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Space news - ExoMars on schedule for September launch

Jan 25, 2022

ExoMars on schedule for September launch

After missing its initial launch window in 2020 in part because of the pandemic, the European Space Agency’s ExoMars mission is on schedule for a launch in September.

Space news - NASA's new space telescope reaches destination in solar orbit

Jan 25, 2022

NASA's new space telescope reaches destination in solar orbit

Jan 24 (Reuters) - NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, designed to give the world an unprecedented glimpse of infant galaxies in the early stages of the universe, arrived at its gravitational parking spot in orbit around the sun on Monday, nearly a million miles from Earth.

Space news - Pictures from space

Jan 23, 2022

Pictures from space

Space can be a wondrous place, and we've got the pictures to prove it! Take a look at our favorite pictures from space here.

Space news -   Mars 'asteroid showers'

Jan 23, 2022

Mars 'asteroid showers' have stayed steady over 600 million years

A crater on Mars, which appeared sometime between September 2016 and February 2019, shows up as a dark smudge on the landscape in this high-resolution photo. (Image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)

Space news - NASA Invites Media to Launch of New Mega-Moon Rocket and Spacecraft

Jan 20, 2022

NASA Invites Media to Launch of New Mega-Moon Rocket and Spacecraft

The new sample comes from the same rock Perseverance sampled earlier this month.

Nov 25, 2021

Apply now to the brand new ESA Junior Professional Programme!

Positions are now open for Junior Professionals! Do you have a strong interest in space? Do you aspire to channel your knowledge, interest and experience into a career in the space sector? Open to Master’s degree graduates with two to three years of professional experience, this programme offers a three-year placement with the opportunity to join ESA’s permanent workforce upon completion of the assignment.

Space news - ESA Junior Professional Programme
Space news - ESA Junior Professional Programme

Nov 25, 2021

NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars just snagged its newest rock sample (photos)

The new sample comes from the same rock Perseverance sampled earlier this month.

Space news - SpaceX Launch DART

Nov 25, 2021

NASA, SpaceX Launch DART: First Test Mission to Defend Planet Earth

NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), the world’s first full-scale mission to test technology for defending Earth against potential asteroid or comet hazards, launched Wednesday at 1:21 a.m. EST on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

Space news - Space station at risk from ‘reckless’ Russian anti-satellite test

Nov 16, 2021

Space station at risk from ‘reckless’ Russian anti-satellite test

Russia shot down an old Soviet-era military spacecraft Monday in a test of an anti-satellite weapon, scattering hundreds of thousands of debris fragments that will remain in orbit for years or decades, U.S. government officials said.

Space news - SpinLaunch's suborbital accelerator

Nov 11, 2021

SpinLaunch conducts first test of suborbital accelerator at Spaceport America

SpinLaunch, a company developing an alternative launch system that fires payloads at hypersonic speeds from a ground-based centrifuge, successfully fired its first projectile from a subscale version of its accelerator.

Space news - SpaceX Dragon crew 3 astronauts

Nov 11, 2021

SpaceX launches Crew-3 commercial crew mission for NASA

Four NASA astronauts are on their way to the International Space Station after SpaceX’s fifth crewed launch in less than 18 months Nov. 10.

Space news - 3D View of Jupiter Atmosphere

Nov 2, 2021

NASA’s Juno: Science Results Offer First 3D View of Jupiter Atmosphere

Jupiter’s banded appearance is created by the cloud-forming “weather layer.” This composite image shows views of Jupiter in (left to right) infrared and visible light taken by the Gemini North telescope and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, respectively.

Space news - NASA train Mars rovers

Nov 2, 2021

You can help NASA train Mars rovers for the Red Planet

NASA is asking citizen scientists to label "features of scientific interest in imagery taken by NASA's Perseverance Mars rover." The project — called AI4Mars, and hosted on Zooniverse — continues work initiated last year with the Curiosity rover that ended up generating an object-classifying algorithm.

