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September 11, 2023
ULA's Atlas V rocket launched its final NRO mission

Space Coast FL (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
After a series of delays due to Hurricane Ida and "an issue found during a pre-launch ordnance circuit continuity check", for the first time in almost 11 months, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket took off from Florida's Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41), Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS), on Sunday at 8:47 a.m. EDT (1247 UTC). This marks the second launch of the year for ULA and the 18th and final launch of a National Reconnaissance Office mission on an Atlas V. Silent Ba ... read more

Relativity Space signs lease on historic NASA Test Stand
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
Relativity Space, has signed an enhanced use lease agreement (EULA) on the vertical test stand at the A-2 complex within NASA's historic Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi. The agre ... more
Rocket Lab announces launch window for next Capella Space mission
Long Beach CA (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) has scheduled its next Electron launch during a window that opens September 19, 2023 NZST/UTC. The 'We Will Never Desert You' mission is scheduled to launch from ... more
SpaceX successfully launches 22 Starlink satellites
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 9, 2023
SpaceX has successfully launched a group of 22 Starlink satellites from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. ... more
SpaceX's Starship to remain grounded after explosion probe
Washington (AFP) Sept 8, 2023
SpaceX's Starship, the most powerful rocket ever built, must remain grounded while Elon Musk's company completes dozens of corrective actions to prevent a repeat of the spectacular explosion that marred its first orbital test flight, regulators said Friday. ... more
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Virgin Galactic completes 4th successful flight in 4 months
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPCE) has reported the completion of its second private astronaut flight, 'Galactic 03.' The mission flew three of Virgin Galactic's first customers. 'Gal ... more
Virgin Galactic notches fourth spaceflight in four months
Washington (AFP) Sept 8, 2023
Virgin Galactic on Friday announced it had sent three paying customers on an hour-long journey to space and back, racking up its fourth successful flight in as many months. ... more
Here's How Sept. 24 Asteroid Sample Delivery Will Work
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
Early morning on Sunday, Sept. 24, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft's sample capsule will come face-to-face with Earth's atmosphere for the first time since the mission's 2016 launch. On board are an estim ... more
NASA's LRO Observes Chandrayaan-3 Landing Site
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
NASA's LRO - the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter - spacecraft imaged the Chandrayaan-3 landing site on the Moon's surface. The Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) Chandrayaan-3 touched do ... more
Sols 3941-3942: Follow the Red Bumpy Road
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 06, 2023
Earth planning date: Wednesday, September 6, 2023: Today I served on the rover science operations team as the Geology theme group Keeper of the Plan, otherwise known as the "GKOP." The GKOP operates ... more


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GomSpace receives order from EPIC Aerospace to support space tug development
Stockholm, sweden (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
GomSpace announces that EPIC Aerospace has chosen to purchase products and subsystems at a value of approx. 3.8 MSEK from GomSpace for their space tugs. The products and subsystems will be used as p ... more
Japan launches telescope and moon lander following weather delays
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 07, 2023
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency successfully launched a rocket Wednesday, with a high-powered X-ray telescope and moon lander on board, after the launch was scrubbed late last month due to ... more
X-ray mission lifts off to study high-energy Universe
Tanegashima, Japan (ESA) Sep 07, 2023
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM) lifted off on a H-IIA rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan at 08:42 JST / 00:42 BST / 01:4 ... more
Japan launches 'Moon Sniper' mission
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 7, 2023
Japan's "Moon Sniper" mission blasted off Thursday as the country's space programme looks to bounce back from a string of recent mishaps, weeks after India's historic lunar triumph. ... more
SpaceX awaits FAA approval for Starship launch
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 6, 2023
Elon Musk said Tuesday that SpaceX is ready to launch a second test flight of its Starship and awaits Federal Aviation Administration approval nearly five months after the first test in Texas exploded over the Gulf of Mexico. ... more


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Sols 3936-3939: Double the Fun
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 11, 2023
Earth planning date: Friday, September 1, 2023: Most long weekend plans are packed with lots of fun science, and this weekend's plan - to get us through the US Labor Day holiday - was no exception. ... more
Possible existence of Earth-like planet predicted in Outskirts of Solar System
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
There are many unexplained anomalies in the orbits and distribution of trans-Neptunian objects, small celestial bodies located at the outer reaches of the solar system. Now, based on detailed comput ... more
Ravenous black hole consumes star every time it passes by
Leicester UK (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
A star like our own Sun in a nearby galaxy is gradually being eaten away by a small but ravenous black hole, losing the equivalent mass of three Earths every time it passes close. The discovery by U ... more
New cosmological constraints on the nature of dark matter
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
New research has revealed the distribution of dark matter in never before seen detail, down to a scale of 30,000 light-years. The observed distribution fluctuations provide better constraints on the ... more
NASA gears up for its next giant space telescope
Tempe AZ (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
NASA recently announced the selection of the Science, Technology, Architecture Review Team (START) to include Arizona State University professors Evan Scannapieco and Evgenya Shkolnik of the School ... more

