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NASA is accepting proposals for a new moon-mining program to explore the lunar surface for valuable resources like helium-3 and rare-earth metals. The Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown program (CATALYST) is a no funds exchanged Space Agreement Act and final proposals are due on March 17th, 2014. One or more private companies will win a contract with NASA to build prospecting robots, the first step toward mining the moon. However, the possibility of lunar-mining has triggered debate as according to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty of the United Nations, countries are prohibite... More →
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Today NASA pursues technical innovations and scientific discoveries to advance human exploration of space. To prepare for these complex missions, a vast amount of planning, testing, and technology development must be accomplished. Yet, forecasting how that planning will translate into everyday operations in space is difficult while still on Earth. To help prepare for the real-life challenges of space exploration, NASA relies on Earth-based missions that are similar, or analogous, to space. These are called analog missions or field activities set in remote locations with extreme characteristics... More →
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NASA's near-earth watching program, initially started by Gene Shoemaker in 1993.
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After receiving more than 400 responses to the Asteroid Initiative RFI, a team of NASA scientists, engineers, and mission planners evaluated the proposed ideas. The evaluation team rated the responses for relevance to the RFI objectives, innovativeness of the idea, maturity of the development approach, and potential to improve mission affordability.
Nearly 100 respondents have been invited to present their ideas and concepts during the Asteroid Initiative Idea Synthesis Workshop alongside NASA personnel and members of the larger community, including virtual participants. The purpose of th... More →
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In what can be considered giant leap towards mining minerals from the moon, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has began accepting applications from potential business partners interested in mining the moon. The move, part of a plan unveiled in January, aims to find private financing to help its experts design and build lunar prospecting robots, the first major step required to explore Earths natural satellite for valuable resources. Unlike some business figures who have set up their own space mining endeavors, NASA only counts on a budget set by the US government, whi... More →
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NASA reports that for the first time in almost 40 years, a NASA human-rated rocket has completed all steps needed to clear a critical design review (CDR). The Space Launch System (SLS) is the first vehicle designed to meet the challenges of the journey to Mars and the first exploration class rocket since the Saturn V.

SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built and, with the Orion spacecraft, will launch America into a new era of exploration to destinations beyond Earth orbit. The CDR provided a final look at the design and development of the integrated launch vehicle before ful... More →
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Researchers studying thunderstorms have made a surprising discovery: The lightning we see with our eyes has a dark competitor that discharges storm clouds and flings antimatter into space. Astrophysicists and meteorologists are scrambling to understand dark lightning.

Produced by Science@NASA, this video is well done and reports on advancing the understanding of the environment in space above the clouds.
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The Europa Lander Science Definition Team Report presents the integrated results of an intensive science and engineering team effort to develop and optimize a mission concept that would follow the Europa Multiple Flyby Mission and conduct the first in situ search for evidence of life on another world since the Viking spacecraft on Mars in the 1970s.

The Europa Lander mission would be a pathfinder for characterizing the biological potential of Europa ocean through direct study of any chemical, geological, and possibly biological, signatures as expressed on, and just below, the surfa... More →
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NASA has announced that it will be launching a mission in 2016 to lay the groundwork for asteroid mining - an activity that could ultimately add trillions of pounds to the world economy. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will arrive at the asteroid Bennu in 2018 with the aim of collecting cosmic samples to return to Earth. Scientists hope the mission will accelerate technology that will soon enable humans to mine asteroids for precious metals. NASA scientists claim the high concentration of raw materials found in asteroids - such as ingredients for fuel and precious metals like iron and platinum - cou... More →
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An inexpensive look at what the future might holding for the mining industry and the future of automated technology was on display during NASA Robotics Mining Competition at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The annual contest gives students from across the nation the chance to design, build and then operate robotic explorers in a bin loaded with simulated Martian soil called regolith.

Although the teams get to decide whether to give their robots direction by remote control or program them to work autonomously, the machines are tasked with collecting as much regolith ... More →
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Karla Lant reports that NASA is fast-tracking a planned trip to 16 Psyche, an asteroid that almost completely consists of nickel-iron metal, and probably platinum, cobalt, and other metals. The iron in 16 Psyche alone is estimated to be worth $10,000 quadrillion (at current market prices), if humans were able to bring it down to Earth, which sounds great, until you realize that the entire global economy is only worth $78 trillion. Injecting that much worth into the world economy would crash that metals market, in a totally different kind of asteroid impact than most people think about. Same wi... More →
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Dom Galeon and Abby Norman opine that where there is water, life abounds, at least, that has been the experience here on Earth. As such, many planetary probes have been designed to look for the presence of water, or signs of it. In our solar system, there are celestial bodies that have been found to contain great amounts of water. These so-called ocean worlds include Jupiter moons.... Europa and Ganymede, and the Saturn moon Enceladus.

