Sneaky New Bacteria on the ISS Could Build a Future on Mars

Sneaky New Bacteria on the ISS Could Build a Future on Mars

In mid-March, NASA researchers announced that they’d found an unknown life-form hiding aboard the International Space Station.As part of an ongoing research project into the microbial life of the ISS, astronauts onboard in 2015 and 2016 swabbed down various parts of the station and sent home the wipes they used.

NASA Gets a Quick Peek at a Mysterious Layer of the Sun

NASA Gets a Quick Peek at a Mysterious Layer of the Sun

The sun’s magnetic fields are massive, but within its inner layers, their forces are channeled and controlled by the pressure of the superheated plasma, convecting its heat outward like a boiling pot of tomato soup.

The SolarWinds Body Count Now Includes NASA and the FAA

The SolarWinds Body Count Now Includes NASA and the FAA

Last week, TechCrunch found that Amber Group, the contractor that developed the platform, had an exposed Amazon Web Services cloud server that contained more than 70,000 negative Covid-19 test results and more than 425,000 immigration documents from travelers entering Jamaica.📩 The latest on tech, science, and more: Get our newsletters !How to remember a disaster without being shattered by it A trippy visualization charts the internet's growth since 1997 TV characters don’t have text history.

The Mars Landing Was the Best Thing on TV This Week

The Mars Landing Was the Best Thing on TV This Week

NASA Lands the Perseverance Rover on Mars.The Atlas V rocket transporting NASA’s latest Mars rover launched from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center in July and has spent the past six months en route to the Red Planet.

NASA Lands the Perseverance Rover on Mars

NASA Lands the Perseverance Rover on Mars

The Lockheed engineers had been working on this project for years, and today, Scholz and his team could finally watch it be put to use.

How to Watch NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover Landing

How to Watch NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover Landing

And the experiments get power from a battery that continuously recharges with US-made plutonium fuel .Since July, as Perseverance has been cruising toward Mars, the numerous antennae aboard have been pinging high-frequency signals to engineers back on Earth.

The LA Musician Who Designed a Microphone for Mars

The LA Musician Who Designed a Microphone for Mars

Embedded on the rover is a small microphone that, if all goes well, will record the sounds of the descent and, later, the martian environment itself, something no Mars probe has yet achieved.NASA Just Launched Its New Perseverance Rover to Mars.

NASA Wants to Set a New Radiation Limit for Astronauts

NASA Wants to Set a New Radiation Limit for Astronauts

Under the existing standard, some veteran astronauts might have been excluded from longer-term space missions because they are bumping up against lifetime radiation limits.But NASA doesn’t have much data on the health effects of radiation from space on its astronauts.

The Trump Administration Left Biden With a Rocket Dilemma

The Trump Administration Left Biden With a Rocket Dilemma

At the time, NASA engineers at Marshall told Pence they were confident the SLS rocket would make its debut flight in 2020, setting up a schedule to allow astronauts to return to the moon by 2024.

NASA Is Training an AI to Detect Fresh Craters on Mars

NASA Is Training an AI to Detect Fresh Craters on Mars

The AI discovered dozens of them hiding in image data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and revealed a promising new way to study planets throughout our solar system.

2020 Was the One of the Hottest Years on Record

2020 Was the One of the Hottest Years on Record

“I don’t think there’s much going to happen that will change that, barring a massive volcano,” says Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which released the atmospheric data along with NOAA.

The Plan to Build a Global Network of Floating Power Stations

The Plan to Build a Global Network of Floating Power Stations

After nearly two decades as an oceanographer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Chao had left the space agency to commercialize a seafaring generator that can harness the limitless thermal energy trapped in the world’s oceans.

How NASA Scrambled to Save OSIRIS-REx From Leaky Disaster

How NASA Scrambled to Save OSIRIS-REx From Leaky Disaster

Another possibility, given the surprisingly viscous surface material, is that the regolith’s soft, malleable rocks wedged into the Mylar flap opening and weren’t able to make it all the way into the head, Moreau says.

How NASA Finds the Mass of the Dirt Grabbed From an Asteroid

How NASA Finds the Mass of the Dirt Grabbed From an Asteroid

By looking at the change in rotational rate for the spacecraft, you can determine the amount of extra mass in the collector arm.Let me go over all the important pieces to this physics puzzle.

What Comes After the International Space Station?

What Comes After the International Space Station?

“NASA has been very open about the fact that in order to do exploration beyond low earth orbit, you have to have a platform there to test systems and get experience,” says Michael Suffredini, the cofounder and CEO of Axiom Space, a company that is poised to build the world’s first commercial space station.

