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    (CNN)In early human history, caves provided people with protection from the elements and a place to call home. Now, similar formations on the moon could provide pioneering astronauts with a lunar safe haven, thanks to their Earth-like temperatures.The moon has pits with shaded areas that steadily hover around 63 degrees Fahrenheit (17 degrees Celsius), a temperate range that's stable for humans, found researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles. The journal Geophysical Research Letters published the study in July.NASA makes contact with satellite that broke free of Earths orbitThese pit craters, which may potentially lead to caves that could also provide human shelter, have temperatures that could make lunar exploration and long-term human habitation on the moon safer, as scientists would be able to set up thermally stable base camps. "Humans evolved living in caves, and to caves we might return when we live on the moon," said study coauthor David Paige, professor of planetary science at UCLA, in a news release. Paige also leads the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment, an instrument on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.Now that there...
    The identity of the first astronaut to blast off onboard the Artemis I mission to the moon has been revealed - and it is none other than Shaun the Sheep. A figurine of Aardman's beloved character will be placed onboard the NASA’s Orion spacecraft before liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA later this summer. The mission, which will include the European Space Agency's (ESA) European Service Module for the first time, is due to go around the moon before heading back to Earth.  The spacecraft will be controlled by operatives on the ground, while Shaun keeps everything 'sheep shape' inside the Orion capsule. 'This is an exciting time for Shaun and for us at ESA,' said Dr David Parker, Director for Human and Robotic Exploration at ESA. 'We're woolly very happy that he's been selected for the mission and we understand that, although it might be a small step for a human, it's a giant leap for lambkind.' Shaun's spacecraft will enter a low-Earth orbit before its upper stage fires off, taking it into a translunar orbit. The...
    NASA announced Wednesday it selected three potential dates for its Artemis I mission – the first stage of its historic operation to send the first woman and person of color to the moon. The American space agency is targeting August 29 to launch the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center. And September 2 and 5 are marked down as backup launch dates. James Free, associate administrator at NASA's Washington DC headquarters, said the exact date will be determined about a week before launch. Scroll down for video  The American space agency is targeting August 29 to launch the Space Launch System (SLS) (pictured)  rocket and Orion spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center. And September 2 and 5 are marked down as backup launch dates Artemis I, which has experienced several delays over the past two and a half years, will finally launch an uncrewed Orion capsule that will soar around the moon and splash back down in the Atlantic Ocean. The news of the official launch comes weeks after NASA conducted a final 'wet dress...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police are asking for the public’s help locating the vehicle wanted in a hit-and-run that left an 11-year-old in critical condition. Police identified the boy as Michael Stewart. The incident happened when Stewart was crossing Girard Avenue, near Belmont Avenue, on Thursday night. Police say the impact was so forceful, his body flew 50 feet from where he was hit. READ MORE: All Adoption Fees $5 At Philadelphia PSPCA This Saturday“He was hit with such force his body was launched 50 feet where he landed on Girard Avenue,” Philadelphia Chief Inspector Scott Small said. “He was suffering from severe trauma to his legs, arms and body. He was bleeding heavily.” Stewart was transported to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and placed in extremely critical condition. “I saw the boy laying there. It was really, really intense for a minute, but I have no clue who hit that poor child,” Dianne Canery, who called 911, said. Police say Stewart and his mother were crossing Girard Avenue at 42nd Street around 6:51 p.m. when a dark blue or black...
    (CNN)The mega Artemis I rocket may be launching on its trip to the moon in August, according to NASA officials.The Artemis team has had time to review data collected from a successful fourth attempt of a final prelaunch test conducted Monday and determined that no more wet dress rehearsals are needed. The test simulates every stage of launch without the rocket leaving the launchpad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. "During the wet dress rehearsal activities, we have incrementally added to our knowledge about how the rocket and the ground systems work together, and our teams have become proficient in launch procedures across multiple sites," Tom Whitmeyer, deputy associate administrator for NASA's common exploration systems development, said in a statement. "We have completed the rehearsal phase, and everything we've learned will help improve our ability to lift off during the target launch window."Monday's test included loading all four rocket tanks with supercold propellant, going through a full countdown and draining the rocket tanks. A hydrogen leak and other issues that cropped up during the test prevented the team from getting...
