The hunt for Lunar lava tubes — 1960s to today

Last week, Japan's Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) detected what may possibly be an intact 50km lava tube in the Marius Hills region of the Moon. If true, this...

Space observatories from Asia

This week, the scientific importance of both earth-based and space-based observatories was demonstrated when instruments all over the world detected the merger of binary neutron stars. This ground-breaking discovery, which marked...

ISRO to improve sensitivity of gamma-ray burst detector

In light of the detection of gravitational wave (GW) GW170817, caused by the merger of binary neutron stars, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has declared it will improve the sensitivity...

Australia & US sign Space Tracking Treaty

Yesterday, Australia and the United States signed the Space Tracking Treaty, which extends US ownership and use of ground stations in Australia. The treaty was signed on the morning of 18th October...

Japan-US FOXSI experiment & Hinode satellite discover solar nanoflares

Japan’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), a research institute under the purview of Japan’s space agency JAXA, has announced that an international research team has discovered hidden solar nanoflares...

ISRO releases Oct 8 Mars images

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has just released its most recent image of Mars, taken on October 8 2017, from at altitude of from an altitude of 70,157 km (the first...

China to design a reusable winged spacecraft

Yesterday, the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) announced that it will be working with Shenyang Aircraft Design Institute, which designs military aircraft, to develop a new reusable spacecraft for...

KARI selects Thales Alenia Space for communications equipment on lunar probe

South Korea’s space agency, the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), has just signed a contract with Thales Alenia Space for its lunar probe’s communications equipment. Known as the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter...

Happy Anniversary to MOM and LAPAN-A2!

This week, we congratulate two space agencies on the anniversaries of their spacecraft! First, this week marks the 3rd anniversary of the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Mars mission. ISRO's Mars Orbiter...

NASA to contribute to 2 upcoming JAXA missions

NASA and Japan’s space agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), have announced plans to continue collaborating on space exploration missions. In a press conference held at JAXA headquarters yesterday, the two...

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Dr Megan Clark details the priorities of the Australian Space Agency

The Australian Space Agency began operations on 1 July 2018, and has since been busy mapping the future of Australia’s space industry. At the Space...

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