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May 17, 2024
MARSDAILY
NASA, ESA will search for 'signs of life' on Mars



Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2024
NASA and the European Space Agency will search together for signs of life on Mars, the U.S. space administration announced Thursday. They will collaborate on the ExoMars Rosalind Franklin rover, an ESA-led mission that will launch in 2028 to explore Mars. Under terms of the deal, NASA will provide special heaters and unique parts of the rover propulsion system that are required to land on Mars. The rover will be the first to drill to a depth of up to 6.5 feet below the surface to collect ... read more

ROCKET SCIENCE
Boeing Starliner launch delayed to Tuesday due to helium leak
Washington DC (UPI) May 15, 2024
Boeing's Starliner flight to the International Space Station was delayed again due to a helium leak. ... more
TECH SPACE
Huge Survey vs. Tiny Space Junk
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2024
As construction continues on the Vera Rubin Observatory, the skies above its mountaintop home grow more and more crowded following every rocket launch. Astronomers, conscious of the plans for mega-c ... more
ROBO SPACE
Robotic "SuperLimbs" could help moonwalkers recover from falls
Boston MA (SPX) May 16, 2024
Need a moment of levity? Try watching videos of astronauts falling on the moon. NASA's outtakes of Apollo astronauts tripping and stumbling as they bounce in slow motion are delightfully relatable. ... more
SPACEMART
ATT and AST SpaceMobile Sign Agreement for Satellite Broadband Network
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 16, 2024
ATT and AST SpaceMobile have finalized a commercial agreement to create a space-based broadband network for cell phones, effective until 2030. Previously, the companies collaborated under a Memorand ... more
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EXO WORLDS
UH Manoa researchers uncover origins of life's building blocks in space
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 15, 2024
Researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa have made a key discovery about the formation of essential molecules in space, which could provide insights into how life began on Earth. A te ... more
MOON DAILY
Lithuania becomes 40th nation to join NASA's Artemis Accords
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2024
Lithuania has become the 40th nation to sign NASA's Artemis Accords, a pact that defines the peaceful exploration of space. ... more
OUTER PLANETS
NASA's Juno captures detailed images of Europa's surface
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 16, 2024
NASA's Juno spacecraft has provided high-definition images of Jupiter's moon Europa, supporting the theory that the icy crust at the poles has shifted. A new image shows signs of potential plume act ... more
EXO WORLDS
Earth-sized planet discovered orbiting ultra-cool red dwarf star
London, UK (SPX) May 16, 2024
An international team of astronomers has detected a new Earth-sized planet orbiting an ultra-cool red dwarf star, located 55 light years away. The planet, named SPECULOOS-3 b, is the second of ... more

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EXO WORLDS


Newly discovered Earth-sized planet may lack an atmosphere

SOLAR SCIENCE
SwRI examines substorm in Earth's magnetotail with MMS data
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 15, 2024
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is analyzing an unusual event in Earth's magnetotail, the part of the magnetosphere trailing away from the Sun. Using data from NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale ( ... more
SATURN DAILY
Discovery of organic molecules on Saturn's moon
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 15, 2024
In 2018, very large organic molecules were discovered in ice particles on Saturn's moon Enceladus. Whether they indicate the existence of life or were created in some other way is still unclear. A r ... more
GPS NEWS
Magic Lane secures 3 million euro to enhance location intelligence capabilities
Paris, France (SPX) May 13, 2024
Magic Lane, a leader in mapping and location services, has secured a euro 3 million investment to enhance its navigation technologies for micro-mobility and IoT applications. "With this investment, ... more
SPACEMART
Iridium-Connected Drones Receive FAA BVLOS Waiver
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 16, 2024
Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM), a global provider of voice and data satellite communications, announced a significant development for uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) beyond visual line of ... more
TECH SPACE
Transforming iron-based alloys into advanced thermoelectric materials with brief heat treatment
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 11, 2024
Researchers from the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and Nagoya University have developed a method to convert iron-based amorphous alloys, commonly used in soft magnets, into efficie ... more
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SPACE TRAVEL


Axiom Space partners with Virgin Galactic for Turkish astronaut's suborbital mission

