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NASA asks space companies to bid on special future Moon mission launch

NASA asks space companies to bid on special future Moon mission launch

In the latest evolution of its Artemis lunar efforts, NASA has announced that it wants its previously announced private space partners to bid on which will get to launch a future payload to the Moon. Assuming everything goes according to plan, NASA anticipates the winning company launching its new Moon payloads in 2022, a full two years ahead of the agency's deadline for returning humans to the Moon.

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NASA develops new gears able to withstand the extreme cold of the Moon

NASA develops new gears able to withstand the extreme cold of the Moon

One of the challenges of exploring space and other locations is extreme cold. During the NASA Artemis mission to the moon, temperatures on the South Pole will drop drastically during the night. At some point in the future, NASA wants to explore Europa, one of Jupiter's moons where temperatures never get above -260 degrees Fahrenheit at the equator. NASA has been preparing for these frigid temperatures by developing special gears able to withstand extreme temperatures.

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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has created some incredible photos

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has created some incredible photos

There are telescopes worldwide taking pictures of the heavens in different wavelengths allowing us to see some incredible objects. Telescopes around the world can look at space using wavelengths ranging from radio waves to gamma rays. The approach using "multiwavelength" observations is an extremely important part of astronomy to help scientists understand objects in space.

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NASA Sentinel-6 mission will launch in November

NASA Sentinel-6 mission will launch in November

NASA has a new satellite that it intends to launch this November called Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich. The primary focus for the satellite will be to monitor sea-level rise with extreme precision. Another instrument aboard the spacecraft will provide atmospheric data that will help improve weather forecasts, track hurricanes, and improve climate models.

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Cost for SLS rocket slated for Artemis moon mission explodes

Cost for SLS rocket slated for Artemis moon mission explodes

NASA's facing pressure as it's working on the SLS core stage rocket will take humans back to the moon and the Artemis 1 mission. The reason for the pressure is that the cost for the rocket and associated ground infrastructure have ballooned past original cost estimates. The project is so far past its budget that NASA has been forced to notify Congress about the overage.

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Perseverance Rover’s earth-bound twin is complete

Perseverance Rover’s earth-bound twin is complete

NASA launched its latest Rover towards the surface of the Red Planet earlier this summer. That Rover is called the Perseverance and it has a twin that will be stuck on Earth called OPTIMISM. This twin rover is a full-scale engineering version of March 2020 Perseverance rover complete with wheels, cameras, and powerful computers to help it operate autonomously.

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NASA completes Roman Space Telescope primary mirror

NASA completes Roman Space Telescope primary mirror

NASA is working hard on the next generation of space-based telescopes to replace the Hubble and allow astronomers and scientists worldwide to understand the cosmos better. One of the future space telescopes is called the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, or Roman Space Telescope for short. NASA recently announced the primary mirror for the space telescope that will collect and focus light was completed.

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Scientists research why the moon is rusting

Scientists research why the moon is rusting

Scientists are currently investigating why the surface of the moon is rusting. What baffles scientists so much is that there is no air or water on the moon, which are both required for hematite, which is a type of rust, to form. The new study looks at data gathered by the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 orbiter.

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NASA digs up old Mars photo to highlight twin peaks hiding in plain sight

NASA digs up old Mars photo to highlight twin peaks hiding in plain sight

NASA has pulled an old Mars image from its archives, bringing it to the attention of a new generation of space enthusiasts. The image was captured by one of the space agency's earlier Martian rovers, one that operated for less than three months before retiring in the late 1990s. What makes this particular image so unique? It reveals 'twin peaks' that, NASA only realized in retrospect, had been hiding in plain sight for two decades.

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NASA says Artemis I Orion spacecraft has passed key certification tests

NASA says Artemis I Orion spacecraft has passed key certification tests

In an announcement on Tuesday, NASA revealed that the spacecraft it will launch as part of its Artemis I lunar mission has passed key certification tests, paving the way for the agency's hopeful launch in 2024. The Artemis I will involve the Orion spacecraft, as well as the Space Launch System (SLS) and the Exploration Ground Systems programs. Artemis I will be followed shortly after by a second mission aptly named Artemis II.

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NASA shares stunning photo of Earth painted with sunrise shadows

NASA shares stunning photo of Earth painted with sunrise shadows

NASA has captured thousands of images from space, many of which are made available on the agency's website. Though many of these images aren't terribly exciting, some of them have proven stunning, particularly ones showing off our own planet in a way we can't perceive from the surface. The latest example of this kind of content is a new image that shows Earth bathed in sunrise shadows.

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NASA shares a gorgeous image of Cygnus supernova blast wave

NASA shares a gorgeous image of Cygnus supernova blast wave

NASA has shared a new and very cool photograph via its Instagram page. The image looks almost as if it was created using Photoshop, showing an undulating orange ribbon across space. NASA says the image is actually of a small section of Cygnus' supernova blast wave.

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