NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA was established in 1958, succeeding the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.

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This Transforming Rover Can Explore the Toughest Terrain

“A rover trundles over rocky terrain, its four metal wheels clattering along until they encounter a seemingly insurmountable hazard: a steep slope. Down below is a potential trove of science targets. With a typical rover, the operators would need to …

School Bus-Size Asteroid to Safely Zoom Past Earth

” small near-Earth asteroid (or NEA) will briefly visit Earth’s neighborhood on Thursday, Sept. 24, zooming past at a distance of about 13,000 miles (22,000 kilometers) above our planet’s surface. The asteroid will make its close approach …

NASA Missions Spy First Possible Planet Hugging a Stellar Cinder

“The violent events leading up to the death of a star would likely drive away any planets. The newly discovered Jupiter-size object may have arrived long after the star died. An international team of astronomers using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet …

Solar Cycle 25 Is Here. NASA, NOAA Scientists Explain What That Means

“Solar Cycle 25 has begun. During a media event on Tuesday, experts from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discussed their analysis and predictions about the new solar cycle – and how the coming upswing in space weather …

NASA-sponsored moon mission will launch on a SpaceX rocket

“A NASA-contracted lunar lander bound for the moon’s South Pole will launch on a SpaceX rocket in late 2022. Earlier this year, NASA selected Masten Space Systems to manage the delivery of eight different payloads to the moon …

NASA’s Planet Hunter Completes Its Primary Mission

“On July 4, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) finished its primary mission, imaging about 75% of the starry sky as part of a two-year-long survey. In capturing this giant mosaic, TESS has found 66 new exoplanets, or worlds …

NASA Astronauts Safely Splash Down after First Commercial Crew Flight to Space Station

“Two NASA astronauts splashed down safely in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday for the first time in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft, returning from the International Space Station to complete a test flight that marks a new …

Semiconductor Manufacturing Techniques Employed for New Gamma-ray Detector

“NASA astrophysicists and engineers are adapting detectors used by earthbound supercolliders and creating them the same way electronics companies produce all modern consumer devices, including cell phones and laptops. The new pixel-based silicon detector technology could be used on next-generation …

NASA, ULA Launch Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mission to Red Planet

“The agency’s Mars 2020 mission is on its way. It will land at Jezero Crater in about seven months, on Feb. 18, 2021. NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission is on its way to the Red Planet to …

NASA Mission Will Study the Cosmos With a Stratospheric Balloon

“Work has begun on an ambitious new mission that will carry a cutting-edge 8.4-foot (2.5-meter) telescope high into the stratosphere on a balloon. Tentatively planned to launch in December 2023 from Antarctica, ASTHROS (short for Astrophysics Stratospheric Telescope …