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NASA talks about the future of the Artemis moon mission

NASA talks about the future of the Artemis moon mission

NASA has been pushing hard to build a new spacecraft and plan missions that will put humans on the moon's surface again for the first time since the Apollo era. This week, NASA provided the first major Artemis mission update since President Biden took office. In the update, NASA talked about challenges and progress made for the mission and reiterated the commitment to exploring the moon and sending astronauts to Mars in the long term.

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Parker Solar Probe data shows how hypervelocity dust impacts can cause damage

Parker Solar Probe data shows how hypervelocity dust impacts can cause damage

NASA's Parker Solar Probe has been exploring space near the Sun and observing Venus for several years. The probe launched on August 12, 2018, and has so far set numerous records for spacecraft. Recently, the probe was used by scientists at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to investigate collisions between the spacecraft and hypervelocity dust grains. It's hard to imagine a grain of dust being able to cause damage to anything, but when traveling at incredible velocities, something tiny can cause devastating damage.

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NASA SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts splash down as Crew-3 prepares for launch

NASA SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts splash down as Crew-3 prepares for launch

The Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft delivered NASA's SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts safely into the Gulf of Mexico at approximately 10:33 PM EST (22:33) near Pensacola, Florida. This splashdown stands as an example of a safe, reliable, cost-effective bit of transportation as executed by NASA's Commercial Crew Program. NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 mission is expected to launch on or after November 10, 2021.

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Heinz Marz Edition ketchup tomatoes were grown using Mars soil conditions

Heinz Marz Edition ketchup tomatoes were grown using Mars soil conditions

Fruits and vegetables can have different tastes depending on the region and soil they are grown in. The folks behind Heinz ketchup have a new product called Heinz Marz Edition made with tomatoes grown utilizing soil conditions that are present on Mars. Heinz Tomato Masters worked with a team from the Florida Tech Aldrin Space Institute to successfully grow the tomatoes used in the special ketchup.

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NASA recovered one Hubble instrument while others remain in safe mode

NASA recovered one Hubble instrument while others remain in safe mode

The last few months have been challenging for the Hubble Space Telescope and the team of scientists and engineers overseeing the iconic observatory. NASA has confirmed that it has successfully recovered the Advanced Camera for Surveys instrument aboard the Hubble as of November 7. As of that date, the instrument has begun making science observations again. However, the other instruments aboard Hubble remain in safe mode.

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NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 undocks from ISS: What happens next

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 undocks from ISS: What happens next

As expected, today marks the return of NASA, ESA, and JAXA astronauts on the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor spacecraft, marking the end of NASA's Crew-2 mission that launched back in late April. The SpaceX Crew-2 mission docked with the International Space Station on April 24 and, as of 2:05 PM ET today, has undocked for a return to Earth.

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NASA Ingenuity Mars helicopter is getting back to work

NASA Ingenuity Mars helicopter is getting back to work

For several weeks last month, NASA could not continue operations with any of its spacecraft orbiting Mars or operating on the planet's surface. It was unable to continue operations because of the conjunction that placed Mars on the other side of the sun from Earth. NASA won't send any commands or data to and from Mars during the conjunction because there's a risk of the commands being garbled and causing unintended operation of the spacecraft.

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NASA shares the first images from Landsat 9

NASA shares the first images from Landsat 9

In late September of this year, NASA and the US Geological Survey launched the latest satellite in the Landsat fleet called Landsat 9. The satellite has now collected and shared its first images of Earth. The images were taken on October 31 and show how the mission will help manage resources and understand how climate change is impacting the planet. The Landsat series of satellites have been in operation for nearly five decades.

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Unistellar eVscope 2 telescope Review

Unistellar eVscope 2 telescope Review

Over the past couple of weeks I've been using the Unistellar eVscope 2 whenever possible. On clear nights, I've brought this smart telescope outside to bear witness to the stars and our nearby moon. With this device, I was given the ability to not only manually seek and find bits of our solar system, I was able to command the device to seek and find constellations and space objects with the device's automatic detection and motorized mount.

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DART is filled with fuel and ready to launch on November 23

DART is filled with fuel and ready to launch on November 23

NASA has confirmed that its DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) mission is ready to launch on November 23. Crewmembers have performed the final tests of the spacecraft, have fueled it up, and are currently running dress rehearsals for launch. DART is a very important mission and is the first planetary defense test mission ever conducted.

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NASA and SpaceX consider returning Crew-2 before Crew-3 launches

NASA and SpaceX consider returning Crew-2 before Crew-3 launches

Weather has been wreaking havoc with NASA and SpaceX's launch plans for the SpaceX Crew-3 mission to take new crewmembers to the ISS. Previously, Crew-3 had been expected to launch on October 31, but weather along the flight path prevented that launch. It was then rescheduled for November 3, but the launch didn't occur then either. Currently, the next opportunity for Crew-3 to launch is 9:51 PM EST on Monday, November 8.

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NASA confirms landing location for PRIME-1

NASA confirms landing location for PRIME-1

NASA is working on a mission that will launch late in 2022 called the Polar Resources Ice-Mining Experiment, or PRIME-1. The goal of the mission is to send an ice-mining experiment to the Moon's South Pole. NASA will land its experiment on a ridge near Shackleton crater, which is a location that has been under evaluation for months.

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