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For the first time in its history, NASA successfully collects sample from asteroid

October 22nd, 2020 at 11:59 am » Comments Off

Touchdown! For the first time in its history, NASA has successfully collected samples from the surface of an asteroid, using the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on Tuesday. The small spacecraft has been orbiting Bennu, an asteroid 500 meters across, for almost two years. Around 6 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, the spacecraft completed a “Touch-And-Go” maneuver before […]

NASA advances plan to commercialize International Space Station

October 22nd, 2020 at 11:55 am » Comments Off

Axiom Space habitat modules are depicted attached to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s plan to further commercialize work in low Earth orbit.   ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 12 (UPI) — The planned launch of a private commercial airlock to the International Space Station in November will accelerate NASA’s plan to turn the station […]

Project Olympus : ICON chosen by NASA to develop moon base 3D printing tech

October 18th, 2020 at 5:27 pm » Comments Off

The hype around additive construction continues to grow. Unlike the days in which WinSun would “3D print” a six-story apartment building, we’re seeing numerous projects undertaken by a variety of firms around the world. All of this seems to demonstrate that, despite the hype, there is real technological value there. When that same value will […]

Water on Mars: discovery of three buried lakes intrigues scientists

October 4th, 2020 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

Researchers have detected a group of lakes hidden under the red planet’s icy surface. Scientists have long thought that there could be water trapped beneath the surface of Mars. Two years ago, planetary scientists reported the discovery of a large saltwater lake under the ice at Mars’s south pole, a finding that was met with […]

Nasa is looking for private companies to help mine the moon

September 19th, 2020 at 12:31 am » Comments Off

  Nasa has announced it is looking for private companies to go to the moon and collect dust and rocks from the surface and bring them back to Earth. The agency announced it is buying lunar soil from a commercial provider as part of a technology development program, The American space agency would then buy […]

Dragonfly is a ‘relocatable lander’ drone designed to fly on Saturn’s Titan moon

September 16th, 2020 at 3:20 pm » Comments Off

It turns out that Titan, one of Saturn’s many moons, is a relatively optimal place to fly a drone. This is due to the fact that Titan’s atmosphere is four times denser than the Earth’s. So when NASA chose Titan as the next location to “search for the building blocks of life,” they decided to […]

NASA is offering $35,000 in prizes to design a toilet that will work on the moon

July 9th, 2020 at 1:45 pm » Comments Off

NASA is seeking new designs for a toilet that will work on the moon. (CNN)NASA wants you to help put the loo in lunar, so it’s offering $35,000 in prizes to design a toilet that can be used on the moon. The space agency has set an ambitious goal of sending astronauts back to the […]

Want to leave this planet? NASA is offering some seriously cool virtual space tours right now

April 21st, 2020 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

Get ready to blast off. The aerospace experts at NASA are helping everyone socially distancing at home to pass the time. NASA is ready to entertain and educate you all weekend long. The aerospace experts are pulling out all the stops to help everyone pass the time home socially distancing. That includes releasing some seriously […]

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope full mirror deployment a success

April 13th, 2020 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

The primary mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is planned to be deployed only once more on Earth, before being packaged for delivery to South America. In a recent test, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope fully deployed its primary mirror into the same configuration it will have when in space. As Webb progresses towards […]

Terraforming Mars might be impossible… for now

March 11th, 2020 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

Making Mars more Earth-like would be a gargantuan task. From giant mirrors to tiny microbes, here’s the thinking behind making Mars habitable for humans. This story is part of Welcome to Mars, our series exploring the red planet. At the end of 1990′s sci-fi adventure Total Recall, all it takes is the push of a […]

NASA’s X-59 supersonic jet is cleared for final assembly

December 23rd, 2019 at 2:09 pm » Comments Off

NASA’s experimental X-59 jet, which could make supersonic commercial travel a reality, has been cleared for final assembly. The X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft, designed by Lockheed Martin, could take its first flight as soon as 2021.

The biggest barrier to future space exploration is in our heads

October 30th, 2019 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

With enough time, the technological challenges of sending humans to Mars and beyond are solvable. But psychologically, we’re not ready to leave our home. In 1945 British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke—now best known for 2001: A Space Odyssey—correctly predicted the invention of satellites, the first of which launched into space in 1958. Then […]