NASA Sets Path to Return Mars Samples, Seeks Innovative Designs – NASA

NASA Sets Path to Return Mars Samples, Seeks Innovative Designs – NASA

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson shared on Monday the agency’s path forward on the Mars Sample Return program, including seeking innovative designs to return valuable samples from Mars to Earth. Such samples will not only help us understand the formation and evolution of our solar system but can be used to prepare for future human explorers … Read more

NASA Invites Media to Mars Sample Return Update – NASA

NASA Invites Media to Mars Sample Return Update – NASA

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT, Monday, April 15, to discuss the agency’s response to a Mars Sample Return Independent Review Board report from September 2023, including next steps for the program. The teleconference will livestream at: https://www.nasa.gov/nasatv Mars Sample Return has been a major long-term goal of international planetary exploration … Read more

Hubble Spots a Galaxy Hidden in a Dark Cloud

Hubble Spots a Galaxy Hidden in a Dark Cloud

However, we can’t fully appreciate the features of this galaxy — at least in visible light — because it’s partially concealed by a stretch of dark dust (lower-right third of the image). This dark nebula is part of the Chamaeleon star-forming region, itself located only around 500 light-years from us, in a nearby part of … Read more

NASA, Japan Advance Space Cooperation, Sign Agreement for Lunar Rover – NASA

NASA, Japan Advance Space Cooperation, Sign Agreement for Lunar Rover – NASA

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Masahito Moriyama have signed an agreement to advance sustainable human exploration of the Moon. Japan will design, develop, and operate a pressurized rover for crewed and uncrewed exploration on the Moon. NASA will provide the launch and delivery of the … Read more

NASA Astronaut Loral O’Hara, Crewmates Return from Space Station – NASA

NASA Astronaut Loral O’Hara, Crewmates Return from Space Station – NASA

NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara returned to Earth after a six-month research mission aboard the International Space Station on Saturday, along with Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, and Belarus spaceflight participant Marina Vasilevskaya. The trio departed the space station aboard the Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft at 11:54 p.m. EDT on April 5, and made a safe, parachute-assisted landing … Read more

Hubble Peers at Pair of Closely Interacting Galaxies

Hubble Peers at Pair of Closely Interacting Galaxies

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope features Arp 72, a very selective galaxy group that only includes two galaxies interacting due to gravity: NGC 5996 (the large spiral galaxy) and NGC 5994 (its smaller companion, in the lower left of the image). Both galaxies lie approximately 160 million light-years from Earth, and their … Read more

How NASA’s Roman Telescope Will Measure Ages of Stars – NASA

How NASA’s Roman Telescope Will Measure Ages of Stars – NASA

Guessing your age might be a popular carnival game, but for astronomers it’s a real challenge to determine the ages of stars. Once a star like our Sun has settled into steady nuclear fusion, or the mature phase of its life, it changes little for billions of years. One exception to that rule is the … Read more

NASA Selects Companies to Advance Moon Mobility for Artemis Missions – NASA

NASA Selects Companies to Advance Moon Mobility for Artemis Missions – NASA

NASA has selected Intuitive Machines, Lunar Outpost, and Venturi Astrolab to advance capabilities for a lunar terrain vehicle (LTV) that Artemis astronauts will use to travel around the lunar surface, conducting scientific research during the agency’s Artemis campaign at the Moon and preparing for human missions to Mars. The awards leverage NASA’s expertise in developing and … Read more

Veronica T. Pinnick Put NASA’s PACE Mission through Its Paces – NASA

Veronica T. Pinnick Put NASA’s PACE Mission through Its Paces – NASA

To achieve the impossible, Veronica T. Pinnick, who put NASA’s PACE mission through its prelaunch paces, says you need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Name: Dr. Veronica T. Pinnick Title: Plankton Aerosol, Cloud and ocean Ecosystem (PACE) Integration and Test (I&T) manager Formal Job Classification: Chemist Organization: Integration and Test Branch, Electrical Engineering Division … Read more

NASA Sets Coverage for Astronaut Loral O’Hara, Crewmates Return – NASA

NASA Sets Coverage for Astronaut Loral O’Hara, Crewmates Return – NASA

Three crew members are scheduled to begin their return to Earth on Friday, April 5, from the International Space Station. NASA will provide live coverage of their departure from the orbital complex and landing. NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, and spaceflight participant Marina Vasilevskaya of Belarus will depart from the station’s Rassvet … Read more