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ORION SPAN LAUNCHES AURORA STATION CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

Orion Span, the innovative space tourism company designing a luxury space hotel, has announced an unprecedented crowdfunding campaign. Investors interested in the space tourism race – and those who were captivated by news of Aurora Station’s launch earlier this year – can now become investors in the project. The campaign is live on SeedInvest, a […]

LOCKHEED MARTIN SELECTED FOR NASA’S COMMERCIAL LUNAR LANDER PAYLOAD SERVICES CONTRACT

Lockheed Martin will apply its expertise in interplanetary spacecraft to a new program designed to deliver commercial payloads to the surface of the Moon. NASA announced today they have selected Lockheed Martin’s McCandless Lunar Lander to provide payload delivery services as part of the agency’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract. Lockheed Martin’s lander design […]

NASA ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIPS FOR COMMERCIAL LUNAR PAYLOAD DELIVERY SERVICES

Nine U.S. companies now are eligible to bid on NASA delivery services to the lunar surface through Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contracts, as one of the first steps toward long-term scientific study and human exploration of the Moon and eventually Mars. These companies will be able to bid on delivering science and technology payloads […]

ASTROBOTIC SELECTED BY NASA TO BE A LUNAR DELIVERY PROVIDER

Astrobotic has been competitively selected to be a delivery provider of NASA payloads to the Moon on the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract. Through CLPS, Astrobotic will be a 10-year provider of delivery services for NASA payloads to the Moon. The selection was announced today by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. As part of NASA’s […]

DRAPER RETURNS TO THE MOON, ENABLES THE FUTURE OF EXPLORATION

The first time NASA wanted to send humans to the moon it turned to Draper to develop the guidance, navigation and control system that made that possible. As NASA prepares to embark for the moon once more, it has selected a team led by Draper to once again support its mission needs. The Draper team […]

ISS MICROBES SHOULD BE MONITORED TO AVOID THREAT TO ASTRONAUT HEALTH

Strains of the bacterium Enterobacter, similar to newly found opportunistic infectious organisms seen in a few hospital settings, have been identified on the International Space Station (ISS). The strains found in space were not pathogenic to humans, but researchers believe they should be studied for potential health implications for future missions, according to a study […]

EARTH’S DUST CLOUD SATELLITES CONFIRMED

A team of Hungarian astronomers and physicists may have confirmed two elusive clouds of dust, in semi-stable points just 400,000 kilometers from Earth. The clouds, first reported by and named for Polish astronomer Kazimierz Kordylewski in 1961, are exceptionally faint, so their existence is controversial. The new work appears in the journal Monthly Notices of […]

EUROPA PLUME SITES LACK EXPECTED HEAT SIGNATURES

The study of two potential plume sites on Jupiter’s moon Europa has shown a lack of expected hotspot signatures, unlike Enceladus where plumes have a very clear and obvious temperature signature, research by Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Julie Rathbun shows. “We searched through the available Galileo thermal data at the locations proposed as the […]

PLANT HORMONE MAKES SPACE FARMING A POSSIBILITY

With scarce nutrients and weak gravity, growing potatoes on the Moon or on other planets seems unimaginable. But the plant hormone strigolactone could make it possible, plant biologists from the University of Zurich have shown. The hormone supports the symbiosis between fungi and plant roots, thus encouraging plants’ growth – even under the challenging conditions […]

NASA CALLS FOR INSTRUMENTS, TECHNOLOGIES FOR DELIVERY TO THE MOON

NASA has announced a call for Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads that will fly to the Moon on commercial lunar landers as early as next year or 2020. The agency is working with U.S. industry and international partners to expand human exploration from the Moon to Mars. It all starts with robotic missions on […]

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