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September 17, 2023
Exploring the lunar south pole: lessons from Chandrayaan-3

Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 18, 2023
On August 23 the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully landed a spacecraft on the Moon's south pole, a location that has always been of particular interest to scientists due to the unique conditions created by the planet's extremities. The Moon rover, Chandrayaan-3, which recently completed its 14-day mission, made history by landing on the lunar south pole. Dr Laura McKemmish, an astrochemist from UNSW Sydney, explains the significance of the mission and what the future holds for ... read more

RIT collaboration with global team confirms, disproves distant galaxies
Rochester NY (SPX) Sep 18, 2023
Rochester Institute of Technology scientists have once again used data from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) as part of the Cosmic Evolution Early Release Science (CEERS) Survey to change the w ... more
Soyuz hatch opens, Expedition 69 expands to 10 crewmates
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 18, 2023
The hatches between the International Space Station and the newly arrived Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft officially opened at 5:16 p.m. EDT. The arrival of three new crew members to the existing seven peopl ... more
SpaceX launches 22 Starlink satellites in 65th mission of 2023
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 16, 2023
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 22 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida late Friday. ... more
Rockets and Porsches: rich Russians flock to Baikonur spaceport
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) Sept 15, 2023
Everyone should witness a rocket launch in their lifetime, says Yevgeniya Degtyarnikova as she watches the rollout of a Soyuz from its hangar in the vast steppes of Kazakhstan. ... more
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Dusty Skies in the Cloudy Season: Sols 3950-3952
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 15, 2023
by Conor Hayes, Graduate Student at York University Earth planning date: Friday, September 15, 2023: Some days, the process of preparing a plan to be uplinked to our intrepid rover goes beautifully ... more
Supermassive black holes alter galactic chemistry
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 18, 2023
New research shows that the supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy can have a direct impact on the chemical distribution of the host galaxy. This provides another piece of the puzzle for ... more
Exoplanet with a large iron core adds to puzzle of how planets form
Turin, Italy (SPX) Sep 18, 2023
Over the past decades, astronomers have found several thousand extrasolar planets. Extrasolar planets orbit stars outside our solar system. The next frontier in this research field is to learn more ... more
China to launch solar probe to unexplored L5 point in 2026
Shanghai (XNA) Sep 18, 2023
China is planning to launch a solar exploration satellite to a previously unexplored orbit between the Earth and the sun in order to carry out solar probe and space weather monitoring. The app ... more
Technology to boost high-speed satellite connectivity
Paris (ESA) Sep 18, 2023
British electronics specialist Filtronic is developing advanced technology that will enable next-generation satellite constellations to deliver high-speed broadband internet coverage. Backed b ... more



Skyloom and Satellogic sign agreement for Multipath Optical Comms Data Transmission

Intelsat delivers new reliable broadcast connectivity service
McLean, VA (SPX) Sep 18, 2023
Intelsat, operator of one of the world's largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks and leading provider of inflight connectivity (IFC), today announced a new content distribution system ... more
China builds new radio telescope to support lunar, deep-space missions
Lhasa, China (XNA) Sep 18, 2023
China launched the construction of a 40-meter-aperture radio telescope in Shigatse, Southwest China's Tibet autonomous region, on Friday, to offer technical support for the country's lunar and deep- ... more
Eutelsat and NationalChip deliver ground-breaking features on Popular Set-Top Box Chipset
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 18, 2023
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) and silicon chip maker NationalChip are bringing an enhanced Free-To-Air satellite TV viewing experience to millions of homes around the world, thanks t ... more
Fitness tracker beyond Earth
Paris (ESA) Sep 18, 2023
One of the experiments during ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen's mission will track his health and body vital signs during his daily exercise in space. Understanding how the human body copes wit ... more
Mini space thruster that runs on water
London, UK (ESA) Sep 15, 2023
This tiny fingernail-length space thruster chip runs on the greenest propellant of all: water. Designed to manoeuvre the smallest classes of satellite, the operation of this Iridium Catalysed Electr ... more

Rocket Lab signs deal with Leidos to launch 4 HASTE missions

Matter comprises of 31% of the total amount of matter and energy in the universe
Chiba, Japan (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
"Cosmologists believe that only about 20% of the total matter is made of regular or 'baryonic' matter, which includes stars, galaxies, atoms, and life," explains first author Dr. Mohamed Abdullah, a ... more
Webb confirms accuracy of Universe's expansion rate as measured by Hubble
Baltimore MD (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
The rate at which the universe is expanding, known as the Hubble constant, is one of the fundamental parameters for understanding the evolution and ultimate fate of the cosmos. However, a persistent ... more
NASA joins the still controversial search for UFOs
Washington (AFP) Sept 14, 2023
NASA on Thursday officially joined the search for UFOs - but reflecting the stigma attached to the field, the US space agency kept secret for hours the identity of the person heading a new program tracking mystery flying objects. ... more
DISA and US Space Force award Iridium PLEO satellite-based services contract
McLean VA (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) has been awarded a five-year base Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with one five-year option by the U.S. Space Force for Iridium Ce ... more
GMV tests robot for assembly and maintenance of structures in Earth orbit
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
Multinational technology company GMV has successfully concluded ground validation tests for a space robot designed to assemble structures in Earth's orbit as part of the European Space Agency's (ESA ... more

