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NASA scraps satellite refueling project after contractor criticism

After an independent review, NASA decided to close the OSAM-1 project to refuel satellites in orbit. This is stated in the official report of the agency. NASA explained that the decision was due to technical, cost, and time issues. It was also affected by the lack of an interested partner. ... Read more

NASA is looking for four volunteers to live on Mars for a year

NASA is looking for people who want to spend a year in conditions close to those on the Martian surface. The mission, called CHAPEA (Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog), is scheduled to launch in the spring of 2025. This is stated in the report of the agency. This is ... Read more

NASA announces that almost 122 g of samples from the asteroid Bennu have been delivered to Earth

NASA has finally announced the weight of the rocks and dust samples from the asteroid Bennu that were delivered to Earth last year as part of the OSIRIS-REx mission. It amounted to 4.29 ounces (121.6 g). This is stated in the report of the agency. NASA emphasized that this is ... Read more

New generation spacesuit for NASA tested in zero gravity

Collins Aerospace has tested a new generation spacesuit for use on the International Space Station. This is stated in a NASA report. As part of the tests, specialists checked the suit’s suitability and functionality. The tests were carried out during a parabolic flight of an airplane, on board of which ... Read more

“Mission of discovery”: NASA launches satellite to study the state of the world’s oceans and air quality

NASA has launched a satellite to study the state of the world’s oceans, air quality and the effects of climate change. This is stated in the agency’s report. This is the PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, Ocean Ecosystem) mission, in which the device was launched into orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon ... Read more

NASA announced the layoff of 570 employees at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Even NASA is not immune to layoffs. The agency says it is cutting about 530 employees at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California amid budget uncertainty, writes Engadget. The layoffs will affect 8% of the laboratory’s employees. In addition, JPL is laying off about 40 contractors. In total, 570 ... Read more

NASA shows a picture of the Japanese SLIM module after landing on the moon

NASA showed an image of the Japanese spacecraft Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM), which successfully landed on the Moon on January 19. This is stated in the agency’s report. The lander in the image is indicated by the arrow. The image was captured on January 24 by the Lunar ... Read more

Ingenuity helicopter is no longer able to fly and ends its mission on Mars – NASA

The Ingenuity helicopter has completed its mission on Mars, exceeding expectations and making dozens more flights than planned. This is stated in the message NASA. “While the helicopter remains upright and in communication with ground controllers, imagery of its Jan. 18 flight sent to Earth this week indicates one or ... Read more

NASA system predicts fall of small asteroid 2024 BX1 over Germany

NASA’s system has effectively predicted the fall of a small asteroid 2024 BX1 over Germany. The incident occurred on January 21 this year. This is stated in the agency’s official report. The system is called Scout, and it determined in advance where and when the fall would occur. The forecast ... Read more

The Ingenuity Martian helicopter has made contact. He was silent for several days

NASA specialists have managed to restore communication with the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars. This is stated in the message of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the X platform, writes Engadget. “The team is reviewing the new data to better understand the unexpected comms dropout during Flight 72,” in a ... Read more

NASA showed samples from the asteroid Bennu, which were delivered to Earth last fall

Scientists have finally been able to show the contents of a container with samples of rocks and dust from the asteroid Bennu. They took the corresponding image, which was published on the website of NASA. These are the samples that were delivered to Earth as part of the OSIRIS-REx mission ... Read more

Scientists will finally be able to study samples of the asteroid Bennu, which were delivered to Earth last year

Scientists are getting closer to carefully examining samples of rocks and dust from the asteroid Bennu. They were delivered to Earth as part of the OSIRIS-REx mission three and a half months ago. This is stated in the NASA blog. The spacecraft with samples from the asteroid landed in the ... Read more

NASA and Lockheed Martin officially unveil X-59 supersonic aircraft

NASA and Lockheed Martin have officially unveiled the X-59 supersonic aircraft. This is stated in the agency’s report. “In just a few short years we’ve gone from an ambitious concept to reality. NASA’s X-59 will help change the way we travel, bringing us closer together in much less time,” NASA ... Read more

NASA invites everyone to send their names to the moon. How to do it?

