Nelson asks Senate appropriators for more HLS funding

WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Bill Nelson asked Senate appropriators to provide additional funding so NASA can support a second lunar lander developer, warning that the agency needed to stay ahead of a “very aggressive” Chinese space program. Nelson, testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s commerce, justice and science subcommittee June 15 about NASA’s fiscal year…

Lucky Charms adds NASA's return to the moon for 'Galactic' cereal

NASA’s Space Launch System is now lifting off from the cereal aisle in grocery stores. The Artemis Program rocket, which the U.S. space agency is assembling to send astronauts back to the lunar surface, is now sharing space with orange stars and blue moons on the front of boxes of Lucky Charms. “Limited-Edition Galactic Lucky…

Wow! This video of an Atlas V rocket launch seen from an airplane is just amazing

Flying isn’t easy to do these days amid the global pandemic, but one set of airplane passengers got to see a rocket launch from the air last month as an unexpected reward for their efforts. “My plane happened to be flying by Cape Canaveral during the Atlas V launch yesterday,” airline passenger Andy Lin tweeted.…

Brazil makes history in signing the Artemis Accords for moon exploration

Brazil has signed on to the NASA-led Artemis Accords initiative to explore the moon responsibly.  The country became the first South American nation to sign the Artemis Accords, a guideline for the responsible exploration of the moon, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced Tuesday(June 15). The nations on board with these exploration principles include the U.S.,…

Cosmonaut Vladimir Shatalov, who led three Soyuz missions, dies at 93

Vladimir Shatalov, a Soviet-era cosmonaut who achieved the first-ever docking between two crewed spacecraft, has died at the age of 93. Shatalov’s death on Tuesday (June 15) was reported by Roscosmos, Russia’s federal space corporation. “The Roscosmos state corporation expresses condolences to the family and friends of Vladimir Shatalov. Everlasting memory!” the space agency wrote…

Upcoming SpaceX mission a reusability milestone for national security launch

WASHINGTON — The upcoming SpaceX launch of a GPS 3 satellite scheduled for June 17 will be the first national security space mission to use a refurbished Falcon 9 booster.  The U.S. Space Force initially ordered an expendable rocket but agreed to the switch with a caveat: the reused booster had to be the one…

NASA wants proposals for 2 private astronaut missions to space station

NASA is looking for proposals for two new commercial astronaut missions to begin as soon as 2022 as the agency works to make space more accessible.  As private companies like SpaceX and Boeing are beginning to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA is working to “open space to more people than ever before,”…

NASA asteroid-hunting satellite clears hurdle on path to 2026 launch

A NASA satellite designed to hunt for potentially dangerous asteroids and comets just took a big step toward the launch pad. NASA has approved the Near-Earth Object (NEO) Surveyor space telescope to move into “preliminary design,” its next phase of development on the road to a planned liftoff in 2026, agency officials announced on Friday…

The world needs space junk standards, G7 nations agree

Leading industrial nations have agreed to make the space junk problem a priority in order to ensure future sustainable use of space. The announcement, made at the G-7 Leaders’ Summit in Cornwall, U.K., on Sunday (June 13), has been hailed by representatives of the commercial space industry and experts alike as a major milestone. Delegates…

Peggy Whitson is back! The record-breaking astronaut reveals why she chose to command a private space mission after leaving NASA.

Record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson will return to space to command a commercial mission for Texas-based Axiom Space, three years after her retirement from NASA in 2018.

4iG to buy majority of Spacecom in a boost for Hungary’s first commercial satellite

TAMPA, Fla. — Hungarian IT and communications company 4iG aims to buy 51% of Israeli satellite operator Spacecom to jump-start its international space ambitions. Gellért Jászai, 4iG’s CEO, said buying a majority of Spacecom is an “important step for us in terms of knowledge transfer and the development of international strategic partnerships.” The company told…

Minotaur 1 rocket launches 3 spy satellites into orbit for US National Reconnaissance Office

A Minotaur 1 rocket blasted off from the Eastern Shore of Virginia Tuesday morning (June 15), heading to orbit with three secret spacecraft for the U.S. government’s spy satellite agency.  Powered by a repurposed missile stage that dates back to the 1960s, the solid-fueled launcher blasted off from Pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport…

Northrop Grumman’s Minotaur 1 rocket launches three classified NRO payloads

WASHINGTON — A Northrop Grumman Minotaur 1 four-stage solid fuel rocket launched three national security payloads for the National Reconnaissance Office on June 15 at 9:35 a.m. Eastern from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The mission named NROL-111 was delayed by more than two and a half hours because…

Launcher to develop orbital transfer vehicle

WASHINGTON — Small launch vehicle company Launcher announced June 15 that it is also working on an orbital transfer vehicle for small satellites that it plans to use on both its own rocket as well as SpaceX’s Falcon 9. Launcher, which announced a $11.7 million funding round June 2, said its Orbiter tug will be…

Strange 'blinking' star near heart of Milky Way catches scientists' eyes

It’s always a good sign when astronomers are blunt about how observations have puzzled them. One such confusing object, discovered by a project called the VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea survey, or VVV, appears to be just the second of its kind known to scientists — and a kind that appears to be particularly…

'The Outer Worlds 2' is happening and here's the 1st trailer

“The Outer Worlds 2,” the sequel to the beloved video game “The Outer Worlds,” is in production, but the lighthearted teaser trailer from Microsoft Xbox says developers aren’t ready to talk about anything else but its name. The surprise successor to the popular 2019 action role-playing game in space was announced Sunday (June 13) at…

Looking at the stars, or falling by the wayside? How astronomy is failing female scientists

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Lisa Kewley, Director, ARC Centre for Excellence in All-Sky Astrophysics in 3D, Australian National University It will take until at least 2080 before women make up just one-third of Australia’s professional astronomers unless there is a significant boost…

SkyWatch raises $17.2 million in Series B funding round

SAN FRANCISCO – SkyWatch Space Applications raised 20.9 million Canadian dollars ($17.2 ) in a Series B funding round, less than 17 months after welcoming investors to its Series A round. The rapid pace of fundraising was not in the Canadian startup’s original plan but necessitated by demand for TerraStream, a data management and distribution…

Mushrooms on Mars? 5 unproven claims that alien life exists

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Gareth Dorrian, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Space Science, University of Birmingham A recent study claims to have found evidence for mushroom-like life forms on the surface of Mars. As it happens, these particular features are well known and were discovered…

How much energy can be created at one time?

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Xuejian Wu, Assistant Professor of Physics, Rutgers University – Newark Above our heads there is a powerful energy source created by nature, the Sun. Because the Sun is 93 million miles from us, only one-billionth of the Sun’s…