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June 07, 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
DRAGON SPACE
China sees commercial sector as next frontier in US space race
Shanghai (AFP) June 6, 2024
A world-first launch from the far side of the Moon this week showcased China's progress in space, and Beijing now wants its commercial sector to catch up to rivals such as Elon Musk's SpaceX. ... more
MOON DAILY
Lunar Samples Transferred for Return to Earth
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 07, 2024
Lunar samples collected from the moon's far side by China's Chang'e 6 mission have been delivered to their final carrier for the return trip to Earth, according ... more
TECH SPACE
Over 40 Entities Join the Zero Debris Charter
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 07, 2024
More than 40 companies, research centers, and international organizations signed the Zero Debris Charter at the Berlin International Airshow (ILA), confirming their dedication to long-term sustainab ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION
Planet Labs Prepares to Launch Tanager-1 Hyperspectral Satellite
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 07, 2024
Planet Labs PBC (NYSE:PL), a provider of daily Earth data and insights, announced that its first hyperspectral satellite, Tanager-1, is ready for launch. Supported by the Carbon Mapper Coalition and ... 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
ROCKET SCIENCE
Galactic Energy Launches Third Rocket in 10 Days
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 07, 2024
Galactic Energy, a private rocket maker in Beijing, conducted a launch on Thursday afternoon, marking its third launch in the past 10 days. The company reported that the rocket lifted off at 1 ... more

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ROCKET SCIENCE


Stealth gas contracts awarded amid high profile crewed Starliner mission

MOON DAILY
First Detection of Negative Ions on the Moon
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 07, 2024
The first ESA instrument on the Moon has detected negative ions on the lunar surface produced through interactions with the solar wind. The European team with the Negative Ions at the Lunar Su ... more
MARSDAILY
Martian Polar Ice Flow Mystery Finally Explained
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 07, 2024
Mars' polar ice caps, initially identified in the 19th Century, have puzzled researchers due to their apparent lack of movement. Observations from Mariner 9 in 1971 sparked a decades-long debate abo ... more
MOON DAILY
Nagoya University Develops Advanced Heat-Switch for Lunar Rovers
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 07, 2024
Astronauts driving vehicles on the Moon face extreme temperature fluctuations, with highs of 127C (260F) and lows of -173C (-280F). Reliable machines capable of operating under these conditions are ... more
MOON DAILY
National Flag Unfurled on Moon Made of Basalt Fibers
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 07, 2024
Chinese scientists developed a special national flag made of basalt fibers, which was unfurled this week by the Chang'e 6 lunar probe. The flag, designed to endure temperature fluctuations, hi ... more
TECH SPACE
Space safety and sustainability to boost in-orbit services and SSA
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 07, 2024
Novaspace, created from the merger of Euroconsult and SpaceTec Partners, has released its latest Space Logistics Markets report, projecting around $4.6 billion in commercial revenue over the next de ... more
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DRAGON SPACE


China Open to Space Collaboration with the US

SOLAR DAILY
Atlas reveals solar energy potential in Germany
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jun 06, 2024
Which roofs are suitable for solar panel installations? Where are photovoltaic systems already in place? How much output could be achieved with solar panel arrays at specific locations? A map develo ... 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
MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
Iridium Secures Five-Year $94 Million Contract with Space Systems Command
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 05, 2024
Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced a new five-year contract awarded by the United States Space Force's Space Systems Command's Commercial Space Office (COMSO) for Enhanced Mobile S ... 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
OUTER PLANETS
Understanding Cyclones on Jupiter Through Oceanography
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 07, 2024
New research led by Lia Siegelman, a physical oceanographer at UC San Diego"s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, indicates that the turbulent storms at Jupiter"s polar regions are influenced by pr ... more
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EXO WORLDS
Planet-forming Disks Around Low-mass Stars Show Unique Characteristics
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jun 07, 2024
Planets form in disks of gas and dust orbiting young stars. The MIRI Mid-INfrared Disk Survey (MINDS), led by Thomas Henning from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg, Germany ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Milky Way Collision Occurred Billions of Years Later Than Previously Thought
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 07, 2024
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute"s Heidi Jo Newberg, Ph.D., professor of astronomy; Tom Donlon, Ph.D., a visiting researcher at Rensselaer and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Alabama; ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Astronomers Await Visible Nova Event in Corona Borealis
Huntsville AL (SPX) Jun 07, 2024
This summer, astronomers around the world, both professional and amateur, will focus on a small constellation in the night sky. The focus is on a dark spot in the Corona Borealis, where a bright nov ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Exotic black holes could be a byproduct of dark matter
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 07, 2024
For every kilogram of matter that we can see - from the computer on your desk to distant stars and galaxies - there are 5 kilograms of invisible matter that suffuse our surroundings. This "dark matt ... more
PHYSICS NEWS
UAH Research Suggests Gravity Without Mass Could Eliminate Need for Dark Matter
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 07, 2024
Dark matter, hypothesized to explain gravitational effects that general relativity cannot, remains enigmatic since its proposal in 1932 by Dutch astronomer Jan Oort. Dr. Richard Lieu from The Univer ... 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
MOON DAILY
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
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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
MOON DAILY
Olivine Insights Reveal Moon's Interior Secrets
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 06, 2024
Olivine is the earliest mineral to crystallize from basaltic magma. Accurate knowledge of olivine/melt partition coefficients (DOl-melt) for first-transition row ele ... more
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
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
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
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