Responsive image

NASA Administrator Names New Leadership at Two Agency Centers

NASA | 2022-12-05 17:44:00

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson has named Bradley Flick director of the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, effective immediately. The administrator also has named Dave Mitchell to fill the role as acting director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, effective Jan. 1.

Read More →
Responsive image

Power upgrade: Station crew install new iROSA, work power channel issue on ISS

NASASpaceflight | 2022-12-03 20:10:55

Two NASA astronauts conducted a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, Dec. 2, to install a new iROSA (ISS Roll-Out Solar Array).

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA Sets Coverage of Orion’s Historic Moon Mission Return, Splashdown

NASA | 2022-12-02 21:24:00

NASA will provide live coverage of the Artemis I uncrewed Orion spacecraft’s return flyby of the Moon on Monday, Dec. 5, as well as its return to Earth on Sunday, Dec. 11.

Read More →
Responsive image

RS-25 engine performance “perfect” on Artemis I debut launch

NASASpaceflight | 2022-12-02 19:32:17

The four RS-25 engines from Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully propelled the Core Stage, Interim Cryogenic Propulsion System, and Orion/Service Module stack into its initial Earth orbit during the system’s debut launch on Nov. 16, 2022.

Read More →
Responsive image

ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/02/2022

NASA | 2022-12-02 16:34:00

Payloads: JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer-23 (J-SSOD-23):  Crewmembers observed the J-SSOD-23 deployed satellites.  J-SSOD-23 CubeSat deployment mission launched to the ISS aboard the NG-18 Cargo Vehicle. The CubeSats planned deployables are: PearlAfricaSat-1 (1U), Science, Technology, and Innovation Office of the President (Uganda); TAKA (2U) Kyushu Institute of Technology (Japan); ZIMSAT-1 (1U), Zimbabwe National Geospatial and …

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA Awards Environmental Compliance, Restoration Services Contract

NASA | 2022-12-01 21:14:00

NASA has awarded the Architect-Engineer Services Contract for Environmental Compliance and Restoration Services to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. of Dallas, to provide environmental compliance, monitoring, and remediation services at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) located in Ventura County, California.

Read More →
Responsive image

ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/01/2022

NASA | 2022-12-01 19:45:00

Payloads: Human Research Facility Veggie Facility (HRF Veg): Profile of Mood States (POMS) short form questionnaires was completed.  The Pick-and-Eat Salad-Crop Productivity, Nutritional Value, and Acceptability to Supplement the ISS Food System investigation is a phased research project that includes Veg-04A, Veg-04B, Veg-05, and HRF Veg. This work addresses the need for a system to …

Read More →
Responsive image

Solid Rocket Boosters meet performance targets in first-look data review for Artemis I

NASASpaceflight | 2022-12-01 19:17:08

The Artemis I launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket from LC-39B at the Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 16, 2022, marked the first time in 11 years that the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) formerly used for the Space Shuttle program lit on a launch pad and hauled a spaceship out of Earth’s dense lower atmosphere.

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA to Provide Live Coverage of US Spacewalks Outside Space Station

NASA | 2022-12-01 15:14:00

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will conduct a pair of U.S. spacewalks in December to install rollout solar arrays to increase electrical power in support of station operations and scientific research.

Read More →
Responsive image

US Vice President, French President Visit NASA Headquarters

NASA | 2022-11-30 20:25:00

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson welcomed Vice President Kamala Harris and French President Emmanuel Macron to NASA Headquarters in Washington Wednesday.

Read More →
Responsive image

ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/30/2022

NASA | 2022-11-30 19:45:00

ISS Reboost: Today, the ISS performed a reboost using the 81 Progress 8 R&D thrusters. This reboost is one of several reboosts setting up phasing for 67 Soyuz 2-Orbit rendezvous and 68 Soyuz landing in March. The burn duration was 12 minutes 3 seconds with a Delta-V of 1.20 m/s and a total of 214kg …

Read More →
Responsive image

Boeing talks Core Stage performance on Artemis I, looks ahead to future Core Stages and EUS debut

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-30 19:06:40

Following a successful first launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) and its critical Core Stage, Boeing is looking ahead to “the SLS fleet” as the aerospace company moves to complete the next three core stages for Artemis missions II through IV.

