Artist's illustration of NASA astronauts near the moon's south pole, a region thought to be rich in water ice, a key resource that could help humanity extend its footprint out into the solar system. (Image credit: NASA)

The rush to return humans to the Moon and build lunar bases could threaten opportunities for astronomy

Artist's illustration of NASA astronauts near the moon's south pole, a region thought to be rich in water ice. (Image credit: NASA) By Martin Elvis, Published by The Conversation, 30 May 2024 The 2020s have already seen many lunar landing attempts, although several of them have crashed or toppled over. With all the

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Astrobotic eyes military customers for reusable Xogdor suborbital rocket

Xogdor rocket illustration. Credit: Astrobotic By Sandra Erwin, Published by Space News, 17 April 2024 The national security applications for a reusable suborbital rocket ‘haven’t been fully explored’ WASHINGTON — Astrobotic, a company that develops vehicles for space exploration missions, is making a strategic move into the defense sector with its

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U.S. Space Command adopts multipronged approach to prepare for ‘a conflict that has never happened’

By Debra Werner, Published by Space News, 9 April 2024 COLORADO SPRINGS – U.S. Space Command seeks to expand international collaboration by inviting Germany, France and New Zealand to join Operation Olympic Defender. Olympic Defender, a U.S.-led initiative to jointly strengthen defenses and deter hostility, already includes England, Australia and

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Global Space Defense and Security investment set to continue major growth trend over coming decade

A digital illustration of a network of satellites around the Earth. Visual: Andriy Onufriyenko/Moment via Getty Images From Novaspace, 8 April 2024 Launch rates for defense and dual-use satellites are expected to see a significant surge over the next 10 years as countries ramp up spending in response to geopolitical

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Boeing’s satellite business zeroes in on military opportunities

Illustration of the Wideband Global Satcom WGS-12 military satellite. Credit: Boeing By Sandra Erwin, Published by Space News, 29 March 2024 The company is targeting two U.S. Space Force multibillion-dollar satellite communications programs WASHINGTON — Boeing is setting its sights on two upcoming big-ticket satellite procurements from the U.S. Space

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Elon Musk’s Mars colony plan is ‘dangerous illusion’, says Astronomer Royal

Image: Mars Daily stock illustration By Sarah Knapton, Published by The Telegraph, 27 March 2024 Prof Lord Martin Rees suggests it is easier to solve climate change on Earth than escape to another planet Elon Musk is harbouring a “dangerous illusion” that a colony can be established on Mars, the Astronomer Royal

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