cape Canaveral at... more
ESA welcomes Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister  ESA · 3 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 · 3 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
Facing the Sun  ESA · 4 days
Get to know our Solar Orbiter mission and how it will answer some of the biggest open questions about our star more
InSight instrument resumes movement into Martian surface  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
A probe on NASA’s InSight Mars lander that has been stuck for months is moving deeper into the surface again thanks to... more
Black Holes Stunt Growth of Dwarf Galaxies  ASTRO WATCH · 4 days
Astronomers at the University of California, Riverside, have discovered that powerful winds driven by supermassive black holes in the centers of dwarf... more
ESA to request $13.9 billion budget from member states  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
The European Space Agency will ask its 22 member states to commit to a budget of 12.5 billion... more
Mars InSight's 'mole' is moving again  PHYS.ORG · 4 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
NASA sounding rocket technology could enable simultaneous, multi-point measurements—first-ever capability  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
NASA engineers plan to test a new avionics technology—distributed payload communications—that would give scientists a never-before-offered capability in sounding rocket-based research. more
Stranded whales detected from space  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
A new technique for analysing satellite images may help scientists detect and count stranded whales from space. Researchers tested a new detection method using Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite images of the biggest mass stranding of baleen whales... more
Stranded whales detected from space  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A new technique for analysing satellite images may help scientists detect and count stranded whales from space. Researchers tested a new detection method using Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite images from Maxar Technologies of the biggest mass stranding... more
How aerosols affect our climate  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Greenhouse gases may get more attention, but aerosols -- from car exhaust to volcanic eruptions -- also have a major impact on the Earth's climate. Using a massive NASA dataset, researchers have created a framework that helps explain... more
HiRISE views NASA's InSight and Curiosity on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 4 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
Rocket Lab launches Astro Digital satellite  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket launched a single cubesat for Astro Digital Oct. 16, placing the satellite into a much higher orbit than previous... more
Key House appropriator remains skeptical about Artemis  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
The chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA said he remains unconvinced of the need to accelerate NASA’s plans to... more
NASA-NOAA satellite catches last burst before demise of Tropical Depression 17E  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over Mexico and found two small areas of very strong thunderstorms near two different coastlines. One area was in Potential Tropical... more
Dankberg teases ViaSat-4 specs, still mulling MEO constellation  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
Viasat says that co-building its ViaSat-3 satellites with Boeing has given the company experience it can leverage to multiply the... more
SpaceX seeking many more satellites for space-based internet grid  PHYS.ORG · 5 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
Two decades of rain, snowfall from NASA's precipitation missions  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA's Precipitation Measurement Missions (PMM) have collected rain and snowfall from space for nearly 20 years, and for the first time in 2019, scientists can access PMM's entire record as... more
NASA's Terra satellite catches end of Atlantic Tropical Depression 15  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Tropical Depression Fifteen or TD15, developed off the west coast of Africa on Oct. 14 by 5 p.m. EDT. The depression never strengthened into a tropical storm before... more
NASA hires Loverro to lead human spaceflight  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
NASA announced Oct. 16 that it has hired Doug Loverro, a former Defense Department official responsible for space policy, to lead its... more
Researchers probe features of star clusters surrounding supermassive black holes  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
At the center of the galaxy, millions of stars whirl in orbits around a supermassive black hole. This circuit can take anywhere from a few hours for stars... more
New high-mass X-ray binary detected in the Large Magellanic Cloud  PHYS.ORG · 5 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 · 5 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
Spire to expand fleet and offer AirSafe API for global aircraft tracking  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
Spire Global plans to nearly double its satellite constellation and offer AirSafe API, a global aircraft tracking product that combines data from sensors in... more
Spire to expand fleet and offer global aircraft tracking  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
Spire Global plans to nearly double its satellite constellation and offer AirSafe API, a global aircraft tracking product... more
NASA's Aqua satellite reveals flooding in Japan from Typhoon Hagibis  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Typhoon Hagibis made landfall in Japan over the weekend of October 12 and 13, bringing damaging winds, rough surf and flooding rains. NASA's Aqua satellite provided a visible... more
NASA unveils flexible, one-size-fits-all space suits  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
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
Planet to offer higher resolution, more spectral bands  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
Planet is preparing to offer 50-centimeter-resolution imagery from its SkySat constellation and updating Dove satellites to gather imagery in eight... more
Army eyes commercial megaconstellations to support its future battlefield network  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
Maj. Gen. Gallagher: The problem today is insufficient capacity and high latency in satellite links. SpaceNews.com more
NASA unveils new spacesuit prototypes for missions   REUTERS · 6 days
NASA on Tuesday showed off two new spacesuits tailored for future moonwalking astronauts, signaling development of a crucial component to the space... more
NASA's Terra satellite catches a glimpse of a fleeting Ema  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Tropical Storm Ema had a very short life, but NASA's Terra satellite caught a glimpse of the storm before it dissipated in the Central Pacific Ocean. more
NASA reshuffles spacewalk schedule after hardware failure  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
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 · 6 days
NASA is moving up the first all-female spacewalk to this week because of a power system failure at the International Space Station. more
NASA provides a farewell infrared view of extra-tropical storm Melissa  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NASA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over North Atlantic Ocean on Oct. 14 and provided forecasters with an infrared view of Tropical Storm Melissa that revealed wind shear was... more
Soil on moon and Mars likely to support crops  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Researchers at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands have produced crops in Mars and Moon soil simulant developed by NASA. The research supports the idea that it would not... more
Soil on moon and Mars likely to support crops  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Researchers have produced crops in Mars and moon soil simulant developed by NASA. The research supports the idea that it would not only be possible to grow food on Mars... more
SpaceX submits paperwork for 30,000 more Starlink satellites  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
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 · 6 days
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
Image: Foreground asteroid passing the Crab Nebula  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
When astronomers use the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study the deep sky, asteroids from our solar system can leave their marks on the captured pictures of far-away galaxies or nebulae. But rather than... more
Nobel-winning lithium-ion batteries powering space  ESA · 6 days
ESA’s space power experts congratulate the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry, for their invention of lithium-ion batteries. These energy-dense, long-lasting and rechargeable batteries... more
Lakes worldwide are experiencing more severe algal blooms  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The intensity of summer algal blooms has increased over the past three decades, according to a first-ever global survey of dozens of large, freshwater lakes. Researchers used 30 years of data from... more
LeoLabs unveils next generation with Kiwi Space Radar  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
LeoLabs, the Silicon Valley space mapping startup, announced Oct. 14, initial operation of the Kiwi Space Radar, the firm’s third... more
Lakes worldwide are experiencing more severe algal blooms  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The intensity of summer algal blooms has increased over the past three decades, according to a first-ever global survey of dozens of large, freshwater lakes, which was conducted by Carnegie's Jeff Ho... more
Satellite industry slowly embracing the cloud  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Satellite operators are partnering with cloud service providers, but not on everything. SpaceNews.com more
Hubble snaps spiral's profile  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope sees galaxies of all shapes, sizes, luminosities and orientations in the cosmos. Sometimes, the telescope gazes at a galaxy oriented sideways—as shown here. The spiral galaxy featured in this Hubble image is called NGC 3717,... more
China begins preparations for crucial Long March 5 rocket launch  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
China is set to attempt a return-to-flight of its largest rocket at the end of the... more
Extending the life of geosynchronous satellites  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Space Logistics LLC, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, has launched a satellite that can extend the life of other satellites. The satellite is called MEV-1, or Mission Extension Vehicle-1. MEV-1 is the first of its kind. more
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