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The 2021 Quadrantids Can Be Seen Tonight (video)

Quadrantids

  The winter sky activity continues into the new year with The Quadrantids Meteor Shower. While most meteor showers are usually named after the constellations that is their radiant point, not Quadrantids… The radiant point for this shower is the constellation Boötes…. The shower is named after the now obsolete constellation, Quadrans Muralis, which was used in 1825, back when…

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NASA Approves Heliophysics Missions to Explore Sun, Earth’s Aurora

Heliophysics Missions

NASA has approved two heliophysics missions to explore the Sun and the system that drives space weather near Earth. Together, NASA’s contribution to the Extreme Ultraviolet High-Throughput Spectroscopic Telescope Epsilon Mission, or EUVST, and the Electrojet Zeeman Imaging Explorer, or EZIE, will help us understand the Sun and Earth as an interconnected system. Understanding the physics that drive the solar…

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NASA, UN Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Peaceful Uses of Space

Memorandum

  NASA and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) pledging cooperation in areas of science and technology to support the peaceful use of outer space.   The MOU, signed Thursday, Dec. 17, brings together NASA’s wealth of publicly available Earth observation data and dynamic exploration opportunities with UNOOSA’s unique position…

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NASA Supports America’s National Strategy for Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion

Space

President Donald Trump has issued a new Space Policy Directive that will help propel NASA and humanity’s next giant leap – creating a sustainable presence on the Moon and sending astronauts to Mars. The president issued Space Policy Directive-6 (SPD-6), the Nation’s Strategy for Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion (SNPP), Wednesday, Dec. 16. Space nuclear systems power spacecraft for missions…

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NASA, USDA Sign Agreement to Improve Agricultural, Earth Science Research

Earth

    NASA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening their longstanding partnership on space-based assets benefitting life on Earth.   The agreement brings together NASA’s experience with technology development and space-borne Earth science measurements and USDA’s scientific experience and knowledge of agricultural production, resource conservation, food security and safety, and forests…

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NASA Releases Best Practices Handbook to Help Improve Space Safety

Best Practices

NASA has released the first iteration of its Spacecraft Conjunction Assessment and Collision Avoidance Best Practices Handbook to share information on best practices for coordinating in-orbit activity in a safe and responsible manner. The agency aims for these best practices to bolster stability, reduce current and future operational risks, and contribute to a sustainable space environment for future public and…

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Spinoff Highlights NASA Technology Paying Dividends in the US Economy

Dividends

Whether upgrading air traffic control software or honing the food safety practices that keep our dinner tables safe, NASA has worked for more than six decades to ensure its innovations benefit people on Earth. One of the agency’s most important benefits is the way investment in NASA pays dividends throughout the U.S. economy.   The latest edition of NASA’s Spinoff…

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NASA, ESA Choose Astronauts for SpaceX Crew-3 Mission to Space Station

astronauts

  NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) have selected three astronauts to serve as crew members for NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station, which is expected to launch in the fall of 2021.   The trio will consist of NASA astronauts Raja Chari and Tom Marshburn, who will serve as commander and pilot, respectively, and ESA astronaut…

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NASA Exploration Mission Integral to 2020 National Space Policy

Mission

    President Donald J. Trump issued the National Space Policy Wednesday. Through this policy, the president reaffirms his commitment to move space exploration goals beyond low-Earth orbit and return humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilization, followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations.   “The National Space Policy reflects bold leadership in this resurgent era of…

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NASA, US, European Partner Satellite Returns First Sea Level Measurements

sea level

  Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, a joint U.S.-European satellite built to measure global sea surface height, has sent back its first measurements of sea level. The data provide information on sea surface height, wave height, and wind speed off the southern tip of Africa.   “We’re excited for Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich to begin its critical work studying sea level and helping…

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