    NASA will be kicking off a very important "wet dress rehershal" for its megarocket this weekend. The US space agency is hoping to fly a rocket around the darkside of the Moon in the coming months and Saturday's test needs to go well for this to be possible. 2Nasa's Artemis 1 Moon rocket is on the launch pad ready for more testsCredit: AFP 2Nasa's Space Launch System will rocket a spacecraft around the MoonCredit: AFP Nasa's huge Space Launch System (SLS) rocket will be tested on June 18. It's the key component of the space agency's Artemis 1 Moon mission. Artemis 1 will launch into space and test out lots of equipment so a manned Artemis 2 mission can go ahead. This will be Nasa's second wet dress after Nasa wasn't happy with the results of the first. Read more on NasaHEAVY METAL Nasa spots 'shiny metal' on Mars in strange photo – can you solve the mystery?DOUBLE BLOW Nasa loses two satellites in epic rocket fail costing MILLIONS of dollars Nasa will simulate how it will launch its rocket...
    (CNN)The Artemis I mega moon rocket is ready for its fourth attempt at a final prelaunch test, according to an update from NASA officials on Wednesday. The crucial test, known as the wet dress rehearsal, simulates every stage of launch without the rocket leaving the launchpad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This process includes loading supercold propellant, going through a full countdown simulating launch, resetting the countdown clock and draining the rocket tanks.The results of the wet dress rehearsal will determine when the uncrewed Artemis I will launch on a mission that goes beyond the moon and returns to Earth. This mission will kick off NASA's Artemis program, which is expected to return humans to the moon and land the first woman and the first person of color on the lunar surface by 2025. The Artemis rocket will begin its next attempt at the wet dress rehearsal Saturday at 5 p.m. ET. with a "call to stations," when all of the teams associated with the mission report that they're ready for the test to begin. Read MorePreparations over the...
    (CNN)New spacesuits made by Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace could be worn by astronauts that land on the moon later this decade through NASA's Artemis program, the agency announced Wednesday. The suits will also be worn by crew members living and working on the International Space Station. The orbiting laboratory is not just a testing ground for space exploration, but new technology as well. The contracts were awarded by NASA as part of its strategy of growing commercial partnerships. Both companies have been selected to move forward in developing the next generation of spacesuits. Depending on how the two companies deliver on the suits and their spacewalking capabilities, one company could prevail over the other. That flexibility has been built into the task awards as the two companies progress in product development. NASA watchdog says return of astronauts to moon by 2024 not feasible due to spacesuit delays"With these awards, NASA and our partners will develop advanced, reliable spacesuits that allow humans to explore the cosmos unlike ever before," said Vanessa Wyche, director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston,...
    While waiting to learn more about the new fluid leak that occurred during the full voyage last March, NASA had to resign itself to suspend all regular missions for its astronauts until further notice. This is official: NASA is reluctant to announce to all its astronauts the cessation of regular space missions for at least several months. The reason given: After so many important events, she can no longer trust her clothes, some of which have endangered the lives of astronauts. In the immediate future, all spacewalks (EVAs) that are not considered absolutely necessary will be postponed indefinitely. So the American astronauts would go out only if the International Space Station needed urgent repairs; In the absence of priority work, there is no question of stepping out of the station until further notice. “Until we have a better understanding of what happened in the last EVA, we will no longer be dating.Dana Weigel, one of the people involved in the management of the station quoted, confirms. Space.com. This interval should at least last until next July. Only on...
    NASA will send artificial female bodies on a trip to the Moon to observe radiation risks. The US space agency would like to send real women to the Moon but it's thought the female body has a bigger risk of negative impacts from space radiation. 2The mannequins contain materials similar to human tissues and organsCredit: NASA/Lockheed Martin/DLR 2The two torsos will loop around the Moon on Artemis 1Credit: NASA/Lockheed Martin/DLR This is where mannequins Helga and Zohar come into play. The two torsos are made up of materials similar to the bones, soft tissues, and organs of a female adult human. Over 10,000 sensors and radiation detectors will be tracking the effects of space on these materials as Helgar and Zohar travel around the Moon. The plan is to send the two identical torsos to space on the Artemis 1 mission that will be testing out all the tech that should take humans to the Moon in a few years time. Read more on spaceROCKY HORROR Asteroid almost twice size of Empire State Building will make close approachSPACED OUT Inside...
