NASA and the Departments of State and Commerce have submitted a report to the National Space Council outlining future opportunities and challenges for human spaceflight in low-Earth orbit (LEO), and its potential economic contributions to the broader field of exploration. The National Space Council requested NASA lead an interagency effort to produce the report, entitled […]

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  Update: From 30th Space Wing (Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.) SpaceX Falcon 9 SSO-A launch delayed SpaceX is standing down from Monday’s launch attempt of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to conduct additional pre-flight inspections.   A red flag continues to be raised by orbital debris specialists regarding the upcoming launch of SSO-A, currently scheduled […]

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  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2233 duties. “It’s the windy season on Mars, and Curiosity’s activities this weekend include taking oodles of images at different times throughout the day to catch how the wind moves sand and dust around,” reports Abigail Fraeman, a planetary geologist at NASA/JPL in Pasadena, California.   […]

Forty-four years ago today, a three-minute radio message broadcast from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico was aimed at a cluster of stars 25,000 light years away from Earth. The message itself was devised by a team of researchers from Cornell University led by Frank Drake, astronomer and astrophysicist responsible for the Drake Equation – […]

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    The first appliance to freshly prepare small food items, such as rolls, cookies, patties, pockets and other basic foods for longer duration space travel has been designed. Zero G Kitchen LLC, in partnership with NanoRacks have specifications and timing of the first appliance of its planned ‘kitchen in space,’ an open platform for […]

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NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now in Sol 2232. Reports Scott Guzewich, an atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the rover is on tap to use its Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument Suite. The plan called for delivery of a sample to SAM of the ground up rock from […]

The Eu:CROPIS mission will be launched into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California November 19, onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster. Eu:CROPIS stands for “Euglena and Combined Regenerative Organic-food Production in Space.” The unique investigation was designed and built by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the […]

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NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2230 tasks. Rachel Kronyak, a planetary geologist at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, reports that the Mars machinery has been busy delving into the mineralogy of the latest drill hole sample. Scientists are eager to get a Highfield drill sample to the Sample Analysis at Mars […]

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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Autodesk have engaged in a multi-year collaborative research project to investigate new approaches for building interplanetary landers. The concept lander, perhaps the most complicated structure ever created using “generative design,” was unveiled today at Autodesk University in Las Vegas. Design solutions Generative design is a relatively new approach that […]

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  The sale of Moon rocks will headline Sotheby’s Space Exploration auction on November 29, offered with an estimate of $700,000–1,000,000. The sale will mark just the second time that an actual piece of another world has ever been offered for public sale. The three lunar samples, which were brought to Earth in 1970 by […]

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