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November 14, 2023
Big bang: Dutch firm eyes space baby

Eindhoven, Netherlands (AFP) Nov 14, 2023
Climate crises, nuclear Armageddon, or a sudden meteor strike - it's clear humanity could do with Planet B. But first we need to learn to reproduce safely in space, says Dutch entrepreneur Egbert Edelbroek. Edelbroek's firm, Spaceborn United, is pioneering space sex research, with the eventual aim of natural conception and birth in the partial gravity environment found on Mars. The challenges of achieving safe space sex are galactic, but the ambitious Dutchman is confident he will see an extrat ... read more

UTA developing more powerful rocket engines for space travel
Arlington TX (SPX) Nov 14, 2023
A University of Texas at Arlington engineering researcher has received a NASA grant to use rotating detonation rocket engines (RDREs) for in-space propulsion to make them more efficient, compact and ... more
China develops 'GoMars' Model for enhanced Mars mission planning
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 14, 2023
Chinese scientists have taken a significant leap in Mars exploration technology by developing a comprehensive numerical model, "GoMars," to simulate Mars' atmospheric environment. This advancement i ... more
NASA's Mars Missions Persist Through Solar Conjunction
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 12, 2023
As Earth and Mars find themselves on opposite sides of the Sun - a biennial astronomical event known as the Mars solar conjunction - NASA's intrepid Mars fleet braces for a two-week communication hi ... more
Airbus Introduces "Detumbler" Device to Address Satellite Tumbling in Low Earth Orbit
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Nov 14, 2023
Airbus has launched a groundbreaking technology designed to mitigate the risks posed by tumbling satellites in space. The innovative device, named "Detumbler," was developed in association with Exot ... more
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EBAD's NEA Payload Release Modules prove crucial in SpaceX Transporter-9 mission
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 14, 2023
Ensign-Bickford Aerospace and Defense (EBAD) has once again marked its presence in the ever-evolving space industry with its innovative NEA Payload Release Modules (PRM), playing a pivotal role in t ... more
ICEYE expands SAR satellite constellation with four new satellites
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Nov 14, 2023
ICEYE, a prominent name in persistent monitoring and natural catastrophe solutions using radar imaging satellites, has recently fortified its constellation with the successful deployment of four new ... more
Lost in space: $100,000 tool bag from NASA spacewalk
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 13, 2023
Every construction worker who ever accidentally left their tools at their worksite now has something in common with NASA astronauts, who lost a tool bag worth $100,000 during a spacewalk on Nov. 1, the space agency announced. ... more
Reaching New Frontiers in Science Supported by Public Participation
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2023
NASA's Science Mission Directorate seeks knowledge and answers to profound questions that impact all people. Through competitions, challenges, crowdsourcing, and citizen science activities, NASA col ... more
For All Mankind: Space drama's alternate history constructs a better vision of NASA
Aberystwyth, Wales (SPX) Nov 13, 2023
Great art is often difficult to quantify. Apple TV's series For All Mankind is a case in point, running the risk of being too sci-fi for drama fans (rockets, moon bases, Mars) and having too much na ... more


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AI Chemist creates Mars-compatible oxygen catalyst from meteorites

An ammonia trail to exoplanets
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 08, 2023
They reveal the origin of wine, the age of bones and fossils, and they serve as diagnostic tools in medicine. Isotopes and isotopologues - molecules that differ only in the composition of their isot ... more
A third pair of SES' O3b mPower satellites launches from Cape Canaveral
Space Coast FL (SPX) Nov 13, 2023
In a significant advancement for global telecommunications, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched two new communication satellites, O3b mPOWER 5 and 6, for Luxembourg-based SES S.A. The lau ... more
Spire Global's Major Leap: 11 Satellites Launched on SpaceX's Transporter-9 Mission
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 12, 2023
In a significant advancement for space-based data and analytics, Spire Global, Inc. (NYSE: SPIR) has launched eleven satellites as part of SpaceX's Transporter-9 mission from Vandenberg Space Force Base. ... more
How to avoid getting disoriented in space
Waltham MA (SPX) Nov 13, 2023
When landing on the surface of the Moon, astronauts can become spatially disoriented, which is when they lose sense of their orientation - they might not be able to tell which way is up. This disori ... more
New nanosatellite to test novel AI technologies on board
Wurzburg, Germany (SPX) Nov 08, 2023
After more than two years of development, the nanosatellite SONATE-2 is about to be launched. The lift-off into orbit by a rocket is expected in March 2024. The satellite was designed and built by a ... more


NSF funds annual solicitation seeking physical science research leveraging the ISS National Lab

