ARKYD: The World’s First Publicly Accessible Space Telescope

Planetary Resources, an asteroid mining company, has launched an exciting new crowdfunding campaign to create the world’s first publicly accessible space telescope. ARKYD, pronounced “ahrk-kid” according to its Kickstarter page, is a technologically advanced, orbiting space telescope. It has a large main optic, deployable solar panels, specialized communications antenna, an onboard screen, and a robotic arm, […]

NASA Receives Seed Money For Europa Mission

Two weeks ago President Barack Obama signed a bill that outlines government spending for the remainder of the fiscal year (until September 30). The bill, H. R. 933, which was passed by the House and Senate before reaching President Obama, includes an increase in funding for NASA’s planetary science research program. One line in particular is peeking the […]

Curiosity Mission Update

Curiosity entered “safe mode” during the late evening on March 16. The rover put itself in the precautionary standby status when a command file failed a size-check by the rover’s protective software. NASA engineers quickly diagnosed the software issue, deleted the file that was causing the size error, and Curiosity was back to active status […]