• China's Yutu 2 Rover

    China and Russia: Partners in Lunar Exploration

    Our Former Cold-War Rivals are Teaming Up Again for Lunar Exploration – Even As Trump Says the Moon is “Not So Exciting.” This is all part of the plan, I guess. I mean, the guys in charge—the ones pulling President...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Clearly posted sign warning people to stay out of Area 51

    Dutch Invade Area 51. Promptly Arrested.

    Two Dutch Nationals Wanted “A Closer Look” at Them Aliens. Now They’re in Jail. U.S. military officials arrested Dutch nationals Ties Granzier, 20, and Govert Charles Wilhelmus Jacob Sweep, 21 on but not before they were about three miles into...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Concept art for satellite constellation

    Space Safety Coalition Formed

    A New Organization, the Space Safety Coalition, Seeks to Limit the Risk of Future Space Operations for All. There’s a lot of junk in space. And we’re putting more of it out there faster than it’s falling back to Earth....

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Radiation-hardened circuit

    No, China. You Can’t Have Our Space Tech.

    US Officials Run Sting Operations to Thwart Chinese Theft of U.S. Space Tech Reporters have made much of Chinese industrial espionage over the year or so. The issue is at the center of the current trade war that’s got the...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Stargazing from the ISS

    ISS Partner Nations Remain Committed to Gateway

    ISS Sticks to Commitment Despite Changes That Will Delay Plans. You really have to hand it to the clattering of leaders that make up the ISS Partner Nations. By the way, did you know that the collective noun for ISS...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Europa, moon of Jupiter

    Europa Mission Gets NASA Approval Despite Politics

    Even As Next Steps for Europa Mission Are Approved, Politics Still Stand In The Way NASA brass granted approval to the team working on the Clipper mission to carry on with the next stages of their plan to visit Europa....

    Brandon Humphreys
  • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine

    NASA Calls for Independent Review of ISS National Lab

    Jim Bridenstine Calls for “Strategic Pause” and Independent Review of ISS National Laboratory.  NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced via Twitter Tuesday night that an independent review of ISS National Lab is coming. This comes just a couple of weeks after...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Curiosity rover collecting samples

    Scientists Are Concerned About Future Mars Missions

    The Mission to Retrieve Curiosity’s Samples May Be Eating Up Future Funding What happens when you put a bunch of space scientists in a room to talk about funding. Bedlam, that’s what happens. Well, as “bedlam” as a confluence of...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and The Hill's Krystal Ball discuss the Moon

    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Talks Moon Exploration.

    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Artfully Shifts Message While Still Keeping Moon in the Agency’s Sights In an interview with The Hill‘s Krystal Ball, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine talked Friday about what makes the Artemis mission so important. Despite the recent contradictory Trump Twitter-tantrum...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said that the estimate doesn’t include what has already been spent on the project.(AUBREY GEMIGNANI/NASA VIA AP)

    Space Exploration, Politics: The Struggle Is Real

    Imagine You’re Jim Bridenstine… …You’ve had a mixed bag the last couple of years. You got this “great new job” running NASA – even though you didn’t even really believe in science at the time – because your party’s nominee,...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft at the water-rich asteroid Bennu. The craft aims to return a sample of the space rock to Earth for further study. Credit: NASA, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory University of Arizona and Lockheed Martin 2

    Space Law: Low Earth Orbit is the New Wild West

    Our Current Laws Regarding Space Are Terribly Out of Date I wrote earlier today about Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and their plans for space exploration. We’ve discussed anti-satellite missiles on this site as well. I’ve even lampooned President Trump Beeblebrox...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Emmanuel Marcon and other French officials announcing the creation of a French Space Force.

    Viva La French Space Force?

    Marcon Plans New Military Command and Renaming of France’s Air Force France isn’t the first or only country to make wine – they just make wine better than most. They’re not the first or only country to make pastries and...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Mike Pence announcing the updated timeline for the lunar outpost.

    NASA Leadership for Human Exploration Suddenly Changed

    The Trump Administration’s Moon Deadline Seems to be Why I wrote a few weeks ago about Vice President Mike Pence’s announcement that he was cutting the timeline for NASA’s lunar outpost.  In response to the VP’s declaration NASA Leadership at...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Comic Space Force patch showing two hands holding a phallic shaped rocket 3

    Do We Really Need A Space Force?

    Hint: No. We Don’t, and Here’s Why. I could go on here about hippie-dippie reasons like the fact that we should be de-escalating global weaponization. So, too, could I go on about how weaponizing space sets a dangerous precedent. Still...

    Brandon Humphreys