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Airline operator ANA Holdings Inc. and travel agency H.I.S. Co. plan to send tourists into outer spa

ANA, H.I.S. plan outer-space tours in 2023 for 14 million yen:The Asahi Shimbun

A Progress cargo spacecraft bound for the ISS failed to reach orbit after launch Dec. 1, a failure that should not have an immediate impact on the station.

Progress launch to space station fails - SpaceNews.com

Returning to flight less than four months after a launchpad explosion would be a tremendous feat for Elon Musk and his team.

SpaceX Seems Poised to Launch Rockets Again On December 16 | Inverse

Europe’s research ministers are meeting to decide whether to try to land a robot rover on Mars.

Europe space ministers meet to decide Mars rover plan - BBC News

A Luna-Glob probe, to be sent to the Moon, is expected to practice the landing phase

TASS: Science & Space - Russia gives up project for delivering lunar soil to Earth

A German team competing for the Google Lunar X Prize said Nov. 29 that it has signed a contract to launch its lander, carrying two rovers, by late 2017.

German X Prize team announces launch contract - SpaceNews.com

A Chinese commercial launch-service provider created earlier this year to bid for small-satellite business worldwide expects to launch an average 10 of its Kuaizhou solid-fueled rockets per year between 2017 and 2020, the company said Nov. 29.

New Chinese commercial-launch company advertises high launch rate, low price - SpaceNews.com

Get the latest on the status of congressional efforts to pass a new NASA authorization bill. House and Senate negotiators reportedly have reached agreement on a FY2017 NASA Transition Authorization Act.

Senate Floor Action on New NASA Authorization Act Could be Imminent

Two leading members of the House Science Committee called on NASA Nov. 29 to provide more details about a recent report about its Asteroid Redirect Mission.

Congress questions report on benefits of Asteroid Redirect Mission - SpaceNews.com

An underground ice deposit larger than New Mexico at a relatively low latitude on Mars could be an inviting destination for future explorers.

An Ice Sheet the Size of New Mexico Hidden in Martian Crater - The New York Times

The International Astronomical Union – the official arbiter of astronomical names – has decided on 227 official names for different stars in the sky.

Alpha Centauri Gets a New Moniker as 227 Star Names Are Clarified

MOSCOW. Nov 28 (Interfax-AVN) - Russia's new resupply ship with an increased lift capacity may perform its maiden flight after 2020, Energia Corporation said.

New resupply ship may perform maiden flight after 2020 - Interfax

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is expected to give federal authorities a preliminary investigative report pinpointing fueling procedures as the most likely cause of a September unmanned rocket explosion.

Initial Report About SpaceX September Rocket Explosion Imminent - WSJ

The Mars Society is conducting the ambitious two-phase Mars 160 Twin Desert-Arctic Analog mission to study how seven crew members could live, work and perform science on a true mission to Mars. Mars 160 crew member Annalea Beattie is chronicling the mission, which will spend 80 days at the Mars Dese...

[Space.com] Notes from Mars 160: The Science Work We're Doing

Space Mining and Its Regulation by Ram S. Jakhu, Joseph N. Pelton, and Yaw Otu Mankata Nyampong Springer Praxis, 2016 hardcover, 181 pp., illus. ISBN 978-3-319-39245-5 US$99

The Space Review: Review: Space Mining and Its Regulation

It has been 44 years since a US astronaut has visited another body in the solar system, namely the Moon. Numerous people have proposed how to get NASA and the government to fund and implement a program to send humans to Mars. There have actually been two programs started to do this, the short-lived…

The Space Review: A new approach to selling human Mars exploration

In the days and weeks since Donald Trump’s election, the space community has tried to figure out what his incoming administration might mean for space policy. That’s focused in large part on NASA, from parlor games guessing who the agency’s next administrator might be to concerns his administration…

The Space Review: Commercial space in the next administration