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03/08/2021 00:29:41  

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SpaceX is clear to build a lander with NASA to put the first American woman and next American man on the Moon – after Uncle Sam dismissed complaints that the $2.94bn contract was awarded unfairly.…

02/08/2021 23:30:08  

NASA’s Lucy Spacecraft Begins Launch Preparations
02/08/2021 16:30:16  

NASA -- C.7 New Frontiers Data Analysis Program clarified
02/08/2021 15:29:52  

NASA -- A.45 Decadal Survey Incubation clarified
01/08/2021 21:30:04  

Slashdot reader fahrbot-bot quotes the New York Times: Two red things are hiding in a part of the solar system where they shouldn't be. The space rocks may have come from beyond Neptune, and potentially offer hints at the chaos of the early solar system. Scientists led by Sunao Hasegawa from JAXA, the Japanese space agency, reported in The Astrophysical Journal Letters on July 26, 2021 that two objects, called 203 Pompeja and 269 Justitia, spotted in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter appear to have originated beyond Neptune. The discoveries could one day provide direct evidence of the chaos that existed in the early solar system. "If true it would be a huge deal," says Hal Levison, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado, who was not involved in the research... "People have been talking about some fraction of asteroids coming from the Kuiper belt for quite a while now," said Josh Emery, a planetary scientist from Northern Arizona University who was not involved in the paper. He said the research "definitely takes a step" toward finding evidence to support that hypothesis. Not everyone is convinced just yet. Dr. Levison, who was also not involved in the paper, says objects should become less red as they approach the sun. "It seems to be inconsistent with our models," said Dr. Levison, who is the head of NASA's Lucy mission, which is scheduled to launch in October to study Jupiter's Trojans [asteroids captured in its orbit]. Michaël Marsset from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a co-author on the paper, agrees that it's not clear why they would be so red, but it is possibly related to how long it took them to become implanted into the asteroid belt. Some Trojans may also be as red, but haven't been found yet. To truly confirm the origin of 203 Pompeja and 269 Justitia, a spacecraft would likely need to visit them.

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01/08/2021 20:29:58  

Call for Applications for Membership on the Joint ASI/CSA/JAXA/NASA Measurement Definition Team for the International Mars Ice Mapper Mission
01/08/2021 20:29:57  

NASA Prepares Three More CubeSat Payloads for Artemis I Mission
01/08/2021 06:29:48  

NASA Updates Coverage, Invites Public to Virtually Join Starliner Launch
31/07/2021 19:29:40  

"Resuming launches after a mission failure two months ago, Rocket Lab successfully placed a small U.S. military research and development satellite into orbit Thursday following a fiery liftoff from New Zealand..." reports Spaceflight Now: Heading east from Mahia, the rocket's first stage burned its nine engines for about two-and-a-half minutes, followed by a six-minute firing of the second stage engine to reach a preliminary parking orbit. A kick stage deployed from the the Electron rocket's second stage... Rocket Lab, a California-based company founded in New Zealand, confirmed a good deployment of the U.S. military's small experimental Monolith spacecraft about 52 minutes after liftoff. "Payload deployed, flawless launch and mission by the team!" tweeted Peter Beck, Rocket Lab's founder and CEO. The mission was the 21st flight of a Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle since 2017, and the eighth to carry a payload for a U.S. military or intelligence agency customer. It was also the first Rocket Lab mission since May 15, when an Electron rocket failed before reaching orbit with two commercial BlackSky Earth-imaging satellites... The May 15 mission was the third time an Electron rocket failed to reach orbit on 20 attempts since 2017.