Oct 14, 2021

The James Webb Space Telescope is ready for launch on Ariane 5

Engineers from ESA and NASA will spend the upcoming weeks on the final checks before the telescope is ready for its launch this December.

Space news - James Webb Space Telescope
Space news - Pictures of Mercury from BepiColombo

Oct 12, 2021

First close-up pictures of Mercury from BepiColombo hint at answers to the planet's secrets

The BepiColombo spacecraft – a joint project by the European and Japanese space agencies – swung by its destination planet Mercury in the early hours of Saturday, Oct. 2. Passing within just 124 miles (200 kilometers) of the surface of Mercury, it sent back some spectacular pictures.

Space news - Perseverance Rover Collects Puzzle Pieces of Mars

Oct 5, 2021

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Collects Puzzle Pieces of Mars’ History

The rocks it has analyzed for sample collection are helping the team better understand a past marked by volcanic activity and water. NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover successfully collected its first pair of rock samples, and scientists already are gaining new insights into the region. After collecting its first sample, named “Montdenier,” Sept. 6, the team collected a second, “Montagnac,” from the same rock Sept. 8.

Space news - Soyuz delivers cosmonaut to ISS

Oct 5, 2021

Soyuz delivers cosmonaut and film crew to ISS

A Soyuz spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station Oct. 5 carrying a cosmonaut as well as an actress and director who will film scenes for a Russian movie.

Sep 29, 2021

NASA’s Lucy Mission Prepares for Launch to Trojan Asteroids

NASA has tested the functions of Lucy, the agency’s first spacecraft to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, filled it with fuel, and is preparing to pack it into a capsule for launch Saturday, Oct. 16.

Space news - Trojan asteroids
Space news - 3D-printed rocket engines

Sep 29, 2021

3D-printed rocket engines: The technology driving the private sector space race

The volatile nature of space rocket engines means that many early prototypes end up embedded in dirt banks or decorating the tops of any trees that are unfortunate enough to neighbor testing sites.

Space news - on-orbit blockchain

Sep 28, 2021

Spire and SpaceChain announce on-orbit blockchain demonstration

Spire Global is working with SpaceChain, a company focused on space applications for blockchain technology, to demonstrate the technology in orbit.

Space news - SpaceX Inspiration4

Sep 22, 2021

SpaceX's Inspiration4 all-civilian spaceflight: When to watch and what to know

SpaceX's first all-civilian mission successfully launched into orbit on Wednesday night (Sept. 15) carrying a message of diversity during the third billionaire-led flight to launch in 2021.

Space news - Images of space

Sep 22, 2021

Images of space

Images of space are typically dazzling, showing a universe awash in color and light. That's not what these are. Here's what space actually looks like to the human eye. Artist Michael Benson took data from NASA and ESA missions to make 77 images of everything from Pluto to Europa that approximate true color as much as humanly possible. The work spans five decades of space exploration, and presents a realistic, flyby tour of the universe. "I feel like if these places are so alien to our direct experiences anyway, then they should be colored the way they would be seen," he says.

Space news - Online careers fair

Sep 9, 2021

Register now: online careers fair with ESA, CERN, ITER and SKAO

ESA is teaming up with fellow international organisations in the science and space industry, CERN, ITER and SKAO, to host a unique online information event on 5 October 2021. Registrations are now open, so sign up, come and meet us and discover the fantastic opportunities we offer! This event will have a special focus on electrical engineering, computing and RF systems.

Space news - SpaceX's private Inspiration4 mission is 'go' for launch

Sep 8, 2021

SpaceX's private Inspiration4 mission is 'go' for launch on Sept 15, 2021

The mission, called Inspiration4, is set to blast off from NASA's Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sept. 15. A crew of four private citizens will strap into a Crew Dragon spacecraft and blast off on a three-day journey around the Earth.

Space news - Astronomers hunting asteroids with radar surpass 1,000th space rock detection

Sep 8, 2021

Astronomers hunting asteroids with radar surpass 1,000th space rock detection

The most powerful tool for scientists studying asteroids in the neighborhood around Earth is planetary radar, a technique astronomers have just used on their 1,001st asteroid to date.

