Faces Behind NASA’s Gateway

NASA is working across the country to build the Gateway, an outpost near the Moon that will support human missions on the lunar surface and help develop a sustainable presence. Behind the scenes are the people who form a diverse group working hard to develop a hub where the agency can test the technologies andContinue reading Faces Behind NASA’s Gateway

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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

Newly Reprocessed Images of Europa Show ‘Chaos Terrain’ in Crisp Detail

In this gallery of three newly reprocessed Europa images, details are visible in the variety of features on the moon’s icy surface. This image of an area called Chaos Transition shows blocks that have moved and ridges possibly related to how the crust fractures from the force of Jupiter’s gravity. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute Full imageContinue reading Newly Reprocessed Images of Europa Show ‘Chaos Terrain’ in Crisp Detail

NASA-Developed Ventilator Authorized by FDA for Emergency Use

A new high-pressure ventilator developed by NASA engineers and tailored to treat coronavirus (COVID-19) patients today was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use under the FDA’s March 24 ventilator Emergency Use Authorization. Called VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally), the device was developed by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in SouthernContinue reading NASA-Developed Ventilator Authorized by FDA for Emergency Use

NASA Names Companies to Develop Human Landers for Artemis Moon Missions

NASA has selected three U.S. companies to design and develop human landing systems (HLS) for the agency’s Artemis program, one of which will land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon by 2024. NASA is on track for sustainable human exploration of the Moon for the first time in history. The human landing system awards under the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) AppendixContinue reading NASA Names Companies to Develop Human Landers for Artemis Moon Missions