    (CNN)The second attempt at the final, crucial prelaunch test for NASA's Artemis I mission to the moon was scrubbed on Monday. The wet dress rehearsal, as NASA calls it, simulates every stage of launch without the rocket actually leaving the launchpad. This includes powering on the 322-foot-tall (98-meter-tall) Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, loading supercold propellant into the rocket's tanks, going through a full countdown simulating launch, resetting the countdown clock and draining the rocket tanks. The test was originally scheduled to be completed on Sunday but was put on hold before the propellant was loaded. That was due to problems with two fans used to provide pressure to the mobile launcher -- the movable tower which the rocket sits upon before it lifts off. NASA said Monday it was able overnight to resolve the malfunction of the fans, which are needed to pressurize enclosed areas inside the launcher and keep out hazardous gases. Read MoreHowever, the rehearsal was stopped for the second time Monday due to a vent valve issue, NASA announced via Twitter. "Due the vent...
    (CNN)The first NASA mission to the moon since 1972 is ready for its most crucial test to date.The 322-foot-tall (98-meter-tall) Artemis I rocket stack, including NASA's mega Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft, will begin the wet dress rehearsal Friday afternoon at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The test is expected to last through Sunday. The results will determine when the uncrewed Artemis I will launch on a mission that goes beyond the moon and returns to Earth. This mission will kick off NASA's Artemis program, which is expected to return humans to the moon and land the first woman and the first person of color on the lunar surface by 2025. NASA wants sustainable lunar lander concepts for future Artemis missionsThe wet dress rehearsal simulates every stage of launch without the rocket actually leaving the launchpad. This includes powering on the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft, loading supercold propellant into the rocket's tanks, going through a full countdown simulating launch, resetting the countdown clock and draining the rocket tanks. The test will begin with a call to stations...
    (CNN)The first NASA mission to the moon since 1972 is ready for its most crucial test to date.The 322-foot-tall (98-meter-tall) Artemis I rocket stack, including NASA's mega SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft, will begin the wet dress rehearsal Friday. The test is expected to last through Sunday. The results of the test will determine when the uncrewed Artemis I will launch on a mission that goes beyond the moon and returns to Earth. This mission will kick off NASA's Artemis program, which is expected to return humans to the moon and land the first woman and the first person of color on the lunar surface by 2025. NASA wants sustainable lunar lander concepts for future Artemis missionsThe wet dress rehearsal simulates every stage of launch without the rocket actually leaving the launchpad. This includes loading supercold propellant into the rocket's tanks, going through a full countdown simulating launch, resetting the countdown clock and draining the rocket tanks. The test will begin with a call to stations on Friday at 5 p.m. ET and end Sunday evening with the final...
    (CNN)The Biden administration's request for the NASA budget in 2023 is $26 billion, the largest request for science in the space agency's history, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced Monday. The figure is 8% more than the enacted federal spending levels, or the appropriation bill from fiscal year 2022, Nelson said. "Greater than a number, statistic, or fact is what the President's budget request represents," Nelson said in a statement. "This budget reflects the Biden-Harris Administration's confidence in the extraordinary workforce that makes NASA the best place to work in the federal government," Nelson said. "It's an investment in the businesses and universities that partner with NASA in all 50 states and the good-paying jobs they are creating. It's a signal of support for our missions in a new era of exploration and discovery."The request was submitted to Congress Monday as part of President Joe Biden's proposed budget for fiscal year 2023. NASA officials believe that Biden's request will allow NASA to continue investments in the Artemis program, which aims to land the first woman and the first person of color...
    NASA is on the hunt for a second lunar lander - to be used as an alternative to SpaceX Starship - as the agency steps up its plans for longer-term exploration of the moon. The agency said it will send the first woman and first person of color to the surface of the moon in a SpaceX vehicle, but added that future missions will be split between the Elon Musk-owned firm and whoever wins the bid to build the alternative.  Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin has already confirmed it will enter the race to build the second lander, although it is unclear how well that wiill be received at NASA, as Bezos previously took the agency to court, and lost, over it only awarding one lander contract in the initial round - giving it to SpaceX. Any new lander will have to be able to dock with the lunar Gateway space station, increase crew capacity, and take scientific payloads to the surface of the moon. The first crewed landing is expected to happen by 2026, and will involve the astronauts reaching...
