Lunar exploration company ispace raises US$90 million in Series A

ispace, a Japan-based private lunar exploration company, announced on 13 December 2017 that it has raised approximately $90.2 million in Series A funding. According to the company, this is the most...

ESA-JAXA Mercury mission BepiColombo successfully launched on Ariane 5

The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo joint mission to Mercury has been launched on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou at 01:45:28 GMT on 20 October on its mission. Signals from the spacecraft,...

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...

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...

India’s second tryst with our Moon: Chandrayaan-2

An Indian spacecraft’s second tryst with earth’s only natural satellite in the form of the Chandrayaan-2 mission has been ongoing for some time now. What started as a joint mission with...

Animals in space: The unlikely space pioneers

Today marks the 57th anniversary when Ham became the first chimpanzee in space. I want to take this opportunity to look back at the involvement of animals in the space industry....

China’s Asteroid Capture Plan

Earlier this year, Chinese media outlets announced that researchers from the National Space Science Center in Beijing had come up with a plan to capture an asteroid and steer it back...

Putin, Abe conduct live video chat with the International Space Station

On 26 May 2018, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe jointly conducted a live video call with two crew members of the International Space Station (ISS). The call...

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...

Why Titan is the best place for Humans in the Solar System beyond Earth

While almost everyone has their eyes set on Mars as the next destination for Humans in space, the truth is that we should probably not send people there (read why here)....
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