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February 05, 2024
Direct detection of amino acids and hydrocarbons in meteorites

Munster, Germany (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
The recent study conducted by Dr. Christian Vollmer and his team, in collaboration with British colleagues, marks a significant advancement in the field of astrobiology and planetary science. By examining the Winchcombe meteorite, a rare and quickly collected celestial visitor, they have achieved a groundbreaking feat in demonstrating the presence of key nitrogen compounds, including amino acids and heterocyclic hydrocarbons, without subjecting the sample to any chemical treatment. This discovery, ... read more

ESA's cloud mission in the limelight
Paris (ESA) Feb 02, 2024
Dedicated to delivering a wealth of new information on exactly how clouds and aerosols affect Earth's climate, ESA's EarthCARE satellite has had the chance to show off prior to engineers embarking u ... more
China's Smart Dragon 3 launches satellites from South China Sea
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
China's growing prowess in the arena of space exploration and satellite deployment was once again on display as the nation successfully launched the Smart Dragon 3 carrier rocket on Saturday morning ... more
BlackStar Orbital to open new spacecraft manufacturing facility in Sierra Vista by 2026
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
BlackStar Orbital Technologies Corporation has announced plans to establish a cutting-edge engineering and manufacturing facility in Sierra Vista, Arizona. This strategic development is set to signi ... more
ESA Engineer Challenges Satellite Simulator with Unique Hover-Machine Test
Paris, France (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
In an innovative step towards advancing space technology, the European Space Agency's (ESA) ORBIT laboratory at the ESTEC technical center in the Netherlands has become the stage for a unique experi ... more
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Integrated design of Global Ocean Observing System essential to monitor climate change
Beijing, China (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
We know that our climate is changing. Extreme weather events are becoming more common, sea levels are rising and overall, our planet is getting warmer. Monitoring these changes is critical. One of t ... more
China prepares to launch Lunar exploration satellites Tiandu 1 and Tiandu 2
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
With China's ambitious strides in space exploration, the upcoming launch of two experimental satellites, Tiandu 1 and Tiandu 2, marks a significant step forward in the country's lunar exploration an ... more
Beyond Gravity supports NASA in enhancing climate data accuracy with PACE satellite
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
Beyond Gravity, Europe's leading space supplier, has been selected by NASA to provide crucial navigation technology for a new climate satellite, the PACE mission, set to launch on February 6, 2024. ... more
OpenET Moisture Measurement Tool is Proving Highly Accurate
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
As the world looks for sustainable solutions, a system tapping into NASA satellite data for water management has passed a critical test. Called OpenET, the system uses an ensemble of six satel ... more


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Space Force Guardian to Pilot Historic NASA Mission to ISS

Sidus Space Joins Solis Applied Science Team on NGA's $794M R and D contract
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
Sidus Space, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIDU), a noted player in the space industry, has recently announced its inclusion in the Solis Applied Science, LLC team, selected by the National Geospatial-Intelligence ... more
NASA's xEVAS contract with RTX moves forward with successful spacesuit test
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
Collins Aerospace, a business segment of Raytheon Technologies Corporation (NYSE: RTX), in collaboration with ILC Dover and Oceaneering, has announced a significant advancement in the development of ... more
'Potentially hazardous' asteroid makes closest pass to Earth in more than century
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 2, 2024
A football field-sized asteroid whizzed by the Earth Friday, making its closest pass in more than a century. ... more
mu Space and ispace forge partnership for Lunar exploration and satellite services
Bangkok, Thailand (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
In a significant step forward for lunar exploration and satellite services, mu Space and Advanced Technology Co., Ltd. (mu Space), a leading aerospace manufacturer and satellite internet service pro ... more
Xichang Space Launch Site Celebrates 200th Mission with Geely-02 Satellite Deployment
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center, located in the southwestern province of Sichuan, marked a significant milestone on Saturday by successfully completing its 200th launch mission. This achieve ... more


Momentus secures contract modification from Space Development Agency for Vigoride

Northrop Grumman Advances Homeland Defense with Early NGI Milestone
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
In a significant step forward for U.S. homeland defense capabilities, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and its Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) team, in collaboration with the Missile Defen ... more
New photon-based quantum computing method offers built-in error correction
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
In a remarkable stride towards more practical quantum computing, a collaborative research effort led by the University of Tokyo, alongside Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany and Pa ... more
Britain's space capabilities boosted by Pulsar Fusion's latest engine test
London, UK (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
Pulsar Fusion has marked a significant achievement in the realm of space technology by successfully demonstrating a cutting-edge space engine, distinguished as the largest ever fired in Britain. Thi ... more
ESA's Innovative Metal 3D Printer Arrives at ISS
Paris, France (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
The realm of space manufacturing is set to witness a novel advancement as the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully launches its first metal 3D printer to the International Space Station (ISS), m ... more
China to launch Queqiao 2 Relay Satellite to boost lunar communication capabilities
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
China is poised to take another significant step in its ambitious lunar exploration endeavors with the scheduled launch of the Queqiao 2 relay satellite in the first half of 2024. The China National ... more