    (CNN)Before NASA returns humans to the moon this decade, they have to be able to land on the lunar surface -- and that's going to look a lot different than it did in the Apollo days.In preparation of this lunar return through the Artemis program, NASA is opening up the competition through a proposal process for a second company to develop lunar lander concepts. In April 2021, NASA determined that SpaceX would be its partner to help land the first woman and the first person of color on the moon by April 2025. Long-term lunar exploration through a succession of Artemis missions will require sustainable landers that retrieve astronauts from an orbiting lunar outpost called the Gateway and take them down to the moon's surface. New landing technology under Artemis will also increase the crew capacity, as well as the ability to carry more science and technology to the lunar surface.Now, NASA wants SpaceX and other companies to develop landers for lunar missions beyond the Artemis III mission, which will be the first to return humans to the moon. The...
    NASA’s mega moon rocket eases onto its launchpad ready for blast off this summer. Components for the Artemis 1 mission rolled into place at Cape Canaveral, Florida, at a third of a mile an hour on a CT-2 crawler built in 1965 for the Apollo trips. 3NASA’s mega moon rocket eases onto its launchpad ready for blast off this summer 3Components for the Artemis 1 mission rolled into place at Cape Canaveral, Florida, at a third of a mile an hour Around 10,000 people gathered to watch the 3,000-ton crawler begin its 11-hour, four-mile journey to the launch complex. Artemis 1 will not be a crewed mission but will test hardware with Nasa planning to land the first woman and first person of colour on the Moon by 2025. The rocket’s Orion spacecraft and service module should get within 62 miles of the surface in the three-week mission. The CT-2 burns 165 gallons of diesel per mile. It will take about three weeks for it to complete the mission and land in the Pacific Ocean off San Diego. Nasa also...
    By Ashley Strickland | CNN The Artemis I mission is another step closer to its lunar launch. The massive 322-foot-tall (98 meters) stack, which includes NASA’s Space Launch System rocket topped by the Orion spacecraft, rolled out for its testing debut at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday. The integrated stack, which sits on a mobile launcher, began its slow-moving crawl into launch position Thursday afternoon. The rollout officially began at 5:47 p.m. ET. The 4-mile ride aboard one of the Apollo-era giant NASA crawlers from the assembly building to the launchpad took almost 11 hours. The stack arrived at the pad at 4:15 a.m. ET on Friday. As the stack emerged on Thursday, it became the first moon-bound rocket to leave the building since Apollo 17 in 1972, or 50 years ago — also the last time anyone set foot on the moon. “Every single vehicle that has carried humans beyond the bounds of low-Earth orbit has undergone integration and testing in that Vehicle Assembly Building, crawled down this roadway and launched right here from the Kennedy Space...
    A sample of soil, gathered by Apollo astronauts 50 years ago from the lunar surface, is being opened by NASA scientists ahead of the first Artemis landing in 2025. The sample is being opened at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston by the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division (ARES).  When Apollo astronauts returned these samples around 50 years ago, NASA had the foresight to keep some of them unopened and pristine, in the hope future technology can be used to reveal more about the environment.  The team hope to learn more about the sample and the lunar surface itself, revealing details about the geologic history and evolution of the moon. Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, said understanding the history will help planners understand the types of soil to be expected when the first woman and first person of color land on the surface. Artemis will return more samples to the Earth, bringing back cold and sealed pieces of rock and soil from the South Pole. A sample of soil, gathered by Apollo astronauts 50 years ago...
