Recent Space News:


"I believe our future depends on how well we know this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky."

- Carl Sagan



Why would the Chinese government be flying a large stratospheric balloon? News image
Why would the Chinese government be flying a large stratospheric balloon?.

It is possible that the balloon's flight termination system failed.

Read the article: https://arstechnica.com/science/2023/02/why-would-the-chinese-government-be-flying-a-large-stratospheric-balloon/

Source: Arstechnica

Published on Feb. 3, 2023, 9:29 p.m.



NASA Awards Spacecraft Processing Operations Contract News image
NASA Awards Spacecraft Processing Operations Contract.

NASA has selected Astrotech Space Operations, LLC of Titusville, Florida, and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide commercial payload processing services for agency missions launching from multiple locations.

Read the article: http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-awards-spacecraft-processing-operations-contract

Source: NASA

Published on Feb. 3, 2023, 9:11 p.m.



NASA Awards Millions to Historically Black Colleges, Universities News image
NASA Awards Millions to Historically Black Colleges, Universities.

NASA is awarding $11.7 million to eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through the new Data Science Equity, Access, and Priority in Research and Education (DEAP) opportunity. These awards will enable HBCU students and faculty to conduct innovative data science research that contributes to NASA's missions.

Read the article: http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-awards-millions-to-historically-black-colleges-universities

Source: NASA

Published on Feb. 3, 2023, 9:01 p.m.



NASA flight software for SLS navigates through clean first launch News image
NASA flight software for SLS navigates through clean first launch.

The NASA-developed flight software for the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) vehicle successfully flew the program's first launch on the Artemis I mission on Nov. 16. The vehicle's Integrated Avionics and Software conducted the final countdown and first eight minutes of launch, commanding the Core Stage, RS-25 engines, and Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB) to orbital insertion.

Read the article: https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2023/02/artemis-1-flight-software/

Source: NASASpaceflight

Published on Feb. 3, 2023, 4:33 p.m.



When will United Launch Alliance's Vulcan rocket fly? News image
When will United Launch Alliance's Vulcan rocket fly?.

The Peregrine lander is ready for launch. Sort of.

Read the article: https://arstechnica.com/science/2023/02/when-will-united-launch-alliances-vulcan-rocket-fly/

Source: Arstechnica

Published on Feb. 3, 2023, 3:48 p.m.



Rocket Report: Tearing down Ariane's SUSIE concept; is ChatGPT a rocket scientist? News image
Rocket Report: Tearing down Ariane's SUSIE concept; is ChatGPT a rocket scientist?.

"If you have someone who is worried, don't slough it off. Deal with it."

Read the article: https://arstechnica.com/science/2023/02/rocket-report-tearing-down-arianes-susie-concept-is-chatgpt-a-rocket-scientist/

Source: Arstechnica

Published on Feb. 3, 2023, noon



SpaceX Starlink Gen2 mission marks Falcon 9 rocket's 200th successful launch News image
SpaceX Starlink Gen2 mission marks Falcon 9 rocket's 200th successful launch.

A day and a half after its 200th launch overall, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has successfully launched for the 200th time. Falcon...

Read the article: https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-falcon-9-rocket-200th-successful-launch/

Source: Teslarati

Published on Feb. 2, 2023, 10:31 p.m.



Space station astronauts finish preps for next pair of new solar arrays News image
Space station astronauts finish preps for next pair of new solar arrays.

Continuing work left over from a spacewalk last month, astronauts Nicole Mann and Koichi Wakata headed outside the International Space Station Thursday to finish installing a mounting bracket for new solar arrays due to arrive at the complex on a SpaceX resupply mission in June.

Read the article: https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/02/02/iss-us-eva-85/

Source: Spaceflight Now

Published on Feb. 2, 2023, 7:51 p.m.



Investing in Space: Picture day News image
Investing in Space: Picture day.

Smile. You're on camera (in space). 

Read the article: https://www.cnbc.com/2023/02/02/investing-in-space-picture-day.html

Source: CNBC

Published on Feb. 2, 2023, 4:23 p.m.





Recent Space Blogs:



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More worlds, anyone?.

The more we search, the more we find. From exoplanets to moons to asteroids, the list of worlds just keeps growing.

Read the article: https://www.planetary.org/the-downlink/more-worlds-anyone

Source: Planetary Society

Published on Feb. 3, 2023, 3:31 p.m.

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Best space pictures of the month: January 2023.

A sample depot on Mars and a stunning green comet top this month's space highlights.

Read the article: https://www.planetary.org/articles/best-space-pictures-january-2023

Source: Planetary Society

Published on Jan. 31, 2023, 3:01 p.m.

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By Jove! (Literally).

Jupiter’s moons have always been exciting to explore, and a new era of Jovian moon research is about to begin.

Read the article: https://www.planetary.org/the-downlink/by-jove-literally

Source: Planetary Society

Published on Jan. 27, 2023, 3:31 p.m.

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How JWST confirmed its first exoplanet and opened a new frontier.

JWST's observations of the exoplanet LHS 475 b have demonstrated the space telescope's abilities in the realm of rocky exoplanet research.

Read the article: https://www.planetary.org/articles/how-jwst-confirmed-its-first-exoplanet-and-opened-a-new-frontier

Source: Planetary Society

Published on Jan. 26, 2023, 4:01 p.m.

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What to expect from Juno's Io flybys, and why a proposed mission there would tell us more.

NASA's Juno spacecraft will spend 2023 flying closer and closer to Jupiter's moon Io.

Read the article: https://www.planetary.org/articles/juno-io-flybys

Source: Planetary Society

Published on Jan. 24, 2023, 3:05 p.m.

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Vulcan Centaur: First flight article arrives at Cape Canaveral.

Read the article: https://blog.ulalaunch.com/blog/vulcan-centaur-first-flight-article-arrives-at-cape-canaveral

Source: United Launch Alliance

Published on Jan. 23, 2023, 2:22 p.m.

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I spy with my technologically enhanced eye.

Seeing more with infrared cameras, radar telescopes, and good old-fashioned artistic instincts.

Read the article: https://www.planetary.org/the-downlink/i-spy-with-my-technologically-enhanced-eye

Source: Planetary Society

Published on Jan. 20, 2023, 3:32 p.m.

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Tianwen-2: China’s Near-Earth asteroid and comet double-header.

China is gearing up for an ambitious combined mission to collect samples from a near-Earth asteroid, deliver the material to Earth, and then head off back into deep space to study a comet.

Read the article: https://www.planetary.org/articles/tianwen-2-chinas-near-earth-asteroid-and-comet-double-header

Source: Planetary Society

Published on Jan. 19, 2023, 3:22 p.m.

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Vulcan Centaur: The countdown to the first Certification Flight is on!.

Read the article: https://blog.ulalaunch.com/blog/vulcan-centaur-the-countdown-to-the-first-certification-flight-is-on

Source: United Launch Alliance

Published on Jan. 13, 2023, 4:12 p.m.