Now, NASA has just made its plans to explore deeper into these ocean worlds official. NASA hosted the Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop, where p... More →
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NASA has released a technical report on potential future search efforts for near-Earth objects after a year of analysis by scientists working on this issue on near-Earth objects less than 1 kilometer in size
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Potentially Hazardous Asteroids: 622
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NASA will likely get funding to snag a 500-ton asteroid and put it into orbit around the moon, says a U.S. senator representing Florida. Bill Nelson expects the $100-million mission to be part of President Obama's budget, expected to be released this week.

After the asteroid was put into orbit, it would then be mined and studied to determine how such objects could be prevented from striking earth. Timeline for the mission is for astronauts to land on the asteroid in just eight years.
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Eric Berger reports that with a new President promising to review its human spaceflight activities, NASA has continued to signal a willingness to consider alternatives to its exploration systems, the Space Launch System rocket, Orion spacecraft, and related ground systems developed at Kennedy Space Center to support their launch later this decade and in the 2020s.

In its latest request for information (RFI), NASA seeks solutions from industry and academia to maximize the long term efficiency and sustainability of its of exploration systems programs. Essentially, NASA wants ideas on ... More →
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An old Apollo experiment is telling researchers something new and surprising about the moon. All this matters to NASA because, by 2018 or so, astronauts will be returning to the Moon to establish permanent bases.
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Jess Vilvestre reports that during a forum on the future of aeronautics representatives from NASA described the inevitability of passenger planes able to travel at speeds around 4,800 km/h (3,000 mph). Hypersonic aircraft not only allows for faster passenger travel but can also lead to faster response to global tragedy.

Going faster than the speed of sound is the new frontier in aviation since travel times seem to have stagnated within the past 30 years. Director of NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, David McBride, stated that technology for both supersonic (faster than the spee... More →
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Howard Bloom blogs that Donald Trump will take power any minute now, and we need to take advantage of the change in the White House to change NASA focus. Why? NASA needs to get out of the rocket business and shift its attention to a permanent space transport infrastructure, an Eisenhower-style highway in the sky. An infrastructure with ...

1. Gas stations (propellant depots),
2. Rest stops and permanent housing ...roomy human habitats with windows and vegetable gardens,
3. Truck stops and freight yards ... logistics bases with cargo-handling equipment,
Trucks, SUVs, a... More →
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Each year, Spinoff highlights NASA technologies that are benefiting life on Earth in the form of commercial products. They have profiled nearly 2,000 spinoffs since the publication began in 1976.

Spinoff profiles NASA technologies that have transformed into commercial products and services. About 50 spinoff technologies are featured annually in the publication, demonstrating the wider benefits of U.S. investment in its space program.

Spinoff is available online in multiple digital formats, and print copies are distributed to the public and to politicians, representatives ... More →
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Jolene Creighton reports that scientists working with telescopes at the European Southern Observatory and NASA announced a remarkable new discovery ... An entire system of Earth-sized planets. The team asserts that the density measurements of the planets indicates that the six innermost are Earth-like rocky worlds.

Three of the planets lie in the habitable zone of the star. This means that all three of these alien worlds may have entire oceans of water, dramatically increasing the possibility of life. The other planets are less likely to host oceans of water, but the team states th... More →
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NASA-funded lunar research has yielded evidence of water locked in mineral grains on the surface of the moon from an unknown source deep beneath the surface. Using data from NASA Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organization Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists remotely detected magmatic water, or water that originates from deep within the moon's interior, on the surface of the moon. The findings, published Aug. 25 in Nature Geoscience, represent the first detection of this form of water from lunar orbit. Earlier studies had shown the existence of magmati... More →
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Since a human first stepped foot on the moon four decades ago, great strides have been made in understanding what is required to support an enduring presence in space. These reports will enable the U.S. space program to deliver on new exploration initiatives, excite the public, and address the questions of space weather risk assessment and management. This collection develops a forward-looking portfolio of research that will provide the basis for recapturing the value of human spaceflight and once again place the United States at the forefront of space exploration for the global good.... More →
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NASA vision: To reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind.

To do that, thousands of people have been working around the world and off of it for 50 years, trying to answer some basic questions. What is out there in space? How do we get there? What will we find? What can we learn there, or learn just by trying to get there, that will make life better here on Earth?

President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1958, partially in response to the Soviet Union launch of... More →
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In terms of orbital elements, NEOs are asteroids and comets with perihelion distance q less than 1.3 AU. Near-Earth Comets (NECs) are further restricted to include only short-period comets (i.e orbital period P less than 200 years). The vast majority of NEOs are asteroids, referred to as Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs). NEAs are divided into groups (Aten, Apollo, Amor) according to their perihelion distance (q), aphelion distance (Q) and their semi-major axes (a).

Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are currently defined based on parameters that measure the potential of an asteroid t... More →
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