    NASA has revealed some very important dates for Moon missions that should be happening this year. The US space agency hopes to send a rocket around the Moon in May or June of 2022 but that all depends on the success of a 'mini mission' this month. 2Nasa will be testing its Space Launch System in a "wet" dress rehearsal this monthCredit: AP 2Nasa's Orion spacecraft should loop around the Moon this yearCredit: EPA Nasa's 2022 mission to the Moon is called Artemis 1. It will be testing out hardware so that Nasa can land the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon by 2025. That crewed mission is being referred to as Artemis 3 and a lot has to happen before it can take place. Before Artemis 1 can launch, Nasa wants to do a test run this month. The test will be a full “wet” dress rehearsal on March 17. Artemis 1 isn't a crewed mission but it needs to loop around the Moon to test three key components. Most read in News TechHAND...
    Michelin is targeting the moon and creating a wheel dedicated specifically to this star. As part of NASA’s Artemis project, which aims to send humans to Earth’s natural satellite, the French equipment manufacturer was asked to provide wheels for the lunar rover. A prototype was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 5-8. Get ready for the Artemis project in 2025 What is special about the wheels that Michelin made is that they have no air in them. In a non-atmospheric environment, such a property would significantly facilitate the vehicle’s logistics, while eliminating the risk of puncture. To build its wheel, Michelin has partnered with Northrop Krumman, an American company specializing in aerospace and defense technologies. Both were selected following NASA’s call for tenders, which began in November 2021. Your Codes Proof By 2025, the Artemis project plans to send a man and a woman to the moon. They will travel in a lunar vehicle or LTV (Lunar terrain vehicle). “This lunar wheel will be able to withstand the extreme...
    NASA engineers have fixed a glitch in the 'brain' of the SLS megarocket, that will eventually take the first woman and next man to land on the surface of the moon. The $20 billion Space Launch System (SLS) has been in development since 2011, and has been hit by multiple delays and problems over the past decade. Its first launch recently slipped from the end of last year to no earlier than March this year due to a problem with the onboard engine controller, which acts as the brain for each of the powerful RS-25 engines that propel the rocket into orbit. The US space agency has now replaced the components and all four engine controllers have performed well in tests, paving the way for its maiden launch. NASA engineers have fixed a glitch in the 'brain' of the SLS megarocket, that will eventually take the first woman and next man to land on the surface of the moon The $20 billion Space Launch System (SLS) has been in development since 2011, and has been hit by multiple delays and...
    Amazon have teamed up with Cisco and Lockheed Martin to develop an artificial intelligence system — dubbed 'Callisto' — for NASA's Artemis I lunar mission. Callisto will combine into one interface the voice control technology of Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant with Cisco's Webex video conferencing system. Lockheed Martin engineers, meanwhile, will be leading the development of the custom-built system and its integration into their Orion space capsule design. Unlike Alexa, Callisto will contain technology and software that allows it to respond to commands in-flight without reliance on an internet connection. The video conferencing system, in contrast, will require a communications system to function — and will operate via NASA's Deep Space Network. Callisto is named for the nymph in ancient Greek mythology who was the favourite companion of the goddess Artemis. Artemis I — which is to be an uncrewed mission around the moon and back — is currently scheduled to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in early 2022. The weeks-long trip is intended to pave the way for subsequent crewed missions both returning to the lunar surface and also heading out into deep...
    SpaceX has finally received NASA’s first representatives of the US space agency’s Artemis project to bring humans back to the moon by 2025. Tour For a more assembled structure – earlier this week. After two failed legal proceedings by Jeff Bezos’s rival Blue Origin, the first demands of the project will finally be implemented by Elon Musk’s company, which has bid $ 1 billion for a project with NASA. In April 2021. Read more Tender call provides for construction Human landing system (HLS), a SLS rocket crew transport platform (Space launch system) And its Orion capsule, in a very short time, have the role of expelling astronauts from the spacecraft and carrying them to lunar soil. The visit focused Star base, A structure that includes launch pads for the Starship Orbit spacecraft and the transport vehicle factory. The idea was to measure the subcontractor’s progress in the development of the structure – which, from a technical point of view, should not be overlooked. This is because, in January of this year, there was not even asphalt in the designated...
