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NASA selects proposals for smallsats built to study deep space

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 19 augustus, 2019  
NASA is expanding plans to use small satellites (aka smallsats) to explore the Solar System. The agency has picked two proposals for smallsat technology that would improve observations in deep space, where they could help improve models that .....
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NASA chooses four potential asteroid sample sites for OSIRIS-REx

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 14 augustus, 2019  
NASA's OSIRIS-REx team has selected four potential sites for the agency's first asteroid sample return mission. The spacecraft started mapping asteroid Bennu's surface as soon as it arrived in late 2018, and scientists part of its ground team thought.....
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Second failure of ExoMars parachute test throws schedule in jeopardy

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 13 augustus, 2019  
A joint mission between the European and Russian space agencies to deliver a rover to Mars is facing another setback. The European Space Agency (ESA) confirmed that parachutes for the ExoMars lander mission failed a second test that was conduc.....
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NASA solar probe sends back data from its first two visits

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 4 augustus, 2019  
Over the past months, NASA's Parker Solar Probe flew closer to the sun than any other spacecraft before it -- not once, but twice on two flybys. The probe obviously collected as much data as it could so that we can understand the sun better. Now its.....
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NASA will help SpaceX and Blue Origin develop future mission technology

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 31 juli, 2019  
NASA is helping 13 companies develop technologies that could benefit its future missions. Jim Reuter, the associate administrator of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, explained that the agency has identified the key areas it needs for futu.....
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Watch the Mars 2020 rover do a biceps curl with an 88-pound turret

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 28 juli, 2019  
Over the past months, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory installed the Mars 2020 rover's wheels, legs, arm and other components in preparation for the series of tests it has to go through before it heads to the red planet. One of those tests entails us.....
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Original Apollo 11 landing videotapes sell for $1.8M

Door: Devin Coldewey   / 23 juli, 2019  
VCRs didn't really exist when the first men walked on the moon, but NASA was ahead of the curve and recorded the event for posterity on videotapes — which just sold at auction for $1.8 million. The Hasselblads may have captured more detail, but there's nothing else in the world quite like these tapes...
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After Math: How long is that in moon years?

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 21 juli, 2019  
It's been half an Earth century since humanity first made landfall on its nearest celestial neighbor, and there's plenty of reason to celebrate, but that doesn't mean the news of the world has frozen in place like the flag Apollo 11's crew left behin.....
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NASA’s Orion crew capsule is ready for its uncrewed trip to the Moon

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 20 juli, 2019  
You knew the US wouldn't mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 without news about the country's next trip to the Moon. Both Lockheed Martin and NASA have confirmed completion of the Orion crew capsule that will play a key role in Artemis 1, the unc.....
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Neil Armstrong’s Buzz Aldrin photo is unparalleled in art

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 20 juli, 2019  
Few would deny that Neil Armstrong's shot of fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin is one of the most famous and compelling photos ever taken. What makes it so iconic? Of course, he had access to a place that only 11 other human beings have been, but there's.....
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Recommended Reading: The race back to the Moon

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 20 juli, 2019  
Dueling superpowers, rival billionaires. Inside the new race to the Moon Jeffrey Kluger, Time SpaceX, Blue Origin and others are in a heated battle to help NASA return the US to the Moon. Time takes an in-depth look at the new space race an.....
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Watch astronauts reach space on Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 20 juli, 2019  
Earth is about to mark Apollo 11's 50th anniversary in one of the most fitting ways possible: sending people to space on the same day. NASA's Andrew Morgan (shown at left), Roscosmos' Alexander Skvortsov and the ESA's Luca Parmitano are launching on.....
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How HoloLens is helping advance the science of spaceflight

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 20 juli, 2019  
AR headsets haven't exactly caught on with the general public -- especially after the Google Glass debacle. Mixed reality technology has garnered a sizable amount of interest in a variety of professional industries, though, from medicine and educatio.....
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How NASA keeps its astronauts safe and sane in space

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 19 juli, 2019  
Astronauts endure one of the most dangerous, high stakes, high stress professions on (or off) the planet -- a job matched in isolation, confinement and extremity perhaps only by arctic field scientists and ballistic missile submarine crews. Of.....
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