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September 18, 2023
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 Moon's surface and, importantly, the electrons may have aided the formation of water on the lunar surface. The study was published in Nature Astronomy. Understanding the concentrations and distributions of water on the Moon is critical to understanding its formation and evolution, and to providing wate ... read more

Saturn images show a change of seasons as polar vortex fades
Leicester UK (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
While the UK has been experiencing warm autumnal weather, a team of planetary scientists has found that Saturn's late northern summer is experiencing a cooling trend, as huge planetary-scale flows o ... more
NASA contract Firefly to provide radio frequency calibration services from lunar orbit
Cedar Park TX (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
Firefly Aerospace, Inc., an end-to-end space transportation company, was awarded an $18 million NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract to provide radio frequency calibration services ... more
CPI Vertex to provide KA-band antennas for SES'S O3B mPOWER
Duisburg, Germany (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
CPI Vertex Antennentechnik, a subsidiary of Communications and Power Industries (CPI), has been selected to provide high-performance Ka-band antenna systems to SES for its O3b mPOWER communications ... 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
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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
Broomfield CO (SPX) Sep 18, 2023
Skyloom Global has signed an agreement with Satellogic Inc. (NASDAQ: SATL), a leader in submeter Earth Observation ("EO") data and satellite technology. The agreement details plans to integrate Skyl ... more
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
Two Russians, American reach space station
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) Sept 15, 2023
Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut docked with the International Space Station on Friday after blasting off amid raging tensions between Moscow and Washington over Ukraine. ... 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



The young age of permanently shadowed areas on the Moon

Mapping the Sun's Interaction with Mercury's Surface
Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
A new study maps the infall of protons and electrons from the solar wind to geographical location on the surface of Mercury, giving scientists new insight into how interactions with the Sun alters t ... more
Successful entry into service of Eutelsat Hotbird 13F and 13G satellites
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) announces that its two high-power HOTBIRD 13F and HOTBIRD 13G satellites have entered into full commercial service. Located at Eutelsat's 13 degrees Eas ... more
Sidus Space announces 180-Day extension on NASDAQ minimum pricing
Cape Canaveral, FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
Sidus Space has been granted an additional 180 calendar days, or until March 11, 2024, (the "Second Compliance Period") to regain compliance with The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC ("NASDAQ"). On Sep ... more
Intelsat Adds European Capacity with Telespazio's Fucino Space Centre in Italy
McLean VA (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
Intelsat, operator of one of the world's largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks and leading provider of inflight connectivity (IFC), has added Telespazio's Fucino Space Centre in Ital ... 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

Marcus Wandt will fly to International Space Station on third Axiom Space mission

Primary Instrument for NASA's Roman Completed, Begins Tests
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
A team of engineers and technicians at Ball Aerospace, one of the industry partners for NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, have ... 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
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
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
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

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
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
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 ... more
Coming Soon: A "Ring of Fire" in the Sky
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
On Oct. 14, 2023, an annular total solar eclipse will be visible to millions across the globe as it sweeps through the skies of the northwestern United States through Mexico and Central America and ... 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
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
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
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
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
The universe caught suppressing cosmic structure growth
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Sep 12, 2023
As the universe evolves, scientists expect large cosmic structures to grow at a certain rate: dense regions such as galaxy clusters would grow denser, while the void ... more
NASA approves crew for Axiom's third private mission to space station
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 12, 2023
NASA has approved a four-person crew for the third Axiom mission, which is intended to launch no sooner than January 2024. ... more
Webb discovers methane, carbon dioxide in atmosphere of K2-18 b
Baltimore MD (SPX) Sep 12, 2023
A new investigation with NASA's James Webb Space Telescope into K2-18 b, an exoplanet 8.6 times as massive as Earth, has revealed the presence of carbon-bearing molecules including methane and carbo ... 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
Firefly Aerospace launches US Space Force VICTUS NOX Responsive Space Mission with 24-hours notice
Vandenberg AFB CA (SPX) Sep 18, 2023
Firefly Aerospace, an end-to-end space transportation company, today announced the company successfully launched its Alpha rocket and deployed the VICTUS NOX spacecraft following a 24-hour notice to ... more


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