Space News: Taking the pulse of NASA’s robotic explorers

Europa, an icy Moon of Jupiter, entices scientists to explore a huge ocean beneath an icy surface. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute. Keeping NASA’s robotic explorers healthy takes smart software, especially in remote and harsh environments. An initial investment by NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research, or SBIR, Program led to development of a new technology that … Read more

NASA IG Criticizes NASA’s Management of VIPER and Multi-Mission Programs

NASA IG Criticizes NASAs Management of VIPER and Multi Mission Programs

NASA’s Inspector General released two reports in the past two days. The first addresses management of the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) Mission, a robotic rover that will search for water ice on the Moon. The second looks more broadly at how the agency manages programs that have more than one deliverable, particularly the … Read more

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 Mission – What You Need To Know

NASAs SpaceX Crew 4 Mission – What You Need To Know

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts participate in a training session at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, CA. From left to right: NASA astronaut and SpaceX Crew-4 mission specialist Jessica Watkins; NASA astronaut and SpaceX Crew-4 pilot Robert “Bob” Hines; NASA astronaut and SpaceX Crew-4 commander Kjell Lindgren; and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut and Crew-4 mission specialist … Read more

NASA’s Mars Rover Records Its First Audio Clip On Mars And It’s Kind Of Freaky

NASAs Mars Rover Records Its First Audio Clip On Mars

The first analysis of audio recordings from Mars reveal two different speeds of sound that scientists say would have a bizarre delayed effect on hearing. The Mars Perseverance rover landed on the red planet a little over a year ago, and has recorded five hours of sound picked up by Perseverance’s two microphones since then. … Read more

SwRI’s James Burch receives NASA’s highest honor

Announcing the 2022 Class of the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program

SwRI’s James Burch receives NASA’s highest honor Press Release From: Southwest Research Institute Posted: Monday, March 28, 2022 Dr. James Burch of Southwest Research Institute has received NASA’s highest honor for nongovernment employees, its Distinguished Public Service Medal. Burch is recognized for his visionary science mission leadership in investigating the interaction of the solar wind … Read more

NASA’s Ingenuity Helicoper Successfully Completes 22nd Flight on Mars

NASAs Ingenuity Helicoper Successfully Completes 22nd Flight on Mars

NASA’s Mars Ingenuity has recently succeeded in completing its 22nd flight on the red planet. The space agency confirmed that this took place last Sunday, March 20. At that time, the helicopter managed to stay in the air for 101.4 seconds. During its short trip to Martian lands, it reached 33 feet or 10 meters, … Read more

The ‘Worm Moon’ In Photos: See Winter’s Third And Final Full Moon Light-Up Earth, Space And NASA’s ‘Moon Rocket’

The ‘Worm Moon In Photos See Winters Third And Final

The full “Worm Moon” rising in Cardiff, Wales on Friday, March 18, 2022. Jamie Carter Did you see the full “Worm Moon” this week? The third and final full Moon of winter, the “Worm Moon” comes just a few days before the vernal or northward equinox on Sunday, March 20, 2022, which signals the beginning … Read more

NASA’s NICER telescope sees hot spots merge on a magnetar

Journal Reference: George Younes, Samuel K Lander, Matthew G. Baring, Teruaki Enoto, Chryssa Kouveliotou, Zorawar Wadiasingh, Wynn C. G. Ho, Alice K. Harding, Zaven Arzoumanian, Keith Gendreau, Tolga Güver, Chin-Ping Hu, Christian Malacaria, Paul S. Ray, Tod E. Strohmayer. Pulse Peak Migration during the Outburst Decay of the Magnetar SGR 1830-0645: Crustal Motion and Magnetospheric … Read more

Can SpaceX save NASA’s International Space Station?

Can SpaceX save NASAs International Space Station

The recent invasion of Ukraine by Russia has strained relations between the Russian Federation and the rest of the world. That tension has spilled over into the realm of space cooperation. According to Ars Technica, NASA expects that the Russian participation in the International Space Station (ISS) will continue. The theory is that the ISS … Read more

NASA’s Roman Mission could snap first image of a Jupiter-like world

Roman will use its Coronagraph Instrument — a system of masks, prisms, detectors, and even self-flexing mirrors built to block out the glare from distant stars and reveal the planets in orbit around them — to demonstrate that direct imaging technologies can perform even better in space than they have with ground-based telescopes. “We will … Read more

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