    The Artemis project does not stop, but continues in the direction of bringing man back to tread the lunar soil. The next stage is to be tested by a mega rocket carrying astronauts to the moon. “A little step” forward, towards the celestial body that is always challenging, and then, towards the desired red planet. NASA is testing its mega rocket The NASA Not a single second is wasted towards the moon, ready to enjoy its gigantic rocket, as planned Will bring man back to the moon. Engineers and those in the US space agency in general test the rocket February 2022. A few weeks separates us from what we can define as the project’s opening ceremony Artemis. When it comes to space as always, NASA And similarly, the unexpected is in a corner, so it’s good to remember the start It may still slip Between March and April 2022 at an unspecified moment. But in fact we are now exhausted, and the opening ceremony of the new, gigantic rocket that will bring man back to the moon is still...
    NASA has announced that it is aiming to launch an uncrewed lunar mission in February next year, the first step in America's plan to return humans to the Moon. The agency had initially hoped to launch the test flight by the end of this year, with astronauts set to walk on the Moon by 2024. 2Artist impression of Nasa's Orion spacecraft It achieved a major milestone last Wednesday when it stacked the Orion crew capsule atop its Space Launch System megarocket. The huge spacecraft now stands 322 feet (98 meters) tall inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After further tests, it will be wheeled out to the launchpad for a "wet dress rehearsal" in January. That involves the full launch team following exact launch day procedures by testing and fuelling the rocket in a real-life countdown. The first window for the lunar launch opening is in February, officials told reporters on a call on Friday. "The February launch period opens on the 12th and our last opportunity in February is on the 27th," said...
    NASA is now targeting February 2022 for the launch of its powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.  Stacked with the agency's Orion crew capsule, the SLS is 332 feet tall and currently sits at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  US MILITARY LAUNCHES 3 SUBORBITAL ROCKETS IN TEST OF HYPERSONIC TECHNOLOGIES SLS will launch the next generation of deep space operations, including Artemis missions, on and around the moon. It was initially slated to take off in November but has run behind schedule.  NASA said in a Friday release that the integrated system is entering the final phase of preparations for an upcoming uncrewed flight test around the moon – including a series of integrated tests. This close-up view shows the SLS rocket for Artemis I inside High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sept. 20, 2021. Inside the VAB, the rocket recently completed the umbilical retract and release test and the integrated modal test. (Image Credit: NASA/Frank Michaux) Its mission, known as Artemis I, will pave the way...
    The next-generation spacesuits needed by the first moonwalkers in NASA's Artemis program will not be available until 2025 at the earliest and will have cost more than $1 billion to develop, the agency's Office of Inspector General reported Tuesday. While November 2024 remains NASA's goal for obtaining two flight-ready spacesuits, known as xEMUs, "the agency faces significant challenges," the OIG said, including a 20-month delay in development and delivery of test suits, a space station demonstration version and two lunar flight suits. "These delays - attributable to funding shortfalls, COVID-19 impacts, and technical challenges - have left no schedule margin for delivery of the two flight-ready xEMUs," the report concluded. "Given the integration requirements, the suits would not be ready for flight until April 2025 at the earliest." "Moreover, by the time two flight-ready xEMUs are available, NASA will have spent over a billion dollars on the development and assembly of its next-generation spacesuits," the report said. Spacesuit engineer Kristine Davis models a prototype of NASA's planned next-generation spacesuit in 2019 briefing.  NASA The inspector general said the spacesuit...
    Kristine Davis, a spacesuit engineer at NASA's Johnson Space Center, wears a ground prototype of the new Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU), during a demonstration on Oct. 15, 2019.Joel Kowsky / NASA Elon Musk offered SpaceX's services to help NASA make its next-generation spacesuits, after a watchdog report on Tuesday said the agency's current program is behind schedule and will cost over $1 billion. "SpaceX could do it if need be," Musk wrote in a tweet. Musk's company has developed and made flight suits for astronauts that launch into orbit in SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft. The flight suits are primarily designed to protect the astronauts in the case of a fire inside of the spacecraft, or if the cabin depressurizes. Building spacesuits would be a more complex and challenging endeavor, given the need to survive outside of a spacecraft in the harsh environment of space. NASA spokesperson Monica Witt, in a statement to CNBC on Musk's offer, pointed to the agency's request last month to companies in the space industry for feedback on "purchasing commercial spacesuits, hardware, and services."From left:...
