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September 24, 2023
NASA readies for dramatic return of asteroid sample to Earth

Washington (AFP) Sept 24, 2023
The climactic end of a seven-year voyage comes Sunday when a NASA capsule is due to land in the Utah desert, carrying to Earth the largest asteroid samples ever collected. Scientists have high hopes for the sample, saying it will provide a better understanding of the formation of our solar system and how Earth became habitable. The Osiris-Rex probe's final, fiery descent through Earth's atmosphere will be perilous, but the US space agency is hoping for a soft landing, around 9:00am local (15H00 ... read more

First view of OSIRIS-REx returning with asteroid sample
Paris (ESA) Sep 22, 2023
Is it a spacecraft? An asteroid? Well, both. This small central speck is the first image of a spacecraft on its way home, carrying with it a sample from an asteroid hundreds-of-millions, if-not-bill ... more
Webb finds carbon source on surface of Jupiter's moon Europa
Paris (ESA) Sep 22, 2023
Jupiter's moon Europa is one of a handful of worlds in our Solar System that could potentially harbour conditions suitable for life. Previous research has shown that beneath its water-ice crust lies ... more
Moon crew visits European powerhouse
Paris (ESA) Sep 23, 2023
From left: the Artemis II astronauts, Christina Koch, Jeremy Hansen, Victor Glover, and Reid Wiseman, visited the European Service Module (ESM) assembly hall at Airbus in Bremen, Germany, last week. ... more
NASA team simulates a glimpse of our galaxy in gravitational waves
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 22, 2023
Astronomers using simulated data have produced a glimpse of the sky as it would appear in gravitational waves, cosmic ripples in space-time generated by orbiting objects. The image shows how space-b ... more
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HawkEye 360 announces RFIQ product for a deeper look at RF activity
Herndon VA (SPX) Sep 22, 2023
HawkEye 360 has announced its RFIQ product which introduces flexible spectrum collection options. Customers can use RFIQ unprocessed in-phase and quadrature (I/Q) data to analyze signal characterist ... more
Hidden ocean the source of CO2 on Jupiter moon
Paris (AFP) Sept 21, 2023
Carbon dioxide detected on Jupiter's moon Europa comes from the vast ocean beneath its icy shell, research using James Webb Space Telescope data indicated on Thursday, potentially bolstering hopes the hidden water could harbour life. ... more
New Mars gravity analysis improves understanding of possible ancient ocean
Fairbanks AK (SPX) Sep 22, 2023
The first use of a novel method of analyzing Mars' gravitational force supports the idea that the planet once had an extensive northern ocean. In doing so, the method defines the scope of what scien ... more
NASA Releases Independent Review's Mars Sample Return Report
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 22, 2023
An Independent Review Board (IRB) looked at NASA's current plans and goals of the first mission to return samples from Mars, and NASA is establishing a team to respond. In addition to bringing ... more
China releases first image captured by new wide-field survey telescope
Xining (XNA) Sep 23, 2023
A wide-field telescope capable of surveying the entire Northern Hemisphere sky was put into operation on Sunday in northwest China's Qinghai Province, and its first image - the Andromeda Galaxy, loc ... more



Parker observes powerful coronal mass ejection 'vacuum up' interplanetary dust

Autonomous systems help NASA's Perseverance do more science on Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 22, 2023
In about a third of the time it would have taken other NASA Mars rovers, Perseverance recently navigated its way through a field of boulders more than 1,700 feet wide (about a half-kilometer). While ... more
Historic NASA asteroid mission set for perilous return
Washington (AFP) Sept 22, 2023
NASA's first mission to retrieve an asteroid sample and return it to US soil is expected to reach a perilous finale on Sunday with a descent into the Utah desert. ... more
NASA report looks at societal considerations for Artemis
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 22, 2023
NASA's Artemis missions have far-reaching scientific and exploratory goals, and a new report seeks to foster discussion about how the agency can make such dramatic progress in a way that takes ethic ... more
New milestones despite tricky boulders
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 23, 2023
For the past couple of planning sols, Perseverance has been working on a complex navigation out of a boulder field on one of the lobes on top of the fan. The engineering team planned specific maneuv ... more
On the up and up, the view just keeps getting better: Sols 3953-3954
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 18, 2023
Earth planning date: Monday, September 18, 2023: Coming in to planning today, we were greeted with another spectacular view back down Mt. Sharp and the distant crater rim visible through the haze (s ... more

