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April 02, 2024
MOON DAILY
Japan Moon probe put to sleep again



Tokyo (AFP) April 1, 2024
Japan's valiant Moon lander was put to sleep again after unexpectedly surviving its second ultra-chilly long lunar night, the space agency said Monday. The Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) - dubbed the "Moon Sniper" for its landing precision - touched down in January, making Japan only the fifth nation to achieve a soft lunar landing. But the unmanned lightweight spacecraft, carrying a mini-rover that moves like a turtle, landed at a wonky angle that left its solar panels facing the ... read more

ROCKET SCIENCE
Finishing touches for South Australia's first permanent spaceport ahead of Inaugural Launch
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Apr 01, 2024
New launch facilities at the Koonibba Test Range, South Australia's first permanent spaceport, are almost complete ahead of the impending inaugural launch. Located northwest of Ceduna, the ran ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX launches 23 satellites, completing 260th reflight of an orbital class rocket
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 31, 2024
Elon Musk's SpaceX launched 23 satellites into low-Earth orbit on Saturday, completing the company's 260th re-flight of an orbital class rocket seven years after first achieving the act. ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Totality ready: US braces for April 8 solar eclipse frenzy
Washington (AFP) April 2, 2024
US communities along the path of the April 8 total solar eclipse are preparing for the year's biggest astronomic event, with millions of visitors expected to brighten local economies - and snarl up logistics. ... more
MARSDAILY
Perseverance Pays off When Studying the Martian Atmosphere
Pasadena CA (JPL (SPX) Apr 01, 2024
Studying the atmosphere with Perseverance can be challenging! Imagine spotting an interesting cloud in a photo taken yesterday; unlike something interesting on the surface, more observations just ar ... more
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Fascinated by Fascination Turret: Sols 4137-4138
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 28, 2024
Earth planning date: Monday, March 25, 2024: Today, we planned two sols on Mars in a Touch and Go plan, where we do some early morning contact science and imaging followed by a drive to a new worksp ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Starship's Third Launch: A Glimpse into the future of reusable launch vehicles
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Apr 02, 2024
In the latest chapter of space exploration, SpaceX's third Starship test flight emerges as a pivotal moment, pushing the boundaries of current rocketry technology. This endeavor highlighted both the ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
TEXUS rockets propel scientific research with recent successful launches
Paris, France (SPX) Apr 01, 2024
On March 24, 2024, the Airbus-managed TEXUS 60 sounding rocket embarked on its mission from Esrange Space Center in Kiruna, Sweden, at precisely 10:45 CET. This launch successfully achieved an apoge ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
GMV spearheads development in reusable hypersonic avionics at ESA workshop
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Mar 28, 2024
GMV, a pivotal entity in aerospace innovation, marked its presence at a European Space Agency (ESA) workshop dedicated to reusable hypersonic vehicles, hosted at the European Astronaut Center (EAC) ... more


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TIME AND SPACE


ESA and Samsung Introduce Revolutionary Galaxy Time Watch Face for a New Perspective on Time and Space

SOLAR SCIENCE
NASA and ESA Spacecraft Conduct Unprecedented Solar Wind Study
Paris, France (SPX) Apr 01, 2024
The ESA-led Solar Orbiter and the NASA-led Parker Solar Probe are capitalizing on their nearest approach to the Sun to undertake a joint investigation into the solar wind, the stream of plasma eject ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
NASA's Open Data Approach to Solar Eclipse Research
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 01, 2024
As the world eagerly anticipates the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, NASA is preparing for an extraordinary opportunity for scientific discovery, open collaboration, and public engage ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Planet Labs to Supply Carbon Mapper with Advanced Earth Data through 2030
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 01, 2024
Planet Labs PBC (NYSE: PL), a leading supplier of daily Earth observation data, has reported a multi-year data-license contract with Carbon Mapper, Inc. Under this $20 million deal, secured through ... more
VSAT NEWS
Gogo's Galileo Service Nears Launch with Successful Global Connectivity Test
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 01, 2024
Gogo Business Aviation (NASDAQ: GOGO) recently reached a significant achievement in the development of its Gogo Galileo global broadband service by successfully completing end-to-end connectivity te ... more
WATER WORLD
NASA Develops New Software to Optimize Freshwater Observation Missions
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 27, 2024
In an era where Earth's freshwater resources are increasingly under scrutiny, NASA has taken a significant step forward by developing a software tool designed to enhance the efficiency and effective ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION


Spire Global and HANCOM InSpace expand South Korea's remote sensing constellation