Aug 25, 2021

Accelerated digital transformations on Earth are a boost for deep space missions

Efforts to digitize spacecraft manufacturing processes to support remote workers during the pandemic are also creating operational advantages for deep space missions, according to a Lockheed Martin executive.

Space news - Accelerated digital transformations on Earth
Space news - outer space

Aug 16, 2021

50 gorgeous photos of outer space

Humans have looked to the stars since the dawn of civilization. For thousands of years, we've charted and mythologized the cosmic mysteries of the night sky.

Space news - Digging into Mars

Aug 12, 2021

NASA is training human-like robots to explore caves on Mars

When searching for signs of life on other planets, scientists say caves are a crucial place to look. But how can a team on Earth effectively explore intricate, dark, unfamiliar landscapes on another world? NASA and Boston Dynamics have found an answer: Fully autonomous robots.

Space news - Digging into Mars

Aug 09, 2021

Mystery swirls around Mars rover’s failed sample attempt—here’s what we know

The Perseverance rover isn't the first robot to have trouble digging into the red planet. But NASA is optimistic about trying again.

Space news - Clearing the heavens of space junk

Aug 09, 2021

Clearing the heavens of space junk

"I got a call from my chief satellite officer, he said, 'We've lost track of our satellite vehicle number 33 somewhere over Siberia; it may have been hit by something,'" recalled Matt Desch, the CEO of Iridium, whose 66 satellites provide voice and data connections for governments, companies, air traffic and shipping.

Space news - Long-Duration Mars Mission

Aug 06, 2021

NASA Begins Recruitment for Long-Duration Mars Mission Analog Study

As NASA ventures farther into the cosmos, the astronaut experience will change. In preparation for the real-life challenges of future missions to Mars, NASA will study how highly motivated individuals respond under the rigor of a long-duration, ground-based simulation.

Space news - Spacex starship

Aug 04, 2021

SpaceX surges Starship work despite FAA environmental review uncertainty

WASHINGTON — The unstoppable force of SpaceX’s recent surge in development of its Starship vehicle for its first orbital flight is in danger of colliding with an immovable object: an ongoing environment review that has no clear end date.

Space news - Russian spacecraft burn up in Earth's atmosphere

Aug 04, 2021

Watch a Russian spacecraft burn up in Earth's atmosphere from space station

From his perch on the International Space Station, a French astronaut watched a long-running Russian space module break into pieces in a shower of fireworks. What's more, he caught the event on video.

Space news - SpaceX engineers

Aug 03, 2021

Elon Musk shares photos of SpaceX engineers fitting 29 engines to Starship before its first attempt at orbit

Elon Musk on Monday shared photos of SpaceX engineers installing "Raptor" engines on a Starship launch vehicle before it blasts off for its first orbital flight. SpaceX confirmed in a tweet on Monday that engineers fitted 29 Raptor engines to the 23-story Super Heavy rocket booster, the first stage of the reusable two-stage Starship spacecraft.

Space news - ESA Venus flyby

Aug 03, 2021

ESA gets ready for double Venus flyby

Solar Orbiter and BepiColombo are set to make space history with two Venus flybys just 33 hours apart on 9 and 10 August.

Space news - Ariane 5 launch

Jul 30, 2021

Ariane 5 launches pioneering reprogrammable telecommunications satellite

Arianespace announced liftoff at 22:00 BST (23:00 CEST, 18:00 local time) this evening from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, for a mission lasting about 37 minutes. Star One D2, with a launch mass of 6187 kg, in the upper berth of the fairing was released first.

Space news - Students Hear from Space Station Astronauts

Jul 26, 2021

US Interns, Texas, Bulgarian Students to Hear from Space Station Astronauts

Students across the globe have opportunities this week to hear from astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The Earth-to-space calls air live on NASA Television, as well as the NASA app, and the agency’s website, where they are also available on-demand.