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

Illustration of concept sustainable aircraft.

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 Thursday at a White House event highlighting sustainable aviation and the administration’s focus on medium- and long-term goals to combat climate change.

The event highlighted a plan to reduce aviation carbon emissions through production of more than three billion gallons of sustainable fuel by 2030. Officials from the Departments of Transportation, Energy and Agriculture announced a Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge (SAFGC) to meet this goal, in partnership with industry and other federal agencies. SAFGC aims to reduce costs, enhance the sustainability of aviation, as well as expand the production and use of sustainable aviation fuel to meet 100% of U.S. demand by 2050.

NASA Innovations Will Help U.S. Meet Sustainable Aviation Goals | NASA

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

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope being prepped for shipment to its launch site.

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 new target launch date in coordination with Arianespace after Webb recently and successfully completed its rigorous testing regimen – a major turning point for the mission. The new date also follows Arianespace successfully launching an Ariane 5 rocket in late July and scheduling a launch that will precede Webb. The July launch was the first for an Ariane 5 since August 2020.

NASA Readies James Webb Space Telescope for December Launch | NASA

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

TTBW in 14x22 Langley Trans Sonic Truss Braced Wing

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 academia to make the future of aviation more environmentally friendly through the Sustainable Flight National Partnership (SFNP). The SFNP will expand research for sustainable aviation by developing and testing new technologies for aircraft, new automation tools for greener and safer airspace operations, and sustainable energy options for aircraft propulsion. The TTBW will undergo a variety of aerodynamic testing as researchers continue to test key flight components such as increased lift and reduced drag.

Image and Text Credit: NASA/Langley Research Center/David Meade

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

Perseverance’s first cored-rock sample of Mars rock

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 Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California received data that confirmed the historic milestone.

The core is now enclosed in an airtight titanium sample tube, making it available for retrieval in the future. Through the Mars Sample Return campaign, NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) are planning a series of future missions to return the rover’s sample tubes to Earth for closer study. These samples would be the first set of scientifically identified and selected materials returned to our planet from another.

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Collects First Mars Rock Sample | NASA

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket soars upward from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 23, 2021.

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 and SpaceX are continuing plans to launch Crew-3 astronauts to the International Space Station as early as Sunday Oct. 31, and targeting the return home of Crew-2 astronauts in the early-to-mid November timeframe.

NASA, SpaceX Continue Planning for Next Crew Rotation Missions to International Space Station – Commercial Crew Program

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

A crane lifts a silver rocket horizontally, while six individuals in hard hats guide the rocket onto a rolling cart.

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 in the human eye to instruments aboard NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite, or SDO. Fortunately, with periodic calibrations, the latter can continue transmitting high-quality data to researchers on Earth.
Rocket Flight to Sharpen NASA’s Study of the Sun | NASA
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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.

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

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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 lunar lander contract, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said Tuesday.

“The goal is 2024. We have just been held up for 100 days waiting for the protest” filed by Blue Origin and Dynetics to the Government Accountability Office over NASA’s decision to award the contract to SpaceX, Nelson said.. The protest had halted all work on the lander until GAO threw it out on July 30.

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

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Space – NASA’s TESS Tunes into an All-sky ‘Symphony’ of Red Giant Stars (NASA)

NASA writes: Using observations from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), astronomers have identified an unprecedented collection of pulsating red giant stars all across the sky. These stars, whose rhythms arise from internal sound waves, provide the opening chords of a symphonic exploration of our galactic neighborhood. TESS primarily hunts for worlds beyond our solar system, also known as exoplanets. But its sensitive measurements of stellar brightness make TESS ideal for studying stellar oscillations, an area of research called asteroseismology. “Our initial result, using stellar measurements across TESS’s first two years, shows that we can determine the masses and sizes of these oscillating giants with precision that will only improve as TESS goes on,” said Marc Hon, a NASA Hubble Fellow at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. “What’s really unparalleled here is that TESS’s broad coverage allows us to make these measurements uniformly across almost the entire sky.”

go to NASA: TESS Tunes into an All-sky ‘Symphony’ of Red Giant Stars | NASA

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