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June 25, 2024
China lunar probe returns to Earth with samples

Beijing (AFP) June 25, 2024
A Chinese probe carrying samples from the far side of the Moon returned to Earth on Tuesday, capping a technically complex 53-day mission heralded as a world first. The landing module of the Chang'e-6 spacecraft touched down at a predetermined site in Inner Mongolia at 2:07 pm (0607 GMT), the China National Space Administration said, hailing the mission a "complete success". It comes bearing soil and rocks from the side of the Moon facing away from Earth, a poorly understood region that scientis ... read more

Reusable carrier rocket completes critical hop test
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 25, 2024
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, the nation's leading space contractor, achieved a significant milestone on Sunday by conducting a critical test for its upcoming reusable carrier rocket. ... more
NASA calls off spacewalk for second time this month
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 24, 2024
NASA canceled a spacewalk for the second time this month on Monday after reporting a coolant leak on the umbilical unit on one of the astronaut's spacesuits. ... more
Two large asteroids to pass Earth in close succession
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 25, 2024
Two large asteroids will safely pass Earth this week, coinciding with this year's Asteroid Day. Neither poses any risk to our planet, but one of them was only discovered a week ago, underscoring the ... more
Why do some planets have moons
Hamden CT (SPX) Jun 25, 2024
On Earth, you can look up at night and see the Moon shining bright from hundreds of thousands of miles away. But if you went to Venus, that wouldn't be the case. Not every planet has a moon - so why ... more
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A Black Hole of Inexplicable Mass
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jun 25, 2024
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has observed a galaxy in an early stage of the universe. The light from the galaxy, J1120+0641, has taken nearly as long to reach Earth as the universe's age. I ... more
Firefly Aerospace to Launch Alpha FLTA005 for NASA on June 26
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 25, 2024
Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a space transportation company, has announced its Alpha Flight 5 (FLTA005) mission, named Noise of Summer, scheduled to launch no earlier than June 26. The launch window wil ... more
Pegatron 5G Elevates Cargo Ship Networks with Satellite Integration
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 25, 2024
Pegatron 5G, a leader in system integration in Taiwan, addressed the challenges and development opportunities of 5G O-RAN at the Open RAN Summit. The company also highlighted 5G O-RAN applications i ... more
Space radiation can damage satellites - my team discovered that a next-generation material could self-heal when exposed to cosmic rays
Rochester NY (SPX) Jun 25, 2024
The space environment is harsh and full of extreme radiation. Scientists designing spacecraft and satellites need materials that can withstand these conditions. In a paper published in January ... more


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Designing for outer space
by Maria Iacobo | School of Architecture and Planning
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 25, 2024 A new MIT course this spring asked students to design what humans might need to comfortably work in and inhabit space. The time for these creations is now. While the NA ... more
Webb spots giant star clusters shaping galaxy in early universe
Paris (AFP) June 24, 2024
The James Webb space telescope has discovered massive clusters of stars in the early universe so huge and densely packed that they influenced how their galaxy formed, astronomers said on Monday. ... more
GOES-U Mission Ready for Launch Following Successful Review
Kennedy Space Center, FL (SPX) June 24, 2024
NASA and SpaceX have confirmed the GOES-U (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite U) mission is ready for launch following a successful readiness review at Kennedy Space Center in Florida ... more
European tech must keep pace with US, China: Meta's Clegg
Paris (AFP) June 24, 2024
Europe is lagging behind both the United States and China when it comes to technology and innovation, top executive with US firm Meta Nick Clegg has told AFP. ... more
Hydrothermal Vents on Ocean Worlds Could Support Life, UC Santa Cruz Study Finds
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 25, 2024
UC Santa Cruz researchers have found that lower-temperature hydrothermal vents, which are common on Earth's seafloor, may create conditions that support life on "ocean worlds" in our solar system. ... more


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NASA pushes Starliner return to July
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 22, 2024
After numerous delays, NASA said Friday that the Starliner crew would return to Earth in July ... more
SpaceX deploys another round of Internet satellites
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 23, 2024
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 22 Starlink Internet satellites into low-Earth orbit from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 1:15 p.m. ET Sunday. ... more
NASA Satellites Find Snow Didn't Offset Southwest US Groundwater Loss
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jun 18, 2024
Record snowfall in recent years has not been enough to offset long-term drying conditions and increasing groundwater demands in the U.S. Southwest, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data ... more
China, France launch satellite to better understand the universe
Xichang, China (AFP) June 22, 2024
A French-Chinese satellite blasted off Saturday on a hunt for the mightiest explosions in the universe, in a notable example of cooperation between a Western power and the Asian giant. ... more
Solar Orbiter Observes Major Solar Activity
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 21, 2024
The hyperactive sunspot region responsible for the beautiful auroras earlier in May was still alive and kicking when it rotated away from Earth's view. Watching from the other side of the Sun, the E ... more

