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NASA Highlights Moon 2024 Mission with FY 2020 Budget Amendment

NASA Highlights Moon 2024 Mission with FY 2020 Budget Amendment

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine sent a video message to agency employees Monday about the president’s fiscal year 2020 budget amendment, which will support accelerated plans to land astronauts on the Moon by 2024.  Credits: NASA NASA is sending astronauts to the Moon and then on to Mars, in a measured, sustainable way. The direction from Space […]

NASA Administrator Statement on NASA’s Moon to Mars Plans, FY 2020 Budget

NASA Administrator Statement on NASA’s Moon to Mars Plans, FY 2020 Budget

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine:  “President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 NASA budget is one of the strongest on record for our storied agency. At $21 billion, this budget represents a nearly 6 percent increase over last year’s request and comes at a time of constrained resources across the federal government. It also is […]

SUMMERS: What Happens Once People Land On Mars?

SUMMERS: What Happens Once People Land On Mars?

Michael Summers | Professor of Planetary Science and Astronomy . NASA robotic missions to Mars have revealed a world with an amazingly complex history, including periods in which it was much warmer, with oceans, volcanoes, and was habitable for many types of simple Earth life. Even now, Mars still has abundant subsurface water and organic […]

Farewell – NASA’s Record-Setting Rover Mission on Mars Comes to an End this Week

Farewell – NASA’s Record-Setting Rover Mission on Mars Comes to an End this Week

One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA’s Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA’s return to the Red Planet. The Opportunity rover stopped communicating with Earth when a severe Mars-wide dust storm blanketed its location in […]

NASA Begins America’s New Moon to Mars Exploration Approach in 2018

NASA Begins America’s New Moon to Mars Exploration Approach in 2018

 With our Moon to Mars effort underway, a new administrator takes over to lead the charge, and – oh yeah – we stuck another nearly flawless landing on Mars! All that and more as we look back at what happened This Year @ NASA! Credits: NASA Television NASA welcomed a new administrator, Jim Bridenstine, deputy […]

NASA InSight Lander ‘Hears’ Martian Winds

NASA InSight Lander ‘Hears’ Martian Winds

NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, has provided the first ever “sounds” of Martian winds on the Red Planet.  InSight sensors captured a haunting low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind, estimated to be blowing between 10 to 15 […]

NASA InSight Lander Arrives on Martian Surface to Learn What Lies Beneath

NASA InSight Lander Arrives on Martian Surface to Learn What Lies Beneath

Mars has just received its newest robotic resident. NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile (458-million-kilometer) journey from Earth.  InSight’s two-year mission will be to study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all celestial bodies with […]

NASA Announces Landing Site for Mars 2020 Rover

NASA Announces Landing Site for Mars 2020 Rover

NASA has chosen Jezero Crater as the landing site for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission after a five year search, during which every available detail of more than 60 candidate locations on the Red Planet was scrutinized and debated by the mission team and the planetary science community. The rover mission is scheduled to launch in […]

Mars Virtual Reality Software Wins NASA Award

Mars Virtual Reality Software Wins NASA Award

A mixed-reality software that allows scientists and engineers to virtually walk on Mars recently received NASA’s 2018 Software of the Year Award.    OnSight uses imagery from NASA’s Curiosity rover to create an immersive 3D terrain model, allowing users to wander the actual dunes and valleys explored by the robot. The goal of the […]

NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars

NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current life on the Red Planet. While not necessarily evidence of life itself, these findings are a good sign […]

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