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China’s Chang’e 6 delivers first lunar far side of moon samples

The Chang’e-6 return capsule reentered Earth’s atmosphere early Tuesday, safely delivering unique lunar material expected to provide unique insights into the evolution of the moon.

Pixxel signs landmark 350th iDEX contract to develop Miniaturised Multi-Payload Satellites

Pixxel, a leader in cutting-edge hyperspectral earth-imaging technology, announced that it has officially signed the landmark 350th iDEX contract with the Ministry of Defence at a ceremony in New Delhi today. Awarded as the first-ever iDEX Prime (Space) Satellite Grant under the Mission DefSpace Challenge, this contract empowers Pixxel to develop miniaturised multi-payload satellites for the Indian Air Force.

SpaceX is building a NASA craft to intentionally destroy the International Space Station after retiring

NASA will have a spacecraft from Elon Musk’s SpaceX guide the International Space Station’s destruction later this decade, the agency announced Wednesday.

Lockheed Martin secures $977.5 million contract extension for missile-warning satellites

The Pentagon announced on June 21 that Lockheed Martin Space has been awarded a $977.5 million contract extension for the continued development, testing, and on-orbit support of two geosynchronous missile-warning satellites. This latest award brings the total value of Lockheed Martin’s contract for the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared (Next-Gen OPIR) program to $8.2 billion.

Europe wants to send data centres into space — study says it’s possible

The EU’s $2.1 million ASCEND study concluded that launching data centers into orbit is technically, economically and environmentally feasible.