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  • Cosmonaut who Holds the Record for Longest Stay in Space Dies

    Cosmonaut who Holds the Record for Longest Stay in Space Dies

    Cosmonaut Valery Vladimirovich Polyakov, who holds the record for the longest single stay in space, has died at age 80. Born on April 27, 1942, the Russian cosmonaut lived and worked in space for a record 437 days in one stint – orbiting Earth aboard the Mir space station more than 7,000 times between January 8, […]


  • The New FCC Report on Space Debris has Recommendation for Mitigating Space Debris

    The New FCC Report on Space Debris has Recommendation for Mitigating Space Debris

    The FCC is cracking down on spent satellites left in LEO. In a FCC Space Debris report and order released yesterday, the commission revealed plans to cut the post-mission disposal time from the currently recommended 25 years to five years. The growing debris problem: The DoD’s Space Surveillance Network currently tracks ~27,000 pieces of debris […]


  • How is NASA Going Back to the Moon with the Artemis Mission?

    How is NASA Going Back to the Moon with the Artemis Mission?

    Before landing the first humans on Mars, NASA wants to return to the lunar surface — but in a way that we’ve never explored the moon before. When the uncrewed Artemis I mission launches on Monday, August 29, it’s just the first step toward the future of space exploration. The last crewed landing on the […]


  • Artemis I to Bring NASA Back to the Moon starting with a Series of Flights

    Artemis I to Bring NASA Back to the Moon starting with a Series of Flights

    With the rocket now on the launchpad, the Artemis I Moon mission is getting real: 29 August is the first opportunity for the SLS rocket to blast off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center’s launchpad 39B in Florida, USA. This first Artemis mission will put NASA’s Orion spacecraft and its European Service Module to the test […]


  • Star Trek Creator Gene Roddenbery and Actors Scotty and Uhura’s Ashes will be Flown to Deep Space in a Vulcan Rocket

    Star Trek Creator Gene Roddenbery and Actors Scotty and Uhura’s Ashes will be Flown to Deep Space in a Vulcan Rocket

    “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry; his wife, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, who played various roles in the show and films; and James Doohan, who played Chief Engineer of the USS Enterprise Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the films and TV series along with “Star Trek” actor Nichelle Nichols who played the communications office Lieutenant Uhura will take flight when […]


  • NASA and Boeing Delay Their Joint First Starliner Astronaut Mission to 2023

    NASA and Boeing Delay Their Joint First Starliner Astronaut Mission to 2023

    NASA and Boeing are now targeting early 2023 for the first crewed flight of Boeing’s long-delayed Starliner spacecraft, officials said during a joint press conference Thursday. Launch officials say the mission could take off as early as February, according to Steve Stich, the manager for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Starliner had been slated to get […]


  • Upcoming Global Lunar Missions of Different Countries

    Upcoming Global Lunar Missions of Different Countries

    As NASA prepares to send humans back to the moon through its long-awaited Artemis program, it’s taking big steps to encourage commercial lander development. First order of business: CLPS. NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program is funding 14 separate lander concepts from Astrobotic, Deep Space Systems, Draper Labs, Firefly Aerospace, Intuitive Machines, Lockheed Martin, […]


  • Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station

    Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station

    Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station on May 20, 2022. The spacecraft docked with the forward docking port on the Harmony module of the station at 8:28 p.m. Eastern. Controllers reported a hard docking securing the spacecraft to the station about 20 minutes later, although hatches separating the spacecraft from […]


  • Sanctions on Russia Causing Some Ripples in Collaborative ISS Activities

    Sanctions on Russia Causing Some Ripples in Collaborative ISS Activities

    While operations of the International Space Station continue without “serious interruptions,” sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine are starting to have an effect on some activities, NASA’s safety advisers said. At a May 12 meeting of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), members reiterated past comments by agency officials that the day-to-day operations […]


  • DARPA Going Ahead with the Development of Nuclear Powered Spacecraft

    DARPA Going Ahead with the Development of Nuclear Powered Spacecraft

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on May 4 issued a solicitation for proposals for the next phase of a demonstration of a nuclear-powered spacecraft. The project, called Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO), started over a year ago when DARPA selected a preliminary design for a rocket engine reactor developed by General Atomics, […]