    AN ELECTRIC Moon buggy that will take astronauts around the lunar south pole is being created by Lockheed Martin and General Motors. Nasa has tasked the companies with creating an autonomous Moon buggy ahead of its 2024 Artemis mission which will see a male and female astronaut head to the Moon. 3 The aim is for GM's autonomous driving technology to help the buggy travel 'significantly farther' than previous Moon vehicles. The buggy is currently only in its planning stages. Rick Ambrose, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Space, said in a statement: "Surface mobility is critical to enable and sustain long-term exploration of the lunar surface. "These next-generation rovers will dramatically extend the range of astronauts as they perform high-priority science investigation on the Moon that will ultimately impact humanity's understanding of our place in the solar system." 3Astronauts will be looking into Moon ice on the dark side of the MoonCredit: NASA The buggy will need to withstand the lunar south pole's weird temperatures that can range from -137.8°C at night to 126.7°C in the day. Previous lunar rovers made by...
    NASA has revealed plans to send a rover to the Moon in 2023 to scout out potential landing sites for a crewed Artemis mission a year later and find sources of water. The space agency plans to send the $433.5 million (£306 million) rover, named VIPER, to explore the lunar south pole, where it will look for water ice and other resources that could be harvested by humans and scout the terrain for a future crewed mission. The first woman and next man are expected to land in the same region in 2024 as part of the Artemis mission, the first crewed landing on the Moon since 1972.  VIPER will be the first rover with headlights on the Moon, helping it explore regions of our natural satellite that have been in permanent darkness for billions of years. The golf-cart sized vehicle will spend three lunar days on the surface, or about 100 Earth days, handling unknown terrain and temperatures varying by 500F.  The rover is part of the wider Artemis mission aimed at making lunar exploration sustainable, rather than a...
    Nearly 50 years after the last Apollo astronaut set foot on the moon in 1972, NASA is planning to send American astronauts back to the moon. Bill Harwood, CBS News space analyst, spoke about the Artemis program with CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett on this week's episode of "The Takeout" podcast. The Trump administration called on NASA to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024. But given the significant funding needed for such a project, Harwood characterized the 2024 goal as a "really big if." It's more likely that we'll see a first landing closer to 2025 or 2026. "It all comes down to funding," Harwood said, adding that making progress with the Artemis missions was "a question of national will."  The first Space Launch System will launch late this year on an unpiloted maiden flight, sending an Orion capsule on a long, looping trip around the moon. A second piloted flight with four astronauts aboard is planned in 2023 to put the Orion capsule through its paces before a landing attempt on the Artemis 3 mission. Harwood...
    NASA's Artemis mission to send the first woman and next man to the moon by 2024 could be at risk due to extreme space weather, solar forecasters have predicted.  Scientists from the University of Reading looked back over 150 years of space weather data to find patterns in the timings of the most extreme events. Planned missions to return humans to the moon need to hurry up to avoid hitting one of the busiest periods for extreme space weather, the team warned. These extreme events, including solar storms and winds are extremely dangerous to astronauts and satellites, and even disrupt power grids if they arrive at Earth. The researchers looked at the timings of extreme events within each 11-year 'solar cycle' - a regular pattern of increasing and declining activity from the sun. They found for the first time that extreme space weather events are more likely to occur early in even-numbered solar cycles, and late in odd-numbered cycles - such as the one just starting, with the next round due between 2026 and 2030.  The findings could have implications for...
    After evaluating three commercial designs for new Artemis moon landers, NASA on Friday awarded a single $2.9 billion contract to SpaceX, rejecting more expensive proposals from a team led by Blue Origin, owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and another led by Dynetics. While few details were immediately available, the contract will cover one unpiloted test flight from lunar orbit down to the surface and back again and one piloted flight carrying two astronauts launched to the moon in a Lockheed Martin Orion capsule atop NASA's Space Launch System heavy lift rocket. Once in lunar orbit, the astronauts will transfer to the SpaceX lander and descend to the surface for a weeklong stay near the moon's south pole, where permanently shadowed craters may harbor reservoirs of ice that might one day be converted into rocket fuel, air and water. Subsequent competitions are planned to procure additional landers and the services needed to support sustained operations on the moon. An artist's impression of a SpaceX lunar lander based on the company's Starship rocket design. NASA awarded SpaceX a $2.9 billion...
