Help NASA Design a Robot to Dig on the Moon

From NASA March 16, 2020 Help NASA Design a Robot to Dig on the Moon A close-up view of the bucket drums on Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot (RASSOR) in the regolith bin inside Swamp Works at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 5, 2019. Credits: NASA/Kim Shiflett By Linda Herridge NASA’s…

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A Slice of Polar Layer Cake

From NASA The Martian ice cap is like a cake with every layer telling a story. In this case, the story is one of climate change on Mars. This image of an exposed section of the north polar layered deposits (NPLD) looks much like a delicious slice of layered tiramisu. The NPLD is made up…

Bennu’s Boulders Shine as Beacons for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx

From NASA This summer, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will undertake NASA’s first-ever attempt to touch the surface of an asteroid, collect a sample of it, and safely back away. But since arriving at asteroid Bennu over a year ago, the mission team has been tackling an unexpected challenge: how to accomplish this feat at an asteroid…

#BeAnAstronaut: NASA Seeks Applicants to Explore Moon, Mars

From NASA NASA’s new class of astronauts – the first to graduate since the agency announced its Artemis program – appear on stage during their graduation ceremony at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on Jan. 10, 2020. The class includes 11 NASA candidates, as well as two Canadian Space Agency (CSA) candidates, selected…

NASA Selects New Instrument to Continue Key Climate Record

From NASA Feb. 26, 2020 RELEASE 20-020 NASA Selects New Instrument to Continue Key Climate Record Earth’s outgoing longwave, or heat, radiation shown here as the average from 2000 to 2015 were measured by the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) instruments on NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites. Bright yellow and orange indicate…

Celebrating the Life and Career of Katherine Johnson

Feb. 24, 2020 Celebrating the Life and Career of Katherine Johnson Katherine Johnson passed away Feb. 24, 2020, after living a life filled with trail-blazing achievements. Being handpicked to be one of three black students to integrate West Virginia’s graduate schools is something that many people would consider one of their life’s most notable moments,…

NASA Wants Your Help Designing a Venus Rover Concept

From NASA NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, under a grant from the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program, is running a public challenge to develop an obstacle avoidance sensor for a possible future Venus rover. The “Exploring Hell: Avoiding Obstacles on a Clockwork Rover” challenge is seeking the public’s designs for a sensor that…

’Pale Blue Dot’ Revisited

From NASA Feb. 12, 2020 Full image and caption More About the ‘Pale Blue Dot’ 10 things you might not know about the ‘Pale Blue Dot’ image Print your very own poster of the ‘Pale Blue Dot’ Learn more about Voyager’s ‘Family Portrait’ of the solar system For the 30th anniversary of one of the…

NASA to Industry: Send Ideas for Lunar Rovers

From NASA Feb. 6, 2020 As NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program mounts toward a robust decade of modern science, research, and human exploration at the Moon, the agency is asking American companies to think about how to get around on the lunar surface. NASA issued two separate Requests for Information (RFI) seeking industry approaches for…

How ESA-NASA’s Solar Orbiter Beats the Heat

From NASA Feb. 4, 2020 When Solar Orbiter launches on its journey to the Sun, there’s one key piece of engineering making this ESA-NASA mission possible: the heat shield. Seeking a view of the Sun’s north and south poles, Solar Orbiter will journey out of the ecliptic plane — the belt of space, roughly in…