Deep Space

BOSCH PARTNERS WITH ASTROBOTIC TO STUDY DEEP AUDIO ANALYTICS ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

Bosch in North America and Astrobotic Technology Inc. have announced a research partnership to send experimental sensor technology to the International Space Station (ISS) as early as May 2019. Bosch’s SoundSee technology is a deep audio analytics capability that uses a custom array of microphones and machine learning to analyze information contained in emitted noises. […]

NASA SELECTS TWO COMPANIES TO HELP TAKE OUT THE DEEP SPACE TRASH

NASA has selected Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) to develop systems that can reduce trash volume, and process the resulting atmosphere contaminants during deep space missions. The U.S. companies responded to NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) Appendix F: Logistics Reduction (LR) in Space by Trash Compaction and Processing […]

CHANGE IN ASTRONAUT’S GUT BACTERIA ATTRIBUTED TO SPACEFLIGHT

Northwestern University researchers studying the gut bacteria of Scott and Mark Kelly, NASA astronauts and identical twin brothers, as part of a unique human study have found that changes to certain gut “bugs” occur in space. The Northwestern team is one of 10 NASA-funded research groups studying the Kelly twins to learn how living in […]

HOW STRESSFUL WILL A TRIP TO MARS BE ON THE HUMAN BODY?

Preliminary research results for the NASA Twins Study debuted at NASA’s Human Research Program’s annual Investigators’ Workshop in Galveston, Texas the week of January 23. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly returned home last March after nearly one year in space living on the International Space Station. His identical twin brother, Mark, remained on Earth. Researchers found […]

MORE EFFICIENT WATER RECOVERY ON ISS COULD MAKE DEEP SPACE TRAVEL POSSIBLE

Astronauts have been known to joke about how they turn yesterday’s coffee into tomorrow’s coffee. (Hint: It involves urine.) While this may seem like a gross scenario, it has become a reality on the International Space Station with the help of work done at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. After a urine distiller on the space […]

NASA, SMITHSONIAN’S NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM HOST DISCUSSION ON SOLAR HAZARDS IN EXPLORATION

Understanding the hazards of space weather on crewed and robotic missions is vital to informing plans for NASA’s Journey to Mars and other missions into our solar system, and beyond. Veteran NASA astronaut John Grunsfeld and solar experts will discuss that and more during a panel discussion at 1 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, October 25. The […]

PHOTONICS DAWNING AS THE COMMUNICATIONS LIGHT FOR EVOLVING NASA MISSIONS

A largely unrecognized field called photonics may provide solutions to some of NASA’s most pressing challenges in future spaceflight. Photonics explores the many applications of generating, detecting and manipulating photons, or particles of light that, among other things, make up laser beams. On October 21, 1983, the General Conference of Weights and Measures adopted the […]

B-2 TEST STAND ON SCHEDULE FOR TESTING SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM CORE

A visit to the B-2 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center leaves no doubt – NASA’s return to deep-space missions is drawing closer by the day. And the days until the flight stage that will launch the return is tested at the site are fewer than one may realize. Before launching the new Space Launch […]

SUMMER OF TESTING CONCLUDES FOR NASA’S JOURNEY TO MARS

NASA and the agency’s industry team for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Orion spacecraft are concluding a successful summer of testing in preparation for the first integrated flight. The uncrewed, three-week mission, currently designated Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), is scheduled for late 2018. During the mission, SLS will send Orion about 40,000 miles […]

SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS EVALUATE ORION RADIATION PROTECTION PLAN

When astronauts in Orion venture far beyond Earth into deep space, they will expand humanity’s frontier and push the boundaries of exploration. While the spacecraft is designed with systems and materials to keep the crew safe during their journey, leaving the protection of Earth’s magnetosphere exposes astronauts to a radiation environment in space that scientists […]

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