NASA Awards Northrop Grumman Artemis Contract for Gateway Crew Cabin

NASA has finalized the contract for the initial crew module of the agency’s Gateway lunar orbiting outpost.  Orbital Science Corporation of Dulles, Virginia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Space, has been awarded $187 million to design the habitation and logistics outpost (HALO) for the Gateway, which is part of NASA’s Artemis program andContinue reading NASA Awards Northrop Grumman Artemis Contract for Gateway Crew Cabin

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NASA human spaceflight chief resigns ahead of launch

(Reuters) – NASA’s human spaceflight chief Doug Loverro resigned on Tuesday, according to an internal memo seen by agency employees, capping his brief role at the agency overseeing future astronaut launches and landing humans on the moon by 2024. “Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Doug Loverro has resigned from his position effective Monday,Continue reading NASA human spaceflight chief resigns ahead of launch

Innovators Around the World Help NASA Improve a Moon Digging Robot

With its Artemis program, NASA will quickly and sustainably return to the lunar surface. To prepare for sustainable operations on the Moon, NASA is advancing technologies needed to explore and work on the lunar surface. This includes developing capabilities to “live off the land,” which requires being able to dig up resources in the lunarContinue reading Innovators Around the World Help NASA Improve a Moon Digging Robot

NASA’s Claire Parkinson Named Finalist for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal

On May 3, 2020, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service announced 27 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammies) finalists for 2020 – outstanding federal employees who serve the public good and are addressing many of our country’s greatest challenges. One of those winners is climatologist and author, Claire Parkinson of NASA’s Goddard SpaceContinue reading NASA’s Claire Parkinson Named Finalist for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal

Exclusive: Trump administration drafting ‘Artemis Accords’ pact for moon mining – sources

Joey Roulette via https://www.reuters.com/ WASHINGTON(Reuters) – The Trump administration is drafting a legal blueprint for mining on the moon under a new U.S.-sponsored international agreement called the Artemis Accords, people familiar with the proposed pact told Reuters. The agreement would be the latest effort to cultivate allies around NASA’s plan to put humans and space stationsContinue reading Exclusive: Trump administration drafting ‘Artemis Accords’ pact for moon mining – sources

NASA identifies risks in SpaceX’s Starship lunar lander proposal

Artist’s illustration of SpaceX’s Starship on the lunar surface. Credit: SpaceX   SpaceX’s proposal to land astronauts on the moon using the company’s reusable Starship vehicle could be “game-changing” for space exploration, but comes with risks and complexity that “threaten the schedule viability” to achieve NASA’s goal of returning crews moon by the end ofContinue reading NASA identifies risks in SpaceX’s Starship lunar lander proposal

Hopeful for launch next year, NASA aims to resume SLS operations within weeks

A crane hoisted the Space Launch System core stage into the B-2 test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in January. Credit: NASA/SSC   With the Space Launch System’s inaugural test flight now officially delayed to November 2021, NASA says work halted by the coronavirus pandemic will resume within weeks to prepare for the firstContinue reading Hopeful for launch next year, NASA aims to resume SLS operations within weeks

Alabama High School Student Names NASA’s Mars Helicopter

    Destined to become the first aircraft to attempt powered flight on another planet, NASA’s Mars Helicopter officially has received a new name: Ingenuity. Vaneeza Rupani, a junior at Tuscaloosa County High School in Northport, Alabama, came up with the name and the motivation behind it during NASA’s “Name the Rover” essay contest. Q&AContinue reading Alabama High School Student Names NASA’s Mars Helicopter