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  • A new chapter
    I wanted to pass along some personal news: I’ve taken a position starting today with SpaceNews, as a senior writer there. I’ll be writing there on a lot about what you’ve seen here and elsewhere: space policy, commercial space, and related topi…
    - 2 Sep 14, 3:24pm -
  • House members seek details on SLS/Orion schedules and spending
    A day after NASA announced that the first SLS may not be ready for launch until as late as November 2018, two key members of the House Science Committee asked NASA for details on both the schedule and funding levels of the SLS and Orion programs. In…
    - 28 Aug 14, 4:28pm -
  • With an SLS slip looming, one senator wants to keep NASA’s budget “on track”
    An announcement Wednesday by NASA that the first launch of the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket could slip by nearly a year has led one key senator to suggest the program needs some budgetary help. NASA announced Wednesday that…
    - 28 Aug 14, 12:18am -
  • Air Force starts search for an RD-180 replacement
    Although the supply of Russian-built RD-180 engines that power the first stage of the Atlas V do not appear to be in the same level of jeopardy as feared earlier this year—United Launch Alliance took delivery of two of those engines last week—the…
    - 26 Aug 14, 4:12pm -
  • House gearing up for CR to last until December
    With no sign of progress on appropriations bills stalled in the Senate, the House is making plans to pass a “clean” continuing resolution that will keep the government running at least into December, a top House member said this week. In an inte…
    - 22 Aug 14, 1:23pm -
  • As China tests ASAT, US pushes multilateral space security efforts
    In a speech at a US Strategic Command symposium last week, a top State Department official made the case again for various multilateral efforts to improve space security, even as China appeared to perform another test of an anti-satellite (ASAT) wea…
    - 21 Aug 14, 2:58pm -
  • Buzz Aldrin endorses candidate in Alaska Senate race
    Republicans in Alaska are going to the polls today to select a candidate to run against incumbent Sen. Mark Begich (D) in the November general election. One of those candidates is hoping that a last-minute endorsement from a famous former astronaut w…
    - 19 Aug 14, 3:21pm -
  • The curious case of a deleted commentary on SpaceX
    SpaceX is no stranger to both strong support and harsh criticism of its activities, particularly in political circles. Last month, for example, three members of the House of Representatives asked NASA for details on an “epidemic of anomalies” the…
    - 19 Aug 14, 2:19pm -
  • Improving SOFIA
    Although a final resolution may not come until late this year, when Congress finally approves a fiscal year 2015 appropriations bill, it appears that NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) program has survived its near-deat…
    - 14 Aug 14, 3:57pm -
  • Orion manager warns he’s “challenged” to make December 2017 launch
    In two separate public appearances last week, the manager of NASA’s Orion spacecraft warned that he is “challenged” to keep Orion on track for the first Space Launch System (SLS) mission in late 2017. Mark Geyer spoke at the Mars Society’s a…
    - 13 Aug 14, 3:13pm -

Commercial Space Watch


  • newSDO Reveals How Magnetic Cage on the Sun Stopped Solar Eruption
    A dramatic magnetic power struggle at the Sun's surface lies at the heart of solar eruptions, new research using NASA data shows....
    - 21 hours ago 23 Feb 18, 8:43pm -
  • Earth from Space: The Bering Strait
    The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over the Bering Strait, which connects the Pacific and Arctic Oceans between Russia and the US state of Alaska....
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 3:52pm -
  • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 22 February 2018 - BEAM Opened Up
    Three Expedition 54 crew members continued preparing for their return to Earth next week. A pair of astronauts also opened up BEAM today to stow a robotic hand and to check for contaminants....
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 3:30pm -
  • Rocket Parts Are Big
    The Centaur upper stage that will help launch NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S, or GOES-S, arrives at the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida....
    - 2 days ago 23 Feb 18, 5:13am -
  • Baltic Sea Blooms As Seen From Orbit
    Cyanobacteria are an ancient type of marine bacteria that, like other phytoplankton, capture and store solar energy through photosynthesis....
    - 2 days ago 23 Feb 18, 2:25am -

