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November 29, 2023
Solar activity likely to peak next year, new study suggests

London, UK (SPX) Nov 29, 2023
Researchers at the Center of Excellence in Space Sciences India at IISER Kolkata have discovered a new relationship between the Sun's magnetic field and its sunspot cycle, that can help predict when the peak in solar activity will occur. Their work indicates that the maximum intensity of solar cycle 25, the ongoing sunspot cycle, is imminent and likely to occur within a year. The new research appears in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters. Our star, the Sun, is made up of ho ... read more

Dragonfly Rotorcraft Mission to Saturn's Titan Moves into Final Design Phase
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 29, 2023
NASA's ambitious Dragonfly mission, aiming to send a groundbreaking rotorcraft to Saturn's moon Titan, has recently been given the green light to proceed into its next critical phase. Entering Phase ... more
Finnish team of researchers found out the composition of asteroid Phaethon
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Nov 29, 2023
The asteroid that causes the Geminid shooting star swarm has also puzzled researchers with its comet-like tail. The infrared spectrum of rare meteorites helped to determine the composition of the as ... more
Boosting rocket reliability at the material level
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 29, 2023
The success of the SpaceX Falcon 9 reusable launch vehicle has been one of the most remarkable technological achievements of the last decade. Powered by SpaceX's Merlin engine, the Falcon 9 booster ... more
NASA Orbiter snaps stunning views of Mars horizon
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2023
Astronauts often react with awe when they see the curvature of the Earth below the International Space Station. Now Mars scientists are getting a taste of what that's like, thanks to NASA's 2001 Mar ... more
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NASA's Fermi Mission Nets 300 Gamma-Ray Pulsars ... and Counting
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 29, 2023
A new catalog produced by a French-led international team of astronomers shows that NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has discovered 294 gamma-ray-emitting pulsars, while another 34 suspects aw ... more
Compact accelerator technology achieves major energy milestone
Austin TX (SPX) Nov 28, 2023
Particle accelerators hold great potential for semiconductor applications, medical imaging and therapy, and research in materials, energy and medicine. But conventional accelerators require plenty o ... more
Northrop Grumman completes CDR for SDA's Tranche 1 Tracking Layer
Church Falls VA (SPX) Nov 27, 2023
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) recently completed its Critical Design Review (CDR) on a proliferated low-Earth orbit constellation of 16 missile tracking satellites for the Space Developme ... more
China's Mars rover detects irregular wedges beneath red planet
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2023
Radars mounted on China's Mars rover Zhurong detected 16 irregular wedges buried underneath a vast plain in the northern hemisphere of Mars. A collaborative team led by the researchers from th ... more
Ovzon and SSC close to sealing satellite communication contract worth $10M
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Nov 27, 2023
Ovzon AB, a leading provider of satellite communication services, is currently in the final stages of negotiations with the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) for a significant order. This potential de ... more



China Manned Space Agency Delegation Highlights SARs' Role in Space Program

China's Lunar Samples on Display in Macao to Inspire Future Explorers
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 29, 2023
Macao has initiated a series of public activities aimed at spreading knowledge about China's space, marine, and polar explorations, reflecting a growing interest in these advanced scientific fields ... more
China Targets Breakthrough in Space Solar Energy Transmission
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 29, 2023
In an ambitious move to harness solar energy more efficiently, Chinese scientists and engineers are working on a pioneering project - a space-based solar power facility. This innovative endeavor, le ... more
A satellite's death spiral
Bern, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 27, 2023
Down on the ground, death equals stillness - but not in space. Abandoned satellites are prone to tumble in unpredictable ways and an ESA project with the Astronomical Institute of the University of ... more
Alien haze, cooked in a lab, clears view to distant water worlds
Baltimore MD (SPX) Nov 28, 2023
Scientists have simulated conditions that allow hazy skies to form in water-rich exoplanets, a crucial step in determining how haziness muddles observations by ground and space telescopes. The ... more
Life beyond the leak for ESA's CryoSat
Paris (ESA) Nov 23, 2023
On 21 November 2023, ESA's CryoSat satellite swapped to its back-up propulsion system after a fuel leak threatened to bring the mission to an end in 2025. The swap has the potential to extend ... more


North Korea claims spy satellite photographed White House, Pentagon

SwRI's PUNCH Mission Set for 2025 Launch: A New Era in Solar Wind Study
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2023
The Polarimeter to UNify the Corona and Heliosphere (PUNCH) mission, a significant endeavor led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), has recently crossed a pivotal milestone, advancing its journe ... more
Spaceflux and UK Space Command to boost GEO monitoring
London, UK (SPX) Nov 23, 2023
Spaceflux, a notable UK space technology company established in 2022, has recently been awarded significant contracts by the UK Space Command and the UK Space Agency. This collaboration is set to si ... more
Cassini's Grand Finale Unveils Variations in Saturn's D Ring influx
Uppsala, Sweden (SPX) Nov 28, 2023
In a significant addition to our understanding of Saturn's atmospheric dynamics, Joshua Dreyer is poised to present his doctoral thesis at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) and Uppsala Un ... more
China launches tech-experiment satellite
Xichang (XNA) Nov 27, 2023
China on Thursday sent a technology experiment satellite into orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The experiment satellite for satellite inter ... more
Beyond Gravity unveils reusable payload fairing concept
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 27, 2023
The introduction of a reusable payload fairing by Beyond Gravity represents a significant stride in addressing major industry challenges like affordability and environmental impact. Beyond Gravity, ... more

