SpaceX successfully launches NASA astronauts on historic mission

NASA and SpaceX successfully launched astronauts into space following a delay on Saturday May 30, 2020 after the initial launch was postponed due to bad weather. The historic mission marks the first time humans have been sent into space from U.S. soil in almost a decade and is the beginning of a new era in […]


China launches test crew capsule using new Long March 5B rocket

A view of the next-generation Chinese crew spacecraft during pre-launch processing. Credit: CCTV China has sent a test crew capsule into orbit, using its new Long March 5B rocket for the first time on May 5. The 5B rocket left Earth from the country’s latest launch site, formerly a suborbital testing centre, Wenchang spaceport, in […]


Mysterious Monster star-making galaxy has been discovered

Astronomers have discovered a mysterious “monster galaxy”, which existed during the universe’s infancy around 12 billion years ago. The galaxy has been named XMM-2599, and what makes it so unique is it was a star-making machine, that just stopped. In its prime, this intriguing galaxy birthed over 1000 suns per year, a staggering amount when […]


China releases batch of Change’e-4 images from the far side of the moon

CHANG’E-4 LANDER FROM YUTU-2 Source: CLEP / CNSA China’s National Space Administration has released a new batch of images from its Chang’e-4 and Yutu-2 lander and rover, which have awoken for their 14th lunar day on the dark side of the moon. The space agency published data collected by the robots including pictures of the Von […]


NASA’s Artemis Project explained

NASA plans to send the next man and the first female to the moon as part of the Artemis project by 2024. Artemis will involve a series of complex missions that will ultimately see mankind once again walking on Earth’s moon after more than fifty years. The Artemis project which was previously called the Exploration […]

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SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink Satellites

Starlink Mission. Source: SpaceX SpaceX launched an additional sixty Starlink satellites to add to the constellation currently being built in space on January 7, 2020. The small satellites will be used to provide global “high-speed broadband internet” according to the Starlink website and this latest launch takes the total of internet satellites already in orbit […]

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Year in Review: Our Top Stories From 2019

2019 was an action-packed year full of innovative technology and the InnovaTech team would like to thank all our readers for their support. In honor of the new decade that lies ahead we thought we would round-up some of our favorite stories from 2019: Hubble Space Telescope’s Observations Used To Produce Image Containing 265,000 Galaxies […]


NASA Haughton-Mars Project announces successful field test of smart glove

The NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP), with collaborating organizations SETI Institute, Mars Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, Collins Aerospace, and Ntention have announced the successful field test of a smart glove, which could be used in future human exploration of the Moon and Mars. The smart glove utilizes a human-machine interface (HuMI) allowing astronauts to control robots, […]


China Successfully Completes Landing Trial Ahead of 2020 Mars Mission

China has successfully concluded a landing test in preparation for its planned Mars mission, a significant advancement in the race to Mars. During the trial, a probe designed to land on Mars separated from the main spacecraft at a height of 230 feet carefully descending to an altitude of just under 50 feet from the […]


NASA Administrator Invites The Public to Update on Agency’s Return to Moon

NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, has invited the public to an update on NASA’s Artemis program and the role international partnerships have in returning astronauts to the Moon and to Mars.  The talk, entitled “From the Moon to Mars: NASA’s Artemis Program,” will occur during Public Day at the 70th International Astronautical Conference, taking place at the […]


NASA announces first all-female spacewalk scheduled for October 21

NASA has announced that the first-ever all-female spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) will be taking place on October 21, 2019. The mission was originally scheduled for March 26, 2019, but had to be postponed.   The women undertaking the spacewalk are Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, who are currently living on the ISS. […]


Search continues for India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram moon lander

Source: ISRO, hoisting of Vikram lander during Chandrayaan2 spacecraft integration at launch centre The search for India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram moon lander continues following a failure to land on the moon on September 7. ISRO, The Indian Space Research Organisation, launched Chandrayaan-2 (moon vehicle 2) on July 22, 2019 and after over a month in space, […]

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Gateway Earth Development Group proposes plans for a space station to recycle space junk by 2050

Recycling is a necessary practice in order to keep our planet clean, but now a group of scientists is looking beyond our Earth and into the space around her to try and solve the ever-worsening issue of space junk. With an estimated one million pieces of space waste currently orbiting the Earth, the need to […]


NASA’s TESS Discovers Three New Worlds

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, otherwise known as TESS, has discovered three new planets in a solar system called The TOI 270 System. TOI (TESS Object of Interest) 201 is located roughly seventy-three light-years away in Pictor, a constellation in the Southern Celestial Hemisphere. The three worlds orbit a M-type dwarf star that is about […]


Whitehouse announces plans to return to the moon, then onto Mars

Michael R. Pence, Vice President of the United States, has announced that Trump and his administration intend to build a base on the moon, before heading to Mars. The statement coincided with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon landing, speaking of that mission he said, “Unity is the true legacy of Apollo 11 – […]