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  • Sixty years of technology in space - what's changed?
    McLean VA (SPX) Feb 23, 2018Sixty years ago, the United States successfully launched the nation's first satellite into space. The satellite, Explorer 1, was tiny by today's standards: 80 inches long, a bit over 6 inches in diameter, and weighing j…
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 9:48am -
  • Seven ways Mars InSight is different
    Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 23, 2018NASA's Mars InSight lander team is preparing to ship the spacecraft from Lockheed Martin Space in Denver, where it was built and tested, to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, where it will become the first inter…
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 9:48am -
  • Silk fibers could be high-tech 'natural metamaterials'
    West Lafayette IN (SPX) Feb 20, 2018New research has demonstrated how the nano-architecture of a silkworm's fiber causes "Anderson localization of light," a discovery that could lead to various innovations and a better understanding of light trans…
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 9:48am -
  • Space-X lobs Spanish military satellite into orbit
    Washington (AFP) Feb 22, 2018 Elon Musk's Space-X sent a Spanish military satellite into orbit Thursday in a hitch-less liftoff from California, extending the private space company's record of successful launches. Space-X, which proved the utilit…
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 9:48am -
  • Galaxies that feed on other galaxies
    Canary Islands, Spain (SPX) Feb 15, 2018Most of the information we have about the Milky Way stellar halo comes from its inner region, which we can observe close to the solar neighbourhood. However, for the first time the chemical properties of the…
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 9:48am -
  • US to Jettison Spy Planes, Satellites Due to Russian, Chinese Missiles - Reports
    Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2018The US Air Force is about to abandon expensive surveillance aircrafts and satellites, opting for an information network out of concerns over Russia's and China's increased space capabilities. The United States has…
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 9:48am -
  • Goonhilly goes deep space
    Paris (ESA) Feb 23, 2018Until now, if you're an entrepreneur planning future missions beyond Earth, you'd have to ask a big space agency to borrow their deep-space antennas. Now, thanks to the UK's county of Cornwall and ESA, you'll have a commerc…
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 9:48am -
  • Star Wars: Why US, Russia, China Make a Big Deal Out of Hitting Satellites
    Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2018A country capable of destroying the adversary's satellites would easily gain the upper hand in modern warfare, Sputnik contributor Andrei Kots notes; adding that at present only three countries can target orbital space…
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 9:48am -
  • Astronomy: A rotating system of satellite galaxies raises questions
    Basel, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 15, 2018Astronomers have examined the distribution and movement of dwarf galaxies in the constellation Centaurus, but their observations do not fit with the standard model of cosmology that assumes the existence of dar…
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 9:48am -
  • Swarm trio becomes a quartet
    Paris (ESA) Feb 23, 2018With the aim of making the best possible use of existing satellites, ESA and Canada have made a deal that turns Swarm into a four-satellite mission to shed even more light on space weather and features such as the aurora bo…
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 9:48am -
  • UMass Amherst physicists contribute to dark matter detector success
    Amherst MA (SPX) Feb 22, 2018In researchers' quest for evidence of dark matter, physicist Andrea Pocar of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and his students have played an important role in designing and building a key part of the argon-base…
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 9:48am -
  • US Ready for Possible Space Wars - National Security Advisor
    Washington (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2018National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said on Wednesday at a meeting of the National Space Council that the United States would be prepared for any conflict that took place in space. "Due to competitor and ad…
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 9:48am -
  • Theory suggests root efficiency, independence drove global spread of flora
    Princeton NJ (SPX) Feb 22, 2018A new theory of plant evolution suggests that the 400 million-year drive of flora across the globe may not have been propelled by the above-ground traits we can see easily, but by underground adaptations that allowed…
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 9:48am -
  • Magnetic field traces gas and dust swirling around supermassive black hole
    London, UK (SPX) Feb 22, 2018Astronomers reveal a new high resolution map of the magnetic field lines in gas and dust swirling around the supermassive black hole at the centre of our Galaxy, published in a new paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal…
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 9:48am -
  • How spacecraft testing enabled bone marrow research
    Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 23, 2018In the 1970s, a NASA employee stepped up to a challenge posed by the National Institutes of Health or NIH: to freeze bone marrow. "Most people don't know that NASA's work isn't just aerospace," said Tom Williams…
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 9:48am -


