Space Tech
ESA launches new podcast for Beyond mission  ESA · 16 minutes
What does a space mission sound like? Well, aside from the roaring of engines, the hum of the Space Station and the... more
Sailing among the stars: how photons could revolutionize space flight  PHYS.ORG · 20 minutes
A few days from now, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will lift off from Florida, carrying a satellite the size of a loaf of bread with nothing to... more
UK Export Finance steps up space sector focus  SPACE NEWS · 9 hours
Britain’s export credit agency has long discussed more involvement in the satellite industry, but didn’t have any major deals to... more
Secretive Startup SpinLaunch Gets 1st Launch Contract for US Military  SPACE.COM · 9 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
Costs, delays mount for Boeing's NASA launch system, audit finds  REUTERS · 10 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 · 11 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
I Spy, Via Spy Satellite: Melting Himalayan Glaciers  NPR · 12 hours
Scientists are using old spy satellite images to measure the effects of climate change. They're finding that glaciers in the Himalayas are melting twice as fast as they were a few decades... more
Acceleration of ice loss across the Himalayas over the past 40 years  Science Magazine · 13 hours
Himalayan glaciers supply meltwater to densely populated catchments in South Asia, and regional observations of glacier change over multiple decades are needed to understand... more
Melting of Himalayan glaciers has doubled in recent years  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
A newly comprehensive study shows that melting of Himalayan glaciers caused by rising temperatures has accelerated dramatically since the start of the 21st century. The analysis, spanning 40 years of... more
Cold War–era spy satellite images show Himalayan glaciers are melting fast  SCIENCE-NEWS · 13 hours
Declassified spy satellite photographs show that glacier melt in the Himalayas has sped up dramatically in the last two decades. more
NASA Wants Robots to Sniff Out Moon Pits for Astronaut Homes  SPACE.COM · 13 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
Watchdog criticizes rising costs, delays of NASA's next Moon rocket  PHYS.ORG · 14 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 · 16 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 · 17 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 · 17 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 · 17 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
Arianespace and ESA announce Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer launch contract  PHYS.ORG · 17 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 · 18 hours
NASA plans to adjust operations of an airborne astronomical observatory in order to increase its scientific productivity. more
The satellite with X-ray vision  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
In the early hours of October 23, 2011, ROSAT was engulfed in the waves of the Indian Ocean. This was the end of a success story that is unparalleled in German space exploration research. The satellite, developed and... more
NEEMO: Testing space gear under the sea  PHYS.ORG · 19 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 · 19 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 · 20 hours
Photo highlights from ESA’s exhibition at the Paris Air and Space Show 2019 at Le Bourget more
Grown for 3D printing  ESA · 20 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 · 20 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
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
Does the gas in galaxy clusters flow like honey?  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
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 · 1 day
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 · 1 day
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 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
Overhauled business plan bearing fruit, Avanti says  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
Selling capacity to other satellite operators is now one of Avanti’s main priorities, followed by selling to the U.S. Defense Department, Avanti... 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
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
Shields up to beat global warming  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Might an enormous orbiting "shield" be one way to combat the rising temperatures around the world caused by elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide levels? Writing in the International Journal of Global Warming, a team in China has... more
Another brown dwarf in the system? Study investigates properties of HD 206893  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Aiming to constrain the orbit and dynamical mass of the brown dwarf in the HD 206893 system, an international team of astronomers has investigated... 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
Planetary Orbits May Explain Mystery of Sun's 11-Year Cycle  SPACE.COM · 2 days
The planets' tidal forces influence the rhythm of the sun, according to a new study. 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
Gemini Planet Imager Analyzes 300 Stars  ASTRO WATCH · 2 days
Over the past four years, an instrument attached to a telescope in the Chilean Andes - known as the Gemini Planet Imager - has... more
RBC Signals pursues government work, wins first award  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
RBC Signals, a startup creating a global network of satellite ground stations, aggressively pursuing and beginning to win government business,... more
Watch Scientists Melt a Satellite Part to See How Stuff Burns Up During Reentry  SPACE.COM · 2 days
