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ESA launches new podcast for Beyond mission  ESA · 1 hour
What does a space mission sound like? Well, aside from the roaring of engines, the hum of the Space Station and the... more
Secretive Startup SpinLaunch Gets 1st Launch Contract for US Military  SPACE.COM · 10 hours
The secretive startup SpinLaunch, which aims to fling satellites into space without a traditional launch pad, has just secured its first launch contract. more
Contractors continue to win award fees despite SLS and Orion delays  SPACE NEWS · 11 hours
A new report from the Government Accountability Office found that the prime contractors for... more
Costs, delays mount for Boeing's NASA launch system, audit finds  REUTERS · 11 hours
NASA's flagship space launch system being built by Boeing is taking years longer than expected with... more
Study predicts more long-term sea level rise from Greenland ice  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
Greenland's melting ice sheet could generate more sea level rise than previously thought if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase and warm the atmosphere at their current rate,... more
NASA Wants Robots to Sniff Out Moon Pits for Astronaut Homes  SPACE.COM · 14 hours
With funding from NASA, researchers are working to build robots that can explore moon pits, sinkhole-like structures that could be full of resources and could even... more
NASA’s X-59 supersonic jet will have a 4K TV instead of a forward window  TechCrunch · 14 hours
NASA's X-59 QueSST experimental quiet supersonic aircraft will have a cockpit like no other — featuring a big 4K screen... more
Watchdog criticizes rising costs, delays of NASA's next Moon rocket  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
The giant rocket NASA plans to use to return to the Moon by 2024 has been beset by delays and spending has overrun by almost 30 percent, an... more
This Is NASA's Best View Yet (and Closest, Too!) of Asteroid Bennu  SPACE.COM · 17 hours
NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft inched closer still to an asteroid called Bennu, breaking the record it set previously — but the real reward is the... more
Image: Metal bracket in Ariane 5 is 3-D-printed in titanium  PHYS.ORG · 18 hours
This organically-styled bracket, designed for the interior of an Ariane 5 launcher, was 3-D printed in space-worthy titanium alloy for an R&D project. more
Cassini Reveals New Sculpting in Saturn Rings  ASTRO WATCH · 18 hours
As NASA's Cassini dove close to Saturn in its final year, the spacecraft provided intricate detail on the workings of Saturn's complex... more
ESA’s new mission to intercept a comet  ESA · 18 hours
 ‘Comet Interceptor’ has been selected as ESA’s new fast-class mission in its Cosmic Vision Programme. Comprising three spacecraft, it will be the... more
Ion beams and atom smashers: secrets of moon rocks  PHYS.ORG · 18 hours
Moon samples collected by the Apollo astronauts a half-century ago hold answers to questions that weren't even on scientists' minds at the time, as new technological tools provide insight into... more
Arianespace and ESA announce Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer launch contract  PHYS.ORG · 18 hours
JUICE is the first large-class mission in ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015–2025 programme. Its mission is devoted to complete a unique tour of the Jupiter system. more
NASA to Adjust SOFIA Flying Telescope's Operations to Improve Productivity  SPACE.COM · 19 hours
NASA plans to adjust operations of an airborne astronomical observatory in order to increase its scientific productivity. more
NEEMO: Testing space gear under the sea  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
NASA's Extreme Environment Mission Operations takes place more than 18 meters below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. For nine days, astronauts, engineers, and scientists live and work underwater, testing new technologies for space. more
Orbit Fab Demonstrates Satellite Refueling Technology on Space Station  SPACE.COM · 20 hours
A startup company that plans to develop tankers for refueling satellites has completed a key test of its technology on the International Space Station. more
Le Bourget 2019  ESA · 21 hours
Photo highlights from ESA’s exhibition at the Paris Air and Space Show 2019 at Le Bourget more
Grown for 3D printing  ESA · 21 hours
Technology image of the week: this organically-styled part for an Ariane 5 has been 3D printed in metal as part of ESA’s R&D into future launcher technology more
Fermi Reveals its Highest-energy Gamma-ray Bursts  ASTRO WATCH · 21 hours
For 10 years, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has scanned the sky for gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), the universe’s most luminous explosions. A new catalog... more
OasISS reunion  ESA · 23 hours
Live on Friday from 18:00 CEST: join three astronauts as they look back on their Space Station mission and discuss the future of exploration more
Supplier issue behind delays with first ViaSat-3 launch  SPACE NEWS · 1 day
Problems with an unnamed component supplier are the reason the first launch of a ViaSat-3 high-throughput satellite won't happen until... more
Executive order could reduce number of NASA advisory committees  SPACE NEWS · 1 day
An executive order calling for an across-the-board reduction in federal advisory groups could force NASA to shut down... more
Hubble Observes Tiny Galaxy with Big Heart  ASTRO WATCH · 1 day
Nestled within this field of bright foreground stars lies ESO 495-21, a tiny galaxy with a big heart. ESO 495-21 may be... more
Does the gas in galaxy clusters flow like honey?  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
We have seen intricate patterns that milk makes in coffee and much smoother ones that honey makes when stirred with a spoon. Which of these cases best describes the behavior... more
