Excitement, Emotion Abound on Eve of Historic Demo-2 Mission

From NASA Anticipation continues to build at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida just one day before the scheduled launch of the agency’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft will carry two American NASA astronauts, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, to the International Space Station for the agency’s Commercial…

NASA astronaut Jessica Watkin

Jessica Watkins: First Geologist on Mars?

Guest “what a journey that would be” by David Middleton Hat tip to Mrs. Middleton… NEWS Q&A 19 MAY 2020The first footprints on Mars could belong to this geologistNASA astronaut Jessica Watkins is at the forefront of a new crop of space explorers destined for the Moon, and maybe one day, Mars.Alexandra Witze Jessica Watkins…

NASA Outlines Lunar Surface Sustainability Concept

From NASA April 2, 2020 When NASA sends astronauts to the surface of the Moon in 2024, it will be the first time outside of watching historical footage most people witness humans walking on another planetary body. Building on these footsteps, future robotic and human explorers will put in place infrastructure for a long-term sustainable…

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…

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…