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Opinion: Awakening the Sleeping Satellite—The Value of Human Lunar Exploration

A photo of the Moon from Earth orbit, taken by the crew of the International Space Station. Will our natural satellite harbor humanity’s next outpost in space following the retirement of the ISS? Image Credit: NASA

I blame you for the moonlit nights when I wonder why are the seas still dry? don’t blame [...]

China's Jade Rabbit Hops Across Lunar Surface Following Country's First Moon Landing

Yutu, aka Jade Rabbit, departs China’s Chang’e 3 lander for its first steps on the surface of the Moon. Image Credit: CNSA / CCTV

Today, exactly 41 years after the last human footprint was made on the Moon by Gene Cernan, China became the third nation to touch the lunar surface, joining an exclusive [...]

China Launches Chang’e 3 on Country's First Mission to Land on the Moon

Liftoff of China’s Chang’e 3 and their “Jade Rabbit” Yutu rover to the surface of the Moon from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China. Image Credit: CCTV

Today, under cover of darkness, China successfully launched their first robotic lunar rover atop a powerful Long March-3B rocket from the country’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center [...]

A Red Flag on the Red Planet: China’s Mars Ambitions

Fobos-Grunt is integrated with its Zenit launch vehicle, preparatory to flight in November 2011. Photo Credit: AsianScientist

At 2:16 a.m. local time on 8 November 2011, the desolate steppe of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, shook to the roar of rocket engines. A Ukrainian-built Zenit-2SB vehicle thundered into orbit carrying the Russian Fobos-Grunt spacecraft, destined to perform [...]

Dnepr Rocket Successfully Launches South Korea's KOMPSAT-5 Radar-Imaging Satellite

At the Yasny launch site, South Korea’s KOMPSAT-5 satellite undergoes final checkout, ahead of its scheduled flight atop a Dnepr rocket on Thursday 22 August. Photo Credit: Kosmotras

South Korea’s first satellite to employ Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for Earth observation and environmental monitoring is safely in orbit, following a successful launch from the [...]

The Win-Lose of US-China Space Cooperation (China Wins; US Loses)

Would a partnership with China be beneficial to U.S. space efforts? Given recent alleged high-profile hacks of U.S. installations, the country’s poor human rights record, and a litany of other issues, the answer is probably “Bu.” Image Credit: NASA

Ten months after his first term inauguration, President Obama met with President Hu Jintao of [...]

China Prepares for Future Exploration as Shenzhou-10 Mission Ends

Zhang Xiaoguan, Nie Haisheng, and Wang Yaping begin the process of readaptation to terrestrial gravity after 15 days in space. Photo Credit: Xinhua News Agency

China’s credentials as a spacefaring nation were reinforced last night, with the safe landing of the Shenzhou-10 mission and its three “taikonauts,” Commander Nie Haisheng, Operator Zhang Xiaoguan, and [...]

A Long March Into Space: China's Shenzhou 10 Rockets Into Orbit

Image Credit: CCTV

China returned to space plus three at 5:38 a.m. EDT (9:38 GMT and 5:38 p.m. local time), as the Shenzhou 10 launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, located in the Gobi desert. The three-person crew—Nie Haisheng, Zhang Xiaoguang, and Wang Yaping (the second Chinese woman in space)—successfully launched [...]

Chang’e 3: The Chinese Rover Mission

The proposed Chang’e 3 rover, scheduled for launch in December 2013. Image Credit: Glen Nagle.

Currently scheduled for launch in December 2013 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, the Chang’e 3 mission aims to land a Chinese rover on the Moon. If the mission is successful, it will be the first [...]

Reps. Wolf and Smith Ask For Answers About Ames Research Indictments

Today, House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf and House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith sent a letter each to FBI Director Robert Mueller and NASA’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz requesting answers to a delayed Department of Justice Investigation concerning several potential ITAR violations at Ames Research Center. These [...]