China’s Moon coalition adds new members and the historic Baikonur Cosmodrome

China’s Moon coalition adds new members and the historic Baikonur Cosmodrome

Special to CosmicTribune.com, July 10, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher The China-led International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) coalition to establish permanent Moon bases in the 2030s has gained new members in recent months: Nicaragua and Thailand in April; Serbia in May; and on July 3 Kazakhstan became the 12th member state of the ILRS. Though […]

The sky, July 8-14: First quarter Moon occults Spica

The sky, July 8-14: First quarter Moon occults Spica

Special to CosmicTribune.com, July 8, 2024 Excerpts from weekly Sky&Telescope report. MONDAY, JULY 8 ■ Hercules crosses the zenith these evenings. And in the western edge of the Hercules Keystone, how many times have you pointed a scope at old friend M13, the great globular cluster? You do that not just because it’s one of the finest globulars in […]

The sky, June 29-July 7

The sky, June 29-July 7

Special to CosmicTribune.com, June 30, 2024 Excerpts from weekly Sky&Telescope report. SATURDAY, JUNE 29 ■ Right at nightfall, look for the Big Dipper hanging straight down in the northwest. Its bottom two stars, the Pointers, point to the right toward modest Polaris, the end of the Little Dipper’s handle, due north. SUNDAY, JUNE 30   If you […]

China stages first recovery of rocks from far side of Moon, tests reusable launchers

China stages first recovery of rocks from far side of Moon, tests reusable launchers

Special to CosmicTribune.com, June 26, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher In the last week China has advanced its ambitions for Moon control and space control via two operations: first on June 26 China recovered the world’s first Moon samples from the far side of the Moon; and on June 23 the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight […]

The sky, June 24-30: Arcturus and Vega dominate the summer nights

The sky, June 24-30: Arcturus and Vega dominate the summer nights

Special to CosmicTribune.com, June 24, 2024 Excerpts from weekly Sky&Telescope report. MONDAY, JUNE 24 ■ After dark look south for orange Antares, “the Betelgeuse of summer,” nearing the meridian. (Both are 1st-magnitude “red” supergiants). Around and upper right of Antares are the other, whiter stars of upper Scorpius, forming their distinctive pattern. ■ Also right after dark, spot […]

China’s SLV engine test substantiates manned Moon advances

China’s SLV engine test substantiates manned Moon advances

Special to CosmicTribune.com, June 19, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher China has presented evidence that its manned Moon program is real, not just an endless collection of journal articles, power point briefings and curious models. On June 14 the principal Chinese state owned space conglomerate, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), conducted a […]

The sky, June 17-23; Happy Solstice on the 20th

The sky, June 17-23; Happy Solstice on the 20th

Special to CosmicTribune.com, June 17, 2024 Excerpts from weekly Sky&Telescope report. MONDAY, JUNE 17 ■ Have you ever knowingly seen even a bit of the constellation Centaurus? Famous Alpha Centauri never gets above the horizon unless you’re as far south as San Antonio or Orlando (latitude 29° N). But fairly easy from much farther north is Theta Centauri, […]

The sky, June 9-16: Saturn re-emerges at dawn, rings edge-on

The sky, June 9-16: Saturn re-emerges at dawn, rings edge-on

Special to CosmicTribune.com, June 9, 2024 Excerpts from weekly Sky&Telescope report. SUNDAY, JUNE 9 ■ The Big Dipper has now swung around to hang down by its handle high in the northwest after dark. The middle star of its handle is Mizar, with tiny little Alcor right next to it. On which side of Mizar should you […]

Chang’e-6 and China’s three-stage program for Moon control

Chang’e-6 and China’s three-stage program for Moon control

Special to CosmicTribune.com, June 5, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher The Chinese and American “new race” to the Moon was advanced by two major developments in the first week of June 2024. On June 4, China’s second sample-return Moon landing probe, Chang’e-6, successfully launched its 2-kilogram (4.4 lbs) Moon sample carrying ascending stage into Lunar […]

CCP’s played North Korean space card to disrupt China-Japan-South Korea summit

CCP’s played North Korean space card to disrupt China-Japan-South Korea summit

Special to CosmicTribune.com, May 29, 2024 Geostrategy-Direct By Richard Fisher China’s play was a classic exercise in coercion straight out of a 1930s gangland movie: Pay me and I will make sure my crazy cousin does not thump you! But in this case, on March 26 China had gathered in Seoul, Japanese Prime Minister Kishida […]

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