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China's space station worth ever Yuan

Beijing (XNA) Oct 18, 2021 The three Chinese astronauts who are now on board Tianhe, the core module of Tiangong space station, will work and live there for about six months. This is the longest mission so far for Chinese astronauts. The progress of China's manned space endeavors is evident. Eighteen years after sending its first astronaut...

New US military branch gets its own intelligence wing

Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 05, 2021 The wing itself is an interim organisation, which will eventually be transformed into the National Space Intelligence Center, taking over part of the activities which at present are carried out by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. US Space Force has established its own intelligence group, called...

Study demonstrates Lunar composition mapping capabilities of SwRI-created space instrument

San Antonio TX (SPX) Oct 07, 2021 A new study by a recent graduate of Southwest Research Institute's joint graduate program in physics with The University of Texas at San Antonio demonstrates the ability of the Lyman-Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) to determine the composition of areas on the lunar surface by measuring the reflectance of far-ultraviolet...

AAC Clyde Space to supply core avionics to Arctic weather satellite

Uppsala, Sweden (SPX) Oct 05, 2021 AAC Clyde Space, a leading New space company, has been selected by OHB Sweden to deliver core avionics worth approx. 797 kEUR (approx. 8.2 MSEK) to ESA's Arctic Weather Satellite. The order has been preceded by a tightening of the original requirements of the systems. OHB Sweden is the mission prime contractor...

Dwarf planet Vesta a window to the early solar system

Davis CA (SPX) Oct 07, 2021 The dwarf planet Vesta is helping scientists better understand the earliest era in the formation of our solar system. Two recent papers involving scientists from the University of California, Davis, use data from meteorites derived from Vesta to resolve the "missing mantle problem" and push back our knowledge of the...

Research to boost astronaut health for future space missions

London, UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2021 New research backed by the UK Space Agency will look to solve challenges such as muscle loss and isolation stress that astronauts face during long missions The research, which uses the low gravity (microgravity) environment of the International Space Station and other facilities that provide similar conditions...

Is Planetary Defense PI in the Sky?

Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Oct 18, 2021 In February of 2013, skywatchers around the world turned their attention toward asteroid 2012 DA14, a cosmic rock about 150 feet (50 meters) in diameter that was going to fly closer to Earth than the spacecraft that bring us satellite TV. Little did they realize as they prepared for the once-in-several-decades...

New spin on space research

Paris (ESA) Oct 07, 2021 The ESA-owned Short Arm Human Centrifuge has been upgraded, installed and inaugurated at the Olympic Sport Centre Planica facility near Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. Soon to be home to ESA bedrest studies, this recently enhanced clinical research centre will help further scientists' knowledge of human physiology in space. ...

Using the Moon to address digital inequality

Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 07, 2021 Most Americans take access to reliable, fast wireless internet (Wi-Fi) for granted. Yet, in underserved communities, reliable internet access can be as elusive as it is on the Moon. NASA is working to solve both challenges. Digital inequality or inadequate internet access is a socioeconomic concern across...

US firm sees 'exciting' moment as space tourism booms

Moscow (AFP) Oct 15, 2021 As competition in space tourism heats up, one of the first companies to offer space travel to fee-paying customers is launching a comeback by blasting into orbit with a Japanese billionaire. The US-based company Space Adventures and Russia are counting down to December when they are set to send Japanese online retail...

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