REFABRICATOR TO RECYCLE, REUSE PLASTIC INSTALLED ON SPACE STATION

The first integrated recycler and 3D printer was successfully installed onboard the International Space Station into the station’s experiment racks. This technology demonstration, called a Refabricator, will turn plastic materials of various sizes and shapes into feedstock used to 3D print items. The entire process happens in a single automated machine about the size of […]

DEVELOPING A FLIGHT STRATEGY TO LAND HEAVIER VEHICLES ON MARS

The heaviest vehicle to successfully land on Mars is the Curiosity Rover at 1 metric ton, about 2,200 pounds. Sending more ambitious robotic missions to the surface of Mars, and eventually humans, will require landed payload masses in the 5- to 20-ton range. To do that, we need to figure out how to land more […]

NASA SEEKS US PARTNERS TO DEVELOP SYSTEMS TO LAND ASTRONAUTS ON THE MOON

As the next major step to return astronauts to the Moon under Space Policy Directive-1, NASA announced plans on December 13 to work with American companies to design and develop new reusable systems for astronauts to land on the lunar surface. The agency is planning to test new human-class landers on the Moon beginning in […]

VIRGIN GALACTIC PILOTS AWARDED COMMERCIAL ASTRONAUT WINGS

In another historic moment for the commercial spaceflight industry, Virgin Galactic was proud today to see its pilots Mark ‘Forger’ Stucky and ‘CJ’ Sturckow, awarded Commercial Astronaut Wings by the U.S. Department of Transportation in recognition of the company’s ground-breaking first spaceflight from Mojave Air and Space Port CA, on December 13th last year. The […]

MAJOR U.S. MINT RELEASE APOLLO 11 50TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE COINS NOW AVAILABLE

On July 20, 1969, the world sat glued to their television sets. Before their very eyes, man first set foot on the surface of the moon. The footprints, flag, and plaque left on the lunar surface sent an eternal message throughout the cosmos: humanity had finally reached the heavens, and America led the way. In […]

BIG IDEA CHALLENGE 2019 FINALISTS TO DEVELOP PLANETARY GREENHOUSE CONCEPTS

No drive-through? No problem. University students are designing greenhouses so astronauts can grow their own food on Mars. NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) selected five university teams to participate in the 2019 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge. The challenge seeks to provide innovative ideas for the design, installation and sustainable […]

BRAIN CONDITION RELATED TO LONG-TERM SPACEFLIGHTS NEEDS MORE ATTENTION, DATA

More people today are poised to explore space than ever before; those who do will experience the effects of microgravity on the human body. Recognizing the need for more data related to those effects, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) neuroradiologist Donna Roberts, M.D., and co-author Lonnie G. Petersen, M.D.,Ph.D., University of California San Diego, […]

VIRGIN GALACTIC UNVEILS UNDER ARMOUR AS EXCLUSIVE TECHNICAL SPACEWEAR PARTNER

Virgin Galactic is proud to announce Under Armour as its Exclusive Technical Spacewear Partner to create a next generation of spacewear and astronaut performance programs. This exciting and exclusive collaboration brings together Virgin Galactic’s mission to make commercial space travel a reality, with Under Armour’s expertise in technical apparel and footwear, ensuring that astronaut customers […]

PROLONGED SPACEFLIGHT COULD WEAKEN ASTRONAUTS’ IMMUNE SYSTEMS

NASA hopes to send humans to Mars by the 2030s on a round-trip mission that could take up to three years – far longer than any human has ever traveled in space. Such long-term spaceflights could adversely affect certain cells in the immune systems of astronauts, according to a new study led by University of […]

NASA ANNOUNCES UPDATED CREW ASSIGNMENT FOR BOEING FLIGHT TEST

NASA astronaut E. Michael “Mike” Fincke has been added to the crew of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner’s Crew Flight Test, scheduled to launch later this year. Fincke takes the place of astronaut Eric Boe, originally assigned to the mission in August 2018. Boe is unable to fly due to medical reasons; he will replace Fincke […]

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