The European Space Agency opened its first Deep Space listening post in Australia this week, giving it the ability to launch and keep in contact with spacecraft beyond Jupiters orbit. Previously, the ESA has had to rely on renting time from NASA’s Deep Space Network. Competition is always a good thing. When the ESA can Read More
Unlimited Cheese Supply China has some ambitious plans to begin a lunar program within the next 2 years. Code named Chang’e (according to legend, this fairy visits the moon), the project aims to mine rare resources found on the lunar surface and ship that material back to earth.
Almost 31 years after it was launched, Pioneer 10 stopped sending signals to earth. The spacecraft was launched in 1972, and in 1983, it became the first man-made object to leave the solar system. Remarkably, although it was only intended for a 21-month mission, it continued to send data from an unfathomable 7.6 billion miles Read More