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA Responds to Independent Review of Earth System Observatory

NASA | 2022-11-30 17:04:00

NASA shared a response Wednesday, Nov. 30, on an independent review board established to assess plans and goals for the next generation of Earth-observing satellites: NASA’s Earth System Observatory, a cutting edge suite of spacecraft that will forward understanding of our changing planet.

Read More →
Responsive image

SpaceX to launch Falcon 9 with private Japanese moon lander

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-29 22:25:55

SpaceX is ready to use its reliable Falcon 9 rocket to send a privately funded mission to the surface of the moon.

Read More →
Responsive image

ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/29/2022

NASA | 2022-11-29 19:35:00

Payloads: ICE Cubes #7: Experiment Cubes were removed for the ICE Cubes Facility and replaced with new cubes which recently arrived on SpX-26. The Artery in Microgravity – Orbit Your Thesis! (Ice Cubes #7) is a student-built experiment, part of the European Space Agency’s “Orbit Your Thesis!” program that investigates blood flow through models of …

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA to Cancel GeoCarb Mission, Expands Greenhouse Gas Portfolio

NASA | 2022-11-29 18:14:00

NASA announced Monday it intends to cancel development of its GeoCarb mission, and instead implement a plan for pursuing alternate options to measure and observe greenhouse gases.

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA, ICON Advance Lunar Construction Technology for Moon Missions

NASA | 2022-11-29 14:14:00

As NASA plans for long-term human exploration of the Moon under Artemis, new technologies are required to meet the unique challenges of living and working on another world.

Read More →
Responsive image

China to finish busy Space station year with Shenzhou-15

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-29 14:00:45

China aims to launch the Shenzhou-15 mission to the Tiangong space station on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 15:08 UTC from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (JSLC). The launch window for this mission is instantaneous. It will launch three taikonauts to the station to replace the current crew of the Shenzhou-14 mission. It will use a Chang Zheng 2F (CZ-2F) rocket and will launch from Space Launch Site 1 (SLS-1), which is also known as Site 901.

Read More →
Responsive image

ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/28/2022

NASA | 2022-11-28 15:54:00

SpaceX-26 (SpX-26) Launch and Dock: The SpX-26 Dragon spacecraft launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket at 1:20 PM CT on Saturday, November 26th, and docked to the ISS the following morning at 6:39 AM CT. The spacecraft is carrying more than 7,700 pounds of research, supplies, and hardware to the ISS. Payloads: Faraday Research Facility-2: …

Read More →
Responsive image

Moon Microscope, Solar Arrays Launch on NASA’s SpaceX Cargo Ship

NASA | 2022-11-26 20:07:00

SpaceX’s 26th commercial resupply mission for NASA is on its way to the International Space Station.

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA to Share Artemis I Update with Orion at Farthest Point from Earth

NASA | 2022-11-25 23:07:00

NASA will host a news conference at 5 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 28, from the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to discuss the status of the uncrewed Artemis I flight test as the Orion spacecraft reaches the mid-point of its Moon mission and its farthest distance from Earth at nearly 270,000 miles away.

Read More →
Responsive image

ISRO to launch ocean research satellite aboard PSLV

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-25 23:03:17

India will launch a new ocean monitoring satellite on Saturday morning, using its PSLV rocket to deliver the EOS-06 spacecraft into a low Earth orbit. The mission, PSLV C54, is scheduled for liftoff from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 11:56 local time (06:26 UTC).

Read More →
Responsive image

ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/25/2022

NASA | 2022-11-25 17:24:00

RS Extravehicular Activity (EVA) #56: During preparations for today’s Russian EVA, both the primary and backup cooling pumps on EV1’s Orlan showed unstable behavior. After unsuccessful attempts at troubleshooting, the EVA has been cancelled. The European Robotic Arm (ERA) has been returned to its stowed configuration, and the crew and ground teams are backing out of the …

Read More →
Responsive image

ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/23/2022

NASA | 2022-11-23 17:24:00

Payloads: ISS Ham Pass: The crew participated in an ISS Ham pass with Five Bridges Junior High School, Stillwater Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada. Some of the questions asked by the students included if the ISS crew works in different shifts, what will replace the ISS in low Earth orbit if it is retired in 2030, …

Read More →
Responsive image

“Alexa, turn on the lights”; Lockheed Martin, Amazon, Cisco test virtual assistant, deep space video conferencing

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-23 17:09:21

With the Orion spacecraft soaring through its mission with flying colors so far, the capsule will soon enter its Distant Retrograde Orbit of the Moon with significant tests of various capsule and service module systems progressing.