CBS Space News

  • CBS News Space Page is Moving!
    By WILLIAM HARWOODCBS NewsEDITOR’S NOTE: We are in the process of moving stories on this page to the CBS News Sci-Tech page. This site will be taken down in the next few weeks. We appreciate your patience!
    - 30 Jul 15, 3:32am -
  • Cause of Russian Progress failure still TBD
    Four weeks after a Progress space station supply ship spun out of control in a launch mishap, Russian engineers have not yet revealed what might have gone wrong, casting a cloud of uncertainty over downstream flights of unpiloted cargo ships as well…
    - 28 May 15, 2:51am -
  • NASA selects instruments for Europa mission
    Taking a major step toward an eventual robotic mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, NASA has selected nine sophisticated instruments for a solar-powered spacecraft designed to find out whether the hidden realm could support life of some sort, agency o…
    - 26 May 15, 8:45pm -
  • SpaceX cargo ship returns to Earth
    A SpaceX cargo capsule loaded with 3,100 pounds of research samples, no-longer-needed equipment and trash returned to Earth Thursday after a month-long stay at the International Space Station.
    - 21 May 15, 6:25pm -
  • X-37B spaceplane launched on secret mission
    A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket thundered away from Cape Canaveral Wednesday, boosting an unpiloted military spaceplane into orbit for a secret mission.
    - 21 May 15, 2:13am -
  • Air Force set to launch spaceplane on mostly secret mission
    An Air Force X-37B spaceplane, a mini shuttle making the program's fourth flight, is poised for launch Wednesday on a mostly classified mission featuring an unusual hitchhiker: a small publicly-funded satellite built to test the feasibility of using…
    - 19 May 15, 5:35pm -
  • Brightman steps down from station flight
    Soprano and would-be space tourist Sarah Brightman, who was in training for a flight to the International Space Station this fall aboard a Russian Soyuz ferry craft, will not be chasing her dream aloft after all, the singer's website and Facebook pag…
    - 13 May 15, 7:45pm -
  • Russia delays upcoming ISS flights in wake of Progress failure
    Russia is delaying the return to Earth of three space station crew members by about a month in the wake of the April 18 failure of a Russian Progress supply ship. Launch of three fresh crew members also will be delayed, from May 26 to late July.
    - 12 May 15, 8:33pm -
  • SpaceX stages emergency escape system test
    Simulating a launch pad emergency, an unmanned SpaceX Dragon capsule was blasted away from Cape Canaveral Wednesday, shooting to an altitude of several thousand feet before arcing over for an offshore splashdown in a dramatic emergency escape system…
    - 6 May 15, 2:15pm -
  • SpaceX gears up for pad abort test
    SpaceX is readying an unmanned Dragon capsule for a simulated launch pad abort Wednesday, a short, high-speed flight to demonstrate an innovative rocket-powered escape system designed to quickly pull a crew to safety in the event of an impending boos…
    - 5 May 15, 4:24pm -
  • Messenger probe, out of gas, crashes into Mercury
    NASA's hardy Messenger spacecraft, out of fuel at the end of a remarkably successful 11-year mission, ended its life with a bang Thursday, smashing into the hellish surface of Mercury at some 8,750 miles per hour and blasting out a new crater in the…
    - 30 Apr 15, 9:01pm -
  • Blue Origin launches sub-orbital New Shepard test flight
    Blue Origin, a rocket engine and spacecraft development company owned by Amazon-founder Jeff Bezos, carried out an unpiloted maiden test flight of the company's New Shepard sub-orbital launch vehicle Wednesday, the company revealed early Thursday.
    - 30 Apr 15, 7:19am -
  • New Horizons detects possible polar cap on Pluto
    New photos and animations of Pluto and its large moon Charon taken by the fast-approaching New Horizons probe are revealing distinct surface features for the first time, including a bright area that could be a snowy polar cap, mission managers said W…
    - 29 Apr 15, 9:30pm -
  • Russian abandon efforts to salvage wayward cargo ship
    Russian flight controllers have given up attempting to salvage a Progress cargo ship loaded with 3 tons of supplies and equipment intended for the International Space Station. Instead, the spacecraft likely will re-enter the atmosphere and burn up wi…
    - 29 Apr 15, 4:04pm -
  • Progress cargo ship spins out of control after launch
    A Russian Progress supply ship loaded with more than 3 tons of supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station apparently spun out of control shortly after reaching orbit Tuesday, putting the resupply mission in jeopardy.
    - 28 Apr 15, 2:34pm -