Hypergolic rocket engine with advanced throttling tested by Sierra Space
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 12, 2023
Sierra Space, a leader in the commercial space sector, has achieved a significant milestone with the successful testing of its new VRM5500-H hypergolic rocket engine, promising to revolutionize the ... more
Intelsat Secures Pioneering SATCOM Managed Service Pilot Contract with US Army
McLean VA (SPX) Nov 10, 2023
Intelsat, a prominent operator of one of the world's most extensive integrated satellite and terrestrial networks, is set to enhance the U.S Army's communication capabilities through a new, fully ma ... more
A green glow in the Martian night
Paris (ESA) Nov 13, 2023
When future astronauts explore Mars's polar regions, they will see a green glow lighting up the night sky. For the first time, a visible nightglow has been detected in the martian atmosphere by ESA' ... more
Hera asteroid mission hears the noise
Paris (ESA) Nov 13, 2023
ESA's Hera asteroid mission has completed acoustic testing, confirming the spacecraft can withstand the sound of its own lift-off into orbit. Testing took place within the Agency's Large European Ac ... more
Bulgaria signs Artemis Accords at NASA Headquarters; Joins 31 Nations
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 10, 2023
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson participated in a signing ceremony Thursday with Bulgaria's Milena Stoycheva, minister of innovation and growth, as her country became the 32nd nation to sign the Arte ... more

Extended habitability of exoplanets due to subglacial water
Jerusalem, Israel (SPX) Nov 10, 2023
Professor Amri Wandel, from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has unveiled research that promises to redefine our comprehension of habitable exoplanets. In a recent study published in the Astronomical ... more
Gemini North peers deeper into the dust with new instrument
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 14, 2023
Gemini North, one half of the International Gemini Observatory operated by NSF's NOIRLab, is now peering deeper into the dusty dwellings of young stars with its new IGRINS-2 instrument. This next-ge ... more
Construction on NASA mission to map 450 million galaxies is under way
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 10, 2023
NASA's SPHEREx space telescope is beginning to look much like it will when it arrives in Earth orbit and starts mapping the entire sky. Short for Specto-Photometer for the History of the Universe, E ... more
SpaceX Achieves On-Time Launch for Ambitious Transporter-9 Mission
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 11, 2023
In a textbook launch, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket flawlessly lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, marking yet another successful step in the co ... more
SpaceX hopes for second Starship flight test next week
Washington (AFP) Nov 11, 2023
SpaceX is hoping to re-launch Starship, the most powerful rocket ever built, next week, the company said, after an attempt in April ended in a spectacular explosion. ... more
ESA further boosts RFA One across Europe
Paris (ESA) Nov 09, 2023
ESA has committed further 'Boost! Programme' funding to German startup Rocket Factory Augsburg, known as RFA, for the development of commercial space transportation services based on the RFA One lau ... more
Glow in the visible range detected for the first time in the Martian night
Liege, Belgium (SPX) Nov 10, 2023
An international team led by scientists from the University of Liege has observed, for the first time in the visible range, a glow on the night side of the planet Mars. These new observations provid ... more
SpaceX Dragon docks with International Space Station carrying new gear
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 11, 2023
A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station on Saturday carrying equipment for the station's crew. ... more

Juno finds Jupiter's winds penetrate in cylindrical layers
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 10, 2023
Gravity data collected by NASA's Juno mission indicates Jupiter's atmospheric winds penetrate the planet in a cylindrical manner, parallel to its spin axis. A paper on the findings was recently publ ... more
Scientists find 14 new transient objects in space by peering through the 'Christmas Tree Galaxy Cluster'
Columbia MO (SPX) Nov 10, 2023
An international team of scientists, led by University of Missouri's Haojing Yan, used NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to discover 14 new transient objects during their time-lapse study of ... more
Calling all Eclipse Enthusiasts: Become a NASA Partner Eclipse Ambassador!
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 08, 2023
Are you an astronomy enthusiast or undergraduate student with a passion for sharing space science? We are excited to share with you a wonderful opportunity to become an official NASA Partner Eclipse ... more
Milky Way-like galaxy found in the early universe
Riverside CA (SPX) Nov 10, 2023
Using the James Webb Space Telescope, an international team, including astronomer Alexander de la Vega of the University of California, Riverside, has discovered the most distant barred spiral galax ... more
China kicks off construction of new telescopes for future lunar missions
Shanghai, China (XNA) Nov 10, 2023
China has recently launched the construction of two 40-meter-aperture radio telescopes in Shigatse, located in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, and in Changbai Mountain area in northeast C ... more
Detect gravitational waves with an interferometric seismometer array on lunar nearside
Beijing, China (SPX) Nov 08, 2023
In a groundbreaking development of China's manned lunar missions, the China National Space Administration is calling for possible experiments to leverage the Moon's unique properties in science. Und ... more
NASA Analysis Finds Strong El Nino Could Bring Extra Floods This Winter
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 09, 2023
An analysis by NASA's sea level change science team finds that if a strong El Nino develops this winter, cities along the western coasts of the Americas could see an increase in the frequency of hig ... more
Webb, Hubble telescopes combine to create most colorful view of universe
College Station TX (SPX) Nov 10, 2023
Astronomers once again have combined the observational powers of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope and Hubble Space Telescope to create one of the most detailed and colorful portraits of the cosmos, ... more

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