A NASA astronaut in space just published a science paper on Mars rocks

One of the latest Curiosity Mars mission papers happens to have a lead author in space right now. NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins managed to squeeze out a publication on the Curiosity rover mission, which is reaching its 10th anniversary on Mars Friday (Aug. 5), just before launching to the International Space Station. It was a … Read more

Staring at the Ground – NASA Mars Exploration

This image was taken by Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 3543. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image › Today’s plan is chock full of goodies! We start out sol 3546 with a ChemCam observation of a sand ripple “Deposito” and an RMI observation of the Bolivar outcrop in the distance. … Read more

NASA Astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Jessica Watkins at ISSRDC

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (DC), July 19, 2022 – A conversation from space will take place during the 11th annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC). NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Jessica Watkins plan to join the conference live from the orbiting laboratory to talk about living and working in space. They will also … Read more

Apollo: Lead geologist reveals spot NASA never managed to visit — ‘we were all sad’ | Science | News

Today marks the fifty-third anniversary of the first lunar landing which delivered NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin to the Moon’s surface. The pair spent a few hours walking around on the Moon – getting as far as 300 feet away from the Eagle Lunar Module – conducting scientific investigations. Mr Aldrin deployed … Read more

NASA awards scientist $848,013 grant for ongoing study of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Asteroid impacts are the only potentially preventable natural disaster on Earth — assuming a threatening asteroid is detected with enough lead time to launch a mission into space to deflect it. Asteroid impacts are the only potentially preventable natural disaster on Earth — assuming a threatening asteroid is detected with enough lead time to launch … Read more

NASA Reveals Winners of Its Photographer of the Year Competition

There are some knockout photography competitions out there, like this one for comedy wildlife and that one for astronomy. NASA, too, runs a Photographer of the Year competition. Its contest honors the shutterbugs who work for the space agency. The NASA Headquarters Photo Department revealed the winners of its fourth annual awards last week. They … Read more

A Plan Fit for a Rover – NASA Mars Exploration

A Navcam mosaic of the rover’s current location at the Avanavero drill site. Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech. Download image › Tosol’s plan included a little bit of everything, with more than four hours of remote science spread over three sols. However, the rover is still in the midst of the Avanavero drill campaign, so … Read more

USC Students Compete in Augmented Reality NASA SUITS Challenge – USC Viterbi

Lead Developer Spencer Lin oversees a visitor to Space Center Houston as they test out the SENVA application. PHOTO / TEAM AEGIS. A virtual environment can be used to explore anything from a Costa Rican rainforest to a proposed new school building. Now a new NASA program is hoping to apply augmented reality (AR) to … Read more

NASA says its plan to bring Mars samples back to Earth is safe, but some people are worried

Since September, the Perseverance rover has been picking along an ancient river delta on Mars, its robotic arms reaching out with whirling steel drill bits to core rocks, scoop soil, and suck small amounts of the red planet’s atmosphere into titanium tubes. The plan, under NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, calls for a sci-fi symphony of … Read more

‘Enchanted’ Rocks at Jezero Crater – NASA Mars Exploration

Not even Obi-Wan Kenobi could convince Perseverance’s Katie Stack Morgan that these are not the rocks she’s looking for. Ask any space explorer, and they’ll have a favorite photograph or two from their mission. For Katie Stack Morgan, the deputy project scientist for NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover, the first close-up image of layered rocks at … Read more