Category: Space exploration


All about the Chinese lunar exploration program (Chang’e) and news

Chang’e 5 will not take off in 2019 – News of August 20, 2019 – Chang’e 5, the very ambitious lunar return mission, was originally scheduled to take off in 2019. But the troubles of the heavy launcher Long March 5 suggest that the mission Chang’e 5 will be postponed at least some months. The…
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venera program

Venera, the Soviet program of exploration of Venus

In 1957, the USSR became the first nation to place an object in Earth orbit. But far from being satisfied with this feat, two years later the Soviet federation launched its first space probe to the Moon. Despite a high failure rate of its first space adventures, the ideological competition with the United States pushed…
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Artemis : NASA’s lunar program | News

NASA details the mission architecture of the Artemis program – News of July 23, 2019 – Not a week goes by without new details and shifts in the Artemis program. On July 19, 2019, NASA released a document for its industry partners that offers new insights into how NASA envisions a lunar lander for its…
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Titan (moon of Saturn) : all you need to know and news

How was the thick atmosphere of Titan formed ? – News of July 21, 2019 – Titan is the only moon in the solar system with a thick atmosphere. However, there is still no consensus on the cause of this exception. The large quantities of nitrogen found there could be brought in the form of…
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NASA InSight

NASA InSight lander on Mars : all you need to know and news

NASA and DLR continue their investigations so that InSight can resume drilling – News of July 16, 2019 – For several months, the drill of the HP3 instrument of InSight is blocked a few centimeters under the surface of the planet Mars. In June, NASA and DLR decided to raise its support structure to try…
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Hayabusa 2 and the asteroid Ryugu : all you need to know and news

Hayabusa-2 probably collected samples of asteroid Ryugu – News of July 16, 2019 – Since last summer, the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa-2 and its procession of landers are making a detailed exploration of the asteroid Ryugu. On April 4, the orbiter fired an impactor at the asteroid to create a new crater. On July 11, Hayabusa-2…
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dragonfly mission

All about the Dragonfly mission on Titan and news

The Dragonfly mission will fly towards Titan in 2026 – News of July 2, 2019 – It was one of the most anticipated decisions in 2019. The US Space Agency had to choose between two candidates for the fourth mission of the New Frontiers program. NASA can only fund one of them. The first mission…
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comet interceptor

Comet Interceptor : all you need to know and news

The Comet Interceptor mission will study comets very closely – News of July 2, 2019 – ESA has just validated a new mission for the next decade as part of its Cosmic Vision program. This mission is called Comet Interceptor. Since its creation, ESA has specialized in comet exploration. Thanks to this new mission, the…
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Spektr space observatory : all you need to know and news

Postponement of Spektr-RG space observatory launch due to discharged batteries – News of June 25, 2019 – Since the fall of the Sovietic Union, Russia’s economic difficulties have canceled most major scientific programs. That’s why the launch of the Spektr-RG space observatory by a Proton rocket that was planned last Friday is very important. The…
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All about the Psyche space probe and news

The development of the Psyche space probe continues – News of June 18, 2019 – The Psyche mission will be launched in 2022. It will explore the asteroid that bears the same name, an asteroid almost entirely composed of iron and nickel. We think that this is the heart of a protoplanet that has disappeared.…
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OSIRIS-REx and the asteroid Bennu : all you need to know and news

OSIRIS-REx orbits less than one kilometer from Bennu – News of June 18, 2019 – The solar system continues to reveal its secrets. Comets and asteroids are exploration targets increasingly studied by space agencies. NASA has thus dedicated the OSIRIS-REx space probe to the asteroid Bennu, a Type C near-Earth object of about 500 meters…
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European lunar exploration program : all you need to know and news

ESA is very active regarding its lunar program – News of June 11, 2019 – The Moon exploration is very trendy nowadays. More than a dozen public and private entities plan to land robots on the Moon in the next five years. Three manned flight programs are under development in the United States, China and…
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Starshade : all you need to know and news

Starshade could help space telescopes to observe exoplanets – News of June 9, 2019 – To observe exoplanets is very difficult. We must work on contrasts. The stars are indeed much brighter than their planets. Ideally, it is much easier to be able to hide the light of the star to focus only on the…
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All about the WFIRST space telescope and news

The mobilization of the scientific community saves the WFIRST space observatory – News of June 4, 2019 – WFIRST has to fight each year so that its budget line does not disappear in the budget of the American space agency. This observatory is dedicated to the study of dark energy and exoplanets. To observe exoplanets,…
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Triton, Neptune’s moon : all you need to know and news

Triton’s geysers will be targeted by the Trident mission or other missions – News of May 12, 2019 – Thirty years ago, the Voyager 2 space probe made the unique flyby of Neptune and Triton. The trajectory of the space probe was studied to fly only 40 000 kilometers height above the largest moon in…
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europa clipper