The Vostochny cosmodrome: symbol of Moscow's struggling space sector
Moscow (AFP) Sept 13, 2023
Russia's Vostochny cosmodrome, where President Vladimir Putin hosted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Wednesday, has become a symbol of lingering problems in Moscow's space sector: from lengthy delays to rampant corruption. ... more
US astronaut sets record for stint in space
Washington (AFP) Sept 13, 2023
The astronaut Frank Rubio broke the record for the longest in orbit mission by an American, spending more than 355 days aboard the International Space Station. ... more
Alleged bodies of 'non-human beings' shown in Mexican Congress
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 13, 2023
The alleged bodies of two "non-human beings" were presented during a congressional hearing in Mexico, generating a mixture of surprise, disbelief and ridicule on social media on Wednesday. ... more
Musk, Zuckerberg visit US congress to discuss AI
Washington (AFP) Sept 13, 2023
Big tech bigwigs including Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg traveled to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to share their plans for artificial intelligence as the US prepares to draw up legislation to better control the technology. ... more
Maduro says Venezuelan astronauts could go to Moon in Chinese spaceship
Beijing (AFP) Sept 14, 2023
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said his country could send its first astronauts to the Moon in a Chinese spacecraft, hailing on Thursday a scientific cooperation agreement he reached with President Xi Jinping. ... more
Sols 3948-3949: A Rocky Road, or Two!
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 13, 2023
Earth planning date: Wednesday, September 13, 2023: Our view out of the window, in this case the front hazard camera, is spectacular today, as you can see above. Regular readers of the mission updat ... more
COSPAR new program seeks to build SmallSat capacity in Developing Countries
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Capacity Building program through collaboration in the field of small satellites (Small Sats). Institutes and univ ... more
Germany blocks full Chinese takeover of satellite startup
Frankfurt, Germany (AFP) Sept 14, 2023
Germany has blocked a complete Chinese takeover of a satellite startup on national security grounds, sources close to the matter told AFP Thursday, as Berlin takes an increasingly hard line against Beijing. ... more
SES introduces cruise industry's first integrated MEO-LEO service with Starlink
Luxembourg (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
For the first time ever, cruise operators can now depend on a single managed solution to reap the benefits of low-latency, high-throughput satellite connectivity services that are enabled by integra ... more
Sidus contracts with HEO for non-Earth imaging payload data services
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
Sidus Space (NASDAQ: SIDU) has announced an agreement with HEO (USA), a subsidiary of HEO, an Australian space technology company specializing in non-Earth imaging (NEI) and in-orbit satellite inspe ... more
Carbon atoms coming together in space
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
Lab-based studies reveal how carbon atoms diffuse on the surface of interstellar ice grains to form complex organic compounds, crucial to reveal the chemical complexity in the universe. Uncovering t ... more
NASA JPL Imaging Spectrometer Ready for Tanager 1 Integration
San Francisco CA (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
Planet Labs PBC (NYSE: PL) has announced that an imaging spectrometer, developed by NASA JPL, has been handed off to its team for integration onto its Tanager 1 hyperspectral satellite. This marks a ... more
EUMETSAT: A Forecasting Revolution on Its Way
Darmstadt, Germany (SPX) Sep 12, 2023
The preliminary data from the MTG-I1 satellite, the first of a new generation of meteorological satellites for the even better monitoring and forecasting of severe weather events, are breathtaking. ... more
Marcus Wandt will fly to International Space Station on third Axiom Space mission
Paris (ESA) Sep 15, 2023
ESA project astronaut Marcus Wandt from Sweden will travel to the International Space Station (ISS) on Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) no earlier than January 2024. Axiom Space announced the four crew ... more
Electrons from Earth may be forming water on the Moon
Manoa HI (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
A team of researchers, led by a University of Hawai'i (UH) at Manoa planetary scientist, discovered that high energy electrons in Earth's plasma sheet are contributing to weathering processes on the ... more
The young age of permanently shadowed areas on the Moon
Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
Most of the Moon's permanently shadowed areas arose less than 2.2 billion years ago and some trapped ice during the recent past, research led by Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Norbert ... more


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