NASA invites everyone to send their names to the surface of the Moon aboard the agency’s first robotic lunar rover. This is stated in the official report of NASA. It is a device called VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover). It will go to the South Pole to study the ... Read more

NASA unveils X-59 supersonic aircraft, its debut will be broadcast online

NASA is preparing to unveil the X-59 supersonic aircraft. Its debut will take place in the desert in California on January 12, 2024. This is stated in the report of the agency. This is an important event in the history of aviation, so NASA will broadcast the event live. It ... Read more

NASA successfully tested a rocket engine printed on a 3D printer

NASA has successfully tested a rotating detonation rocket engine (RDRE) that was printed on a 3D printer. This is stated in the agency’s report. The test was conducted by engineers at the Marshall Space Flight Center, located in Alabama. During the launch, the engine operated for 251 seconds and generated ... Read more

NASA transmitted a video of a red cat named Tatters from deep space to Earth

NASA specialists have successfully conducted an experiment on the use of laser communication in deep space. During the experiment, they transmitted a short video with a red cat to Earth. This is stated in the report of Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The experiment using the Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) ... Read more

NASA will use the GUSTO aerostat telescope to create a 3D map of the Milky Way

NASA is preparing for an experiment called GUSTO (Galactic / Extragalactic ULDB Spectroscopic Terahertz Observatory). As part of it, scientists plan to collect data that will be used to create a 3D map of a part of the Milky Way, writes The Verge. During the experiment, experts will use a ... Read more

NASA and IBM create artificial intelligence for weather programs

NASA and IBM have joined forces to develop a new artificial intelligence framework for better analysis in climate and weather forecasting applications. According to the companies, the new model will have “significant advantages over existing technologies.” The point is to create a fundamental model, a basic technology that will allow ... Read more

Jeff Bezos may be ahead of Elon Musk on Mars thanks to NASA’s decision

Billionaire Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin will launch a mission to Mars for NASA. This information was confirmed by the space agency, writes The Register. We are talking about the ESCAPADE mission to study the electromagnetic fields of the Red Planet. To do this, Blue Origin will launch two spacecraft using ... Read more

NASA tests laser communication in space, signal received from a distance of 16 million kilometers

NASA specialists are approaching the use of laser communication in deep space. Now they have managed to successfully conduct a corresponding experiment, reports The Verge. Space agency experts conducted the test using the Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) system. As part of the test, they transmitted encoded data to Earth ... Read more

NASA is close to creating an airplane that will be almost twice as fast as Concorde

NASA has made a big step forward in its project to create a supersonic passenger plane. It is expected to be almost twice as fast as the Concorde, which reached a maximum cruising speed of 2,179 km/h, writes The Mirror. We are talking about the X-59 QueSST project, which NASA ... Read more

NASA will not be able to communicate with Mars exploration vehicles until November 25

NASA has temporarily lost contact with the Mars exploration spacecraft, reports Engadget. The situation is expected and explained by an astronomical phenomenon known as a solar conjunction. During it, the Earth and Mars move on opposite sides of the Sun and form a straight line with it. During this period, ... Read more

NASA has shown a map of almost all the water on Earth – the SWOT apparatus helped with this

NASA scientists have used data from the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite to create a map of almost all the water on Earth, reports Space. The corresponding animation shows the different surface levels of the oceans, freshwater lakes and rivers on the planet. SWOT collected data during its ... Read more

NASA has sent a software update to Voyager 2 to avoid malfunctions

NASA specialists have sent a software update to the Voyager 2 spacecraft to avoid the failure that Voyager 1 faced in 2022, writes The Register. Last year, Voyager 1’s onboard computer suddenly started sending distorted reports to Earth. Engineers found out that the problem then concerned the Articulation and Attitude ... Read more