All about the Europa Clipper space probe and news

The Europa Clipper mission will embark 8 scientific instruments to study Europa – News of May 12, 2019 – The Europa Clipper mission will not have a lander, but it will be specially equipped to collect a lot of data from Europa, the icy moon of Jupiter. NASA will have to carefully prepare the scientific…
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NASA’s Trident space mission : all you need to know and News

Trident space mission to study Triton, Neptune’s Biggest Moon – News of April 30, 2019 – The outer planets of the solar system are still almost unexplored. Uranus and Neptune in particular have been stealthily flown over by the Voyager 2 space probe. A new orbiter could be sent around one of these two worlds.…
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luvoir space telescope

All about the LUVOIR space telescope and news

The LUVOIR space telescope could study exoplanets thanks to a 15-meter mirror – News of April 28, 2019 – The LUVOIR space telescope (Large UV Optical Infrared Surveyor) is currently only a project. This is one of the four concepts studied to become one of NASA’s future big telescopes. LUVOIR would work primarily on visible…
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Parker Solar Probe

All about Parker Solar Probe and news

Parker Solar Probe flew over the sun for the second time – News of April 9, 2019 – The Parker Solar Probe spacecraft is now dangerously close to the sun. The American spacecraft has just completed its second flyby of our star. It has passed only 24 million kilometers from the surface of the sun.…
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SLS (Space Launch System), NASA’s giant rocket | News

The usefulness of the SLS is more and more challenged – News of March 17, 2019 – Currently, every day there is a new announcement about the Space Launch System (SLS). NASA’s 2020 budget proposal contemplates deleting many missions of the SLS. The SLS will not be used to assemble the LOP-G, nor to launch…
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planet x

All about planet X / planet 9 and news

The observation of another planetary system could explain the orbit of a planet X – News of March 12, 2019 – FarFarOut is part of a class of objects named extreme transneptunians objects. Other objects in this category all have a very eccentric orbit. This is why some researchers believe that a massive object has…
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All about the planet Neptune and news

A new moon of Neptune has just been discovered – News of February 24, 2019 – A new moon of Neptune has been known since 2013, but sometimes it takes time to formalize a discovery. It was named called Hippocamp. This moon is very small, so it looks like an asteroid. However, it could teach…
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opportunity rover

All about the Opportunity rover on Mars and news

Goodbye Opportunity ! – News of February 17, 2019 – After 15 years on the planet Mars, the rover Opportunity was finally declared dead on February 13, 2019. In fact, the rover no longer sent any sign of life to NASA since many months. But NASA wanted to give it a chance to resume communications.…
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All about the Soyuz-5 launcher and news

Soyuz 5 engine tests will begin soon – News of February 12, 2019 – On February 4, 2019, Vladimir Putin and the director of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, took stock of the future of the new Russian launchers. The development of Soyuz 5 seems to be progressing well. The Soyuz 5 engine is being prepared for…
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All about the New Horizons space probe and news

New Horizons unveils the true form of Ultima Thule – News of February 12, 2019 – Ultima Thule is intriguing. The first series of photos transmitted by the spacecraft New Horizons unveiled a world in two parts, like a kind of snowman. New Horizons has just uploaded a new series of photos. This time, these…
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dart mission

All about NASA’s DART mission and news

HERA mission to inspect results of DART mission in 2026 – News of February 12, 2019 – The Hayabusa mission and the OSIRIS-REx mission continue to explore Ryugu and Bennu, sometimes presented as dangerous for the Earth. The risk that one of these two objects collides with our planet is actually very small, but one…
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planetary protection

All about planetary protection and news

Planetary protection is a major challenge to avoid extraterrestrial contamination – News of February 3, 2019 – We hope to find traces of life on the planet Mars, on Europe the moon of Jupiter, or on some other bodies of the solar system. To achieve this, we send robots to the surface of these bodies.…
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All about Uranus and news

Simulations fail to fully explain the inclination of Uranus – News of February 3, 2019 – The axis of rotation of Uranus is quite unique in the solar system. This is most likely the result of a collision very early in the planet’s history, or several collisions. But it is difficult to explain that not…
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All about the ESA’s EnVision mission and news

The EnVision mission will scrutinize the movements of the surface of Venus – News from February 3, 2019 – At the end of the year, ESA will launch the Cosmic Vision program with the launch of the CHEOPS mission dedicated to the characterization of exoplanets. Cosmic Vision brings together all the future missions of the…
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juno space probe

All about the Juno space probe and news

Juno is halfway through its mission – News of January 7, 2019 – Juno is in the middle of his mission around Jupiter. The space probe has just made its sixteenth close passage over the clouds of Jupiter. Its scientific goals are focused on the gas giant. This includes understanding a little better how it…
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