Those Orange Bay Area Skies and the Science of Light

Those Orange Bay Area Skies and the Science of Light

I’ve been to polluted cities, but you never get that deep orange, ominous color,” says Sanaz Vahidinia, a physicist at NASA Ames Research Center who studies aerosols and light scattering.

SpaceX Brings Astronauts Home Safely in a Historic First

SpaceX Brings Astronauts Home Safely in a Historic First

Behnken and Hurley spent the next few hours drifting in orbit while NASA and SpaceX monitored weather conditions at the possible landing sites along the Florida coast.SpaceX mission control made the final decision to deorbit just an hour before Behnken and Hurley landed in the ocean.

How to Watch NASA Launch Its New Perseverance Mars Rover

How to Watch NASA Launch Its New Perseverance Mars Rover

The skycrane is outfitted with eight small engines that start firing when the rover is about half a mile up to rapidly slow its fall to just a few miles per hour.“These particular engines are actually a derivative of the original engines developed for Viking landers in the early ’70s, but we've made very significant upgrades,” says Fred Wilson, a propulsion expert at Aerojet Rocketdyne, the company that made the propulsion system for the Perseverance landing system.

NASA’s Mars Rover Will Be Powered by US-Made Plutonium

NASA’s Mars Rover Will Be Powered by US-Made Plutonium

Perseverance is only the second Mars rover to use nuclear power as its main source of electrical energy.Starting with Curiosity, which arrived on the Red Planet in 2012, NASA engineers switched to nuclear power as the rover’s main source of energy.

A Helicopter Ride Over Mars? NASA's About to Give It a Shot

A Helicopter Ride Over Mars? NASA's About to Give It a Shot

“I see it as kind of a Wright brothers moment on another planet,” says Bob Balaram, the chief engineer for the Mars helicopter project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI

NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI

PTC’s software combines several different approaches to AI, like generative adversarial networks and genetic algorithms.A generative adversarial network is a game-like approach in which two machine-learning algorithms face off against one another in a competition to design the most optimized component.

Space Photos of the Week: An Eternal Voyage of Discovery

Space Photos of the Week: An Eternal Voyage of Discovery

Voyager 2 had a bit more to do; not only would it also visit Jupiter and Saturn, it would become the first spacecraft to fly by Uranus and Neptune.Photograph: NASA/JPLAfter traveling about 400 million miles, Voyager 2 arrived at Saturn, where it snapped this seemingly sideways photo of the ringed beauty.

What's Next for SpaceX's Crewed Mission to the ISS?

What's Next for SpaceX's Crewed Mission to the ISS?

On Wednesday, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were supposed to launch to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.

Tom Cruise Is Making a Movie in Space With SpaceX and NASA

Tom Cruise Is Making a Movie in Space With SpaceX and NASA

This time around we have news about a Labyrinth sequel (nearly 35 years later, but we’ll take it), a new pandemic-ready movie that was shot on an iPhone, and Tom Cruise's plans to film in space.

Weather Delays the SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch

Weather Delays the SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch

The Demo-2 mission was going to be the first crewed mission for SpaceX and the first time NASA astronauts have launched from the US in nine years.

How to Watch SpaceX Launch Astronauts to the ISS

How to Watch SpaceX Launch Astronauts to the ISS

NASA and SpaceX have been working toward this goal for over a decade and this launch is the last major test before NASA certifies the Crew Dragon for human spaceflight .Behnken and Hurley will depart from historic launch pad 39-A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Space Photos of the Week: Keeping an Eye on Jupiter's Storms

Space Photos of the Week: Keeping an Eye on Jupiter's Storms

You can see the windy bands of Jupiter, as well as the series of white storms also called the “String of Pearls.”Photograph: Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSThis is the view from only 11,000 miles above the surface.

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Curtain Call

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Curtain Call

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteLooking down from a great height of one million miles, this view of Saturn’s north pole reveals its hexagon-shaped storm and different windy bands.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteIn this deep dive, Cassini provided a breathtaking view from below Saturn’s rings.

Space Photos of the Week: Europa! Attempt No Landing There

Space Photos of the Week: Europa! Attempt No Landing There

The puzzling, fascinating surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa looms large in this newly-reprocessed color view, made from images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI InstituteOur final image in this series shows more chaos terrain in a region called Chaos Near Agenor Linea.

Space Photos of the Week: Happy Birthday, Hubble!

Space Photos of the Week: Happy Birthday, Hubble!

Photograph: NASA/ESA/STScIThis 29th anniversary photo showcases the Southern Crab Nebula, thousands of light years away.Photograph: NASA/ESA/STScIFor Hubble’s 28th anniversary, NASA released a new photo of the Lagoon Nebula.Photograph: NASA/ESA/STScIThese two space buddies are located 55 million light years away.

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