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For its maiden flight on Mars, NASA's Ingenuity helicopter will climb to an altitude of three meters and hover for 20 seconds before returning to the Martian surface.

NASA tentatively set date for maiden flight of Ingenuity Mars helicopter

NASA is targeting no earlier than April 11 for the maiden flight of its Ingenuity helicopter on Mars. The flight will be the first...
NASA's Europa Clipper mission had cleared its Critical Design Review kicking off the fabrication and assembly of key components.

NASA’s Europa Clipper mission passes major milestone

NASA announced April 1 that its Europa Clipper mission had passed a major milestone with the completion of its Critical Design Review. The Europa Clipper...
As part of ESA’s European Large Logistics Lander plans, the agency is considering plans for a spherical lunar cave probe.

German-led team proposes spherical probe to explore lunar caves

As part of the European Space Agency's larger study of lunar cave mission concepts, a German-led team is proposing the use of a spherical...
NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter is being prepared for the first flight on another planet after hitching a ride to Mars aboard Perseverance.

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter is set to attempt the first flight on Mars

NASA announced March 23 that the first flight of its Ingenuity Mars helicopter is slated to occur no earlier than April 8. The shoebox-sized Ingenuity...
The first two SLS solid rocket boosters have been stacked atop the mobile launch platform at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA complete stacking of Artemis I SLS solid rocket boosters

NASA announced March 9 that it has completed stacking the twin Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket boosters for the agency’s Artemis I mission...
ESA is looking for astronauts for the first time in over a decade.

ESA to recruit astronauts for the first time in over a decade

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that it is preparing to recruit its first astronaut class in over a decade. During a February 16...
Axiom Mission 1 will transport a crew of four to the International Space station for an eight-day stay.

Axiom Space select crew for first private mission to International Space Station

Axiom Space announced on January 26 that it had selected a crew for the first private mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The...
Japan returned a sample from a distant asteroid.

Japan return sample from an asteroid almost 300 million kms from Earth

A small probe containing a sample from a distant asteroid touched down at the Woomera Test Range in Australia on December 5. The sample...
Chang'e 5 has successfully separated from the orbiter after entering orbit around the Moon.

Chang’e 5 lander prepares for touchdown after entering lunar orbit

The Chang'e 5 lander and ascent assembly separated from the orbiter and return-vehicle assembly on November 29 in preparation for a soft landing on...
NASA has contacted Voyager 2 more 18 billion kilometers from Earth for the first time since March following upgrades to key radio antenna.

NASA reconnects with Voyager 2 over 18 billion kilometers from Earth

NASA mission operators successfully sent a series of commands to the agency's Voyager 2 spacecraft for the first time since mid-march. The spacecraft, which...

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The MOXIE instrument aboard NASA’ Perseverance rover extracts breathable air from the Martian atmosphere by separating oxygen atoms from carbon dioxide molecules.

NASA Perseverance rover extracts breathable oxygen from Martian air

A toaster-sized instrument aboard NASA's Perseverance rover has successfully extracted breathable oxygen from Martian air paving the way for future crewed missions to the...
The Chinese Space Station Telescope will carry out large sky surveys enabling scientist to solve the mysteries of the stars and very deep space.

Flagship-class Chinese telescope will operate alongside space station

A new optical space telescope China is developing to survey the sky will work in concert with the country's planned space station enabling it...
Amazon will begin to launch its Kuiper broadband internet satellites aboard nine Atlas V missions.

ULA signs contract with Amazon to launch nine Kuiper missions

United Launch Alliance has signed an agreement with Amazon to launch nine Atlas V missions carrying the company's Kuiper satellites. Kuiper Systems, a subsidiary of...
NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is slated to take to the skies of the Red Planet for the first time early Monday, 19 April.

NASA to attempt maiden powered flight on Mars early tomorrow

NASA is now targeting no earlier than April 19 for the maiden flight of its Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. The flight is slated to occur...
Once they arrive in lunar orbit aboard an Orion spacecraft two members of a four-person crew will transfer to a SpaceX Starship lunar lander for their final leg to the surface of the Moon.

NASA award SpaceX $2.89 billion contract to build human-rated lunar lander

NASA announced April 16 that it had awarded a $2.89 billion contract to SpaceX for the development of a commercial human-rated lunar lander. Awarded under...