The heavy-lift Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s July 25 mission from French Guiana is now complete following integration of its full payload “stack,” consisting of the Alphasat and INSAT-3D spacecraft. Encapsulated in its ogive-shaped protective fairing, Alphasat was lowered into place yesterday over INSAT-3D – which was installed atop Ariane 5’s cryogenic core stage during activity earlier in the week.
NASA, Partners Say ISS Gives Emergency Responders A 'Unique Vantage Point' In Triage Efforts
The International Space Station (ISS) partner agencies released a statement Wednesday on the benefits of the space station during natural disasters on Earth. Flying 250 miles above the planet and circling it every 90 minutes, the orbiting outpost provides a unique vantage point from which images of Earth can play an important role in helping emergency responders know what areas are most in need during natural disasters.
Moon Express, The International Lunar Observatory Association Plan Access For The General Public
Plans for the first-ever mission to the South Pole of the Moon were announced Thursday by the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) and Moon Express, Inc. The private enterprise mission will be both scientific and commercial, and will deliver the International Lunar Observatory (ILO) to the Moon's South Pole aboard a Moon Express robotic lander, establishing permanent astrophysical observations and lunar commercial communications systems for professional and amateur researchers.