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NASA’s new space telescope reaches destination in solar orbit (Steve Gorman, Reuters)

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, designed to give the world an unprecedented glimpse of infant galaxies in the early stages of the universe, arrived at its gravitational parking spot in orbit around the sun on Monday, nearly a million miles from Earth. With a final five-minute, course-correcting thrust of its onboard rocket, Webb reached its […]

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Dragons-Eye View (NASA)

As the Crew-2 mission departed the International Space Station aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour, the crew snapped this image of the station during a flyaround of the orbiting lab that took place following undocking from the Harmony module’s space-facing port on Nov. 8, 2021. Dragons-Eye View | NASA

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Are Water Plumes Spraying from Europa? NASA’s Europa Clipper is on the Case (NASA)

In 2005, images of a brilliant watery plume erupting from the surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus captivated the world. The giant column of vapor, ice particles, and organic molecules spraying from the moon’s south polar region suggested that there’s a liquid water ocean below Enceladus’ ice shell and confirmed the moon is geologically active. The plume […]

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NASA expects vaccination mandates to have little impact on Artemis 1 preparations (Jeff Foust, Space News)

As NASA prepares to install the Orion spacecraft on the first Space Launch System rocket, agency officials played down any effect coronavirus vaccine mandates will have on final preparations for the launch. In sessions of the American Astronautical Society’s Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium last week, Artemis program leaders said the next major milestone in […]

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Space. NASA Innovations Will Help U.S. Meet Sustainable Aviation Goals (NASA)

NASA will demonstrate high-risk, high-reward technology advancements critical for U.S. aerospace manufacturers to bring to market innovative, cost-effective, and sustainable products and services demanded by airlines and customers. Credits: Vehicle image created by Scott Anders, Rich Wahls and Lillian Gipson; Forest Imagery franckreporter, E+, GettyImages NASA Administrator Bill Nelson joined federal government and industry leaders […]

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Space. NASA Readies James Webb Space Telescope for December Launch (NASA)

After successful completion of its final tests, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is seen here being prepared for shipment to its launch site. Credits: NASA/Chris Gunn NASA plans to launch the James Webb Space Telescope into orbit Dec. 18, 2021, to serve as the premier deep space observatory for the next decade. The agency set the […]

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Space. Trans-Sonic Truss-Braced Wing May Help Reduce Fuel Consumption (NASA)

Instrumentation technician Michael Hodgins performs installation measures on the trans-sonic truss-braced wing (TTBW) model at Langley Research Center’s 14×22 subsonic wind tunnel. The unique design of the aircraft’s wings reduces drag during flight, which in turn reduces fuel consumption by up to 10 percent. This concept is part of an ongoing initiative by NASA, industry partners, and […]

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Space. NASA’s Perseverance Rover Collects First Mars Rock Sample (NASA)

This sealed titanium sample tube contains Perseverance’s first cored sample of Mars rock. The rover’s Sampling and Caching System Camera (known as CacheCam) captured this image. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s Perseverance rover today completed the collection of the first sample of Martian rock, a core from Jezero Crater slightly thicker than a pencil. Mission controllers at NASA’s […]

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Space. NASA, SpaceX Continue Planning for Next Crew Rotation Missions to International Space Station (Danielle Sempsrott, NASA)

With a view of the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building at left, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket soars upward from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 23, 2021, carrying a crew of four on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission. Launch time was at 5:49 a.m. EDT. Photo credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky NASA […]

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Space. Rocket Flight to Sharpen NASA’s Study of the Sun (NASA)

The EVE payload is loaded onto a cart for transport at the White Sands Missile Range. Credits: NASA It’s best not to look directly at the Sun, unless you’re one of NASA’s Sun-observing instruments. And even then, doing so will cause some damage. Exposure to the Sun degrades light sensors of all kinds, from the retinas […]

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Stop della NASA per lo Human Landing System (Global Science)

Francesco Rea Stop della NASA per la realizzazione per Human Landing System affidata a SpaceX. La decisione, riporta Spacenews, presa a valle della decisione della Blue Origin di intentare causa all’agenzia spaziale americana e l’annuncio della Corte Federale per la risoluzione delle controversie di aver pianificato le udienze per la discussione. Stop della NASA per lo Human Landing System (globalscience.it)

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USA – Spacesuits and Lawsuits Put 2024 Moon Landing in Jeopardy (Defense One)

NASA’s Space Launch System intended to land American astronauts, including the first woman and the next man, on the Moon by 2024. JUDE GUIDRY / NASA / AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES Tara Copp NASA may not land astronauts on the Moon by 2024 because two spacesuits won’t be ready on time and because losing bidders have protested the […]