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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 […]

NASA Funds Demo of 3D-Printed Spacecraft Parts Made, Assembled in Orbit

NASA Funds Demo of 3D-Printed Spacecraft Parts Made, Assembled in Orbit

NASA has awarded a $73.7 million contract to Made In Space, Inc. of Mountain View, California, to demonstrate the ability of a small spacecraft, called Archinaut One, to manufacture and assemble spacecraft components in low-Earth orbit. The in-space robotic manufacturing and assembly technologies could be important for America’s Moon to Mars exploration approach. The contract is the […]

NASA Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Historic Moon Landing with Live TV Broadcast, Events

NASA Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Historic Moon Landing with Live TV Broadcast, Events

NASA will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon mission and look to the future of exploration on the Moon and Mars with a live, two-hour television broadcast Friday, July 19, and partner-led events taking place across the country from July 16 through July 20. On July 16, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael […]

NASA Selects 12 New Lunar Science, Technology Investigations

NASA Selects 12 New Lunar Science, Technology Investigations

NASA has selected 12 new science and technology payloads that will help us study the Moon and explore more of its surface as part of the agency’s Artemislunar program. These investigations and demonstrations will help the agency send astronauts to the Moon by 2024 as a way to prepare to send humans to Mars for the first time. The […]

NASA’s Dragonfly Will Fly Around Titan Looking for Origins, Signs of Life

NASA’s Dragonfly Will Fly Around Titan Looking for Origins, Signs of Life

NASA has announced that our next destination in the solar system is the unique, richly organic world Titan. Advancing our search for the building blocks of life, the Dragonfly mission will fly multiple sorties to sample and examine sites around Saturn’s icy moon. Dragonfly will launch in 2026 and arrive in 2034. The rotorcraft will […]

NASA Astronaut Anne McClain, Crewmates Return from Space Station Mission

NASA Astronaut Anne McClain, Crewmates Return from Space Station Mission

NASA astronaut Anne McClain and two of her Expedition 59 crewmates returned to Earth from the International Space Station Monday, landing safely in Kazakhstan at 10:47 p.m. EDT (8:47 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, local time) after months of science and four spacewalks aboard the microgravity laboratory. McClain, Expedition 59/Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and David Saint-Jacques […]

NASA Selects Missions to Study Our Sun, Its Effects on Space Weather

NASA Selects Missions to Study Our Sun, Its Effects on Space Weather

NASA has selected two new missions to advance our understanding of the Sun and its dynamic effects on space. One of the selected missions will study how the Sun drives particles and energy into the solar system and a second will study Earth’s response. The Sun generates a vast outpouring of solar particles known as […]

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