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May 08, 2024
SPACE TRAVEL
Boeing Starliner crewed mission postponed to May 17



Washington (AFP) May 8, 2024
The first crewed launch of Boeing's Starliner spaceship to the International Space Station has been pushed to May 17 after engineers said a faulty rocket valve needs to be replaced for the high-stakes mission, NASA said Tuesday. The test has already faced years of delays and comes at a challenging time for Boeing, as a safety crisis engulfs the century-old aerospace titan's commercial aviation arm. Astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams were strapped into their seats preparing for liftoff on ... read more

ROCKET SCIENCE
Long March 6C rocket joins fleet with successful inaugural launch
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 08, 2024
China's Long March 6C rocket successfully completed its first flight on Tuesday, deploying four satellites into orbit. Launching at 11:21 am from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center located in ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SSC partners with Perigee Aerospace for satellite launches from Esrange
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 08, 2024
SSC has teamed up with South Korean company Perigee Aerospace Inc. to initiate satellite launches from Esrange Space Center in Sweden beginning in 2025. This partnership marks the first time an orbi ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
White Sands propulsion team evaluates 3D-printed engine component for Orion
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 08, 2024
The Orion spacecraft, designated to transport Artemis mission crews to the Moon, will be powered by a European Service Module from ESA (European Space Agency). This module is critical for providing ... more
ENERGY TECH
Private investment fuels race for nuclear fusion power in US
New York (AFP) May 6, 2024
Spurred on by major technological advances and huge private investment, the United States' nuclear fusion sector could be producing electricity within ten years, industry players say. ... more
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MOON DAILY
HKU Geologists reveal diverse volcanism in Lunar Apollo Basin, Chang'e-6 landing site
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 08, 2024
The farside of the Moon has long been a subject of intrigue, particularly because it remains hidden from view on Earth. The most notable aspect of the Moon is the distinct difference in composition, ... more
EXO WORLDS
Genomes of multicellular algal relatives reveal evolutionary clues to plant origins
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 06, 2024
Land plants, which dominate our planet's landscape, have developed from simple organisms into complex forms with diverse organs and cell types. This transformation, supported by a vast network of ge ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Study reveals medieval Arab scientist Ibn al-Haytham's major influence on optics and physics
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 07, 2024
Recent research by the University of Sharjah and the Warburg Institute delves into the contributions of the 11th century scientist, al-H?asan Ibn al-Haytham, better known by his Latinized name Alhaz ... more
SPACEMART
Ovzon introduces two new satellite communication services based on Ovzon 3 technology
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 08, 2024
Ovzon has unveiled two new satellite communication services, designed to enhance performance, mobility, and resilience for its users. The services, dubbed Ovzon Pegasus and Ovzon Orion, leverage the ... more

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TECH SPACE
Starfish Space and D-Orbit successfully conduct satellite rendezvous
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 08, 2024
In a significant development in space logistics, Starfish Space and D-Orbit have successfully completed an on-orbit rendezvous between Starfish's Otter Pup and D-Orbit's ION SCV006 satellite. The co ... more
MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
Rocket Lab Advances SDA Satellite Program with New Subcontractor Partnerships
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 07, 2024
Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) announced it has finalized the selection of subcontractors that will supply payloads and ground systems for the 18 satellites the company is constructing for the ... more
SPACEWAR
USSPACECOM Represents at NATO's Inaugural Space Symposium
Paris, France (SPX) May 07, 2024
Lt. Gen. Thomas James, deputy commander of the U.S. Space Command, and RAF Air Commodore Darren Whiteley, deputy director of USSPACECOM Strategy, Policy and Plans, attended NATO's first Space Sympos ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Capella Space launches automated vessel detection service
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 07, 2024
Capella Space Corp., a US-based provider of satellite data solutions, has launched its AI-driven Vessel Classification service for high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery. This servic ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
ICEYE launches new APIs for direct satellite tasking and data access
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 07, 2024
ICEYE, a leader in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite technology, has introduced two new application programming interfaces (APIs) that provide customers quicker access to its extensive SAR sa ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION


Satellogic joins global data marketplace to enhance sales and distribution

FIRE STORM
Muon Space and Earth Fire Alliance Launch FireSat to Enhance Global Wildfire Management
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 07, 2024
Muon Space, in partnership with Earth Fire Alliance (EFA), announces the launch of the FireSat Constellation, a major initiative designed to enhance wildfire response and climate resilience globally ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Namibian terrain captured by Copernicus satellite resembles Martian landscape
Paris, France (SPX) May 07, 2024
The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission has recently shared an image of northwest Namibia that could easily be mistaken for the Martian surface. The image showcases the dramatic landscape of the area, hig ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
NASA's Ion Thruster Expertise Sustains Satellite Operations
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 07, 2024
In the ongoing battle against atmospheric drag in low Earth orbit, which gradually degrades satellite trajectories, the emergence of ion thrusters presents a significant improvement in space navigat ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Rocket Lab Initiates Archimedes Engine Testing Phase Following Build Completion
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 07, 2024
Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) has announced the completion of its first Archimedes engine assembly, the new 3D printed, reusable engine for the Neutron medium lift launch vehicle. The company ... more
OUTER PLANETS
UAF scientist clarifies Jupiter's magnetospheric dynamics with new data
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 07, 2024
Recent findings by University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists offer new insights into Jupiter's magnetosphere, potentially enhancing our understanding of terrestrial space weather. These discoveries ... more
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TIME AND SPACE
New NASA Black Hole Visualization Takes Viewers Beyond the Brink
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 07, 2024
Ever wonder what happens when you fall into a black hole? Now, thanks to a new, immersive visualization produced on a NASA supercomputer, viewers can plunge into the event horizon, a black hole's po ... more
VENUSIAN HEAT
Venus' extreme dryness linked to specific atmospheric reactions, study suggests
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 07, 2024


Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have uncovered significant insights into why Venus, despite being similar in size and mass to Earth, contains minuscule amounts of water. Their fi ... more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Radio astronomers unveil new calibration technique for clearer low-frequency universe imaging
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 07, 2024
A breakthrough calibration method developed by researchers from Leiden University now enables the creation of sharp radio images of the universe at previously unattainable low frequencies. This inno ... more
SPACEMART
Rocket Lab Posts Strong First Quarter with Significant Revenue and Growth Projections
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 07, 2024
Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) has shared its financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2024, highlighting significant year-on-year and sequential revenue growth. "Rocket L ... more
FARM NEWS
Predicting crop yields with plant fluorescence from satellite imagery
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 02, 2024
Researchers at Cornell University, along with their collaborators, have introduced a novel framework designed to predict agricultural yields using minimal data, a boon particularly for developing re ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
A Fluidic Telescope is enabling the Next Generation of Large Space Observatories
Moffett Field CA (SPX) May 02, 2024
The future of space-based UV/optical/IR astronomy requires ever larger telescopes. The highest priority astrophysics targets, including Earth-like exoplanets, first generation stars, and early galax ... more
DRAGON SPACE
International Support for China's Chang'e-6 Lunar Mission
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 06, 2024
On Friday, an international gathering praised the robust global partnership involved in China's Chang'e-6 lunar mission and expressed a unified intent to expand cooperation in lunar and deep space v ... more
MOON DAILY
Lunar railway initiative aims to streamline moonbase logistics
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 02, 2024
NASA is advancing plans for the first lunar railway system, described as a critical component for the daily operations of a sustainable lunar base envisioned for the 2030s. This initiative is part o ... more
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MARSDAILY
Mars agriculture simulations show promise and challenges
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 02, 2024
The vision of a permanent human settlement on Mars is drawing closer to reality, and with it, the challenge of ensuring food security for Martian colonists. The reliance on Earth for resupplying foo ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
NASA/JAXA XRISM mission reveals cosmic secrets with minimal pixels
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 01, 2024
Despite most phone cameras possessing millions of pixels, the XRISM (X-ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission) satellite uses just 36 pixels in its Resolve instrument to capture critical scientific da ... more
MARSDAILY
NASA launches commercial studies to facilitate Mars robotic science
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 02, 2024
NASA has commissioned 12 concept studies from nine U.S. companies to explore how commercial services could support scientific missions to Mars. These studies, funded between $200,000 and $300,000 ea ... more
PHYSICS NEWS
Testing the quantumness of gravity without entanglement
Paris, France (SPX) May 02, 2024
Gravity, a fundamental force in our everyday lives, continues to puzzle scientists: Is it a geometric force as Einstein suggested, or does it follow quantum mechanics? Researchers from the Universit ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX successfully launches Maxar Intelligence next-gen satellites
Washington DC (UPI) May 2, 2024
SpaceX successfully launched the Maxar 1 mission carrying two next-generation WorldView Legion satellites Thursday in California. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Radioisotope thermoradiative cells: advancing power generation for outer planet missions
Washington DC (SPX) May 02, 2024
Continuing from Phase I, researchers are expanding on the development of a power source that transforms the paradigm of thermal power conversion. The thermoradiative cell (TRC), operating analogousl ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Unraveling the diet of white dwarfs: New insights into their metal consumption
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 06, 2024
White dwarfs, remnants of stars like the Sun, pack a mass equivalent to the Sun's but are as small as Earth, making up 97% of our galaxy's stars. The transformation of a star into this dense state m ... more
SATURN DAILY
Enceladus Spills Its Guts through Strike-Slip Motion
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 01, 2024
Over the course of its elliptical orbit, the moon Enceladus is squeezed unevenly by Saturn's gravitational pull and deforms from a spherical shape into a football shape and back again. This cyclic s ... more
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