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA Awards Launch Services Task Order for TROPICS CubeSats Mission

NASA | 2022-11-23 14:07:00

NASA has selected Rocket Lab USA Inc. of Long Beach, California, to provide the launch service for the agency’s Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation Structure and Storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS) mission, as part of the agency's Venture-class Acquisition of Dedicated and Rideshare (VADR) launch services contract.

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA Updates Coverage for Next SpaceX Resupply Launch to Space Station

NASA | 2022-11-22 22:47:00

NASA and SpaceX now are targeting 2:20 p.m. EST Saturday, Nov. 26, to launch the company’s 26th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA Invites Public Comment on Plans for Mars Sample Return Campaign

NASA | 2022-11-22 19:18:00

NASA is seeking public comments on a draft environmental impact statement for the agency’s Mars Sample Return (MSR) campaign. Comments are due by Monday, Dec. 19.

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA, SpaceX to launch Dragon to ISS on CRS-26 mission

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-22 15:56:46

SpaceX’s newest Cargo Dragon 2 spacecraft, C211, will launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 3:54 PM EST (20:54 UTC) on Nov. 22 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Cargo Dragon will later rendezvous and dock with the forward port on the Harmony module of the International Space Station (ISS). Docking is scheduled for 5:57 AM EST (10:57 UTC) on Nov. 23.

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA Awards Contract for NASA Financial Support Services

NASA | 2022-11-21 21:17:00

NASA has awarded the NASA Financial Support Services (NFSS) contract to MM Technologies LLC (MMT) of Huntsville, Alabama, to provide financial support and related services...

Read More →
Responsive image

ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/21/2022

NASA | 2022-11-21 19:38:00

Payloads: Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Media Take Part 2: Using a JAXA camcorder, the crew participated in a live interview and recorded a session to discuss several subjects. The JAXA Public Relations Activity (JAXA EPO) includes conducting cultural activities such as writing reports about and filming video of activities aboard the ISS. These tools …

Read More →
Responsive image

CAPSTONE Forges New Path for NASA’s Future Artemis Moon Missions

NASA | 2022-11-21 19:27:00

NASA's CAPSTONE spacecraft has completed final maneuvers to place it in its target orbit around the Moon, refining its path in the orbit it arrived to last week.

Read More →
Responsive image

SpaceX to launch Eutelsat-10B on final flight of booster B1049

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-21 18:23:28

SpaceX is set to launch the Eutelsat-10B communication satellite into a supersynchronous geostationary transfer orbit. A Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket carrying the satellite will lift off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida with liftoff scheduled for Monday, Nov. 21 at 9:57 PM EST (02:57 UTC on Nov. 22). This will mark SpaceX’s 53rd mission of 2022 – keeping an average of a launch every 6.13 days.

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA to Share Orion Update Today After Spacecraft Flies by Moon

NASA | 2022-11-21 15:28:00

NASA will host a news conference at 5 p.m. EST today, Monday, Nov. 21, from the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to discuss Orion’s lunar flyby as part of the Artemis I mission.

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA Awards Extension for Space, Earth Science Data Analysis Contract

NASA | 2022-11-18 21:37:00

NASA has awarded a six-month extension to ADNET Systems Inc. of Bethesda, Maryland, for the Space and Earth Science Data Analysis (SESDA IV) contract.

