NASA Launch: Australia Joins the Commercial Space Race

Australia’s first ever commercial space launch, from our near Equatorial Arnhem Space Centre, will occur 10.44pm ACST (06:14am Sunday California Time).

Lunar Soil has the Potential to Generate Oxygen and Fuel

Soil on the moon contains active compounds that can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and fuels, scientists in China report May 5 in the journal Joule.

NASA Goddard Scientists Begin Studying 50-year-old Frozen Apollo 17 Samples

For Elsila, “it’s very cool to think about all the work that went into collecting the samples on the Moon and then all the forethought and care that went into…

DART Mission Launched to Test “Armageddon” Asteroid Deflection Capability

Following recent concerns that the risk of dangerous Asteroid impacts may have been underestimated, NASA appears to be stepping up its plans to develop the capability to deflect inbound space…

Exotic Non-Rocket US Launcher Conducts a Successful 20% Power Test

US based SpinLaunch has performed their first 20% power launch, flinging a test payload “10s of thousands” of feet into the sky.

NASA Scientists Present Asteroid Deflection Research

NASA Scientists performing experiments on actual Asteroid fragments have presented conclusions about the limits of inbound Asteroid deflection, and the need to plan for multiple “bumps” if the Asteroid is…

China is Constructing an Experimental Orbital Solar Power Satellite

China has announced an energy roadmap which includes plans to build a megawatt solar power satellite by 2030, and a gigawatt scale space based solar power satellite by 2050. If…

Dark matter is slowing the spin of the Milky Way’s galactic bar

For 30 years, astrophysicists have predicted such a slowdown, but this is the first time it has been measured.

Front-row view reveals exceptional cosmic explosion

Scientists have gained the best view yet of the brightest explosions in the universe: A specialised observatory in Namibia has recorded the most energetic radiation and longest gamma-ray afterglow of…

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Shining Clouds on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover captured these clouds just after sunset on March 19, 2021, the 3,063rd Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s mission. The image is made up of…

Magnetized Threads Weave Spectacular Galactic Tapestry

The new panorama of the Galactic Center builds on previous surveys from Chandra and other telescopes. This latest version expands Chandra’s high-energy view farther above and below the plane of…

Salts Could Be Important Piece of Martian Organic Puzzle, NASA Scientists Find

“The fact that there’s organic matter preserved in 3-billion-year-old rocks, and we found it at the surface, is a very promising sign that we might be able to tap more…

NASA’s Webb to Study How Massive Stars’ Blasts of Radiation Influence Their Environments

In a nearby stellar nursery called the Orion Nebula, young, massive stars are blasting far-ultraviolet light at the cloud of dust and gas from which they were born. This intense…

China’s Tiangong space station: what it is, what it’s for, and how to see it

The station orbits Earth every 91 minutes. Once you find the time of the station’s next pass over your location (at night – you won’t be able to see it…

Another 21 Ton Chinese Rocket Booster Set to Land Somewhere Random

A serious breach of space etiquette; According to Business Insider, China neglected to add a controlled re-entry package to their recent launch mission. An uncontrolled descent means large pieces of…

NASA’s New Horizons Reaches a Rare Space Milestone

New Horizons is just the fifth spacecraft to reach this great distance, following the legendary Voyagers 1 and 2 and their predecessors, Pioneers 10 and 11. It’s almost 5 billion…

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Leaves its Mark on Asteroid Bennu

Where thrusters fired against the surface, substantial mass movement is apparent. Multiple sub-meter boulders were mobilized by the plumes into a campfire ring–like shape — similar to rings of boulders…

First X-rays from Uranus Discovered

One possibility is that the rings of Uranus are producing X-rays themselves, which is the case for Saturn’s rings. Uranus is surrounded by charged particles such as electrons and protons…

Asteroid 2001 FO32 Will Safely Pass by Earth March 21

Called 2001 FO32, the near-Earth asteroid will make its closest approach at a distance of about 1.25 million miles (2 million kilometers) – or 5 1/4 times the distance from…

Artemis: how ever changing US space policy may push back the next Moon landing

If the current Artemis 3 schedule holds, then 52 years will have passed between Cernan and Schmitt departing the lunar surface in Challenger and the next human visitors to the…

UAE Space Mission Enters Mars Orbit

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The United Arab Emirates is celebrating the success of their first interplanetary space mission, a probe designed to monitor and test the Martian atmosphere. Arab…

Hibernating lemurs may be the key to cryogenic sleep for human space travel

But how can we safely ease humans into hibernation and then bring them back when the time is right, without risking muscle and bone wasting, to name a few challenges?…

Study Proposes Orbital Ceres Colony

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Ceres, once considered an Asteroid but now classified as a dwarf planet orbiting between Mars and Jupiter, may harbour a significant under surface liquid water…

NASA, Government of Japan Formalize Gateway Partnership for Artemis Program

The agreement also marks NASA’s intent to provide crew opportunities for Japanese astronauts to the Gateway, which will be determined following additional discussions, and documented in a future arrangement.