NASA INVITES PUBLIC TO SUBMIT NAMES TO FLY ABOARD NEXT MARS ROVER

Although it will be years before the first humans set foot on Mars, NASA is giving the public an opportunity to send their names — stenciled on chips — to the Red Planet with NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, which represents the initial leg of humanity’s first round trip to another planet. The rover is scheduled […]

THE LPI’S LUNAR SOUTH POLE ATLAS — A NEW ONLINE REFERENCE FOR MISSION PLANNERS

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), managed by Universities Space Research Association (USRA), has compiled and made available an atlas of the Moon’s south pole. Given NASA’s recent direction to implement Space Policy Directive-1 landing astronauts at the south pole by 2024, the LPI has compiled a series of maps, images, and illustrations designed to […]

COMET INSPIRES CHEMISTRY FOR MAKING BREATHABLE OXYGEN ON MARS

Science fiction stories are chock full of terraforming schemes and oxygen generators for a very good reason—we humans need molecular oxygen (O2) to breathe, and space is essentially devoid of it. Even on other planets with thick atmospheres, O2 is hard to come by. So, when we explore space, we need to bring our own […]

MAXAR SELECTED TO BUILD, FLY FIRST ELEMENT OF NASA’S LUNAR GATEWAY

Maxar Technologies has been selected by NASA to build and perform a spaceflight demonstration of the lunar Gateway’s power and propulsion element spacecraft. Blue Origin and Draper will join the Maxar-led team in designing, building and operating the spacecraft through the demonstration period. The power and propulsion element is a key component to NASA’s overall […]

SPACE TRAVEL AND YOUR JOINTS

A novel Henry Ford Hospital study of mice aboard a Russian spaceflight may raise an intriguing question for the astronauts of tomorrow: Could traveling in space be bad for your joints? Researchers found early signs of cartilage breakdown in the mice, suggesting that the reduced biomechanical forces of spaceflight are at play on the musculoskeletal […]

VIRGIN GALACTIC TO MOVE TO SPACEPORT AMERICA THIS SUMMER AS COMPANY READIES FOR COMMERCIAL SERVICE

Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Galactic’s development and testing program has advanced sufficiently to move the spaceline staff and space vehicles from Mojave, California to their commercial operations headquarters at Spaceport America, New Mexico. The move, which involves more than 100 staff, will commence immediately and continue through the summer, to minimize […]

NASA TAPS 11 AMERICAN COMPANIES TO ADVANCE HUMAN LUNAR LANDERS

NASA has selected 11 companies to conduct studies and produce prototypes of human landers for its Artemis lunar exploration program. This effort will help put American astronauts — the first woman and next man — on the Moon’s south pole by 2024 and establish sustainable missions by 2028. “To accelerate our return to the Moon, […]

TEAMS 3D PRINT PLANETARY HABITATS, AWARDED $700K IN NASA CHALLENGE

After 30 hours of 3D printing over four days of head-to-head competition, NASA and partner Bradley University of Peoria, Illinois, have awarded $700,000 to two teams in the final round of the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. The top prize of $500,000 was awarded to New York based AI. SpaceFactory. Second-place and $200,000 was awarded to Pennsylvania […]

LUNAR POWER SYSTEM TEAM WINS PRESIDENT’S AWARD

In preparation of establishing a sustainable presence on the Moon by 2028, NASA is developing new technologies that will let astronauts land, live and explore the surface. In this video, Marc Gibson of NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland describes Kilopower, a power system to enable long-duration stays on planetary surfaces, including the Moon and […]

APOLLO FUSION, INC. LANDS NASA JPL LICENSE AND MANUFACTURING CONTRACT

Apollo Fusion, Inc. has been awarded an exclusive, worldwide commercial license to NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL) MaSMi (Magnetically Shielded Miniature) Hall thruster, the world’s first low-power (≤1.0 kW) magnetically shielded Hall thruster. MaSMi has demonstrated class-leading performance with a peak total efficiency of 54%, a peak total specific impulse of 1940 s, and an […]

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