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January 5, 2022

Venusian Caps, Cusps, and Collars

Features near the Venus poles were once mistaken for polar caps. For telescopic observers, the dazzling face of Venus is a bitterly disappointing sight compared with […]
December 31, 2021

Interstellar Stowaways – Can microorganisms travel between the stars?

The AGE-OLD speculation that life might hitchhike between planets revived in the 1980s with our discovery that meteorites from Mars occasionally pelt Earth. Add to that […]
August 31, 2021

Rumor hints the next iPhone 13 might use satellite communication

You might not have to wait long for an iPhone with satellite communication built-in. According to 9to5Mac, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims the next iPhone 12 will include support for low-Earth-orbit satellite […]
August 26, 2021

Blue Origin’s spaceflight carried a NASA payload for lunar landers

Just weeks after Blue Origin’s first manned flight, with founder Amazon’s  Jeff Bezos onboard, the space company is preparing to launch its New Shepard spacecraft rocket again. Liftoff […]
August 23, 2021

Virgin Orbit is to fund its space satellite program through Nasdaq

Virgin Orbit has announced plans to go on the Nasdaq stock exchange through a special purpose acquisitions company (SPAC) merger. The combined company is expected to raise up to […]
August 21, 2021

NASA puts SpaceX’s lunar lander contract on hold

SpaceX will not be working on its $2.9 billion lunar lander contract for some time after NASA agreed to put the ongoing project on hold. The […]
August 11, 2021

SpaceX is buying an Internet of Things smallsat

SpaceX just dipped its toes into the Internet of Things. SpaceNews reports that SpaceX has acquired Swarm Technologies, a startup best known for smallsats that power IoT services. The two companies aren’t […]
August 7, 2021

Perseverance rover fails to collect its first Mars rock sample

Perseverance rover just had a rare misstep. The space agency has revealed that the robotic vehicle failed to collect Mars rock samples during its first attempt. While the percussive […]
July 29, 2021

Rocket Lab launches US Space Force satellite after its failed mission earlier

Rocket Lab has successfully launched a US military satellite in its first mission since its 20th Electron launch ended up in failure back in May. The company’s Electron rocket made […]