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MarsNASA has small $18.8 million nuclear thermal rocket research project

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Last year, NASA partnered with BWXT Nuclear Energy Inc. for an $18.8 million contract to design a reactor and develop fuel for use in a nuclear-thermal propulsion engine for deep-space travel. “Significant advances in material research and technology development have …

nasaMeasuring space telescope distortion to one-tenth the size of a hydrogen atom will enable earth sized exoplanet analysis

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Babak Saif and Lee Feinberg at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, have shown for the first time that they can dynamically detect subatomic- or picometer-sized distortions — changes that are far smaller than an atom — across …

economic impactNASA ASAP Safety report wants more money, more delays and not boldly going anywhere

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Robert Zimmerman boils the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel to key parts of a one-page summary. NASA’s current bureaucratic framework demands a risk-free space effort, more money and schedule delays. NASA is supposed to be exploring the unknown and cannot …

hypersonicNASA Flight Tests Generation Orbit’s Hypersonic Testbed

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NASA and Generation Orbit Launch Services Inc. (GO) in Atlanta have completed the GO1 Inert Test Article captive carry flight test program. Under a public-private partnership with the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, GO developed the GO1-ITA, a …

astronomy100 meter thick ice is under only 1-2 meters of dirt in some parts of Mars

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Researchers using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found eight sites where thick deposits of ice beneath Mars’ surface are exposed in faces of eroding slopes. Above – A cross-section of underground ice is exposed at the steep slope that …

astronomyNASA JPL trying to develop 2069 mission to Alpha Centauri

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NASA JPL is targeting an interstellar mission to launch by 2069 to Alpha Centauri. A 2016 funding bill called upon NASA to investigate methods of interstellar travel that could reach at least 10 percent of the speed of light by …

astronomySpacex has successful ISS mission with reused rocket and Dragon capsule

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Loaded with some three tons of experiments and supplies, the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft arrived at the International Space Station Dec. 17, where Expedition 53 crew members Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba of NASA captured it by using the …

astronomyArtificial Intelligence helps NASA find 8th exoplanet in another solar system

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Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the recent discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light-years from Earth. The planet was discovered in data from NASA’s …

launchPresident Trump signs directive to return astronauts to the moon

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President Donald Trump signed a directive that United States will begin a process to return Americans to the moon. The policy directive marks the official reversal of the Obama administration’s plan to visit an asteroid and fly to Mars by …

economic impactBoeing only has lies and empty promises about Mars so NASA will not cut off $4 billion per year for SLS rocket

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Boeing CEO has repeated his claim that Boeing will beat Spacex in sending a manned mission to Mars. Boeing CEO Muilenburg outlined the buildup to Boeing’s Mars mission. “We’re working on that next generation rocket right now with our NASA …