  • Virgin Galactic Postpones its Commercial Suborbital Tourism Flights to 2023

    Virgin Galactic Postpones its Commercial Suborbital Tourism Flights to 2023

    Virgin Galactic is again postponing the start of commercial service of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane from late 2022 to early 2023, blaming the latest delay on supply chain and labor issues. In the company’s first quarter earnings release May 5, Virgin Galactic said it expected to start commercial flights of its VSS Unity spaceplane in […]


  • The future of international cooperation in space is splitting along the lines of power on Earth

    The future of international cooperation in space is splitting along the lines of power on Earth

    Space Blocs: The future of international cooperation in space is splitting along lines of power on Earth In the next decade, both a U.S.-led group and a collaboration between Russia and China aim to set up bases on the Moon. Theasis/iStock via Getty Images Svetla Ben-Itzhak, Air University Even during times of conflict on the ground, […]


  • Time Travel Could be Possible with Alternate Timelines

    Time Travel Could be Possible with Alternate Timelines

    Time travel could be possible, but only with parallel timelines If time travel were possible, it would mean the existence of parallel timelines. (Shutterstock) Barak Shoshany, Brock University Have you ever made a mistake that you wish you could undo? Correcting past mistakes is one of the reasons we find the concept of time travel so […]


  • UAE Astronaut to Fly to ISS for a Long Duration Mission

    UAE Astronaut to Fly to ISS for a Long Duration Mission

    The United Arab Emirates has planned to launch an Emirati UAE astronaut on a long-duration mission to the International Space Station through an agreement with Axiom Space   Axiom and the UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announced April 29 they signed an agreement whereby an Emirati astronaut will go to the station on […]


  • Orbital Assembly Announces the Pioneer Space Station for Gravity Enabled Tourism and Commercial Use

    Orbital Assembly Announces the Pioneer Space Station for Gravity Enabled Tourism and Commercial Use

    Orbital Assembly Corporation (OAC), the only company developing the first commercially viable, space-based business park with gravity, announces plans for its Pioneer class station, the first free-flying, habitable, privately-operated facility in orbit. The Pioneer-classTM, is the world’s first and largest hybrid space station for both work and stay. These customizable environments will feature five spacious modules […]


  • Crew-4 Mission is Launched to the International Space Station

    Crew-4 Mission is Launched to the International Space Station

    Four American and European astronauts are on their way to the International Space Station after their launch on a Crew Dragon spacecraft April 27, less than two days after another spacecraft returned from the station. A SpaceX Falcon 9 lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at 3:52 a.m. Eastern, placing […]


  • NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts have launched to orbit

    NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts have launched to orbit

    NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts are in orbit following their launch to the International Space Station at 3:52 a.m. EDT Wednesday, April 27, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The international crew of astronauts will serve as the fourth commercial crew rotation mission aboard the space station. A SpaceX Falcon 9 […]


  • Latest Developments with ISRO

    Latest Developments with ISRO

    Latest Missions Planned by ISRO India’s space agency has been signing partnerships, building rockets, and planning ambitious missions over the past few years, and much of that planning should be coming to fruition by the end of the year. Here are the ISRO missions planned for 2022 and beyond. The Chandrayaan-3 lunar lander mission is […]


  • ESA Report on Space Debris and Space Debris Mitigation

    ESA Report on Space Debris and Space Debris Mitigation

    ESA has Released a Report on Space Debris In almost 60 years of space activities, more than 4900 launches have placed some 6600 satellites into orbit, of which about 3600 remain in space. Less than a third – about 1100 – are still operational. This large amount of ‘dead’ space hardware has a total mass […]


  • Russian invasion of Ukraine exposes potential cybersecurity threat against commercial satellites

    Russian invasion of Ukraine exposes potential cybersecurity threat against commercial satellites

    Russian invasion of Ukraine exposes cybersecurity threat to satellites Months before Russian armored vehicles rolled into Ukraine on Feb. 24, companies monitoring satellite networks noticed an uptick in malicious activity. Hackers were trying to penetrate Ukraine’s communications satellite infrastructure, including networks that relay commands to Ukrainian military drones. Meanwhile, Earth observation satellites detected intensifying GPS […]