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NASA announces second Artemis lander to compete with SpaceX

As part of its Artemis program, NASA announced plans to fund a second lunar lander alongside SpaceX’s Starship HLS.

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How to watch SpaceX’s upcoming Transporter-3 launch

This morning, SpaceX plans to launch their Transporter 3 mission, carrying a payload of dozens of nanosatellites and microsatellites to space. Here’s how to watch the Falcon 9 rocket lift off from the Kennedy Space Centers’s Space Launch Complex 40.

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132 SpaceX employees test positive for COVID-19 at Hawthorne Headquarters

SpaceX’s Hawthorne headquarters currently faces large COVID outbreak amidst the cOmicron surge.

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How satellites help us fight climate change

When most people think of NASA, they might picture the International Space Station, the Apollo Program, or even the Hubble Space Telescope. One oft-overlooked field of study is the space agency’s long history of looking back at our own planet. NASA-conducted climate research serves as the backbone of our current understanding of our changing climate. The space agency’s climate research relies heavily on its fleet of weather satellites, which help researchers develop accurate climate models.

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NASA OIG report outlines precarious future of International Space Station

A new report issued by the NASA OIG voices concerns surrounding ISS decommission. The International Space Station is set to retire soon, and the agency itself doesn’t have a successor in the works.

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How to watch SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station

SpaceX conducted a successful static fire of Crew-3’s Falcon 9 booster this last Thursday making them ready for their first launch date on Halloween. However, due to weather in planned abort zones along the easter coast of the US and a “minor medical issue”, Crew-3 has been delayed to tonight. Read below how to watch SpaceX’s Crew-3 launch.

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How long can SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule stay in space?

Spacecraft continue to advance, and one of the latest new spacecraft to enter operation is SpaceX’s Dragon capsule. As Crew-3 prepares for launch to the station, Crew-2 needs to return home, and Crew-2’s Dragon capsule is nearing the limit for continuous-time in space. But what is that limit, and why is the spacecraft limited?

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NASA’s Juno Mission reveals new information about Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, and more

New information obtained from the Juno mission has unveiled the atmospheric processes behind Jupiter’s stripes, polar cyclones, and even the Great Red Spot.  

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Ya Dig?? NASA asks students to design Moon-digging robots for Artemis program

NASA published a challenge for K-12 students to design a robot capable of digging and transporting lunar regolith.

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Cargo spacecraft set to conduct leak checks on troublesome Nauka module

The Russian cargo ship “Progress 78” relocated to the Nauka module this Friday. There the spacecraft will allow the crew to conduct tests on the brand new module.

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NASA fully stacks the SLS rocket for the first time

Artemis I is finally within view as SLS nears completion. Wednesday, the Orion capsule was lifted onto the SLS rocket within the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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Senate Budget proposal includes $1.3 Billion for HLS – with a catch

A new bill proposed by Congress would give NASA more money for its Human Landing System program, but requires another landing contract.

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China launches second crewed mission to Tiangong, becoming first long-term crew

China’s second crewed mission of the year, Shenzhou-13, has arrived at the Tianhe space station core module.

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How to watch NASA’s highly-anticipated Lucy mission to the Trojan asteroids

The Lucy spacecraft will journey to Jupiter’s “Trojan” asteroids to gain insight into the formation of our solar system. Here’s how to watch the mission.

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NASA publishes Climate Action Plan in accordance with Biden executive order

NASA has released a climate action plan that outlines key sustainability priorities and reiterates the agency’s commitment to climate research.

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NASA’s Artemis program gets wings with new engine contract

Aerojet Rocketdyne will design the main engine for NASA’s Orion spacecraft for Artemis missions 6-14.

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Chinese Astronauts Return to Earth from 90 day stay aboard Tiangong Space Station

The crew of China’s Shenzhou-12 mission have returned safely back to Earth after their 90-day stay on the Tiangong space station.

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NASA will Announce the landing site of its VIPER moon rover this Monday

Researchers at NASA’s Ames Research center will announce the landing site of the Artemis program’s first robotic rover, VIPER. The rover will explore the lunar south pole in search of resources for crewed missions.

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NASA is unraveling Mars’ secrets—one rock at a time

The Perseverance Rover has collected two samples so far on the Mars, and NASA says they reveal the presence of both ancient water and salt in Jezero Crater

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NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter sends back stunning new photos of Mars

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) sent back nearly 300 new photos of the Red Planet which were released September 1st.

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NASA’s Perseverance Rover obtains first rock sample for future study on Earth

The Perseverance rover obtained its first rock sample on Mars. NASA plans to return this rock-core, along with future samples back to Earth on future Mars missions.

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Virgin Orbit partners with the Southwest Research Institute to explore research opportunities on future flights

Virgin Orbit announced a partnership with the Texas-based nonprofit Southwest Research Institute to work on future research missions.

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NASA is looking for Lunar Rovers for its Artemis Program

With the continued goal of crewed landings on the Moon in 2024, NASA is in need of more flight hardware for lunar exploration. The next big part will be a rover, NASA put out a request for information regarding proposed Artemis rovers.

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NASA Administrator Bill Nelson meets with Ukrainian President Zelensky

Last Tuesday, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson hosted Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky at NASA’s headquarters in Washington, DC. 

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International Space Station continues to show its age as Cosmonauts find “Superficial” cracks on Zarya module

Cosmonauts aboard the ISS have discovered cracks on the space station’s oldest module, Zarya.

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Elon Musk and the Inspiration4 Crew fly over Starbase launch facility

A surprise to those focused on Astra’s orbital launch attempt today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and the crew of Inspiration4 took to the skies for a flyover of Starbase this afternoon.

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