SES completes euro 3 billion acquisition financing syndication
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 21, 2024
SES S.A. has successfully syndicated a euro 3 billion acquisition financing package to support its earlier agreement to acquire Intelsat S.A. Deutsche Bank AG and Morgan Stanley underwrote a euro 3 ... more
UH scientists discover massive energy imbalance on Saturn
Houston TX (SPX) Jun 21, 2024
A groundbreaking discovery by researchers at the University of Houston has revealed a massive energy imbalance on Saturn, shedding new light on planetary science and evolution and challenging existi ... more
Iron meteorites hint that our infant solar system was more doughnut than dartboard
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 21, 2024
Four and a half billion years ago, our solar system was a cloud of gas and dust swirling around the sun, until gas began to condense and accrete along with dust to form asteroids and planets. What d ... more
French-Chinese probe to hunt universe's biggest explosions
Paris (AFP) June 20, 2024
A French-Chinese telescope satellite will blast off this weekend on a mission to hunt down gamma-ray bursts, the most powerful explosions in the universe. ... more
Black hole observed 'awakening' for the first time
Paris (AFP) June 18, 2024
Astronomers have been able to observe a supermassive black hole waking up and setting the heart of its host galaxy alight for the first time, the European Southern Observatory said on Tuesday. ... more
NASA faces $80,000 claim after space debris hit family home
Washington (AFP) June 21, 2024
An American family is claiming more than $80,000 from NASA after a small piece of debris fell from space and smashed through the roof of their Florida home, a law firm said Friday. ... more
Will Climate Change Turn the Arctic Green?
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 21, 2024
The Arctic is warming four times faster than any other region on Earth, causing significant changes to the Arctic Ocean. Sea ice, once a year-round feature, now melts and disappears during summer mo ... more
Space Force Assigns Ursa Space to Deliver Analytics to USINDOPACOM Post-Japanese Disaster
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 17, 2024
Ursa Space Systems, Inc., a leader in satellite insights, has completed a U.S. Space Force Space Systems Command (SSC) task order supporting the US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) in response to ... more

ASTRA 1P Launched on SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 21, 2024
SES announced that the ASTRA 1P satellite was launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 5:35 pm local time. The Ku-band satellite will enhance ... more
Hubble Telescope now relying on single-gyro 'pointing mode'
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 19, 2024
NASA on Tuesday released a Hubble Space Telescope image captured by using a new pointing mode that uses just one gyroscope. The telescope resumed operations June 14 after a gyro issue took it offline for several weeks. ... more
US Space Force Awards Contracts to Blue Origin, SpaceX, and ULA for National Security Space Launch Phase 3
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 17, 2024
The U.S. Space Force's Space Systems Command (SSC) has awarded National Security Space Launch (NSSL) Phase 3 Lane 1 contracts to Blue Origin, SpaceX, and ULA. The base Indefinite Delivery Indefinite ... more
Titan's lakes may be shaped by waves
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 21, 2024
Titan, Saturn's largest moon, is the only other planetary body in the solar system that currently hosts active rivers, lakes, and seas. These otherworldly river systems are thought to be filled with ... more
Marsquakes may help reveal whether liquid water exists underground on red planet
University Park PA (SPX) Jun 21, 2024
If liquid water exists today on Mars, it may be too deep underground to detect with traditional methods used on Earth. But listening to earthquakes that occur on Mars - or marsquakes - could offer a ... more
Laying the foundation for lunar base construction
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Jun 21, 2024
KICT Studies Microwave Sintering of Lunar Soil for Moon Base Construction NASA's Artemis program aims to build a lunar base, but transporting construction materials from Earth to the Moon is e ... more
New Evidence Suggests Dark Matter Influence Extends Further Than Thought
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 21, 2024
Scientists at Case Western Reserve University have discovered new evidence that could reshape our understanding of the cosmos. Tobias Mistele, a post-doctoral scholar in the Department of Astr ... more
Iridium Expands Satellite Time and Location Service to Europe and Asia Pacific
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 21, 2024
Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM), a provider of global voice and data satellite communications, announced the expanded commercial availability of its Satellite Time and Location (STL) serv ... more

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