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....

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...

JAXA & ISRO to embark on Joint Lunar Polar Exploration

Japan’s space agency JAXA and India’s space agency ISRO have signed an Implementation Arrangement (IA) for a Joint Lunar Polar Expedition. Under the IA, the two agencies will jointly conduct a feasibility...

China and the UK begin on-orbit telescope assembly project

On 24 October 2017, China and the UK launched the The Ultra-Large Aperture On-Orbit Assembly Project, which will work towards on-orbit assembly of a jointly-developed space telescope. Led by the China's Changchun...

Hitomi’s data reveals similarities between the Perseus Cluster & our solar system

Hitomi, a space observatory developed by Japan's space agency JAXA, has enabled scientists to discover that the proportions of elements found in the Perseus Cluster are nearly identical to what astronomers...

India’s space telescope AstroSat makes groundbreaking X-ray discovery

India’s space telescope AstroSat has succeeded in measuring X-ray polarization of the Crab Nebula’s pulsar, producing data that might challenge scientists’ understanding of supernovae and their magnetic fields. The results, published on...

Stephen Hawking’s plans for reaching Alpha Centauri

On Sunday, one of China’s largest Internet companies Tencent held its annual WE Summit in Beijing. This year the conference opened with a video address by Stephen Hawking, who has become...

JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi to join ISS Expedition 62/63 in 2019

Japan’s space agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), has announced that astronaut Soichi Noguchi has been selected for a long duration stay at the International Space Station (ISS) in 2019. Noguchi...

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...

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...

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Utilization of Space Resources: Indonesia’s Perspective

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