Table Salt Compound Spotted on Europa  ASTRO WATCH · 2 days
A familiar ingredient has been hiding in plain sight on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. Using a visible light spectral analysis, planetary scientists... more
Fully Restored, Apollo-Era Saturn IB Rocket Returns to NASA Display  SPACE.COM · 2 days
NASA's last flight-configured example of the rocket that launched the first Apollo astronauts into space is back on public view, having undergone an almost year-long, extensive restoration. more
NASA snaps most detailed image yet of asteroid Bennu  Sky News · 2 days
A US spacecraft has captured its closest and most detailed image yet of the 78 billion kilogram asteroid Bennu which gets closer to Earth every six years. more
Commercial space companies have received $7.2 billion in government investment since 2000  THE VERGE · 2 days
Early investments from a government agency, like NASA or the Air Force, can be a crucial step in the evolution of commercial space companies... more
Apollo astronauts celebrate 50 years since first moon landing  REUTERS · 2 days
Three astronauts instrumental in the groundbreaking U.S. space program of the 1960s and 70s gathered at the Paris... more
NASA to Seek Proposals for Lunar Gateway Logistics  SPACE.COM · 2 days
NASA will issue a formal call for proposals later this summer for cargo transportation services for its lunar Gateway, seeking to model that effort on the space station’s commercial cargo program. more
Forward to the Moon… and beyond  ESA · 2 days
  Tune in on 21 June at 18:00 CEST (16:00 GMT) as OasISS mission astronauts talk about their mission to the International Space Station on the tenth anniversary of the flight, live from Belgium’s Planetarium of... more
eROSITA – the hunt for dark energy begins  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
On 21 June 2019 the Spektrum-Röntgen-Gamma (Spektr-RG / SRG) spacecraft will be launched from the Kazakh steppe, marking the start of an exciting journey. SRG will be carrying the German Extended ROentgen... more
NASA’s best-yet photo of asteroid Bennu nails the dramatic lighting  TechCrunch · 2 days
NASA has taking a breathtaking new image of near-earth asteroid Bennu, captured by its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from its new, second orbit of the extraterrestrial object. The new picture,... more
Under the Keys  ESA · 2 days
Human and robotic exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and fellow NEEMO crew strike a pose more
Honour the past, prepare for the future  ESA · 2 days
ESA will join the world in celebrating the anniversary of the first human Moon landing this summer as European Space Talks take on... more
Orbit Fab demonstrates satellite refueling technology on ISS  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
A startup company that plans to develop tankers for refueling satellites has completed a key test of its technology on... more
Moon's Crust Hides the Early History of Our Sun, NASA Scientists Say  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
The Moon contains clues to the ancient mysteries of the Sun, which are crucial to understanding the development of life. more
Inflatable heat shield could deliver heavy payloads to worlds with a thick atmosphere  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
One of the greater challenges of sending payloads to Mars is contending with the planet's atmosphere. While incredibly thin compared to Earth's... more
NASA Boss Says 'No Doubt' SpaceX Explosion Delays Flight Programme  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
The explosion that destroyed a SpaceX astronaut taxi in April "no doubt" delays NASA's drive to return Americans to the ISS from US soil later this year. more
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Turns 10, with Lessons for Moon Missions  SPACE.COM · 2 days
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter launched 10 years ago today and will likely guide future human moon landings. more
NASA Wants to Build a 'Starshade' to Hunt Alien Planets  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
Such a mission would have to keep two spacecraft, separated by thousands of miles, aligned within 3 feet of each other. more
What to Expect When LightSail 2 Launches into Space  SPACE.COM · 2 days
The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft is finally ready to attempt flight by light. Here's what to expect from the June 24 launch! more
NASA's Cassini reveals New Sculpting in Saturn Rings  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
As NASA's Cassini dove close to Saturn in its final year, the spacecraft provided intricate detail on the workings of Saturn's complex rings, new analysis shows. more
Twin NASA Satellites Will Ride SpaceX Falcon Heavy to Study Earth's Ionosphere  SPACE.COM · 2 days
NASA will be launching two identical miniature satellites next week as part of a project designed to help scientists understand how Earth's atmosphere muddies... more
NASA-NOAA satellite finds dry air affecting Tropical Cyclone Vayu  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Tropical Cyclone Vayu was fading as it neared the coast of southwestern Pakistan and northwestern India. Dry air and wind shear were preventing development the development of thunderstorms, making the... more
Next-generation Astro A50 headset goes up for preorder  Windows Central · 2 days
Get those preorders in. What you need to know During E3 2019, Astro unveiled a new generation of its A50 Wireless Headset and Base Station. It costs $300 and is expected to... more
NASA's Webb Sunshield undergoes rocket fitting, more testing  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope's spacecraft element, which consists of the observatory's spacecraft bus and the sunshield, was put in the same folded-up configuration that it will be in when mounted on... more
Cassini Team Delivers New Findings on Saturn’s Ring System  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
