Human Space Exploration

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 […]

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 […]

COLLINS AEROSPACE DEVELOPING ASTRONAUT TRASH COMPACTION SYSTEM

For decades, the approach to managing astronaut trash has involved temporarily storing and ultimately disposing of the trash either by return to Earth or incineration during reentry in a disposable supply vehicle. As NASA pushes the boundaries of human space exploration through longer missions to the Moon and Mars, these proven approaches will no longer […]

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 […]

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. […]

A NO-SPIN ZONE FOR ASTRONAUTS AND SPACE TOURISTS

Skydivers spinning out of control have just a few seconds before becoming unconscious. With nothing to stop them, many fall helplessly to Earth, unless they are rescued by a fellow diver, or regain enough situational awareness to deploy their parachute. “It’s hard for skydivers—or astronauts or space tourists ejecting at high altitude—to stop a spin, […]

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