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National Space Council meeting postponed

WASHINGTON — The next meeting of the National Space Council, already scaled back because of the coronavirus pandemic, has been postponed, the White House announced March 21. In a brief statement, the White House said that the March 24 meeting of the council, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, had been postponed to a date yet to be determined. The statement did not give a reason for the postponement, including whether it was caused by the pan..

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket aborts Starlink satellite constellation launch at last second

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX aborted the launch of 60 new Starlink satellites at the last second today (March 15) due to an engine power issue with the mission's Falcon 9 rocket. The Falcon 9 rocket's onboard computer triggered an abort just before a scheduled 9:22 a.m. EDT (1322 GMT) liftoff after detecting an issue with one of its nine Merlin 1D engines. "Standing down today; standard auto-abort triggered due to out of family data du..

Macao’s moon, planetary lab to boost China’s deep space exploration

Macao's first space exploration satellite was named Macao Science 1, the special administrative region (SAR)'s Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Tam Chon Weng...

NASA takes Gateway off the critical path for 2024 lunar return

05:25:01WASHINGTON — A revised plan for returning astronauts to the surface of the moon by 2024 will no longer rely on the use of...

Dragon, a free-flying spacecraft

Dragon is a free-flying spacecraft designed to deliver both cargo and people to orbiting destinations. It is the only spacecraft currently flying that is...

Mars Rover Launch Delayed Until 2022 Over Software Tests And Coronavirus

by Brakkton Booker A scheduled joint European-Russia launch of a planetary rover to Mars this summer has been scrubbed, for now. The European Space...

NASA Marshall shifts to telework after coronavirus case

Updated 9:45 a.m. Eastern March 15 with ESA telework statement. WASHINGTON — NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama announced March 14 that it is instituting a mandatory telework policy after an employee was diagnosed with the coronavirus disease COVID-19 as the rest of the agency ratchets up its response to the pandemic. In a statement, Jody Singer, director of Marshall, said the center received confirmation late March 13 that an unnam..

Space in the time of the coronavirus

The annual Satellite conference in Washington is one of the industry’s biggest events of the year. Thousands come to the Washington Convention Center to hear from industry executives, show off their wares in the exhibit hall and make deals. This year was different. While organizers said immediately before the conference started March 9 that “roughly 10%” of registrants had canceled their plans, anecdotal evidence, like lightly attended sessions,..

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