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June 06, 2024
ROCKET SCIENCE
In first, SpaceX's megarocket Starship nails ocean splashdown



Boca Chica, United States (AFP) June 6, 2024
SpaceX's massive Starship rocket achieved its first ever splashdown during a test flight Thursday, in a major milestone for the prototype system that may one day send humans to Mars. Scraps of fiery debris came flying off the spaceship as it descended over the Indian Ocean northwest of Australia, dramatic video from an onboard camera showed, but it ultimately held together and survived atmospheric reentry. "Despite loss of many tiles and a damaged flap, Starship made it all the way to a soft lan ... read more

ROCKET SCIENCE
Boeing Starliner crew aboard ISS after challenging docking
Washington (AFP) June 6, 2024
A Boeing Starliner capsule carrying its first ever astronauts docked with the International Space Station on Thursday after overcoming unexpected challenges arising from thruster malfunctions and helium leaks. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
'Nicely done!' Boeing Starliner astronauts welcomed to ISS at last
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 6, 2024
Boeing Starliner astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams were welcomed aboard the International Space Station Thursday at 3:45 p.m. following a successful 1:34 p.m. EDT docking. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX's megarocket Starship launches on fourth test flight
Boca Chica, United States (AFP) June 6, 2024
Starship, SpaceX's massive prototype rocket, launched for its fourth test flight Thursday, and is now attempting to fly halfway around the globe before splashing down in the Indian Ocean. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Russian cosmonaut logs record 1,000th day in space
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 5, 2024
Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko on Wednesday literally set an out-of-this-world record when he became the first human to spend a total of 1,000 days in space. ... more
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Chang'e 6 Mission Sets New Standards in Lunar Sample Return
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 06, 2024
China's Chang'e 6 mission has focused global attention on its methodical approach to lunar exploration. The mission aims to return samples from the Moon's far side, emphasizing engineering precision ... more
EXO WORLDS
NASA's Webb Telescope Observes Potentially Habitable Exoplanets
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 06, 2024
Exoplanets are common in our galaxy, with some located in the habitable zone of their stars. NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is currently observing several of these small, potentially habitable pl ... more
MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
SES Space and Defense Successfully Demonstrates Multi-orbit, Multi-band LEO Relay
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 06, 2024
SES Space and Defense, a subsidiary of SES, has announced the successful demonstration of a multi-orbit, multi-band commercial space relay service for NASA's Communications Services Project (CSP). ... more
CARBON WORLDS
Carbon capture must quadruple by 2050 to meet climate targets: report
Paris (AFP) June 4, 2024
By 2050, humanity must durably remove four times as much CO2 from the air as today to cap global warming below the crucial target of two degrees Celsius, researchers said Tuesday. ... more

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BlackSky Secures One-Year Extension for NRO Imagery Contract
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 06, 2024
BlackSky Technology Inc. (NYSE: BKSY) received a one-year extension contract from the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) to continue its Electro-Optical Commercial Layer (EOCL) subscription for hi ... more
GPS NEWS
Europe's Largest Ground Segment Upgraded Without User Disruption
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 06, 2024
Over 200 professionals from ESA, EUSPA, and European industry across four Galileo centres and seven external entities have successfully upgraded Galileo's extensive ground segment. This operation in ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Artemis III Integrated Test Achieves Major Milestone
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 06, 2024
Axiom Space astronaut Peggy Whitson and NASA astronaut Douglas Wheelock conducted integrated testing in Axiom Space's new spacesuit for NASA's Artemis campaign, aimed at returning astronauts to the ... more
MOON DAILY
ESA Instrument Detects Negative Ions on the Moon
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 06, 2024
The first ESA instrument to land on the Moon has detected the presence of negative ions on the lunar surface produced through interactions with the solar wind. The European team working with t ... more
IRON AND ICE
Humanity's climate impact like dinosaur-ending meteor: UN chief
New York (AFP) June 5, 2024
Humankind's role in the destructive warming of the planet is comparable to the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday, calling for rapid steps including bans on fossil fuel advertising. ... more
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MOON DAILY


