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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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Blocking the protein myostatin keeps mice muscled in space

Blocking the protein myostatin keeps mice muscled in space

One of the challenges astronauts face during space missions is a loss of muscle and bone mass. Microgravity causes muscles and bones to weaken over time. Currently, the way NASA fights bone and muscle loss for astronauts on the ISS is with specialized exercise programs. However, with longer duration missions, such as trips to Mars, exercise programs won't be sufficient. Researchers are looking at a protein called Myostatin (MSTN) in mice testing to help astronauts maintain muscle and bone mass.

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Massive 3,200MP space camera can snap a golf ball 15 miles away

Massive 3,200MP space camera can snap a golf ball 15 miles away

An absolutely massive digital camera sensor array destined for installation in the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in Chile has snapped the world's first single images with a resolution of 3,200-megapixels, setting a new milestone achievement for space exploration and digital photography technologies. According to the experts behind the camera, the array of imaging sensors are so powerful and the resulting images are so massive that they can clearly display a golf ball photographed from a distance of around 15 miles.

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Flying-V drone aircraft conducts its first successful test flight

Flying-V drone aircraft conducts its first successful test flight

The team of researchers and engineers from TU Delft went to an airbase in Germany over the summer, where they conducted the first real test flight of a scale flight model of an energy-efficient aircraft design called the Flying-V. The scale model is three meters wide and weighs 22.5 kilograms. Its test flight occurred at an airbase in Germany with help from a team from Airbus. The test flight's goal was to take off, fly test maneuvers and approaches, and land when the batteries were nearly empty.

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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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Wool-like material developed by Harvard researchers has a shape memory

Wool-like material developed by Harvard researchers has a shape memory

Anyone with curly hair understands shape memory. No matter how much time you spend straightening your hair, as soon as it touches water the curls return because hair has shape memory. Harvard scientists have developed a new material that is similar to wool that has shaped memory and can change to a different shape in response to stimuli.

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New artificial skin could let robots react to pain like a human

New artificial skin could let robots react to pain like a human

Researchers at RMIT University have developed a new electronic artificial skin that can react to pain just like real skin. The artificial skin opens the door for improved prosthetics, smarter robotics, and non-invasive alternatives to skin grafts. Researchers say that the prototype device can electronically replicate the way human skin senses pain.

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ExoMy DIY Rover lets you build your own Mars exploration machine

ExoMy DIY Rover lets you build your own Mars exploration machine

NASA and other space agencies around the world have been building rovers that explore other planets for decades. One thing those rovers have in common is an incredibly high price tag, often running into millions of dollars. Space enthusiasts that want a new electronics project to work on during the coronavirus pandemic should check out the ExoMy rover unveiled by the European Space Agency.

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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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Asteroid 2010 FR will flyby the earth today

Asteroid 2010 FR will flyby the earth today

A giant asteroid called 2010 FR will fly pass the earth today. The asteroid is enormous, said to be about twice the size of the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. NASA is tracking the asteroid as it flies by the Earth, but it has nearly a zero percent chance of hitting the earth.

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