Revolutionary Time Crystal Developed by Dortmund Physicists Lasts Over 40 Minutes
Dortmund, Germany (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
In a groundbreaking study recently published in Nature Physics, a research team from TU Dortmund University has made a significant leap forward in the development of time crystals, achieving a lifes ... more
Ice and fire: Antarctic volcano may hold clues to life on Mars
Deception Island, Antarctica (AFP) Feb 2, 2024
On Deception Island in Antarctica, steam rises from the beaches, and glaciers dot the black slopes of what is actually an active volcano - a rare clash of ice and fire that provides clues to scientists about what life could look like on Mars. ... more
GRAPES-3 experiment unveils unexpected twist in cosmic ray spectrum
Mumbai, India (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research's GRAPES-3 experiment, based in Ooty, India, has made a pivotal discovery in the field of cosmic ray physics. Researchers have identified a new characteris ... more
Europa Clipper gears up with full instrument suite onboard
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
NASA's ambitious Europa Clipper mission, a project that aims to unravel the mysteries of Jupiter's ice-encased moon, Europa, has recently achieved a significant milestone. With less than nine months ... more
Shake, rattle and launch: Dream Chaser spaceplane passes vibration test
Sandusky, United States (AFP) Feb 1, 2024
Sierra Space's shuttle-like Dream Chaser has been put through its paces at a powerful NASA vibration facility that mimics conditions during launch and atmospheric reentry, officials said Thursday ahead of its planned first flight to the ISS this year. ... more
Cygnus spacecraft arrives at space station with 8,200 pounds of cargo
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 1, 2024
The International Space Station received more than 8,200 pounds of supplies and science experiments on Thursday after Northrup Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft successfully docked with the orbiting laboratory. ... more
China to launch 4.4 Meter Aperture Spectral Telescope in 2026
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
Shanghai Jiao Tong University is advancing its astronomical capabilities with the construction of the country's most powerful spectral telescope. The Jiaotong University Spectroscopic Telescope (JUS ... more
Charite Launches International Master's Program in Space Medicine
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
Charite University Berlin, in collaboration with the University of Caen Normandy in France and Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School in Slovenia, has announced the launch of an innovative m ... more

Space Perspective secures investment for carbon-neutral space tourism
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
In the burgeoning field of space tourism, a novel collaboration marks a significant milestone. The 100 Fundadores, a global community of diverse industry leaders known for their appreciation of luxu

NASA's latest experiments aboard ISS aim to boost life in space
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
NASA's Biological and Physical Sciences Division is embarking on a new journey to enhance life beyond Earth with the launch of three pivotal experiments to the International Space Station (ISS). The

A Drive With a View: Sols 4084-4085
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 02, 2024
Earth planning date: Wednesday, January 31, 2024: Curiosity continues her investigation of the light and dark banded sulfate terrain and started this two-sol planning day with several beautiful rock

Advanced Space's CAPSTONE operating around Moon for 445 days
Westminster CO (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
Advanced Space, a leading space tech solutions company, is pleased to announce that CAPSTONE - the Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment - continues

Asteroid to make its closest pass to Earth in more than a century
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 02, 2024
A "potentially hazardous" asteroid the size of a football field will make its closest pass to Earth in more than a century this week, and it won't be this close again for another 200 years, official

Bright Rocks on the Horizon: An Exciting Glimpse of Uncharted Territory
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 02, 2024
Perseverance is deep within the ongoing Margin Unit campaign, where orbital signatures of carbonate minerals appear strongest. After collection of a drilled rock core from the Margin Unit, followed

NASA to Study Effects of Radio Noise on Lunar Science
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
In February 2024, Intuitive Machines' IM-1 mission will launch to the Moon's South Polar region, as part of NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services, or CLPS, initiative. This mission is part of CLP

Researchers spying for signs of life among exoplanet atmospheres
Columbus OH (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
The next generation of advanced telescopes could sharpen the hunt for potential extraterrestrial life by closely scrutinizing the atmospheres of nearby exoplanets, new research suggests. The next ge

One Guardian: Opportunity Leads A Soldier To Space
Peterson SFB CO (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
U.S. Space Force Major Julius Lee carries more than just the notes and instructions he needs daily in his Green Book. Within its pages lies an early service photo of his father - the man who inspire

NASA Releases STEM Toolkit for Advanced Air Mobility
Celveland OH (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
NASA Aeronautics has released a new STEM toolkit focusing on Advanced Air Mobility for educators and students of all ages. The toolkit, comprised of numerous educational activities, is a free resour

NASA Puts Next-Gen Exoplanet-Imaging Technology to the Test
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
The Coronagraph Instrument on NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will demonstrate new technologies that could vastly increase the number of planets outside our solar system (exoplanets) that s

Starlab Partners with SpaceX to Launch Private Space Laboratory into Orbit
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
In a significant move for the future of private space exploration, Starlab Space, a joint venture between Voyager Space and Airbus, has inked a deal with SpaceX, a leader in space transport services

NASA's Fission Surface Power Project Energizes Lunar Exploration
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
NASA is wrapping up the initial phase of its Fission Surface Power Project, which focused on developing concept designs for a small, electricity-generating nuclear fission reactor that could be used

TESS finds Super-Earth in habitable zone around nearby red dwarf
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
In a significant advancement in the field of exoplanetary science, astronomers have unveiled the discovery of a new 'super-Earth', TOI-715 b, orbiting within the habitable zone of a red dwarf star.