European researchers melted a dense satellite part in a special space fire created in a lab in hopes of better... 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
NASA's Webb Sunshield undergoes rocket fitting, more testing  PHYS.ORG · 2 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
Former ABS execs form small GEO builder Saturn Satellite Networks  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Saturn Satellite Networks will build satellites ranging from 600 kilograms to 1,700 kilograms, and already has... 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
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
Satellites assisting look into hurricanes  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A mission to probe winds deep inside hurricanes, where most satellites cannot see and few aircraft venture, is showing signs of success despite an unexpected obstacle linked to tensions in the Middle East. more
Melting a satellite, a piece at a time  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Researchers took one of the densest parts of an Earth-orbiting satellite, placed it in a plasma wind tunnel then proceeded to melt it into vapour. Their goal was to better understand how... 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
This is what the ground looked like after inSight landed on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
When InSight landed on Mars on Nov. 26th, 2018, it deployed a parachute to slow its descent through the thin Martian atmosphere. As it... more
Peraton acquires cloud services, satellite ground systems provider Solers  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Peraton CEO and chairman Stu Shea said the acquisition of Solers will strengthen the company's national security space... 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
Melting a satellite, a piece at a time  ESA · 3 days
Researchers took one of the densest parts of an Earth-orbiting satellite, placed it in a plasma wind tunnel then proceeded... 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. 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. more
Canada backs startup to boost data on space debris  REUTERS · 4 days
The Canadian government's contracting arm is backing a proposed new satellite system that will use big data analytics... 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 · 4 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. 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
Will Apollo Nostalgia Help NASA Get Its Artemis Moon Money?  SPACE.COM · 5 days
The wave of Apollo 11 nostalgia that's building in the public consciousness ahead of the landing's 50th anniversary certainly won't hurt the Artemis project's funding prospects. more
NASA finds Tropical Cyclone's Vayu getting stretched  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Northern Indian Ocean, it captured an infrared image that revealed Tropical Cyclone Vayu was elongating. That's never a good sign for a tropical cyclone, because they need... more
What drives Yellowstone's massive elk migrations?  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Yellowstone's migratory elk rely primarily on environmental cues, including a retreating snowline and the greening grasses of spring, to decide when to make the treks between their winter ranges and summer ranges, researchers show. Their study... more
Satellite observations improve earthquake monitoring, response  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Researchers report data gathered by orbiting satellites can yield more information about destructive earthquakes and can improve aid and humanitarian response efforts. The researchers looked at satellite data from several recent, large-magnitude earthquakes. more
Manipulation of eight-dimensional Bell-like states  Science Magazine · 6 days
High-dimensional Bell-like states are necessary for increasing the channel capacity of the quantum protocol. However, their preparation and measurement are still huge challenges, especially for the latter. Here, we prepare an initial eight-dimensional Bell-like state based on hyperentanglement... more
The mast is raised for NASA's Mars 2020 rover  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
In this image, taken on June 5, 2019, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, take a moment after attaching the remote sensing mast to the Mars 2020... more
Satellite observations improve earthquake monitoring, response  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Researchers at the University of Iowa and the U.S. Geological Survey have found that data gathered from orbiting satellites can provide more accurate information on the impact of large earthquakes, which, in turn, can help provide... more
NASA finds tropical cyclone Vayu off India's Gujarat coast  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NASA's Terra satellite showed Tropical Cyclone Vayu still lingering near the northwestern coast of India, and its cloud-filled eye remained offshore. more
Mars Rovers
Arianespace and ESA announce Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer launch contract
Study predicts more long-term sea level rise from Greenland ice
Inflatable heat shield could deliver heavy payloads to worlds with a thick atmosphere
Melting a satellite, a piece at a time
Arianespace and ESA announce Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer launch contract
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Fermi mission reveals its highest-energy gamma-ray bursts
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Space Rider: Europe’s reusable space transport system
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‘Space Station Earth’ film to premier in Stockholm
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