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Yesterday β€” May 8th 2021Leonard David's INSIDE OUTER SPACE

China Rocket Stage: Live View of Reentry

The folks at CelesTrak and Digital Arsenal are providing a live view of the evolving decay of China’s Long March-5B rocket body that launched the country’s Tianhe core space station module. Using the latest data from the 18th Space Control Squadron (18 SPCS) of the U.S. Space Force, the projection shows the position of the […]

China’s Rocket Body: Trajectory Impact Prediction

Debris from a Chinese carrier rocket in the coming days is very unlikely to cause damage, said Wang Wenbin, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, according to a China Daily report. Regarding the atmospheric reentry of the core stage of the country’s Long March5B heavy-lift booster, Wang said it is highly unlikely that the debris will cause […]
Before yesterdayLeonard David's INSIDE OUTER SPACE

Life on Mars? The Case for Martian Fungi

Life on Mars? According to an international team of researchers there is, in the form of Martian fungi. Their case makes use of imagery from the NASA Curiosity and Opportunity rovers, as well as photos taken from Mars orbit by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), a super-powerful camera onboard the NASA Mars Reconnaissance […]

Fall of China Booster: Down-to-Earth Factoids

China’s incoming Long March 5 booster core stage is generating lots of speculation – particularly the when, what, and where leftovers might reach the Earth’s surface. Here are a few down-to-earth factoids provided to Inside Outer Space from T.S. Kelso of CelesTrak, an analytical group that keeps an observant eye on Earth-orbiting objects: The CZ-5B […]

Curiosity Mars Rover: On the Road Again!

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at Gale Crater is now performing Sol 3110 duties. Curiosity recently drove roughly 145 feet (44 meters) on sol 3109, β€œso we’ve left our scenic view at β€˜Bardou’ behind in the rear-view mirror… er… rear Hazcam… er…. actuaaaallllly, to be perfectly precise, front Hazcam since we drove backwards,” reports Abigail Fraeman, […]

Seat Available: Blue Origin’s Online Auction

On July 20th, Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital vehicle will fly its first astronaut crew to space. That announcement from the group backed by entrepreneur Jeff Bezos also adds: β€œWe are offering one seat on this first flight to the winning bidder of Blue Origin’s online auction. Starting today, anyone can place an opening bid […]

China’s Falling Rocket Body – High Sign of Bigger Problem

The upcoming reentry of China’s Long March-5 rocket body is a reminder of a much larger problem. China’s big booster tossed the country’s Tianhe space station module into orbit on April 29th. Now satellite and space debris monitoring groups are keeping a close eye on the uncontrolled nose dive to Earth of the large rocket […]

Perseverance Rover: Mars Delta Reveals its Stripes!

A new Mars Guy video showcases spectacular high resolution images from NASA’s Perseverance rover. They reveal a textbook example of an Earth delta deposit, but this one actually is on the Red Planet.

China Space Station: Hosting International Science Experiments

China’s bid to build and operate a space station by the close of 2022 involves its use to carry out a suite of scientific experiments. The Tianne core module of the station now circling the Earth is the first and main component of the station. According to Zhou Jianping, chief designer of China’s manned space […]

NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover: What Do Scientists Hope to Learn?

Β  Β  A House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee hearing on April 29th was entitled: β€œWhat do Scientists Hope to Learn from NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover? Β  Β  Witnesses: Dr. Michael A. Meyer, Lead Scientist, Mars Exploration Program, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Dr. Bethany L. Ehlmann, Professor of […]

Taking to the Air on Mars – What Next?

Β  NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter has shown the β€œWright stuff” on the Red Planet. Multiple sorties of the rotorcraft have been so successful that the device is now moving into an operational role supporting the Perseverance rover’s scientific sleuthing ahead. The future use of airborne tools on Mars is also being tested in the Holuhraun, […]

China’s Space Station Plans Outlined

With China launching the core module of its space station, the country’s space program officials are detailing plans for its use when fully constructed by the end of 2022. As of now, 17 nations have confirmed their participation in nine scientific tasks on the station, with China signing agreements with the United Nations Office for […]

China’s Space Station: Assembly Plans Detailed

China’s core space station module is now circling Earth, lofted April 29 by a Long March-5B Y2 carrier rocket from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the northeastern coast of south China’s Hainan Province. Tianhe is the foundational module for China’s first low-Earth orbital space station named Tiangong, which means β€œheavenly palace” in Chinese. The […]

China’s Critical, Must Succeed Launch: Tianhe-1 Space Station Module

China is set to loft a key module of the country’s space station on April 29 (Beijing Time) – around 03:00 UTC. The critical β€œTianhe-1” core module will be lofted by a Long March-5B Y2 rocket from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in south China’s Hainan province. If successful, China will later dispatch a Tianzhou-2 […]

Report: NASA Artemis Moon Landing in 2024 – β€œHighly Unlikely”

Β  A NASA Office of Inspector General report has taken a look at the space agency’s Artemis program, noting that the effort faces significant challenges. The NASA OIG report explains that current plans to launch Artemis I in 2021 and ultimately land astronauts on the Moon by the end of 2024 are β€œhighly unlikely.” NASA’s […]

Curiosity Mars Rover: Sample Analysis

The Curiosity rover at Gale Crater is parked on top of Mont Mercou providing a spectacular vantage point to survey both the terrain the robot has driven over and future areas of interest. Reports Lucy Thompson, a planetary geologist at University of New Brunswick; Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada: β€œBased on orbital signatures, we are expecting […]

Mars Guy Video Spotlights Perseverance’s SHERLOC, Space Suit Material, Mars Meteorite

Another installment of β€œMars Guy” takes the viewer to the Perseverance rover at Jezero Crater. Mars Guy is Arizona State University associate research professor Steve Ruff, a Mars geologist with decades of experience exploring the Red Planet. This new video details the rover’s Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals instrument […]

Russia, China Move Forward on International Moon Station

China and Russia are developing a road map to establish an international station on the Moon. An invitation to all interested countries, international organizations and partners to cooperate in the project was made last Friday by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and its Russian counterpart Roscosmos. The announcement was made at a conference focused […]

Mars Subsurface: Home for Microbial Life?

Much of the subsurface of Mars may well be a nice niche for microbial life. That’s a finding from a new study published in the journal Astrobiology that looked at the chemical composition of Martian meteorites tossed off the Red Planet that eventually landed here on Earth. New research determined that those Mars-spawned rocks β€” […]