Japan’s plans for the Moon

Yesterday, during the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) held virtually for the first time, the traditional Heads of Agencies plenary was held, with representatives from various space agencies. Present at the discussion...

China completes Mars lander collision avoidance test

China has announced the completion of its Mars lander collision avoidance test, and this is also the first time China has made public the progress of its Mars mission spacecraft. ...

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...

KARI contracts MDA for lunar mission communication subsystems

South Korea's space agency, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), has awarded a contract worth over US$5.74 million (CA$7 million) to Canadian company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA). Under the contract, MDA...

Heads of JAXA and ESA Announce Strengthening of Ties

During European Space Agency (ESA) Director General Jan Woerner’s first visit to Japan on 15-16 May 2017, he met with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) President Dr Naoki Okumura to discuss...

Orbital Assembly to build Voyager Station, a space habitat, by 2030

Orbital Assembly Corporation (OAC), which earlier proposed the Von Braun Station, is planning to build an in-space structure known as the Voyager Station, with an aim to complete it before 2030....

Chang’E-4 reveals details about the lunar subsurface on the far side

On 26 February 2020, findings from China's exploration of the far side of the Moon were published in Science Advances. These findings were drawn from China's lunar mission Chang'E-4, which landed...

Japan’s Martian Moons Exploration (MMX) mission & payloads

Earlier this month, we took a look at the recent developments from JAXA and their European partners with regards to Hayabusa 2 and the MASCOT hopper rover. In the following days of...

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...

Indonesia to build South-East Asia’s largest observatory

Indonesia's space agency LAPAN will cooperate with the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Nusa Cendana University (UNdana), East Nusa Tenggara Provincial Government (NTT), and Kupang Regency to build a modern space...

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