Monday, January 21, 2019

Russia to Create Backup Manned Vehicle for Moon Flights Without NASA Funding


Russia's State Space Corporation Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin has said that NASA had asked Roscosmos to create a lunar version of the Soyuz spacecraft as a backup manned space transport system for flights to the Moon.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Astronomers Discover Two Jovian Exoplanets Orbiting the Giant Star HD 202696

HD 202696 planetary system. Credit: NASA

Using Keck Observatory in Hawaii, astronomers have detected two Jupiter-like planets around the giant star HD 202696. The finding is reported in a paper published January 7 on the arXiv pre-print server.

Russia Prepared to Create Super-heavy Rocket


Russian space industry companies have confirmed their preparedness to create a super-heavy rocket, Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin wrote on his Twitter page on Saturday.

United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches NROL-71 in Support of National Security

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a critical payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) denoted NROL-71 lifted off from Space Launch Complex-6 on Jan. 19 at 11:10 a.m. PST. The mission is in support of our country’s national defense.

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a critical payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) denoted NROL-71 lifted off from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on Jan. 19 at 11:10 a.m. PST. The mission is in support of our country’s national defense.

Russia to Launch First-Ever Arctic Weather Satellite in June

Artist's rendering of the Arktika-M satellite.

The first Russian satellite for weather forecasting and monitoring climate and environment in the Arctic region, Arktika-M, is planned to be sent to near-earth orbit in June 2019, a source in the Russian space industry told Sputnik on Sunday.

NASA Cooperates with China on Moon Exploration

Artist's impression of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Credit: NASA

The United States space agency said Friday that its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is expected to image the landing site of China's lunar lander Chang'e-4 on January 31.

First Manned Launch in 2019 May Be Postponed from March 1 to Early April


This year’s first launch of a manned spaceship that was originally scheduled for March 1 may be postponed to early April, chief of Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday.

Waves in Saturn's Rings Give Precise Measurement of Planet's Rotation Rate

This image of Saturn's rings was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Saturn's distinctive rings were observed in unprecedented detail by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, and scientists have now used those observations to probe the interior of the giant planet and obtain the first precise determination of its rotation rate. The length of a day on Saturn, according to their calculations, is 10 hours 33 minutes and 38 seconds.