Space Force’s troubled space-tracking system is officially shut down

The Space Force announced Jan. 26 it has closed down the last remaining piece of the troubled Joint Mission System (JMS). The post Space Force’s troubled space-tracking system is officially shut down appeared first on .

DoD weapons testers to assess cybersecurity of GPS satellites, ground system and user equipment

DoD’s office of operational test and evaluation will assess “the survivability of the entire GPS enterprise in a contested space environment” The post DoD weapons testers to assess cybersecurity of GPS satellites, ground system and user equipment appeared first on .

The Higgs boson could have kept our universe from collapsing

The Higgs boson particle could have kept our universe from collapsing within a larger multiverse, physicists say.

SpaceX snags $102 million contract to rocket military supplies and humanitarian aid around the world: report

SpaceX has won a contract, worth over $102 million, to transport military supplies and humanitarian aid around the world using a rocket. The U.S. Air Force awarded SpaceX the contract on Jan. 14. It’s a five-year agreement that’s part of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) new rocket cargo program, according to a SpaceNews report…

China's second launch of the year puts radar satellite in orbit

On Tuesday (Jan. 25) China launched the first of a pair of radar satellites that will provide important geological data following earthquakes and landslides. A Long March 4C lifted off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert at 6:44 p.m. EST Jan. 25 (2344 GMT, or 07:44 a.m. local time on Jan. 26).…

Animals in space

The first animals to reach space were fruit flies that the United States launched aboard captured German rockets in 1947. The first mammal to reach space was a rhesus monkey named Albert II, who flew two years later. Both these missions were suborbital, as were all animal flights for about a decade. The first animal…

China’s Shijian-21 spacecraft docked with and towed a dead satellite

China’s Shijian-21 space debris mitigation satellite has docked with a defunct Chinese satellite to drastically alter its geostationary orbit, demonstrating capabilities only previously exhibited by the United States. The post China’s Shijian-21 spacecraft docked with and towed a dead satellite appeared first on .

ABL Space Systems test accident to delay first launch by three months

ABL Space Systems says a test incident that destroyed the upper stage of its RS1 rocket last week will delay that vehicle’s first flight by three months as it identifies and corrects the failure’s root cause. The post ABL Space Systems test accident to delay first launch by three months appeared first on .

New NASA video honors fallen astronauts of Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia

NASA released a new video today (Jan. 27) to remember the three crews and other fallen astronauts who lost their lives in the pursuit of space exploration. The agency’s annual “Day of Remembrance” falls this year on the 55th anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire of Jan. 27, 1967. The week that follows includes two…

Water on Mars may have flowed for a billion years longer than thought

Observations by a long-running Mars mission suggest that liquid water may have flowed on the Red Planet as little as 2 billion years ago, much later than scientists once thought. Scientists charted the presence of chloride salt deposits left behind by flowing water using years of data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which has…

Spacecraft anomaly stalls Astroscale space debris cleanup test

A pioneering space junk cleanup test is on hold for now. Astroscale has suspended its ELSA-d demonstration mission in Earth orbit after detecting “anomalous spacecraft conditions,” the Japanese startup announced on Twitter Wednesday (Jan. 26).  ELSA-d (“End-of-Life Services by Astroscale demonstration”) launched to Earth orbit in March 2021 to test tech for capturing space debris,…

'X particle' from the dawn of time detected inside the Large Hadron Collider

Physicists at the world’s largest atom smasher have detected a mysterious, primordial particle from the dawn of time. About 100 of the short-lived “X” particles — so named because of their unknown structures — were spotted for the first time amid trillions of other particles inside the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle…

NASA's Lucy asteroid spacecraft still has a wonky solar array as it flies through space

Three months after launch, a new NASA asteroid spacecraft is still getting settled into its life beyond Earth. NASA’s Lucy mission launched Oct. 16 with a mission to explore the Trojan asteroids, which orbit the sun ahead of and behind Jupiter. No spacecraft has ever visited the Trojan asteroids, which scientists believe are “fossils” from…

D-Orbit valued at $1.28 billion in SPAC deal

D-Orbit announced plans Jan. 27 to go public through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company in a deal that values the Italian in-space transportation and logistics firm at $1.28 billion. The post D-Orbit valued at $1.28 billion in SPAC deal appeared first on .

Ten sci-fi movie monsters that could destroy humanity

Hollywood has, over the years, introduced the film-watching public to all manner of sci-fi movie monsters from outer space. After all, how are you going to make your star look good if there’s no spiky, Vaseline-vomiting abomination to put them in peril? Often that’s all the beast is, a hastily-conceived nemesis for our hero to…

Connecting the Dots | Getting satellite regulation up to speed

As part of efforts in the U.S. to bring regulation up to speed, the Federal Communications Commission is proposing revising rules governing how fixed-satellite service operators in NGSO share congested spectrum to avoid interference. The post Connecting the Dots | Getting satellite regulation up to speed appeared first on .

Inside All About Space issue 126: Complete guide to exoplanets

Inside All About Space magazine issue 126, on sale now, read our ultimate guide to exoplanets and see how our knowledge of worlds beyond the solar system has exploded in the last three decades.  For this cover feature, All About Space spoke with Nikku Madhusudham, a professor of astrophysics and exoplanetary science at the Institute…

Sirius: The brightest star in Earth's night sky

Sirius, also known as the Dog Star or Sirius A, is the brightest star in Earth’s night sky. The name means “glowing” in Greek — a fitting description, as only a few planets, the full moon and the International Space Station outshine this star. Because Sirius is so bright, it was well-known to the ancients.…

Microsoft helps JPL with Deep Space Network scheduling

Microsoft is working with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to speed up the  process for scheduling communications with distant spacecraft through NASA’s Deep Space Network.  The post Microsoft helps JPL with Deep Space Network scheduling appeared first on .

Israel becomes 15th nation to join Artemis Accords 

Israel has joined the U.S.-led Artemis Accords for space exploration, hoping to use the agreement as a means of enhancing its space cooperation in the fields of research, science and innovation. The post Israel becomes 15th nation to join Artemis Accords  appeared first on .