Saturday, September 22, 2018

China launches lunar orbiter, commencing Chang’e 4 moon mission

At 5:28 a.m. on 21 May 2018, China launched its lunar relay satellite known as Queqiao, along with 2 other microsatellites. The three satellites will orbit the moon, marking the commencement...

Australia’s Parkes telescope helps in search for extraterrestrial life

Breakthrough Listen, a part of Breakthrough Initiatives, has officially commenced a survey of millions of stars located in the plane of the Milky Way, using the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope ("Parkes")...

ISRO visits Indonesia’s space agency LAPAN to discuss Chandrayaan-2

On 26 April 2018, delegates from India’s space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), visited Indonesia’s space agency LAPAN at its Satellite Centre in Bogor, West Java. The purpose of...

China completes design of graphene composite film for light propulsion

China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), the rocket development arm of the Chinese space programme, revealed that it has designed a graphene composite film suitable for use in light-propelled spacecraft. This...

China’s Chang’e 5 lunar mission delayed to 2019, Chang’e 4 on schedule

On China's annual Space Day, held on 24 April, officials from the Chinese space programme announced the lunar probe Chang'e 5 will be launched in 2019. Chang'e 5 was originally planned for...

China to launch at least 6 scientific spacecraft by 2021

China has just announced that it will launch a slew of space science missions, targeting the years 2020/21. The announcement was made yesterday at the first China Aerospace Conference, which was held...

India & France’s Joint Vision for Space Cooperation heavy on space exploration

India and France have signed a Joint Vision for Space Cooperation, in which both parties have agreed to cooperate on all areas of space technology. This latest document, which reaffirms the long-standing...

JAXA & ESA to study feasibility of lunar demonstration mission ‘Heracles’

On 3 March 2018, at the International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF) held in Tokyo, Japan’s space agency JAXA and the European Space Agency (ESA) announced a joint statement which included a...

Japan-based ispace raises additional $1.8m in Series A, totaling $94.5m

ispace, a Japan-based private lunar exploration company, announced earlier this month that it has raised US$1.8 million from Tohoku University Venture Partners Co., Ltd (THVP). This funding comes in addition to the...

Why we shouldn’t send humans to Mars

The question isn't really "Can we technically send Humans to Mars?" because sooner or later we'll be able to — most likely thanks to Elon Musk's hard work. The real question...
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