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31/07/2021 18:29:33  

NASA Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Emmy-Nominated Science TV Host Emily Calandrelli to Headline STEM Session at ISSRDC
31/07/2021 08:28:56  

The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Friday denied protests from companies affiliated with Jeff Bezos that NASA wrongly awarded a lucrative astronaut lunar lander contract solely to Elon Musk's SpaceX. CNBC reports: "NASA did not violate procurement law or regulation when it decided to make only one award ... the evaluation of all three proposals was reasonable, and consistent with applicable procurement law, regulation, and the announcement's terms," GAO managing associate general counsel Kenneth Patton wrote in a statement. The GAO ruling backs the space agency's surprise announcement in April that NASA awarded SpaceX with a contract worth about $2.9 billion. SpaceX was competing with Blue Origin and Dynetics for what was expected to be two contracts, before NASA only awarded a single contract due to a lower-than-expected allocation for the program from Congress. NASA, in a statement, said that the GAO decision will allow the agency "to establish a timeline for the first crewed landing on the Moon in more than 50 years." "As soon as possible, NASA will provide an update on the way ahead for Artemis, the human landing system, and humanity's return to the Moon. We will continue to work with the Biden Administration and Congress to ensure funding for a robust and sustainable approach for the nation's return to the Moon in a collaborative effort with U.S. commercial partners," the U.S. space agency said. A Blue Origin spokesperson told CNBC that the company still believes "there were fundamental issues with NASA's decision, but the GAO wasn't able to address them due to their limited jurisdiction." "We'll continue to advocate for two immediate providers as we believe it is the right solution," Blue Origin said. "The Human Landing System program needs to have competition now instead of later -- that's the best solution for NASA and the best solution for our country."

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31/07/2021 02:29:19  

Statements on Senate Confirmation of Margaret Vo Schaus as NASA CFO
30/07/2021 23:29:26  

New NASA Research Announcement NNJ21ZSA001N-OMNIBUS NASA Human Research Program Omnibus Opportunity
30/07/2021 23:29:26  

NASA 2021 Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO) (NNJ21ZSA001N) Released
30/07/2021 23:29:24  

NASA Statement on GAO Ruling Regarding Human Landing System Protest
30/07/2021 23:29:23  

New NASA Research Announcement NNJ21ZSA001N-OMNIBUS NASA Human Research Program Omnibus Opportunity
30/07/2021 23:29:23  

NASA 2021 Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO) (NNJ21ZSA001N) Released
30/07/2021 20:29:53  

Statement of Robert Gibbs AA NASA Mission Support Directorate At Hearing on Infrastructure
30/07/2021 19:29:28  

NASA Spaceline Current Awareness List # 960 30 July 2021 (Space Life Science Research Results)
30/07/2021 19:29:24  

3D Printing, Muscle Cells, and Mold Experiments Launching to Space Station Aboard Cygnus Spacecraft
30/07/2021 19:29:24  

NASA Spaceline Current Awareness List # 960 30 July 2021 (Space Life Science Research Results)
30/07/2021 11:29:31  

This time the Saturn 1B

We ventured back into the world of plastic bricks this week with the building of a Saturn 1B to add to our growing rocket garden.…

30/07/2021 06:25:48  

The ISS was pushed out of position after engines on a new Russian module unexpectedly fired up.
30/07/2021 02:29:12  

Crew not in danger, NASA insists

The International Space Station tilted 45 degrees today after Nauka, a just-docked Russian module, suddenly and unexpectedly fired its thrusters.…

30/07/2021 01:29:16  

destinyland shares a report from CNN: An unusual and potentially dangerous situation unfolded Thursday at the International Space Station, as the newly-docked Russian Nauka module inadvertently fired its thrusters causing a "tug of war" with the space station and briefly pushing it out of position, according to NASA flight controllers. Nauka -- a long-delayed laboratory module that Russian space agency Roscosmos' launched to the International Space Station last week -- inadvertently fired its thrusters after docking with the International Space Station Thursday morning. NASA officials declared it a "spacecraft emergency" as the space station experienced a loss of attitude (the angle at which the ISS is supposed to remain oriented) control for nearly one hour, and ground controllers lost communications with the seven astronauts currently aboard the ISS for 11 minutes during the ordeal. A joint investigation between NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos is now ongoing. "The incident also delayed the launch of the Boeing Starliner uncrewed test flight to the station, which had been set to launch on Friday," adds CNN. "NASA says the move allows the 'International Space Station team time to continue working checkouts of the newly arrived Roscosmos' Nauka module and to ensure the station will be ready for Starliner's arrival.'"

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