Reading the Rocks: The Importance of the Margin Carbonate Unit on Mars

Tiny sea creatures reveal the ancient origins of neurons
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Sep 20, 2023
A study in the journal Cell sheds new light on the evolution of neurons, focusing on the placozoans, a millimetre-sized marine animal. Researchers at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona f ... more
The limits of nuclear stability change in stellar environments
Guildford UK (SPX) Sep 23, 2023
New research is challenging the scientific status quo on the limits of the nuclear chart in hot stellar environments where temperatures reach billions of degrees Celsius. The nuclear chart is ... more
Rogue Space Ready for Liftoff
Gilford NH (SPX) Sep 19, 2023
Rogue Space Systems, creator of Orbots, autonomous AI robots, that provide in-space infrastructure and services, has successfully integrated their "Barry" (Barry-1) spacecraft into its deployer with ... more
Space Systems Command awards contract for Responsive Launch to ABL
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2023
Space Systems Command's Assured Access to Space (AATS) office has awarded a $15 million contract to ABL Space Systems to demonstrate responsive launch capability. The Small Launch and Targets ... more
NASA concludes wind study
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2023
A NASA wind study aimed at enhancing air taxi safety on takeoff and landing is complete at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. The center's Dryden Remotely Operated ... more

Astroscale wins Space Force contract for Space Mobility and Logistics capabilities
Cape Canaveral SFS FL (SPX) Sep 20, 2023
Space Systems Command's Assured Access to Space (AATS) Directorate, in collaboration with the Space Development Corps' Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC), awarded a $25.5 million contract to Astrosc ... more
Spending time in space can harm the human body
Gainesville FL (SPX) Sep 20, 2023
When 17 people were in orbit around the Earth all at the same time on May 30, 2023, it set a record. With NASA and other federal space agencies planning more manned missions and commercial companies ... more
New recipes for origin of life may point way to distant, inhabited planets
Madison WI (SPX) Sep 20, 2023
Life on a faraway planet - if it's out there - might not look anything like life on Earth. But there are only so many chemical ingredients in the universe's pantry, and only so many ways to mix them ... more
Curiosity reaches Mars ridge where water left debris pileup
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 20, 2023
Three billion years ago, amid one of the last wet periods on Mars, powerful debris flows carried mud and boulders down the side of a hulking mountain. The debris spread into a fan that was later ero ... more
OSIRIS-REx Makes Final Course Adjustment Before Sept. 24 Sample Delivery
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 20, 2023
On Sept. 17, NASA's OSIRIS-REx engineers slightly shifted the spacecraft's trajectory to refine the landing location of its sample capsule, which the spacecraft will deliver to Earth on Sept. 24. Th ... more
Juice: why's it taking sooo long
Paris (ESA) Sep 20, 2023
At their closest point in orbit, Earth and Jupiter are separated by almost 600 million kilometres. At the time of writing, five months after launch, Juice has already travelled 370 million kilometre ... more
Momentus to provide delivery service for Aarhus University payload
SAN JOSE, CA (SPX) Sep 20, 2023
Momentus Inc. (NASDAQ: MNTS) has signed a contract with Aarhus University for transportation and orbital delivery services in late 2024. Aarhus University will be flying its DISCO-II payload designe ... more
Terran Orbital announces pricing of Public Offering
Boca Raton FL (SPX) Sep 20, 2023
Terran Orbital Corporation (NYSE: LLAP) has announced the pricing of its previously announced public offering of 23,214,290 shares of its common stock (or common stock equivalents in lieu thereof) a ... more
China, S. Africa space ties promise wide scope
Beijing (XNA) Sep 20, 2023
There is huge potential and there will be big opportunities in the field of space cooperation between China and South Africa as the two nations have recently decided to enhance their collaboration i ... more
Within the Margin
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 20, 2023
This week on Mars, Perseverance officially kicked off the Margin Campaign by arriving at Mandu Wall and performing the first abrasion of a rock within the marginal carbonate unit! Reaching this dest ... more
NASA to live stream asteroid sample's return to Earth this weekend
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 20, 2023
NASA has scheduled coverage of its first asteroid sampling mission's return to Earth. ... more
'Anomaly' ends Rocket Lab launch mid-flight
Miami FL (UPI) Sep 20, 2023
A Rocket Lab launch of a next-generation radar satellite for Capella Space from New Zealand on Tuesday experienced an "anomaly" minutes into its flight, ending the mission. The issue occurred ... more
Purdue scientist among first to examine asteroid pieces from OSIRIS-REx mission
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Sep 19, 2023
To study the planets, someone has to go there: Either a human or a bot launches into space to physically explore other worlds. Scientists who study extraterrestrial materials can't usually bring the ... more
New clues to the nature of elusive dark matter
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Sep 19, 2023
A team of international researchers, led by experts at the University of Adelaide, has uncovered further clues in the quest for insights into the nature of dark matter. "Dark matter makes up 8 ... more
SpaceX deploys another 22 Starlink satellites
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 20, 2021
Elon Musk's SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with a payload of 22 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit late Tuesday. ... more
Germany signs the Artemis Accords
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Sep 19, 2023
The Moon and Mars are the next big topics for exploration in the coming years. The USA is preparing the next steps towards the Moon and Mars with its Artemis programme. In order to become part of th ... more


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