Olivine Insights Reveal Moon's Interior Secrets

EXO WORLDS
Newly Discovered Planet Retains Atmosphere Despite Star's Intense Radiation
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 06, 2024
A rare exoplanet near its host star has retained a puffy atmosphere, defying expectations of being stripped down to bare rock due to the star's intense radiation. This discovery is challenging curre ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Photographer's Discovery and Swarm Data Reveal Steve's Twin
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 06, 2024
Ever since aurora chasers discovered Steve, a mysterious ribbon of purple light in the night sky, scientists have wondered whether it might have a secret twin. Thanks to a photographer's keen eye an ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Scientists Find Slowest-Spinning Radio Neutron Star
London, UK (SPX) Jun 06, 2024
Scientists have detected what they believe to be a neutron star spinning at an unprecedentedly slow rate - slower than any of the more than 3,000 radio-emitting neutron stars measured to date. ... more
ICE WORLD
NASA Launches Second CubeSat to Study Earth's Polar Regions
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 06, 2024
NASA's second PREFIRE (Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment) satellite has successfully launched and is now communicating with ground controllers. The CubeSat launched at 3:15 p.m. NZ ... more
ENERGY TECH
AI Approach Elevates Plasma Performance and Stability Across Fusion Devices
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 06, 2024
Achieving a sustained fusion reaction requires maintaining a high-performing plasma: one that is dense enough, hot enough, and confined long enough for fusion to take place. Researchers have encount ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE
ready to fly,' as SpaceX prepares for fourth test launch in Texas
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 5, 2024
SpaceX is gearing up to launch Starship's fourth test flight just after sunrise Thursday from Texas, two days after the Federal Aviation Administration gave the mega rocket a license to fly. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Europe's long-delayed Ariane 6 rocket set for July 9 launch
Paris (AFP) June 5, 2024
The next-generation Ariane 6 rocket, a crucial programme for Europe's space ambitions, is due to lift off on July 9 following years of delays, the European Space Agency said Wednesday. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Two Terran Orbital Space Vehicles Added to NASA's $6 Billion Rapid IV Contract
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 05, 2024
Terran Orbital has expanded its offerings under NASA's multi-participant Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition IV (Rapid IV) Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract. NASA has added two additi ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX launches 20 Starlink satellites with Direct to Cell capabilities
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 4, 2024
SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket into orbit Tuesday night with 20 Starlink satellites, including some with Direct to Cell capabilities that will improve access to text and voice data here on Earth. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
ESA Invites Launch Providers for European Launcher Challenge
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 05, 2024
ESA has launched a Request for Information (RFI) aimed at European launch service providers in preparation for the European Launcher Challenge. This initiative, unveiled in Seville, Spain, in Novemb ... more
MARSDAILY
NASA seeks faster, more affordable Mars sample return mission
Space Coast FL (SPX) Jun 05, 2024
NASA officials want a new Mars sample return mission plan that is faster, costs less and isn't as complex than one scrapped in April. The space agency doesn't want to wait until 2040 and spend ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Hubble trouble: Veteran space telescope forced to take it easy
Washington (AFP) June 4, 2024
The venerable Hubble Space Telescope, which has revolutionized astronomical discovery since its launch in 1990, will ease into retirement with a scaled-back observing schedule, NASA officials said Tuesday. ... more
MICROSAT BLITZ
ESA's OPS-SAT CubeSat Mission Concludes
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 05, 2024
ESA's experimental OPS-SAT CubeSat mission ended on the night of May 22-23, 2024 (CEST). Launched on December 18, 2019, OPS-SAT aimed to make spacecraft operations accessible to a wide audienc ... more
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PHYSICS NEWS
WVU Astrophysicist leads development of new gravitational wave detector
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 05, 2024
A theoretical astrophysicist at West Virginia University is spearheading efforts in the development of a pioneering space probe to detect and measure gravitational waves - ripples in the fabric of s ... more
MOON DAILY
China lunar probe takes off from Moon carrying samples
Beijing (AFP) June 4, 2024
A Chinese probe carrying samples from the far side of the Moon started its journey back to Earth on Tuesday, the country's space agency said - a world first and a major achievement for Beijing's space programme. ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars' subsurface ice could be a key to sustaining future habitats on other planets
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Jun 04, 2024
To survive on other planets, water is, of course, critical. We need it to drink, sustain crops and even create rocket fuel. But on spaceflights, checked luggage is exorbitantly expensive. Anyt ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Unusual Ion May Influence Uranus and Neptune's Magnetic Fields
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jun 04, 2024
Skoltech scientists and their Chinese colleagues have identified conditions that could support the existence of a unique ion, termed aquodiium. This ion, described as a water molecule with two addit ... more
EXO WORLDS
Why do astronomers look for signs of life on other planets based on what life is like on Earth?
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jun 04, 2024
Have you ever played hide-and-seek in a new place? It's much harder than playing at home. You only know the obvious hiding spots: under the bed, in the closet, behind the couch. The trick is trying ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
MDA Space Secures Contract for Square Kilometre Array Project
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 04, 2024
MDA Space Ltd. (TSX: MDA) announced a contract with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to support the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) project. This international effort aims to ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
AI advances research into cosmic explosions
London, UK (SPX) Jun 04, 2024
Scientists at the University of Warwick are utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze supernovae, the cosmic explosions of white dwarfs. Many stars end as white dwarfs, compact stars w ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Ongoing gyroscope problem forces Hubble telescope to pause operations
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 3, 2024
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope again has suspended operations after entering safe mode because of an ongoing gyroscope issue that has affected the craft for the past year, according to NASA. ... more
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