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA Awards Contract for Liquid Helium Acquisition at Kennedy

NASA | 2022-11-18 21:17:00

NASA has selected Air Products and Chemicals, Inc of Allentown, Pennsylvania, to supply 33 million liters of liquid helium to the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Read More →
Responsive image

ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/18/2022

NASA | 2022-11-18 19:38:00

Payloads: Nanoracks Module-9: Several photos were taken of the Nanoracks Module-9 hardware while in the Cupola area. NanoRacks Module-9 consists of multiple student experiments in individual Mixture Tubes all housed within a NanoRacks Module container.  Some experiments require crew interaction to remove clamps in order to mix materials to activate and/or deactivate the experiments. The …

Read More →
Responsive image

Maryland, Oklahoma Students to Hear from Space Station Astronauts

NASA | 2022-11-18 15:18:00

Students from Maryland and Oklahoma will have the opportunity next week to hear from astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Read More →
Responsive image

Three spacewalks completed across two days on two space stations

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-17 21:14:59

In low Earth orbit (LEO) this week, NASA, Roscosmos, and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) performed spacewalks outside humankind’s two permanently-crewed space stations.

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA's Perseverance Rover Investigates Intriguing Martian Bedrock

NASA | 2022-11-17 18:57:00

Exploring a sediment-rich location in this Mars delta offers tantalizing opportunities for the six-wheeler’s science team.

Read More →
Responsive image

ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/17/2022

NASA | 2022-11-17 14:27:00

RS Extravehicular Activity (EVA) #55: During today’s EVA, FE-4 Sergey Prokopyev (EV1) and FE-5 Dmitry Petelin (EV2) performed a multitude of tasks including preparation of a radiator and an airlock for installation on the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module (MLM). The MRM2 hatch opened at 8:41 AM CT. The following tasks were completed: Installation of STRELA adapter …

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA to Provide Update on Orion Ahead of Powered Outbound Moon Flyby

NASA | 2022-11-17 00:07:00

NASA will host a news conference at 5 p.m. EST Friday, Nov. 18, from the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to preview Orion’s entry into the Moon’s sphere of influence and the pair of maneuvers that will propel the spacecraft into a distant retrograde lunar orbit.

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA, Japan Announce Gateway Contributions, Space Station Extension

NASA | 2022-11-17 00:07:00

NASA and the Government of Japan on Thursday announced further contributions by Japan to Gateway, a key component of the agency’s Artemis missions for long-term lunar exploration.

Read More →
Responsive image

Artemis I releases 10 cubesats, including a Moon lander, for technology and research

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-16 22:05:00

The Artemis I mission, the first flight of the Orion spacecraft and SLS, is now underway after a successful launch from Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center at 1:47:44 AM EST (06:47:44 UTC) on Nov. 16.

Read More →
Responsive image

ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/16/2022

NASA | 2022-11-16 15:38:00

Payloads: Snowcone Cloud Edge Compute Demonstration (Snowcone): To meet yearly certification requirements and prepare for later science operations, the Snowcone science hardware was powered on, appropriate files were loaded, and the system checked out.  Snowcone demonstrates technology to screen astronaut images and identify those that may contain sensitive information not for public release.  The technology …

Read More →
Responsive image

Liftoff! NASA’s Artemis I Mega Rocket Launches Orion to Moon

NASA | 2022-11-16 09:37:00

Following a successful launch of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket in the world, the agency’s Orion spacecraft is on its way to the Moon as part of the Artemis program.

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA Awards SpaceX Second Contract Option for Artemis Moon Landing

NASA | 2022-11-15 22:47:00

NASA has awarded a contract modification to SpaceX to further develop its Starship human landing system to meet agency requirements for long-term human exploration of the Moon under Artemis.

Read More →
Responsive image

Experts Available to Discuss NASA Webb Telescope Science Results

NASA | 2022-11-15 22:17:00

Experts from NASA and other institutions will be available by teleconference at 11 a.m. EST on Thursday, Nov. 17, to answer media questions about early science results from the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope.

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA to Share First Results of Inflatable Heat Shield Technology Test

NASA | 2022-11-15 21:57:00

NASA will host a media briefing on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. EST to share early results from the Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator (LOFTID) technology demonstration.

Read More →
Responsive image

NASA, partners ready for SLS’s debut flight: Artemis I to the Moon

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-15 19:55:24

NASA and the SLS teams stand ready for the next series of launch attempts for the agency’s super heavy lift rocket which will facilitate humanity’s return to the Moon: this time to establish a permanent presence on our closest celestial neighbor. 

Read More →