Category: Space news

google lunar xprize

All about Google Lunar XPrize and news

The Google Lunar XPrize will end without a winner – News of February 6, 2018 – At the end of January, we learned that the Google Lunar XPrize would arrive at its deadline without winner. The Google Lunar XPrize is a competition that was launched in 2007 to boost the private space sector. It proposed…
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earth twins

All about Earth twins and news

New telescopes search Earth twins – News of January 30, 2018 – ExTRA is a new set of three telescopes that will focus on the detection of Earth twins orbiting around red dwarfs. It is installed at the La Silla Observatory, located in northern Chile. It has just started its observations. The three telescopes that…
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mining of asteroids

All about mining of asteroids and news

Planetary Resources tests its technology in orbit – News of January 23, 2018 – Planetary Resources was established in 2010 to develop mining techniques in space. This is a very long-term goal, but it is not because the goal is far that concrete steps can not be achieved in the meantime. That’s what Planetary Resources…
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interstellar travel

All about interstellar travel and news

NASA studies an interstellar travel to Alpha Centauri – News of January 16, 2018 – Almost every year, new space probes point to different planets and celestial bodies to tell us more about what is happening beyond the Earth. Unfortunately, there is little chance that we will be able to witness an interstellar travel during…
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callisto launcher

All about the Callisto reusable launcher demonstrator and news

Europe continues to study the reuse of space rockets with the Callisto demonstrator – News of January 9, 2018 – Prometheus is a new engine in development. It could be a turning point for reusable space rockets of ArianeGroup. But Prometheus is not the only project in Europe to prepare for reuse. CNES and its…
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dragonfly mission

All about the Dragonfly mission and news

The Dragonfly mission aims to explore Titan with a drone – News from January 2, 2018 – NASA continues to roll out its solar system exploration program, called New Frontiers. The New Horizons, Juno and OSIRIS-REx space probes have already been launched. They are interested in Pluto, Jupiter and an asteroid. NASA is currently closing…
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space rider

All about the ESA Space Rider shuttle and news

The first test flight of the space shuttle Space Rider is scheduled to take place in 2020 – News of December 5, 2017 – The space shuttle Space Rider is due to be launched in 2021 thanks to the Vega C space rocket. It will offer Europe a completely independent way to conduct experiments in…
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voyager space probe

All about Voyager space probes and news

Voyager 1 thrusters reignited after 37 years of inactivity – News of December 5, 2017 – The Voyager 1 space probe is the farthest object a man has created. The space probe used its thrusters to orient its antenna towards the Earth. These thrusters had not been used for 37 years ! This is another…
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novawurks

All about the company NovaWurks and news

ISS astronauts test HISat modules from NovaWurks – News of November 7, 2017 – The design of a satellite faces significant constraints. It must be compact enough to fit under the rocket fairing, and possibly to share with another satellite. That is why the instruments of a satellite or a space probe are assembled within…
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project blue

All about the Project Blue mission and news

The Project Blue telescope wants to make photos of exoplanets – News of October 31, 2017 – Over the last twenty years, most exoplanets have been detected using indirect detection methods. But we are still unable to study them. It is therefore impossible to know their atmospheric composition or their water content, although we can…
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mars base camp

All about the space station Mars Base Camp and news

Lockheed Martin and NASA reveal the Mars Base Camp concept, a martian space station – News of October 10, 2017 – Lockheed Martin introduced at the end of last month an orbital base concept for Mars, called Mars Base Camp. The concept of assembling a base in orbit as a starting point for ground expeditions…
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australian space agency asa

Australia’s Space Program, Australian Space Agency (ASA) and news

Australian government announces creation of national space agency – News of October 3, 2017 – Australia is a country that benefits from a strong economy, a growing population and therefore more and more financial means. It is therefore logical that the Australian government announced at the Adelaide Congress that the country was ready to create…
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mercury

All about the planet Mercury and news

Mercury would house more water than expected – News of September 26, 2017 – When we think of Mercury, the planet closest to the sun, we imagine a dry and desolate hell. The surprise was great when, in 2012, the Messenger space probe detected ice water at the pole of Mercury. It is currently estimated…
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cassini huygens

All about the Cassini-Huygens space mission and news

Goodbye Cassini ! – News of September 19, 2017 – After 14 years of studying the Saturnian system, the Cassini space probe has just completed a vertiginous dive into the atmosphere of the gas giant. Cassini has achieved one of the most ambitious and successful missions in the history of space exploration. The Cassini-Huygens mission…
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sun

All about solar flares and news

 ISS astronauts protect themselves from solar flares – News of September 12, 2017 – On September 6th, a team of British researchers detected the biggest solar flare in 12 years. Other high-power solar flares have followed in recent days. A solar flare consists of increased activity of a part of the sun that can…
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breakthrough listen

All about the project Breakthrough Listen and news

Breakthrough Listen observes repeated radio signals – News of September 5, 2017 – Breakthrough Listen, an intelligent life research project, made an interesting observation last week. This project has the same initiators as the project Breakthrough Starshot, the Russian billionaire Yuri Milner and the physicist Stephen Hawking. Like Breakthrough Starshot, Breakthrough Listen enjoys significant financial…
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Restore-L

All about the Restore-L project and news

The Restore-L project wants to refuel satellites in full flight – News of August 29, 2017 – The accumulation of satellites and space debris makes some orbits very dangerous. Many space agencies are working on solutions and many companies are now desorbiting their satellites when they reach the end of their life. But thanks to…
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cuve mission

All about the mission CUVE to Venus and news

The CUVE mission will explore the atmosphere of Venus with a CubeSat – News of August 22, 2017 – Although Venus is close to the Earth geographically and in terms of its characteristics, Venus is not at all as popular as Mars, no doubt because of its monstrous atmosphere. NASA has just selected the CUVE…
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laser seti

All about Laser SETI and news

Laser SETI will try to detect lasers from space – News of August 8, 2017 – Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is a set of American research programs that has been trying to detect signs of extraterrestrial life since the 1960s. SETI uses radio telescopes primarily to observe stars in search of a signal of…
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lisa pathfinder

All about the LISA and LISA Pathfinder missions and news

LISA Pathfinder validates LISA mission technologies – News of July 25, 2017 – Gravitational waves are predictions derived from general relativity. They appear under certain circumstances when very massive objects move at high speed. For astrophysicists, the confirmation of the existence of these gravitational waves has opened a new field of observation : it is…
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