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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 […]

We’re three million miles closer to the sun in January than we are in July. So why isn’t it hot?

We’re three million miles closer to the sun in January than we are in July. So why isn’t it hot?

It turns out proximity is pretty inconsequential. Brrr space is cold. Pixabay There’s something about the geometry of space that’s never quite made sense to me. I know that the axial tilt of the Earth is the reason we have seasons, but if a slight angle away from the sun can make me see my […]