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NASA’s ‘Super Cool’ Engineers Rehearse Rocket Fueling for Artemis I

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket will propel the Orion spacecraft on a journey beyond the Moon and back to Earth during an uncrewed flight test known as Artemis I. Well before liftoff, a group of engineers will be inside the Launch Control Center at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where they will monitor the loading of cryogenic liquid hydrogen and […]

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Hear Audio From NASA’s Perseverance As It Travels Through Deep Space

The first to be rigged with microphones, the agency’s latest Mars rover picked up the subtle sounds of its own inner workings during interplanetary flight. A microphone aboard NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover has recorded the sounds of the spacecraft as it hurtles through interplanetary space. While another mic aboard the rover is intended specifically […]

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NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 Astronauts Arrive at Space Station, NASA Leaders and Crew to Discuss Mission

The SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience successfully docked to the International Space Station at 11:01 p.m. EST Monday, transporting NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi. When the hatches open about 1:10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Crew-1 astronauts will join Expedition 64 Flight Engineer Kate Rubins of NASA, and station Commander […]

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Inside NASA’s Pandemic Response Campaigns

In mid-March, as much of the country shut down in response to the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus, a team of engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California got to work. About 30 entities have licensed the low-cost Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally, or VITAL, that Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineers designed and patented. […]

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NASA’s Curiosity Takes Selfie With ‘Mary Anning’ on the Red Planet

The Mars rover has drilled three samples of rock in this clay-enriched region since arriving in July. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has a new selfie. This latest is from a location named “Mary Anning,” after a 19th-century English paleontologist whose discovery of marine-reptile fossils were ignored for generations because of her gender and class. The […]

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NASA’s Curiosity Takes Selfie With ‘Mary Anning’ on the Red Planet

The Mars rover has drilled three samples of rock in this clay-enriched region since arriving in July. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has a new selfie. This latest is from a location named “Mary Anning,” after a 19th-century English paleontologist whose discovery of marine-reptile fossils were ignored for generations because of her gender and class. The […]

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NASA’s Perseverance Rover 100 Days Out

Mark your calendars: The agency’s latest rover has only about 8,640,000 seconds to go before it touches down on the Red Planet, becoming history’s next Mars car. To prepare the Perseverance rover for its date with Mars, NASA’s Mars 2020 mission team conducted a wide array of tests to help ensure a successful entry, descent […]

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

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has successfully stowed the spacecraft’s 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 – marking the end of one of the most challenging […]

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NASA’s Perseverance Rover Is Midway to Mars

Sometimes half measures can be a good thing – especially on a journey this long. The agency’s latest rover only has about 146 million miles left to reach its destination. NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission has logged a lot of flight miles since being lofted skyward on July 30 – 146.3 million miles (235.4 […]