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Space Politicy Online

  • Today’s Tidbits: February 22, 2018
    Here are our tidbits for February 22, 2018:  SpaceX almost catches a fairing, two demonstration Starlink satellites in orbit, four Russians jailed for Vostochny embezzlement.  Be sure to check our website for feature stories and follow us on Twi…
    - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 11:43am -
  • Second National Space Council Meeting Focuses on Regulatory Reform, China
    The White House National Space Council held its second public meeting today at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, FL.   Spurring new, innovative commercial space businesses and reforming the associated regulatory environment were the main themes, but t…
    - 3 days ago 22 Feb 18, 1:04am -
  • Bigelow Questions Market for Commercial LEO Facilities
    Billionaire hotel magnate Robert Bigelow announced today creation of Bigelow Space Operations (BSO), a companion to his Bigelow Aerospace company that manufactures expandable space modules.  BSO’s first task is to determine exactly what the market…
    - 4 days ago 21 Feb 18, 4:58am -
  • White House Announces Members of National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group
    On the eve of the second meeting of the National Space Council, the White House announced the 29 members of the Council’s Users’ Advisory Group.  Composed of non-federal government representatives, it reports to and provides advice solely to the…
    - 4 days ago 21 Feb 18, 4:22am -
  • Lightfoot: First Crew Return to Lunar Surface Towards End of Next Decade
    Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot said today that the return of humans to the lunar surface probably will take place in the “latter part of the decade,” referring to the 2020s.  Speaking to the Space Transportation Association about NAS…
    - 4 days ago 21 Feb 18, 4:02am -
  • What’s Happening in Space Policy February 19-23, 2018 – UPDATED
    Here is our list of space policy events for the week of February 19-23, 2018 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in recess this week (except for pro forma sessions). [Updated February 19 with more information about Wed…
    - 6 days ago 18 Feb 18, 3:48pm -
  • Astronomers Gravely Concerned About Proposed WFIRST Cancellation
    The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is expressing “grave concern” about the Trump Administration’s proposed termination of the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).  The concern is not only about the telescope itself, but the cons…
    - 9 days ago 16 Feb 18, 4:58am -
  • Today’s Tidbits: February 15, 2018
    Here are our tidbits for February 15, 2018:  Mike Griffin confirmed as USD/R&E and other nominations progress; Chris Shank joins Van Scoyoc Associates; intelligence community warns on antisatellite (ASAT) weapons.  Be sure to check our website fo…
    - 9 days ago 16 Feb 18, 3:42am -
  • Today’s Tidbits: February 13, 2018
    Here are our tidbits for February 13, 2018:  second time’s a charm for Progress MS-08; a SpaceX-ULA space race with hat eating as the bet;  SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell is Satellite Executive of the Year. Be sure to check our website for fe…
    - 11 days ago 14 Feb 18, 4:37am -
  • NOAA Proposes Modest Space Weather Follow-On Program (Updated)
    Concern about the damaging effects of “space weather” on satellites and Earth infrastructure like the electric grid has been growing in recent years.  At the same time, spacecraft positioned between the Earth and the Sun to warn of such events a…
    - 11 days ago 14 Feb 18, 3:22am -

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Improved Hubble Yardstick Gives Fresh Evidence for New Physics in the Universe
Improved Hubble Yardstick Gives Fresh Evidence for New Physics in the Universe
- 2 days ago 22 Feb 18, 8:00pm -
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to Reveal Secrets of the Red Planet
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to Reveal Secrets of the Red Planet
- 4 days ago 20 Feb 18, 3:00pm -
Hubble Sees Neptune's Mysterious Shrinking Storm
Hubble Sees Neptune's Mysterious Shrinking Storm
- 9 days ago 15 Feb 18, 6:00pm -
Hubble Probes Atmospheres of Exoplanets in TRAPPIST-1 Habitable Zone
Hubble Probes Atmospheres of Exoplanets in TRAPPIST-1 Habitable Zone
- 19 days ago 5 Feb 18, 4:00pm -
Hubble Finds Substellar Objects in the Orion Nebula
Hubble Finds Substellar Objects in the Orion Nebula
- 44 days ago 11 Jan 18, 7:15pm -
Researchers Catch Supermassive Black Hole Burping — Twice
Researchers Catch Supermassive Black Hole Burping — Twice
- 44 days ago 11 Jan 18, 3:15pm -

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New Clues to TRAPPIST-1 Planet Compositions, Atmospheres
New Clues to TRAPPIST-1 Planet Compositions, Atmospheres
- 19 days ago 5 Feb 18, 3:30pm -
Multi-planet System Found Through Crowdsourcing
Multi-planet System Found Through Crowdsourcing
- 44 days ago 11 Jan 18, 9:42pm -
Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star
Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star
- 72 days ago 14 Dec 17, 6:00pm -
Kepler-90 System Planet Sizes
Kepler-90 System Planet Sizes
- 72 days ago 14 Dec 17, 2:49pm -
Kepler-90 Planets Orbit Close to Their Star
Kepler-90 Planets Orbit Close to Their Star
- 72 days ago 14 Dec 17, 2:48pm -
Could Kepler-90 Have More Planets?
Could Kepler-90 Have More Planets?
- 72 days ago 14 Dec 17, 2:47pm -

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