There are several teams participating in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. The contest is to see what team can create a robot that is capable of performing a set of specific tasks. The robots developed may one day be able to help humans in an emergency situation like a nuclear meltdown or other challenge. One of the teams participating is the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory or JPL.
NASA is hard at work on the space launch system and capsule that will replace the retired space shuttle fleet to carry American astronauts into orbit and to the ISS. The Orion capsule that will carry the crew and cargo into orbit is currently in testing. NASA is also working on the rocket that will push the capsule into orbit.
NASA currently has a rover exploring Mars called Curiosity and it's not the first rover to explore the red planet. The thing that most of the rovers NASA has sent on exploration missions so far have in common is the wheel. The rovers use wheels to get around the surface of the planet for their exploration.
In April of 2012, NASA offered up a video that recreated the very first Earthrise as photographed when astronauts were orbiting the moon in 1968. The first video recreation used data collected by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to show the exact path that the Apollo 8 astronauts took over the surface of the moon.
NASA's rover Curiosity is conducting its scientific work on the surface of Mars as we speak. The rover has been tooling around on the surface of the red planet for a long time now and recently sent back the first data from rock datings that the rover has completed. During the last few days, NASA also updated the operating system for the rover.
Earlier this month we mentioned that the ISS had a failure in one of its cooling systems that might require a spacewalk to fix. NASA has now ordered that spacewalk to happen to fix the broken cooling line. The repair job is a serious undertaking and could last all the way through Christmas Day.
A coolant failure has left the International Space Station in an "urgent situation", NASA has confirmed, potentially requiring astronauts aboard to perform a space walk to fix the issue. The problem, short of an "emergency" according to the US space agency, has seen one of the two cooling loops used to regulate station temperature fail, though the six-strong crew onboard is safe.