The hottest catalog of the year: the most comprehensive list of slow-building solar flares yet
San Diego CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
Solar flares occur when magnetic energy builds up in the Sun's atmosphere and is released as electromagnetic radiation. Lasting anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, flares usually reach tempe

eROSITA's first Survey marks a new era in X-ray Astronomy with 900,000 sources
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
In a significant stride for X-ray astronomy, the German eROSITA consortium has unveiled data from the first all-sky survey by the eROSITA telescope, stationed on the Spectrum-RG (SRG) satellite. Thi

Carbice and Blue Canyon Technologies partner to enhance satellite thermal management
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
Carbice Corporation, an innovator in the field of thermal management solutions, recently announced its collaboration with RTX's Blue Canyon Technologies, a leader in small satellite solutions. This

NanoAvionics Partners with LANL on Pioneering ESRA Space Mission
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
Kongsberg NanoAvionics US, a leader in smallsat mission integration, has entered into a new partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), a premier U.S. science and technology institution,

Rocket Lab Launches $275 Million Convertible Note Offering for 2029 Maturity
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) has initiated a significant financial move with the launch of a private offering aimed at qualified institutional buyers. The company announced its intention to i

Rocket Lab starts busy year with successful booster recovery
Mahia, New Zealand (SPX) Jan 31, 2024
Rocket Lab has started its 2024 mission roster with a landmark Electron launch. The mission, named 'Four Of A Kind,' was dedicated to deploying space situational awareness (SSA) satellites for Spire Global on behalf of NorthStar Earth & Space.

US strikes five missiles in Yemen: military
Washington (AFP) Feb 5, 2024
American forces carried out air strikes against five missiles in Yemen on Sunday - one designed for land attack and the others for targeting ships, the US military said.

Hashed chief demands withdrawal of US-led coalition from Iraq
Baghdad (AFP) Feb 4, 2024
The head of Iraq's pro-Iran Hashed al-Shaabi alliance on Sunday demanded the withdrawal of US-led coalition forces from the country following deadly strikes.

Huthis vow response after US, UK strike dozens of Yemen targets
Sanaa (AFP) Feb 4, 2024
Yemen's Huthis said Sunday US and British air strikes "will not deter us" and vowed a response after dozens of targets were hit in retaliation for the Iran-backed rebels' repeated Red Sea attacks.

Russia's deputy FM visits Seoul after diplomatic row over N. Korea comments
Seoul (AFP) Feb 4, 2024
Russia's deputy foreign minister Andrey Rudenko visited South Korea to discuss the Ukrainian war and bilateral ties, Seoul's foreign ministry said Sunday, as the two countries trade increasingly heated rhetoric over the nuclear-armed North.

Space Force initiates MUOS Service Life Extension with Lockheed Martin design contract
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
The U.S. Space Force's Space Systems Command has taken a significant step towards enhancing global military communications by contracting Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for the early design of two addi

Iraq's pro-Iran Al-Nujaba movement vows to keep up attacks on US troops
Baghdad (AFP) Feb 2, 2024
Iraq's pro-Iran Al-Nujaba movement said Friday it intends to press on with attacks on US troops in the Middle East, despite Washington's threat to hit back after three of its soldiers were killed in Jordan.

GMV Spearheads AVIS Project for Enhancing Autonomous Vessel Navigation in Europe
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jan 31, 2024
The onset of a new era in European inland waterway transportation was marked by the commencement of the AVIS project on January 30, under the leadership of GMV, a renowned multinational technology c

Maldives says India to withdraw troops from March
Male, Maldives (AFP) Feb 2, 2024
India will start withdrawing its troops deployed in the Maldives from next month, Male's foreign ministry said after talks on Friday.

North Korea fires more cruise missiles in testing spree
Seoul (AFP) Feb 2, 2024
North Korea fired multiple cruise missiles Friday, Seoul's military said, continuing a fresh streak of weapons testing as Kim Jong Un's regime ramps up what it calls "war preparations".

Deepfake scam video cost company $26 mnl; Tencent fires 120 for fraud
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 4, 2024
Scammers tricked a multinational firm out of some $26 million by impersonating senior executives using deepfake technology, Hong Kong police said Sunday, in one of the first cases of its kind in the city.

Former CIA programmer convicted of hacking to be sentenced
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 1, 2024
A former Central Intelligence Agency programmer convicted of stealing and sharing classified information is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.


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