MOON DAILY
NASA sets stage for Extended Lunar Exploration with Artemis IV and Gateway Station
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 01, 2024
In an ambitious expansion of lunar exploration, NASA's Artemis IV mission is working towards establishing the first human outpost in lunar orbit - the Gateway space station. This initiative, part of ... more
VSAT NEWS
Quectel expands IoT offerings with launch of 5G and GNSS Anhgnnas
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Apr 01, 2024
Quectel Wireless Solutions, a leader in the IoT industry, has announced the addition of new antennas to its product lineup, aimed at enhancing IoT device connectivity. Among the new releases are the ... more
MICROSAT BLITZ
NASA Selects Eight University Teams for 2024 CubeSat Development Program
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 01, 2024
In a significant move to foster innovation and expertise in the small satellite sector, NASA, alongside the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force, has announced the selection of eight university teams ... more
SPACEMART
AST SpaceMobile advances space-based cellular network with ASIC chip development
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 01, 2024
In a significant stride towards realizing the world's first space-based cellular broadband network, AST SpaceMobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTS) has announced the initiation of the tape-out phase for its hi ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Woolpert expands European Geospatial presence with acquisition of Murphy Geospatial
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 28, 2024
In a strategic move to expand its geospatial capabilities across Europe, Woolpert has acquired Ireland-based Murphy Geospatial, renowned for its comprehensive geospatial solutions. ... more
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FIRE STORM
Drought and Wildfires: A dual challenge for ecosystem recovery
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 28, 2024
A recent NASA study, utilizing satellite data, sheds light on the compounded impact of drought and wildfires on the regenerative capabilities of western ecosystems, providing valuable insights for c ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX sends Eutelsat telecom satellite into orbit
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 30, 2024
SpaceX on Saturday launched a Falcon9 rocket supporting the Eutelstat 36D mission from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars Express achieves 25,000 orbits
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 28, 2024
Celebrating a significant milestone, ESA's Mars Express has completed its 25,000th orbit around Mars, capturing yet another breathtaking view of the Red Planet to commemorate this achievement. The l ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Technical setback delays launch of final Delta IV Heavy
Space Coast FL (SPX) Mar 29, 2024
Launch of the final Delta IV Heavy has been delayed until further notice. An issue with a liquid pump in the gaseous nitrogen pipeline, crucial for providing pneumatic pressure to the launch vehicle ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Orbex patents Reusable Rocket Technology dubbed 'Petal Fold'
London, UK (SPX) Mar 27, 2024
Orbex has achieved a significant milestone in the advancement of space technology by securing a patent for its innovative REFLIGHT reusable rocket technology. The European Patent Office and the Unit ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
China advances space capabilities with latest multirole satellite launch
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Mar 28, 2024
In a significant advancement of China's space endeavors, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) successfully launched the Yunhai 3B satellite into orbit using the Long March 6 ... more
IRON AND ICE
ESA CubeSat will probe asteroid with radar as part of Hera mission
Paris (ESA) Mar 28, 2024
The European Space Agency (ESA) has embarked on a groundbreaking mission with the unveiling of the Juventas CubeSat, a compact spacecraft integral to the Hera mission aimed at exploring the Didymos ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Solar probe captures turbulence phenomenon in Sun's atmosphere for the first time
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 28, 2024
For the first time, the Wide-field Imager for Parker Solar Probe (WISPR), operated by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), has documented the formation of turbulence within solar transients, ma ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Spiral magnetic fields observed around Milky Way's central black hole
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Mar 28, 2024
In a groundbreaking study, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) team has provided new insights into the complex environment surrounding the Milky Way's supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), ... more
IRON AND ICE
Sungrazer Project announces 5000th comet detection through public science project
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 28, 2024
The United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) marked a significant achievement on March 25 with the discovery of the 5000th comet by its Sungrazer Project, utilizing data from the Solar and Heli ... more
OUTER PLANETS
New study reveals potential "ice bombs" among Kuiper Belt Objects
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 28, 2024
A groundbreaking study by Brown University and the SETI Institute has unveiled unexpected characteristics of distant solar system objects, specifically highlighting a phenomenon involving so-called ... more
EXO WORLDS
Webb opens new chapter in search for forming planets
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 28, 2024
In a pioneering effort to uncover the mysteries of planet formation, astronomers have directed the James Webb Space Telescope's (JWST) advanced capabilities toward protoplanetary disks, the birthpla ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Long-Period Oscillations of Sun offer new insights
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Mar 28, 2024
The mystery of the Sun's differential rotation, characterized by varying rotational speeds at different latitudes, has long been a subject of scientific curiosity. At the poles, a rotation cycle is ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Scientists propose a new way to search for dark matter
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 28, 2024
Ever since its discovery, dark matter has remained invisible to scientists, despite the launch of multiple ultra-sensitive particle detector experiments around the world over several decades. ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Stardust analysis reveals secrets beyond Sol
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Mar 28, 2024
A team led by Curtin University researchers has made a groundbreaking discovery, identifying a rare dust particle within an ancient meteorite that originates from a star beyond our Solar System. Thi ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
What do scientists hope to learn from total solar eclipse in US?
Washington (AFP) Mar 28, 2024
When a rare total solar eclipse sweeps across North America on April 8, scientists will be able to gather invaluable data on everything from the Sun's atmosphere to strange animal behaviors - and even possible effects on humans. ... more
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