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China Announces Plans to launch a constellation of 72 satellites for IoT

A research institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has announced its proposal to launch a 72 piece Internet of Things (IoT) satellite constellation over the next three years. The research institute will utilize the private Chinese satellite company, Commsat, to execute the plans. The mission will be funded by the Xi’an Institute of […]


SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket’s Third Flight A Success Despite Failure To Recover Center Core Booster

Source: SpaceX SpaceX’s third flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket was a major success, despite being labelled the most complex launch to date. The mission named STP-2 took place on June 25, involving a number of challenging manoeuvres and four separate upper-stage engine burns. The rocket was transporting 24 satellites belonging to agencies including NASA, […]

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SpaceX Successfully Launches The First 60 Starlink Satellites

Credit: SpaceX Starlink, the satellite constellation project owned by SpaceX, successfully launched their first 60 satellites into space on May 23 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The 60 Starlink satellites were packed into the nose cone of one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets. Following lift-off, the rocket’s first stage booster successfully touched […]


NASA confirms SpaceX Crew Dragon Parachutes Test Failed

A SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft descends under its parachutes at the end of the Demo-1 test flight in March. A test of the parachutes for that spacecraft in April failed. Credit: NASA/Cory Huston SpaceX had experienced a problem during a test of its Crew Dragon parachute system in April, according to NASA at a House […]


Hubble Space Telescope’s observations used to produce image containing 265,000 galaxies

Credit: NASA, ESA, and S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team The Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the first major optical telescope that was launched into space, has been used to produce a new image of the deep universe. The image consisting of 7500 individual photos taken over the course of sixteen years by the HST, reveals […]


SpaceX launches resupply mission to ISS after several delays

CRS-17 Mission; Source: SpaceX SpaceX has finally launched a Falcon 9 rocket loaded with supplies for the International Space Station (ISS) after power outages aboard the spacecraft caused delays. The planned launch of the SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule was pushed back after a switch failure caused sections of the station’s power channels to cease to […]


Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft crashes onto the moon

Source: IAI On 11 April 2019 Israel’s first lunar lander, the Beresheet spacecraft, attempted to perform a soft landing on the surface of the moon.  The landing was meant to take place in the northern region of Mare Serenitatis, which is located within the Serenitatis basin. However, during the breaking procedure just under 500 feet […]


SpaceX successfully sends first commercial satellite, ArabSat-6A, into orbit

Source: SpaceX SpaceX has launched the Falcon Heavy rocket on its first commercial mission in a decisive demonstration to secure military contracts. The Falcon Heavy is partially reusable and in addition to the launching of their first cargo for a customer, a communications satellite called Arabsat-6A, the team also successfully landed the core booster on […]


NASA Requests Funding for Mars Sample Return in 2026

NASA has requested funding for a Mars sample return mission, that could be ready to launch by 2026. The space agency has made a $2.6 million budget request for the fiscal year 2020 and a portion of these funds would be allocated to funding the mission. NASA has stated that the mission would involve a […]


SpaceX successfully launches astronaut demo capsule for NASA

SpaceX, the aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company founded by Elon Musk in 2002, has launched an astronaut demo capsule designed to test the system for regular astronaut use. The Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, accompanied by Ripley, SpaceX’s test dummy. Ripley is fitted […]


First Integrated Recycler and 3D Printer Installed Onboard the International Space Station

The first integrated recycler and 3D printer, The Refabricator, has been successfully installed onboard the International Space Station. The Refabricator is a recycler-manufacturer, which means it is responsible for creating the feedstock, as well as 3D printing. The Refabricator can use a variety of plastics like packaging material and foam from the cargo, as well […]


NASA Plans to Send Astronauts to the Moon in 2028

NASA plans to put astronauts back on the moon in 2028.  Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator, told space industry representatives on February 14, “This time, when we go to the moon, we’re actually going to stay.”  He continued, “So, we’re not going back to the moon to leave flags and footprints and then not go back […]


China successfully lands probe on far side of the moon

China has successfully performed the first-ever landing on the dark side of the moon. The Chang’e 4 spacecraft performed a soft-landing in the Von Kármán crate on January 2, 2019, which forms part of the South Pole-Aitken basin, one of the biggest known impact structures in our solar system. According to the China National Space Administration, […]


Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Reaches Space

Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity suborbital spaceliner has reached a maximum altitude of 51.4 miles (82.7 kilometers) during a rocket-powered test flight over California’s Mojave Desert on December 13, 2018. Representative of Virgin Galactic tweeted the news saying, “SpaceShipTwo, welcome to space,”  The spaceplane was propelled into space at almost three times the speed of sound […]


China Sends Probe to Far Side of the Moon

China has launched the first-ever spacecraft which will land on the dark side, also known as the far side of the moon. This is another significant and groundbreaking move in Chinas’ race for space exploration. The dark side of the moon is the hemisphere that is always facing away from the earth. Although not devoid […]