NASA

  • Obama wants to go to Mars, but will the next administration?

    Obama wants to go to Mars, but will the next administration?

    President Obama released an op-ed on CNN today, praising the accomplishments of NASA to date and encouraging the nation to keep its sights set on Mars. While it was an inspiring endorsement for NASA and space exploration, it comes on the tails of a congressional bill intended to prevent the next presidential administration from changing NASA’s plan to send humans to Mars by the… Read More

  • The Voyager Golden Record comes down to Earth

    The Voyager Golden Record comes down to Earth

    The Voyager Golden Record wasn’t made for you. It was made for aliens. But if buying stuff that wasn’t originally intended for you isn’t what Kickstarter is for, I honestly don’t know what is. Longtime Boing Boing editor David Pescovitz has teamed with Amoeba Records manager Timothy Daly and graphic designer Lawrence Azerrad (who apparently can list both The Beach Boys… Read More

  • NASA’s asteroid-harvesting mission solicits proposals for its robotic spacecraft

    NASA’s asteroid-harvesting mission solicits proposals for its robotic spacecraft

    Asteroid mining is coming soon to a planet near you: this planet, and in 2021, to be specific. But NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission has lots of work to do before that point. Today the space-faring organization issued an official “request for proposals” from four partners on how they would go about creating the robotic spacecraft that would perform the actual asteroid… Read More

  • NASA has successfully launched OSIRIS-REx, their first asteroid sample return mission

    NASA has successfully launched OSIRIS-REx, their first asteroid sample return mission

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has successfully launched from Cape Canaveral with the help of 1.2 million pounds of thrust provided by an Atlas V rocket. The spacecraft will journey to a near-Earth asteroid known as Bennu and return an asteroid sample to Earth. This will be NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission. Designed to return a sample as large as two kilograms, the mission… Read More

  • NASA completes another splashdown test on Mars-bound Orion spacecraft

    NASA completes another splashdown test on Mars-bound Orion spacecraft

    NASA today tossed into a pool a mock-up of their Orion spacecraft with two crash-test dummies sitting inside to simulate a return-to-Earth splashdown scenario. The test lasted all of about 10 seconds and is the ninth test of a 10-part water impact series NASA began conducting in April. For today’s test, Orion was swung like a pendulum to simulate a scenario where one of its parachutes… Read More

  • After nearly two years, NASA regains contact with lost spacecraft

    After nearly two years, NASA regains contact with lost spacecraft

    After attempting to regain contact for nearly two years, NASA has finally reestablished communications with the sun-studying satellite, STEREO-B. At 6:27 p.m. ET, NASA received a downlink signal from the spacecraft using the ground-based communication antennas in the Deep Space Network. STEREO-B is one of two spacecraft that orbit the sun and make up the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory… Read More

  • Watch NASA astronauts spacewalk to install a new dock for the International Space Station

    Watch NASA astronauts spacewalk to install a new dock for the International Space Station

    NASA astronauts are venturing out into space to install a component key to the future of commercial crew mission. The International Space Station is getting a new dock, which will be used in 2017 by Boeing and SpaceX to start ferrying crew to and from the station, marking the first time private companies have been able to do so, and ending the current Russian monopoly on ISS astronaut transit. Read More

  • NASA hopes to hand the International Space Station to a commercial owner by mid 2020s

    NASA hopes to hand the International Space Station to a commercial owner by mid 2020s

    NASA is giving us some more insight into its plans to get humans to Mars, under the blanket mission called ‘Journey to Mars,’ and during the press conference, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development Bill Hill revealed that the current hope is to hand off control of the International Space Station to a commercial owner by sometime around the mid… Read More

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