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NASA Spacecraft Launches on Mission to Explore Frontier of Space

NASA Spacecraft Launches on Mission to Explore Frontier of Space

After successfully launching Thursday night, NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) spacecraft is in orbit for a first-of-its-kind mission to study a region of space where changes can disrupt communications and satellite orbits, and even increase radiation risks to astronauts. A Northrop Grumman Stargazer L-1011 aircraft took off at 8:31 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air […]

NASA Highlights Science on Next Northrop Grumman Mission to Space Station

NASA Highlights Science on Next Northrop Grumman Mission to Space Station

NASA will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 17, to discuss select science investigations and technology demonstrations launching on Northrop Grumman’s 12th commercial resupply mission for the agency to the International Space Station. Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live online at: http://www.nasa.gov/live Northrop Grumman is targeting Saturday, Nov. 2, at 9:59 […]

Ocean-Monitoring Satellite Mission Ends After 11 Successful Years

Ocean-Monitoring Satellite Mission Ends After 11 Successful Years

The Jason-2/Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM), the third in a U.S.-European series of satellite missions designed to measure sea surface height, successfully ended its science mission on Oct. 1. NASA and its mission partners made the decision to end the mission after detecting deterioration in the spacecraft’s power system. Jason-2/OSTM contributed to a long-term record […]

NASA Announces New Tipping Point Partnerships for Moon and Mars Technologies

NASA Announces New Tipping Point Partnerships for Moon and Mars Technologies

NASA has selected 14 American companies as partners whose technologies will help enable the agency’s Moon to Mars exploration approach. The selections are based on NASA’s fourth competitive Tipping Point solicitation and have a combined total award value of about $43.2 million. This investment in the U.S. space industry, including small businesses across the country, will help bring the […]

NASA Invites Students to Name Next Mars Rover

NASA Invites Students to Name Next Mars Rover

Starting Tuesday, K-12 students in U.S. public, private and home schools can enter the Mars 2020 Name the Rover essay contest. One grand prize winner will name the rover and be invited to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Name the Rover contest is part […]

Exoplanets Could Have Better Life-Hosting Environments Than Earth, Study Claims

Exoplanets Could Have Better Life-Hosting Environments Than Earth, Study Claims

MATT M. MILLER CONTRIBUTOR   A study suggests that planets identified beyond our solar system may have more favorable conditions for sustaining life than earth. The study shows that certain exoplanets may contain “favorable ocean circulation patterns” that would be very conducive to producing and sustaining life, Fox News reported. “This is a surprising conclusion,” lead researcher […]

NASA Selects Proposals to Demonstrate SmallSat Technologies to Study Interplanetary Space

NASA Selects Proposals to Demonstrate SmallSat Technologies to Study Interplanetary Space

NASA has selected two proposals to demonstrate small satellite technologies to improve science observations in deep space, which could help NASA develop better models to predict space weather events that can affect astronauts and spacecraft. “This is the first time that our heliophysics program has funded this kind of technology demonstration,” said Peg Luce, deputy […]

NASA Mission Selects Final Four Site Candidates for Asteroid Sample Return

NASA Mission Selects Final Four Site Candidates for Asteroid Sample Return

After months grappling with the rugged reality of asteroid Bennu’s surface, the team leading NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission has selected four potential sites for the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft to “tag” its cosmic dance partner. Since its arrival in December 2018, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has mapped the entire […]

NASA Targets Coastal Ecosystems with New Space Sensor

NASA Targets Coastal Ecosystems with New Space Sensor

NASA has selected a space-based instrument under its Earth Venture Instrument (EVI) portfolio that will make observations of coastal waters to help protect ecosystem sustainability, improve resource management, and enhance economic activity. The selected Geosynchronous Littoral Imaging and Monitoring Radiometer (GLIMR) instrument, led by principal investigator Joseph Salisbury at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, […]

NASA Adds Events to Celebration of 50th Anniversary of Historic Moon Landing

NASA Adds Events to Celebration of 50th Anniversary of Historic Moon Landing

► Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 Apollo 50 on the National Mall NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum are hosting the Apollo 50 Festival, a free three-day event on the National Mall in Washington, July 18-20. The event will include exhibits, speakers, demonstrations and a host of fun activities for […]

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