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NASA’S MARS 2020 WILL BLAZE A TRAIL — FOR HUMANS

When a female astronaut first sets foot on the Moon in 2024, the historic moment will represent a step toward another NASA first: eventually putting humans on Mars. NASA’s latest robotic mission to the Red Planet, Mars 2020, aims to help future astronauts brave that inhospitable landscape. While the science goal of the Mars 2020 […]

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT NASA’S DEEP SPACE ATOMIC CLOCK

NASA is sending a new technology to space in late June that will change the way we navigate our spacecraft – even how we send astronauts to Mars and beyond. Built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the Deep Space Atomic Clock is a technology demonstration that will help spacecraft navigate autonomously through […]

NASA’S MARS HELICOPTER TESTING ENTERS FINAL PHASE

NASA’s Mars Helicopter flight demonstration project has passed a number of key tests with flying colors. In 2021, the small, autonomous helicopter will be the first vehicle in history to attempt to establish the viability of heavier-than-air vehicles flying on another planet. “Nobody’s built a Mars Helicopter before, so we are continuously entering new territory,” […]

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 […]

NASA RESEARCHERS CATALOGUE ALL MICROBES AND FUNGI ON THE ISS

A comprehensive catalogue of the bacteria and fungi found on surfaces inside the International Space Station (ISS) is being presented in a study published in the open access journal Microbiome. Knowledge of the composition of the microbial and fungal communities on the ISS can be used to develop safety measures for NASA for long-term space […]

NASA’S MARS HELICOPTER COMPLETES FLIGHT TESTS

Since the Wright brothers first took to the skies of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, December 17, 1903, first flights have been important milestones in the life of any vehicle designed for air travel. After all, it’s one thing to design an aircraft and make it fly on paper – or computer. It is quite […]

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 […]

MARS VIRTUAL REALITY SOFTWARE WINS NASA AWARD

A mixed-reality software that allows scientists and engineers to virtually walk on Mars recently received NASA’s 2018 Software of the Year Award. OnSight uses imagery from NASA’s Curiosity rover to create an immersive 3D terrain model, allowing users to wander the actual dunes and valleys explored by the robot. The goal of the software, a […]

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 […]

A MIXED-REALITY TRIP TO MARS

It’ll be years before the first astronauts leave the launch pad on Earth to journey to Mars. But starting September 19, visitors to the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex in Florida will get a taste of what those astronauts will see when they touch down on the Red Planet. “Destination: Mars,” a mixed-reality experience designed […]

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