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November 30, 2023
First launch of Europe's Ariane 6 rocket planned for mid-2024

Paris (AFP) Nov 30, 2023
The European Space Agency announced on Thursday that the long-delayed first launch of its next-generation Ariane 6 rocket will take place between June 15 and July 31 next year. The rocket launcher system was initially planned to blast off in 2020, but the Covid-19 pandemic and repeated technical issues have kept it on the ground, depriving Europe of an independent way to send heavy missions into space. ESA chief Josef Aschbacher told a press conference that the announcement of the 2024 launch d ... read more

After 50 years, US to return to Moon on January 25
Washington (AFP) Nov 30, 2023
More than 50 years after the last Apollo mission, the United States will try once again to land a craft on the Moon on January 25, said the head of what could be the first private company to successfully touch down on the lunar surface. ... more
Was There Life on Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 30, 2023
Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the Universe, and searching for life on Mars is a major goal of the Mars 2020 mission. While humans have long wondered ... more
U.S. and Saudi Arabia explore space for peaceful purposes
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 29, 2021
The United States and Saudi Arabia have announced intentions to explore the use of outer space together in pursuit of peaceful purposes, the U.S. State Dept. announced Tuesday. ... more
Tata and Satellogic sign deal to build LEO satellites in India
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) and Satellogic Inc. (NASDAQ: SATL) have announced a strategic collaboration to foster local space technology capabilities in India. This partnership marks a critical jun ... more
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Firefly Aerospace completes first Miranda Engine hot fire test
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
Firefly Aerospace, Inc., has marked a significant achievement in its propulsion technology with the completion of the first hot fire test of the Miranda engine. This pivotal development comes just o ... more
Chang'e 5 lunar samples put on display in Macao
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
In a historic first for the city, lunar samples collected by China's Chang'e 5 robotic mission are now on public display in Macao. This event, marking the debut of these extraterrestrial materials i ... more
Farewell, Solar Conjunction 2023: Sols 4023-4024
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 30, 2023
Earth planning date: Wednesday, November 29, 2023: Mars has just emerged from its solar conjunction period, when sending commands to all Mars spacecraft was not safe for three weeks since the Red Pl ... more
Framatome partners with USNC to produce fuel for Micro-Modular Reactors
London, UK (SPX) Nov 29, 2023
In a significant development for the nuclear energy sector, Framatome Inc. (Framatome) and Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) have announced the establishment of a joint venture (JV) focused on m ... more
Macao science satellites begin study of South Atlantic Anomaly
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 29, 2023
The Macao Science Satellite 1A and 1B, after a successful six-month trial in orbit, have officially commenced formal operations, marking a significant milestone in space-based geomagnetic monitoring ... more



First extragalactic exoplanet disc spotted outside of the Milky Way

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
Minimalist or maximalist? The life of a microbe a mile underground
Evanston IL (SPX) Nov 29, 2023
If you added up all the microbes living deep below Earth's surface, the amount of biomass would outweigh all life within our oceans. But because this abundant life is so difficult to reach, it is wi ... more
Satellite discovered by NASA's Lucy mission gets name
San Antonio TX (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
The satellite discovered during the first asteroid encounter of NASA's Lucy mission has an official name. On Nov. 27, 2023, the International Astronomical Union approved the name "Selam", which mean ... 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


Dragonfly Rotorcraft Mission to Saturn's Titan Moves into Final Design Phase

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
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 ... more
NASA, small companies eye new cargo delivery, heat shield technologies
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
Two small businesses are benefitting from NASA's expertise as they develop heat shield technologies, cargo delivery systems, and new protective materials for spacecraft and space stations in the gro ... more
Evolving material, not rings, circling Centaur Chiron
Tucson, AZ (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
Observations during a stellar occultation detected the presence of evolving material orbiting around Centaur (2060) Chiron, rather than a two- ring system interpretation, according to a paper by Pla ... more
Unwrapping Uranus and its icy moon secrets
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
Uranus, the seventh planet from the Sun, orbits in the outer solar system, about two billion miles (3.2 billion kilometers) from Earth. It is an enormous world - quadruple the diameter of Earth, wit ... more

Astronomers find 'tilted' planets even in pristine solar systems
New Haven CT (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
Scientists have long puzzled over why all of the planets in Earth's solar system have slightly slanted orbits around the sun. But a new, Yale-led study suggests this phenomenon may not be so unusual ... more
Hubble pauses science due to gyro issue
Baltimore MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
NASA is working to resume science operations of the agency's Hubble Space Telescope after it entered safe mode Nov. 23 due to an ongoing gyroscope (gyro) issue. Hubble's instruments are stable, and ... more
New astrophysics model sheds light on additional source of long gamma-ray bursts
New York NY (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
Cutting-edge computer simulations combined with theoretical calculations are helping astronomers better understand the origin of some of the universe's most energetic and mysterious light shows - ga ... 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
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
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

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'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
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
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
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
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

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