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December 04, 2023
Sierra Space's Shooting Star Module Begins Rigorous Testing at NASA Facility

Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 04, 2023
Sierra Space has commenced a comprehensive testing campaign for its Shooting Star cargo module at NASA's Neil Armstrong Test Facility in Sandusky, Ohio. This significant step marks a critical phase in preparing the spacecraft for its first mission to the International Space Station (ISS), focusing on its resilience to the harsh conditions of space and the rigors of launch. The Sierra Space Shooting Star cargo module, developed alongside the innovative Dream Chaser spaceplane, is poised to revoluti ... read more

Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration probe passes key milestone
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 04, 2023
NASA's Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) has recently achieved a significant milestone by successfully completing Key Decision Point D (KDP-D). This vital step permits the transitio ... more
OTV-7 Mission: X-37B to Embark on Pioneering SpaceX Falcon Heavy Flight
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
The Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, in collaboration with the United States Space Force (USSF) and SpaceX, is in the final stages of preparation for the launch of the seventh ... more
With a quantum "squeeze," clocks could keep even more precise time
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
The practice of keeping time hinges on stable oscillations. In a grandfather clock, the length of a second is marked by a single swing of the pendulum. In a digital watch, the vibrations of a quartz ... more
Galileo Gen2 satellite production commences at Airbus facility
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Dec 04, 2023
Airbus (EPA: AIR) has officially commenced the full-scale production of the Galileo Second Generation (G2) satellites, a significant milestone in the evolution of the European Global Navigation Sate ... more
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Webb study reveals rocky planets can form in extreme environments

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
Dutch astronomers prove last piece of gas feedback-feeding loop of black hole
Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
Three astronomers from the Netherlands have proven that gas that was previously heated near a supermassive black hole and flowed to the outskirts of the galaxy and cooled down, is moving back toward ... 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
DLR selects Vyoma for two key small satellite launches
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Dec 04, 2023
German-based space technology firm Vyoma has achieved a notable milestone, securing two significant awards at the 2023 SmallSatellite Conference in Berlin. These awards, presented by the German Spac ... more


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Google's 'A Passage of Water' Brings NASA's Water Data to Life
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
As part of the long-standing partnership between NASA and Google, NASA worked with Google Arts and Culture and artist Yiyun Kang to create an interactive digital experience around global freshwater ... 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
NASA Tests In-Flight Capability of Artemis Moon Rocket Engine
Bay St. Louis MS (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
NASA conducted the third RS-25 engine hot fire in a critical 12-test certification series Nov. 29, demonstrating a key capability necessary for flight of the SLS (Space Launch System) rocket during ... more
Russian Progress 86 spacecraft lifts off with supplies for ISS
Washington DC (UPI) Dec 2, 2023
A Russian rocket carrying supplies for the International Space Station took off Friday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. ... 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


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

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
Globalsat enhances connectivity across Latin America with Rivada's OuterNET
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
Globalsat Group, a provider of mission-critical satellite and wireless connectivity solutions, has announced a strategic partnership with Rivada Space Networks to deploy the OuterNET, a next-generat ... more
Erasmus+ and COSPAR Collaborate to Bring Asteroid Studies into Classrooms
Paris, France (SPX) Dec 04, 2023
The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) is taking a significant leap in space education by partnering with the Erasmus+ program, aiming to captivate the young minds of primary and secondary student ... more
OSIRIS-APEX to fly closer to Sun to reach Asteroid Apophis
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 04, 2023
Reinvented as NASA's OSIRIS-APEX, the spacecraft formerly known as OSIRIS-REx is about to face the first major test of its mission to asteroid Apophis: it will fly closer to the Sun than ever before ... more
A new possible explanation for the Hubble tension
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Dec 04, 2023
The universe is expanding. How fast it does so is described by the so-called Hubble-Lemaitre constant. But there is a dispute about how big this constant actually is: Different measurement methods p ... more

Ghostlike dusty galaxy reappears in James Webb Space Telescope image
Austin TX (SPX) Dec 04, 2023
It first appeared as a glowing blob from ground-based telescopes and then vanished completely in images from the Hubble Space Telescope. Now, the ghostly object has reappeared as a faint, yet distin ... more
Hypernebula linked to Fast Radio Burst 20190520B
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Dec 04, 2023
Astronomers from the Netherlands have provided compelling evidence linking a repeating Fast Radio Burst (FRB) source to a potential 'hypernebula.' Utilizing the European VLBI Network (EVN), the team ... more
1872 Chapman-Silverman Storm: A window into solar impact on modern life
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Dec 04, 2023
In early November of this year, the night skies were adorned with aurora borealis, visible as far south as Italy and Texas, signaling the impacts of a solar coronal mass ejection on Earth's magnetic ... more
Counteracting Bone And Muscle Loss In Microgravity
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 04, 2023
In microgravity, without the continuous load of Earth's gravity, the tissues that make up bones reshape themselves. Bone cells readjust their behaviors-the cells that build new bone slow down, while ... more
Direct-to-phone satellite connectivity emerging as major new market this decade
London, UK (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
Paris, France (SPX) Dec 01, 2023 The Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) industry is currently witnessing a pivotal transformation, as highlighted in the latest edition of Euroconsult's 'Prospects for ... more
Hanwha turns to Eutelsat OneWeb andfor of satellite connectivity in South Korea
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
Hanwha Systems, a major South Korean technology conglomerate, has recently entered into a distribution partnership agreement with Eutelsat OneWeb, part of the renowned Eutelsat Group and the world's ... more
NASA's 6-Pack of Mini-Satellites Ready for Their Moment in the Sun
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 01, 2023
Most NASA missions feature one spacecraft or, occasionally, a few. The agency's Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment (SunRISE) is using half a dozen. This month, mission members completed const ... 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

NASA shuttle astronaut, scientist Mary Cleave remembered as 'trailblazer'
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 30, 2023
NASA on Thursday paid tribute to retired astronaut Mary Cleave, the first woman associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, who died Nov. 27 at 76. ... 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
Discovery of planet too big for its sun throws off solar system formation models
University Park PA (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
The discovery of a planet that is far too massive for its sun is calling into question what was previously understood about the formation of planets and their solar systems, according to Penn State ... more
New theory explains how magnetic switchbacks form in the solar wind
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
A new study develops a theory of how magnetic switchbacks are formed around the sun. This quantitative model can be used to predict magnetic field variations and potentially explain the heating and ... more
NASA's Educational CubeSats: Small Satellites, Big Impact
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
Despite their small size, the satellites launching through NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) missions have a big impact, creating access to space for many who might not otherwise have the oppo ... 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
First extragalactic exoplanet disc spotted outside of the Milky Way
Durham UK (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
An international team of astronomers led by Durham University and including astronomers at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre has reported the first detection of a rotating disc structure around a f ... more

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