NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft returned a sample from the asteroid Bennu, which could help scientists better understand the formation of the solar system. After more than a decade of planning and seven years of space flight traversing more than 1 billion miles, a sample from the asteroid Bennu safely landed on Earth.
While most people may think of ChatGPT or deep fake images when they hear “artificial intelligence”, AI methodologies are proving beneficial for a variety of applications, especially in data-heavy industries such as Earth observation.
Space workers celebrate lunar landing of the India’s Chandrayaan-3 probe, making it the 4th nation to safely land a spacecraft on the Moon.
As India and Russia race to land spacecraft on the Moon’s south pole, America’s space agency is staring down proposed budget cuts.
The incredible power in rocket boosters is magnificent when they are safely in the sky, but basic laws of physics are problematic closer to the ground, with every action creating an equal and concrete-shredding reaction. Now, with the Moon and Mars in NASA’s sights, engineers are working to overcome the dangers rocket thrust could bring when landing and taking off without the safety of a launchpad.
A rapid launch pace by the United States and China led to a mid-year launch record in 2023, with 97 launches worldwide. [efn_note] Space Foundation Launch Database. Accessed July 3, 2023. [/efn_note] The record launch pace came with a share of failures. Six launch vehicles failed to make it to space.
Well before the Euclid telescope was on its way to join the James Webb Space Telescope nearly a million miles from Earth, engineers and scientists were deep into planning how the advancements and knowledge gained from Euclid and Webb will aid in building even more advanced telescopes to probe the next unknowns in the universe. The work is redefining science and delivering new technology for wider use on Earth.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) will play key roles for the military, from helping humans parse through oceans of Earth observation data to maneuvering satellites as constellations grow ever larger, Space Force Lt. Gen. John Shaw predicted during an online discussion with America’s Future Series.
June 16 marks the 60th anniversary of Valentina Tereshkova’s historic launch to orbit, where she became the first woman to reach space. She orbited Earth 48 times during the three-day Vostok 6 mission.
China on June 7 lofted a national record of 26 satellites to orbit in a single launch atop its Lijian-1 launch vehicle, a solid-fueled rocket developed for commercial use by the Chinese Academy of Science.