Space Exploration
Report calls for changes in planetary protection policies  SPACE NEWS · 3 hours
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 · 15 hours
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 · 15 hours
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 · 21 hours
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 · 1 day
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 · 1 day
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 · 1 day
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 · 1 day
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 · 1 day
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 · 1 day
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 · 1 day
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 · 2 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 · 2 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 · 2 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 · 3 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 · 3 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 · 3 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 · 3 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 · 3 days
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 · 4 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
NASA unveils new spacesuit prototypes for missions   REUTERS · 4 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 reshuffles spacewalk schedule after hardware failure  SPACE NEWS · 4 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 · 4 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
Analysis of Galileo's Jupiter entry probe reveals gaps in heat shield modeling  PHYS.ORG · 4 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
Analysis of Galileo's Jupiter entry probe reveals gaps in heat shield modeling  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
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 · 4 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 · 4 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
Russia bids farewell to first man who walked in space  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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
Successful ocean-monitoring satellite mission ends  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The Jason-2/Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM), the third in a U.S.-European series of satellite missions designed to measure sea surface height, successfully ended its science mission on Oct. 1. NASA and its mission partners made the decision to... more
Astronauts replace old batteries in 1st of 5 spacewalks  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronauts hustled through the first of five spacewalks to replace old batteries at the International Space Station on Sunday. more
Astronauts replacing old batteries in 1st of 5 spacewalks  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronauts kicked off the first of five spacewalks to replace old batteries at the International Space Station on Sunday. more
NASA's Mars 2020 rover tests descent-stage separation  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In this picture from Sept. 28, 2019, engineers and technicians working on the assembly and testing of the Mars 2020 spacecraft look on as a crane lifts the rocket-powered descent stage away from the... more
Museum of the Bible quietly replaces questioned artifact  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The Museum of the Bible in Washington quietly replaced an artifact purported to be one of a handful of miniature Bibles that a NASA astronaut carried to the moon in 1971 after... more
Why NASA's Annoyed About Elon Musk's Giant Rocket  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
SpaceX has never flown a person into space in its first spacecraft, the Crew Dragon. But already Musk is showing off his big, shiny Starship — and NASA is bristling. more
Sun science has a bright future on the moon  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
There are many reasons NASA is pursuing the Artemis mission to land astronauts on the moon by 2024: It's a crucial way to study the moon itself and to pave... more
Intuitive Machines secures launch contract, wins lawsuit  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Intuitive Machines, a company with a NASA contract to fly payloads to the moon in 2021, announced Oct. 2 it has signed... more
NASA's push to save the Mars InSight lander's heat probe  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's InSight lander, which is on a mission to explore the deep interior of Mars, positioned its robotic arm this past weekend to assist the spacecraft's self-hammering heat... more
Team uses deep learning to monitor the sun's ultraviolet emission  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL) team has shown that by using deep learning, it is possible to virtually monitor the Sun's extreme ultraviolet (EUV) irradiance, which is... more
NASA's Juno prepares to jump Jupiter's shadow  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter has successfully executed a 10.5-hour propulsive maneuver—extraordinarily long by mission standards. The goal of the burn, as its known, will keep the solar-powered spacecraft out of what would have... more
Down to Earth: Astronauts safely return after space mission  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An American, a Russian and the first person from the United Arab Emirates to fly into space landed safely on Thursday after a six-hour flight from the International Space Station. more
Call for Media: Last chance to view Europe’s Solar Orbiter  ESA · 2 weeks
ESA’s new Sun explorer will leave Europe soon, with final launch preparations starting in November at... more
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