Understanding charged particles helps physicists simulate element creation in stars
Raleigh NC (SPX) Nov 28, 2023
New research from North Carolina State University and Michigan State University opens a new avenue for modeling low-energy nuclear reactions, which are key to the formation of elements within stars. ... more
Wits researchers pioneer a new way of searching for dark matter
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Nov 28, 2023
The existence of Dark Matter is a long-standing puzzle in our universe. Dark Matter makes up about a quarter of our universe, yet it does not interact significantly with ordinary matter. The existen ... more
Heat Shield demo passes the test dubbed 'Just flawless'
Langley Research Center
Hampton VA (SPX) Nov 20, 2023 A little more than a year ago, a NASA flight test article came screaming back from space at more than 18,000 mph, reaching temperatures of nearly 2,700 degrees Fahrenh ... more
Perseverance's Parking Spot
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 27, 2023
The Science Team directed Perseverance to Airey Hill, the parking spot chosen for Solar Conjunction. Although there will be a pause on data during conjunction, team members still analyze all the ima ... more
Physicists answer question of Supergalactic Plane's absent spiral galaxies
Durham UK (SPX) Nov 21, 2023
Astrophysicists say they have found an answer to why spiral galaxies like our own Milky Way are largely missing from a part of our Local Universe called the Supergalactic Plane. The Supergalac ... more
Instruments led by IRF selected for ESA potential future mission to either Mars or Earth's Orbit
Paris (ESA) Nov 20, 2023
The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced the selection of three prospective space missions. Among these missions, the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) takes the lead in managing the sci ... more
CubeSat launch platform by Vector Space Biosciences will boost space biotech
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 22, 2023
In a new collaboration, Vector Space Biosciences, Inc. has joined forces with Oracle and NVIDIA to introduce a novel small satellite launch platform for CubeSat and NanoSats, that have been specific ... more
California lawmakers ask NASA not to cut Mars budget
Miami FL (UPI) Nov 23, 2023
A group of California lawmakers on Wednesday asked NASA and Administrator Bill Nelson to rethink the space agency's budget cuts that they believe will cost jobs and scientific advances. In a l ... more

Deformable Mirrors in Space: Key Technology to Directly Image Earth Twins
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 23, 2023
Finding and studying Earth-like planets orbiting nearby stars is critical to understand whether we are alone in the universe. To study such planets and assess if they can sustain life, it is necessa ... more
A major boost for space skills and research in North East England
London, UK (SPX) Nov 24, 2023
In a significant development for the UK's space sector, Northumbria University, Newcastle, has announced the establishment of a new space skills, research, and technology centre, dubbed the North Ea ... more
PRIME-1 Simulation
Space Coast (SPX) Nov 24, 2023
On November 2, 2023, a significant step was taken towards the upcoming Polar Resources Ice Mining Experiment-1 (PRIME-1) mission, as engineers gathered at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for ... more
GalaxySpace to boost mobile broadband with new-gen satellite technology
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 24, 2023
Chinese commercial space company GalaxySpace is currently developing a new-generation communication satellite, poised to enhance broadband communication capabilities for mobile phones by allowing di ... more
Shanghai Sets Sights on Expanding Space Industry with Ambitious 2025 Goals
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 23, 2023
Shanghai, a growing center for technological advancement, has unveiled a bold plan to develop a comprehensive industrial chain for commercial rocket production, aiming to reach an annual production ... more
India opens skies to Eutelsat OneWeb for satellite broadband services
London UK (SPX) Nov 23, 2023
In a significant development for India's satellite broadband landscape, OneWeb India, part of the Eutelsat Group (Euronext Paris: ETL), has received the green light from IN-SPACe (Indian National Sp ... more
NASA awards $2.3 million to study growing food in lunar dust
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 22, 2023
NASA has awarded $2.3 million to scientists to study how to grow vegetation in lunar soil as human exploration prepares to go beyond Earth's atmosphere, scientists said Tuesday. ... more
Ariane 6 Core Stage fires up for long-duration test
Paris, France (SPX) Nov 24, 2023
In a significant step towards the maiden flight of Ariane 6, the collaborative efforts of ArianeGroup, the French Space Agency (CNES), and the European Space Agency (ESA) culminated in the successfu ... more

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