Crew of Shenzhou XV mission honored for six-month space odyssey
Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
The three crew members of the Shenzhou XV mission have been awarded medals and titles in recognition of their service and accomplishments during their remarkable six-month journey in space. In ... more
Psyche on track for liftoff next month
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 08, 2023
Bound for a metal-rich asteroid of the same name, the Psyche mission is targeting Oct. 5 to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft's solar arrays are folded like an ... more
NASA's completes Oxygen-Generating Experiment MOXIE
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 08, 2023
Riding with the Perseverance rover, the instrument has proved to be a viable technology for astronauts on Mars to produce oxygen for fuel and breathing. When the first astronauts land on Mars, they ... more
On the road to spotting alien life
Pasadena CA (SPX) Sep 08, 2023
In early August, scientists and engineers gathered in a small auditorium at Caltech to discuss how to build the first space telescope capable of detecting life on planets like Earth. The proposed mi ... more
Camera hack lets Solar Orbiter peer deeper into Sun's atmosphere
Paris (ESA) Sep 08, 2023
Scientists have used Solar Orbiter's EUI camera in a new mode of operation to record part of the Sun's atmosphere at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths that has been almost impossible to image until no ... more
Furthest ever detection of a galaxy's magnetic field
Munich, Germany (SPX) Sep 08, 2023
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have detected the magnetic field of a galaxy so far away that its light has taken more than 11 billion years to reach us: w ... more
Sea launch 1st by Chinese private entity
Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 08, 2023
Galactic Energy has become the first Chinese private company to carry out a sea-based launch mission. The Beijing-based company announced on Tuesday evening that the sea-borne variant of its C ... more
Fuelled-up dress rehearsal for Ariane 6
Paris (ESA) Sep 08, 2023
At Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, ESA's new Ariane 6 launch vehicle, consisting of its upper and core stage has been fuelled up and its core stage engine fired. With the rocket standing on its ... more

China publishes new datasets obtained by Mars, lunar probes
Beijing (XNA) Sep 08, 2023
China published two new batches of data on Monday, obtained by its Mars probe and lunar probe. The scientific data obtained by three scientific payloads including a high-definition camera on T ... more
Mexico's CFE TEIT taps SES's Mobile Backhaul Service via SES-17 to Boost Digital Inclusion
Luxembourg (SPX) Sep 08, 2023
Expanding on a partnership committed to close the connectivity divide across Mexico, CFE Telecomunicaciones e Internet para Todos (CFE TEIT) and SES has announced the delivery of voice and data serv ... more
Vodafone and Amazon's Project Kuiper to extend connectivity in Africa and Europe
London, UK (SPX) Sep 08, 2023
Vodafone and Project Kuiper, Amazon's low Earth orbit satellite (LEO) communications initiative, has announced a strategic collaboration through which Vodafone and Vodacom plan to use Project Kuiper ... more
How to prevent biofilms in space
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 08, 2023
After exposure in space aboard the International Space Station, a new kind of surface treatment significantly reduced the growth of biofilms, scientists report. Biofilms are mats of microbial or fun ... more
Newly discovered comet visible in night sky this weekend
Paris (AFP) Sept 6, 2023
A comet called Nishimura discovered just a month ago could be visible to the naked eye this weekend, offering stargazers a once-in-a-437-year chance to observe the celestial visitor. ... more
Korean lunar space environment payload ships to US for 2024 launch
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Sep 05, 2023
The Ministry of Science and ICT (Minister Jong-Ho Lee, hereinafter referred to as 'MSIT') and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (Director Young-Deuk Park, hereinafter referred to as 'K ... more
New research reveals Earth's ancient 'breath'
Portsmouth UK (SPX) Sep 04, 2023
An international team of scientists have uncovered an important link between Earth's early atmosphere and the chemistry of its deep mantle. The study, which was led by researchers at the Unive ... more
Spire Global awarded $4.6M NASA contract to develop NOAA sounder
Vienna VA (SPX) Sep 04, 2023
Spire Global, Inc. (NYSE: SPIR) has been awarded a $4.6 million, 12-month contract by NASA on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to participate in NOAA's Sounder fo ... more

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