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News Archive / Tagged: NASA

  • NASA concept for generating power in deep space a little KRUSTY

    Collin SkocikJune 18th, 2019

    Prospects of establishing a permanent human presence on the Moon have taken a step forward with the test of a system known as Kilopower, a lightweight fission reactor which could provide ten kilowatts of power for at least a decade.

  • NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope mission nears end

    Jim SharkeyJune 17th, 2019

    While criticism of NASA's efforts frequently focuses on cost overruns or delays, what is sometimes missed is that many missions have far exceeded how long program managers had believed they would be operating. The Spitzer Space Telescope is one such mission, but like all good things, it too is nearing the end.

  • Next NASA Mars mission to serve as pathfinder for astronauts

    Cullen DesforgesJune 17th, 2019

    It’s no secret that sending the first astronauts to Mars will be a monumental challenge marked with many “firsts.” Given that NASA hasn't launched a manned mission beyond low-Earth orbit in 47 years - crews will need a guide to show them the way. Enter the next rover the U.S. space agency plans to send to the Red Planet.

  • Mars 2020 spacecraft tested for flight, rover gets cameras

    Joe LatrellJune 13th, 2019

    Leading up to a planned July 2020 launch date, NASA’s latest mission to Mars is currently undergoing testing. Both the spacecraft and its rover payload have been tested and have been equipped with new equipment in preparation for flight.

  • Bridenstine: Artemis mission could send first woman to the Moon

    Michael ColeJune 11th, 2019

    GLENN RESEARCH CENTER, Ohio -- NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine paid a visit to the agency's Glenn Research Center on Monday, June 10.  During his visit Bridenstine noted how the agency's latest lunar initiative - could make history with the first woman walking on the Moon.

  • Michigan company helping NASA speed up SLS development

    Jim SharkeyJune 8th, 2019

    As NASA works to meet its goal of returning  astronauts to the Moon by 2024, a Michigan-based company is helping to accelerate the production of the space agency's Space Launch System (SLS) deep space rocket by providing one of the key tools needed to build the massive vehicle.

  • Huh? Trump says NASA should stop talking about the Moon

    Derek RichardsonJune 7th, 2019

    For 18 months, NASA has been focused on returning humans to the Moon under Space Policy Directive 1—signed by President Trump. Is he changing course?

  • NASA selects companies for commercial Moon landing services

    Derek RichardsonJune 3rd, 2019

    The first commercial Moon landing missions under NASA’s Artemis program have been announced as precursors to human missions by 2024.

  • Insulation applied to final SRB segment for Artemis 2 mission

    Collin SkocikJune 1st, 2019

    NASA’s return to the Moon has taken another step forward with technicians applying insulation to the final booster segment for the second flight of the SLS.

  • First Astrobee robot completes initial checks aboard ISS

    Jim SharkeyMay 30th, 2019

    The International Space Station's newest robotic helper, Astrobee, completed its first series of hardware tests aboard the outpost.

  • Video: SpaceFlight Insider’s Space Bulletin for May 25, 2019

    Derek RichardsonMay 25th, 2019

    This week, SpaceX launched its first Starlink internet satellites and NASA awarded a contract to build the first piece of the agency’s Lunar Gateway.

  • Lunar Gateway contract adds ‘power’ to Artemis program

    Derek RichardsonMay 23rd, 2019

    NASA awarded Maxar Technologies a contract for the first piece of the Lunar Gateway, which is designed to be a staging point for Moon-bound astronauts.

  • Want to send you name to Mars? Now’s your chance

    Jason RhianMay 22nd, 2019

    NASA is inviting individuals to submit their names to be etched onto a chip that will fly aboard its next Mars rover, slated to launch in 2020.

  • Video: SpaceFlight Insider’s Space Bulletin for May 18, 2019

    Derek RichardsonMay 18th, 2019

    It’s another Moon-heavy week with NASA’s “Moon by 2024” challenge getting a name, the agency’s 2020 budget request getting an amendment and more.

  • Curiosity rover team maps route up Mount Sharp

    Jim SharkeyMay 18th, 2019

    Since landing on the Red Planet in August 2012, NASA's Curiosity rover has been collecting data about the geology and chemistry of the Martian surface.