Tuesday, 1 June 2021

New Zealand has joined the Artemis Accords


With New Zealand signing the international agreement

there are presently eleven nations

committed to this "set of principles to guide the safe and sustainable

exploration and use of outer space".

Link to: Press release on the official website of the New Zealand Government.

Saturday, 15 May 2021

News from Utopia Planitia


"Zhurong", the first Chinese rover to land on Mars,

is ready to go into operation there.

Link to related article in NATURE

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Perseverance Mars Rover: all set to land


Wired.com have just published a concisely comprehensive article

with essential details relating to the

NASA Perseverance Mars Rover mission

and its impending landing on February 18th.

Link to: "wired.com"

Saturday, 5 December 2020

Specks from Heaven for St Nicholas' Day

 Hayabusa 2  is about to land a small capsule

 with samples of rock and dust from asteroid Ryugu

 near Woomera in South Australia

on December 6th (local time).

Link to: article from "newscientist.com"

Link to: "Japan’s Journey to an Asteroid Ends With a Hunt in Australia’s Outback"

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Up for grabs at 200 million miles from Earth


OSIRIS-REx's robotic arm

has had a first go at collecting a sample 

from Asteroid BENNU's rugged surface.

Link to: "NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Successfully Touches Asteroid"

Friday, 10 July 2020

Off to Mars in July 2020

This summer, Mars will not be 401 million km (maximum distance)
nor 225 million km (average distance)
but only about 55 million km away from Earth
on their respective elliptic paths,
which is a good reason for three nations 
to try and send probes to the Red Planet at this time.

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Aiming for a comprehensive picture of the Martian climate

The "Hope Probe" of the United Arab Emirates' Mars Mission
is expected to be launched soon
and should start to orbit the Red Planet in 2021.