NASA Exploration Mission Integral to 2020 National Space Policy


    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.   ‚ÄúThe 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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NASA Awards Prizes to Six Startup Companies in Entrepreneur’s Challenge

Entrepreneur’s Challenge

NASA‚Äôs Science Mission Directorate has awarded prize funding of $100,000 each to six entrepreneurial startup companies under its pilot Entrepreneur‚Äôs Challengeprogram for concepts ranging from machine learning to enable exploration and other technologies to new ways to build instruments to study the universe.   NASA partnered with Starburst, the global aerospace hub, to jointly launch a pilot program to engage…

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NASA Administrator Statement on Passing of Gen. Chuck Yeager

Chuck Yeager

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the passing of Gen. Chuck Yeager:   Today’s passing of Gen. Chuck Yeager is a tremendous loss to our nation. Gen. Yeager’s pioneering and innovative spirit advanced America’s abilities in the sky and set our nation’s dreams soaring into the jet age and the space age. He said, ‚ÄėYou…

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NASA Science, New Airlock Heads to Space Station on SpaceX Cargo Spacecraft

Space Station

The latest SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station with more than 6,400 pounds of science investigations, a new airlock, and other cargo after launching at 11:17 a.m. EST Sunday from NASA‚Äôs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy and is scheduled…

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NASA Receives 10th Consecutive Clean Financial Audit Opinion


NASA has received an unmodified audit opinion on its Fiscal Year 2020 financial statements, marking the 10th consecutive “clean” opinion from an external auditor ‚Äď the highest opinion that may be received.   The auditor’s unmodified opinion is that NASA’s financial statements fairly present the agency’s financial position and results of operations.   ‚ÄúOur prudent management of taxpayer resources, and…

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Successfully Stows Sample of Asteroid Bennu


    NASA‚Äôs Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has successfully stowed the spacecraft‚Äôs Sample Return Capsule (SRC) and its abundant sample of asteroid Bennu. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the mission team sent commands to the spacecraft, instructing it to close the capsule ‚Äď marking the end of one of the most challenging phases of the…

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Collects Significant Amount of Asteroid


  Two days after touching down on asteroid Bennu, NASA‚Äôs¬†OSIRIS-REx¬†mission team received on Thursday, Oct. 22, images that confirm the spacecraft has collected more than enough material to meet one of its main mission requirements ‚Äď acquiring at least 2 ounces (60 grams) of the asteroid‚Äôs surface material. The spacecraft captured images of the sample collector head as it moved…

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Betelgeuse, Supergiant star, smaller, closer than first thought (video)


    It will probably be another 100,000 years until the giant red star Betelgeuse dies in a fiery explosion, according to a new study by an international team of researchers. This is based on a¬†study from The Australian National University (ANU), led by¬†Dr¬†Meridith¬†Joyce. The research not only gives Betelgeuse a new lease on life,¬†but¬†shows it is¬†both¬†smaller and closer¬†to Earth¬†than…

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SpaceX is targeting Thursday, October 22 at 12:14 p.m. EDT, 16:14 UTC, for its fifteenth Starlink mission, which will launch 60 Starlink satellites to orbit. Falcon 9 will lift off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. There is a backup opportunity available on Friday, October 23 at 11:53 a.m. EDT, 15:53 UTC. Falcon 9‚Äôs…

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