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How to go from eating mosquitos in Siberia to leading a NASA mission

How to go from eating mosquitos in Siberia to leading a...

Enlarge / Lindy Elkins-Tanton, second from left, and colleagues in Siberia.Scott Simper / ASU Lindy Elkins-Tanton is a Siberian-river-running, arc-welding, code-writing, patent-holding, company-founding, asteroid-exploring, igneous petrologist professor. At various times, she has been a farmer, a trainer of competition sheepdogs, a children’s book author, and a management consultant for Boeing Helicopters. She’s currently a professor…
Yes, Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft really could fly astronauts this year

Yes, Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft really could fly astronauts this year

Enlarge / Boeing's Orbital Flight Test-2 mission launches on May 19, 2022.Trevor Mahlmann Five weeks have passed since Boeing's Starliner spacecraft returned from a largely successful test flight to the International Space Station, and the company continues to review data from the mission alongside engineers from NASA. So far, there have been no showstoppers. In…
Lawmakers seek to accelerate asteroid finder and want more Mars helicopters

Lawmakers seek to accelerate asteroid finder and want more Mars helicopters

Enlarge / NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter is seen here in a closeup taken by Mastcam-Z, a pair of zoomable cameras aboard the Perseverance rover.NASA/JPL-Caltech This week, the US House of Representatives will release a detailed blueprint of its budget for Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies, including information about NASA's budget. The House proposes to…
NASA’s Psyche mission launch on hold indefinitely pending reevaluation

NASA’s Psyche mission launch on hold indefinitely pending reevaluation

Enlarge / One of two solar arrays on NASA’s Psyche spacecraft is successfully deployed in JPL’s storied High Bay 2 clean room. The twin arrays will power the spacecraft and its science instruments during a mission to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.NASA/JPL-Caltech On Friday, NASA held a press call to announce that its…
Former NASA official says a Russian designer famously inspired Elon Musk to launch SpaceX by spitting on his shoes

Former NASA official says a Russian designer famously inspired Elon Musk...

Former NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver details how Elon Musk first started SpaceX in a new book. Musk decided to launch the company after he was disrespected by several Russians, per reports. Garver's memoir follows the commercialization of space and her history with Musk and Jeff Bezos. Loading Something is loading. Former NASA Deputy Administrator…
We got a leaked look at NASA’s future Moon missions—and likely delays

We got a leaked look at NASA’s future Moon missions—and likely...

Enlarge / A rendering of SpaceX's Starship lander on the surface of the Moon.NASA For several years now, NASA has publicly discussed the initial phase of its Artemis Moon program. These first three missions, to be conducted over the next four or five years, are steps toward establishing a human presence on the Moon. The…
NASA’s concerns over SpaceX’s Florida launchpad could potentially delay the launch of its Starship rocket, report says

NASA’s concerns over SpaceX’s Florida launchpad could potentially delay the launch...

NASA is concerned SpaceX's Starlink launch will risk damaging vital infrastructure, Reuters reports. SpaceX's proposals to address NASA's concerns could take months to be approved. SpaceX's primary test launch site in Texas has been delayed by a lengthy regulatory review. Loading Something is loading. NASA is concerned that the launch of SpaceX's Starship rocket in…
NASA’s plan to get Ingenuity through the Martian winter

NASA’s plan to get Ingenuity through the Martian winter

Enlarge / In this concept illustration provided by NASA, NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter stands on the Red Planet's surface as NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover rolls away.NASA Ingenuity, NASA’s autonomous Mars helicopter, was only meant to complete five flights. But since its history-making first flight in April 2021, the helicopter has flown 28 times, and…
NASA to figure out how to get data on unexplained objects in the sky

NASA to figure out how to get data on unexplained objects...

Enlarge / Is the truth out there? NASA's going to figure out what kind of data it would need to start asking the question scientifically. On Thursday, NASA announced it's going to start working on a report about unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs), which are more commonly referred to as UFOs. The goal of the report…
The privately funded killer-asteroid spotter is here

The privately funded killer-asteroid spotter is here

Enlarge / Visualizing the trajectories through the Solar System of asteroids discovered by the Asteroid Discovery Analysis and Mapping platform.B612 Asteroid Institute | University of Washington DiRAC Institute | DECam Gigantic asteroids have smashed into the Earth before—RIP dinosaurs—and if we’re not watching out for all those errant space rocks, they could crash into our…

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