Although NASA’s Cassini mission ended in 2017, science continues to flow from the data collected. In a series... more
NASA vows to land first female astronaut on the moon by 2024  Sky News · 3 days
NASA has laid out plans for the first woman to set foot on the moon by 2024 as part of a new programme testing... more
Safety Panel Calls on NASA to Apply Commercial Crew Lessons for Artemis  SPACE.COM · 3 days
As NASA starts development of lunar landers for Artemis, it should carefully incorporate the lessons learned from the commercial crew program, a safety panel... more
NASA Is Tracking One of Earth's Most Valuable Resources — Water  SPACE.COM · 3 days
Water is a complex problem on Earth: Some places get far too little of it and some get far too much. more
Kensington's LD5400T docking station doubles as a guardian for your laptop  Windows Central · 3 days
The LD5400T delivers 85W of laptop charging power, strong security features, and eight ports. There are countless products on the market that expand your laptop's connectivity... more
SMOS joins forces with top weather forecasting system  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
As of 11 June 2019, measurements from ESA's SMOS mission are being fully integrated into ECMWF's forecasting system, allowing for a more accurate description of water content in soil. more
Hubble Space Telescope Sees IC 10  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a striking new photo of the irregular galaxy IC 10. IC 10 is a member of the... more
NASA to seek proposals for Gateway logistics  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
NASA will issue a formal call for proposals later this summer for cargo transportation services for its lunar Gateway, seeking to model... more
On This Day in Space! June 17, 1985: First Arab and Muslim in Space  SPACE.COM · 3 days
On June 17, 1985, the space shuttle Discovery launched on NASA's STS-51G mission, carrying payload specialist Sultan Salman Abdelize Al-Saud.... more
As it plans LEO constellations, DoD must prepare to deal with congestion  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
The buzzword in military space these days is “proliferated LEO,” which is Pentagon-speak for large numbers of small satellites in low Earth orbit. SpaceNews.com more
How a ‘Moon Rock Hunter’ Is Tracking Down Apollo Lunar Souvenirs  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
Beginning with Apollo 11, which landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969, and ending with Apollo 17, in December 1972, US astronauts collected 842 pounds... more
RUAG: Suppliers are key to mission success  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
RUAG Space offers high-performance, reliable products for launch vehicles and satellites, offering engineering, design and production. SpaceNews.com more
Citizen Scientists Re-tune Hubble’s Galaxy Classification  ASTRO WATCH · 4 days
Hundreds of thousands of volunteers have helped to overturn almost a century of galaxy classification, in a new study using data from the longstanding... more
What happened to the Apollo goodwill moon rocks?  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
US President Richard Nixon gave moon rocks collected by Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 astronauts to 135 countries around the world and the 50 US states as a token of American goodwill. more
Apollo moon rocks help transform understanding of the universe  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Moon rocks look rather nondescript—they are often gray in color—but for NASA planetary scientist Samuel Lawrence, they are the "most precious materials on Earth." more
Psyche mission clears review  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
A NASA mission to a metallic asteroid has passed a major review, but questions remain about its ability to remain on budget and schedule. SpaceNews.com more
Out of the Fog: Amazing SpaceX Launch Photos of Canada's Radarsat Constellation  SPACE.COM · 5 days
On June 12, 2019, a used SpaceX rocket launched three satellites for Canada's Radarsat Constellation Mission to study Earth from space. See the photos... more
India Will Launch an Ambitious Moon Orbiter-Lander-Rover Combo in July  SPACE.COM · 5 days
India is about to take its biggest leap to the moon yet next month, with a mission to land at the lunar south pole. more
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Study predicts more long-term sea level rise from Greenland ice
PHYS.ORG
Arianespace and ESA announce Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer launch contract
PHYS.ORG
Inflatable heat shield could deliver heavy payloads to worlds with a thick atmosphere
PHYS.ORG
Arianespace and ESA announce Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer launch contract
ESA
What to Expect When LightSail 2 Launches into Space
SPACE.COM
Hubble observes tiny galaxy with big heart
PHYS.ORG
The entire sky in X-rays
PHYS.ORG
Fermi mission reveals its highest-energy gamma-ray bursts
PHYS.ORG
You Can Watch NASA's Build Its Mars 2020 Rover Live Online
SPACE.COM
NASA explores our changing freshwater world
PHYS.ORG
Starshade would take formation flying to extremes
PHYS.ORG
Watch Live @ 10 am ET: SpaceX Launching 3 Earth Satellites for Canada
SPACE.COM
NASA's SET mission to study satellite protection is ready for launch
PHYS.ORG
NASA to open ISS hatch for commercial businesses, private astronauts - CNET
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Ariane 6 and Vega C—a new generation of European Launch Vehicles
PHYS.ORG
Rockets, evaporating droplets and x-raying metals
ESA
Unveiling technologies for future launch vehicles
ESA
Moon landings: How NASA got there, and its plans to go back - CNET
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Riding NASA’s moon landing simulator with chief Jim Bridenstine - CNET
CNET
NASA’s Mars Helicopter has passed another flight test
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