Sunday, 15 May 2022

Zhurong still going strong


For exactly a year today

China's Tianwen-1 probe has been busy

exploring and adjusting to its harsh Martian environment.

Link to: "Tianwen-1 mission marks first year on Mars"

Friday, 13 May 2022

Growing plants in lunar soil


Recent experiments have shown that

"terrestrial plants are capable of growth in lunar regolith"

but that major "metabolic challenges need to be surmounted".

Link to: "NASA-funded study breaks new ground in plant research"

Link to: "Plants grown in Apollo lunar regolith present stress-associated transcriptomes that inform prospects for lunar exploration"

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 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: ""

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 ""

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"