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
MIT researchers discover the universe's oldest stars in our own galactic backyard
Boston MA (SPX) May 15, 2024
MIT researchers, including several undergraduate students, have discovered three of the oldest stars in the universe, and they happen to live in our own galactic neighborhood. The team spotted ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
First crewed flight of Boeing spacecraft delayed again
Washington (AFP) May 14, 2024
The first crewed launch of Boeing's Starliner spaceship to the International Space Station has been postponed again due to a technical snafu, the company said Tuesday. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
ISS National Lab offers up to $750,000 for technology development in space
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 15, 2024
The International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory is calling for flight concepts for technology development that use the space environment of the orbiting laboratory. This solicitation, "Tec ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Voyager Space to Develop New Airlock Concept for Mars Transit
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 15, 2024
Voyager Space (Voyager) announced it has received a Collaborative Announcement Notice (CAN) from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) to develop an airlock for the Mars Transit Vehicle, also k ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
New Shepard's NS-25 crewed mission set for May 19 liftoff
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 15, 2024
Blue Origin confirmed the launch of its seventh crewed flight, NS-25, from West Texas's Launch Site One, scheduled for Sunday, May 19. The launch window will open at 8:30 AM CDT / 1330 UTC, with the ... more
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IRON AND ICE
UCF Student's Primitive Asteroids Work Provides Context for Further Research, Future NASA Missions
Orlando FL (SPX) May 15, 2024
The primitive asteroids that UCF physics doctoral student Brittany Harvison studies carry with them traces of their origins and billions of years of our solar system's history. Harvison recent ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
NASA selects UW-led project to study atmosphere layers
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 15, 2024
A project led by the University of Washington (UW) aiming to better understand the Earth's atmosphere is a finalist for NASA's next generation of Earth-observing satellites. NASA has announced that ... more
MOON DAILY
NASA Tests Moonwalk Technology in Arizona Desert
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 15, 2024
NASA is conducting a week-long field test in the San Francisco Volcanic Field near Flagstaff, Arizona to practice moonwalk scenarios for the Artemis campaign. NASA astronauts Kate Rubins and A ... more
EXO WORLDS
Astronomers spot a giant planet that is as light as cotton candy
Boston MA (SPX) May 15, 2024
Astronomers at MIT, the University of Liege in Belgium, and elsewhere have discovered a huge, fluffy oddball of a planet orbiting a distant star in our Milky Way galaxy. The discovery, reported in t ... more
SPACEMART
Future spacecraft control centre unveiled by ESA
Darmstadt, Germany (SPX) May 15, 2024
"ESA's new operations centre will be efficient, sustainable, adaptable and accessible," says Rolf Densing, ESA's Director of Operations and head of the ESOC site. "The new building will ensure Europ ... more
SPACEMART
Sidus Space activates LizzieSat-1 payload after commissioning
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 15, 2024
Sidus Space (NASDAQ: SIDU) has begun activating the payload on LizzieSat-1 (LS-1) following the completion of its commissioning phase. LS-1 was launched and deployed via SpaceX Falcon 9 from V ... more
TECH SPACE
Where is the Best Place to Buy Used Books?
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 13, 2024
An average student's battle to acquire a textbook at a reasonable price is the hardship he/she has to go through every day. Baffling if it is possible to get the textbooks for the semester without any fortune to waste. ... more
MARSDAILY
Tracing organic matter origins in Martian sediments
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 14, 2024
Scientists are investigating Martian sediments to understand early environmental conditions and potential signs of past life. Sediments collected by the Curiosity rover from Gale Crater, an ancient ... more
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MOON DAILY
World's first high-definition lunar geologic atlas revealed
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 14, 2024
The first high-definition geologic atlas of the entire Moon, scaled at 1:2.5 million, was unveiled on April 21. The atlas, available in Chinese and English, consists of the Geologic Atlas of t ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Dazzling auroras fade from skies as sunspot turns away
Washington (AFP) May 13, 2024
The spectacular auroras that danced across the sky in many parts of the world over the weekend are fading, scientists said Monday, as the massive sunspot that caused them turns its ferocious gaze away from Earth. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Maritime Launch Secures Conditional $12.9M Term Sheet from Canadian Government
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 14, 2024
Maritime Launch Services Inc. has received a conditional term sheet for a $12.9 million contribution administered under the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF). The funding will support Maritime Launch ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
NASA names David Salvagnini as chief artificial intelligence officer
Washington DC (UPI) May 13, 2024
David Salvagnini, NASA's chief data officer, will take on the expanded role of chief artificial intelligence officer, the agency announced Monday. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX launches 23 Starlink satellites from Florida
Washington DC (UPI) May 12, 2024
SpaceX launched 23 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Sunday night, bringing the total number of Starlink satellites in orbit to just over 6,000. ... more
DRAGON SPACE
China sends experimental satellite into orbit with Long March 4C rocket
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 13, 2024
An experimental satellite was launched into space aboard a Long March 4C carrier rocket on Sunday morning from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, situated in the Gobi Desert of northwestern China. ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Looking to the Stars: The Science Behind Different Solar Eclipses
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 13, 2024
For the keen-eyed astronomers among us, it's rapidly approaching eclipse season. With a total lunar eclipse set to occur in North America on April 8, 2024, there's never been a better time to learn ... more
MOON DAILY
Pakistan sends Cubesat to lunar orbit with China's assistance
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 11, 2024
In a significant advancement in lunar exploration collaboration, China has transferred satellite data from the Chang'e 6 mission to Pakistan. The data, collected by a cube satellite named ICUBE-Q, w ... more
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