NASA

  • NASA selects 13 early-stage, high-concept moonshots for $100K funding each

    NASA selects 13 early-stage, high-concept moonshots for $100K funding each

    Ah, spring — when a young engineer’s fancy lightly turns to harvesting icy moons for rover fuel. NASA has announced the recipients of its yearly National Innovative Advanced Concepts awards, and they’re just as out there as the planets and other stellar objects they propose to mine, analyze and explore. Read More

  • NASA troubleshoots Kepler spacecraft from 75 million miles away

    NASA troubleshoots Kepler spacecraft from 75 million miles away

    NASA experienced a close call this weekend with its planet-seeking Kepler space telescope. On April 7th, during a scheduled contact, mission operations engineers discovered that Kepler was in Emergency Mode (EM). It was the first time the spacecraft had been in EM in its 7-year lifetime and NASA is currently working to understand why it happened now. During a scheduled contact on Thurs… Read More

  • NASA partners with Microsoft to launch “mixed reality” Mars exhibit

    NASA partners with Microsoft to launch “mixed reality” Mars exhibit

    NASA has collaborated with Microsoft to create a new mixed-reality exhibit known as “Destination: Mars“, allowing the public to explore the red planet with holographic tour guides. The exhibit will open this summer in Florida at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Featuring the second person on the moon, Dr. Buzz Aldrin, and guided by Curiosity Mars Rover driver… Read More

  • NASA’s new sea level site puts climate change papers, data, and tools online

    NASA’s new sea level site puts climate change papers, data, and tools online

    NASA took the wraps off a new website on Monday dedicated to tracking global changes in the sea level. It’s packed full of free online resources that will likely be useful to teachers, the climate-change-curious, and anyone just looking to dig into publicly available data. Read More

  • SpaceX is launching an inflatable space habitat

    SpaceX is launching an inflatable space habitat

    On its next trip to the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX will be carrying an inflatable space habitat built by Bigelow Aerospace. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will be folded up for its April 8th launch, and then fully inflated once it’s properly connected to one of the station’s nodes, essentially creating a new room on the ISS. SpaceX’s Dragon… Read More

  • 2020 is set to be the biggest year yet for Mars exploration

    2020 is set to be the biggest year yet for Mars exploration

    2020 is set to be a good year for Mars exploration. The United States, China, the United Arab Emirates, Europe and Russia all have planned Mars missions that are scheduled to launch, or likely to launch, in that year. There have been more than 40 missions to Mars throughout history. Some of these missions were failures, while others completed their goals and are no longer operational. Today… Read More

  • Ceres’ mysterious bright spots revealed in unprecedented detail

    Ceres’ mysterious bright spots revealed in unprecedented detail

    NASA has released close-up images of the dwarf planet Ceres, the biggest object in the asteroid belt, revealing new details about its mysterious bright spots. These images were taken by the Dawn spacecraft, which left Earth nearly a decade ago. Dawn was the first mission to reach a dwarf planet and the first mission to orbit 2 distinct extraterrestrial objects (it orbited Vesta in 2011). Read More

  • Cygnus launches to space station with new experiments on board

    Cygnus launches to space station with new experiments on board

    The Cygnus cargo vehicle was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 11:05pm EST to begin its 3-day journey to the International Space Station (ISS). Launching on top of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket, Cygnus was carrying 7,500 pounds of food, water, science experiments, and other necessary supplies. Now that Cygnus has successfully launched, it will take 2 days… Read More

  • New findings from Pluto mission reveal a dynamic world

    New findings from Pluto mission reveal a dynamic world

    The New Horizons science team has published new findings from their mission to Pluto in a series of 5 articles in the journal Science. The data from the papers reveal that Pluto is much more geologically diverse and dynamic than anyone could have imagined. “These five detailed papers completely transform our view of Pluto – revealing the former ‘astronomer’s… Read More

  • NASA is sending a 3D printer to space that you can use

    NASA is sending a 3D printer to space that you can use

    NASA is preparing to send its first commercial manufacturing facility to the International Space Station (ISS). The 3D printing company Made in Space has partnered with NASA to send their Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) to the space station on a launch scheduled to take place next Tuesday. Users on Earth can pay to use AMF, a 3D printer specially designed to operate in a microgravity… Read More

  • Here’s why NASA is setting fire to a cargo ship in space

    Here’s why NASA is setting fire to a cargo ship in space

    Next Tuesday, Orbital ATK will launch their Cygnus cargo vehicle to the International Space Station (ISS). Cygnus will bring the astronauts on station food, water, and a 3-D printer, among other supplies. Normally, after supplies are unloaded from Cygnus, the crew would fill the cargo ship with trash and send it back to Earth to burn up in the atmosphere. This time, before Cygnus breaks… Read More

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