    Blue Origin announced Monday that it is protesting NASA's decision earlier this month to award a single $2.9 billion contract to SpaceX for development of a new lunar lander for the agency's Artemis moon program, rejecting competing proposals from Blue Origin and Dynetics. "NASA has executed a flawed acquisition for the Human Landing System program and moved the goalposts at the last minute," Blue Origin, owned by Amazon-founder Jeff Bezos, said in a statement. "In NASA's own words, it has made a 'high risk' selection," the statement continued. "Their decision eliminates opportunities for competition, significantly narrows the supply base and not only delays, but also endangers America's return to the moon. Because of that, we've filed a protest with the GAO (Government Accountability Office)." A rendering of Blue Origin's moon lander design, featuring a rocket-powered descent stage and an upper crew capsule mounted on another rocket system to propel the craft back up to lunar orbit. Blue Origin The Human Landing System, or HLS, is a key element in NASA's plans to return astronauts to the surface of the...
    NASA conducted its first splash test for the Orion spacecraft in advance of the upcoming Artemis lunar missions. Cameras captured the 11-foot capsule dropping into the 'hydro impact basin,' a large tank of water at Langley Research Center's Landing and Impact Research Facility in Hampton, Virginia.  However, the drop was hardly a long fall -the craft was only released from a height of about 18 inches. NASA said the water-impact tests are part of engineers efforts to 'simulate a few landing scenarios as close to real-world conditions as possible.'  Slated for November 2021, the first Artemis mission will be an unmanned flight to the moon and back. It will be followed by a crewed Artemis II flight in 2023, taking the same route, and then Artemis III's planned lunar landing in 2024. Scroll down for video  NASA conducted the first of four planned splash tests of the Orion spacecraft to simulate its water landing after returning from the planned Artemis missions Splash tests were initially conducted on Orion several years ago, but structural improvements have since been...
    Originally Published by: Vermont man reunited with car stuck at Canadian airport for a year under lockdown Ohio man calls police after raccoon ‘ransacked’ kitchen, hid in dishwasher TikTok users stunned by school converted into $2.4M mansion for sale President Biden is expected to tap former Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson to lead NASA — a move that could come as early as Friday, multiple current and former NASA officials told Fox News. Nelson represented Florida’s Space Coast during his nearly two decades on Capitol Hill, where he was one of the space agency’s most vocal supporters. Nelson, during his time in Congress, even famously flew on the space shuttle in 1986 as a payload specialist, making him the second sitting member of Congress to fly into space. Nelson, as NASA administrator, will be tasked with leading the agency as it races to return American astronauts to the moon under the Trump-era Artemis program. The White House, last month, said it supports the Artemis Program, which aims to land the first woman and the next man on the moon by...
    After a hot fire test in January ended early, NASA decided it needed more data on the rocket core stage that it plans to use for missions to the Moon. So today at Stennis Space Center, all four RS-25 engines fired for 499.6 seconds, simulating what they will undergo during every trip to the Moon for the Artemis space program by throttling up and down, and moving to direct thrust. In a statement, acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk said “Today’s successful hot fire test of the core stage for the SLS is an important milestone in NASA’s goal to return humans to the lunar surface – and beyond.” Next, the core stage will go to Kennedy Space Center in Florida where assembly will start preparing to make it part of Artemis I. And that can’t come soon enough, as the Space Launch System project is already years behind the original launch projection of 2019.
    NASA will conduct its second Green Run hot fire test of the core stage for its Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.  In a Monday release, the agency announced that it was targeting a two-hour test window on Thursday, March 18 at 3 p.m. ET at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. ISS ASTRONAUTS TAKE 237TH SPACEWALK TO CONDUCT MAINTENANCE Engineers will power up the core stage systems, load more than 700,000 gallons of cryogenic propellant into the tanks, and fire the SLS rocket's four RS-25 engines at the same time to simulate the launch and generate 1.6 million pounds of thrust.  The 212-foot tall core stage -- installed in the renovated B-2 Test Stand -- gives the SLS rocket the tallest rocket stage the agency has ever built. It is made up of engines, a liquid hydrogen tank, a liquid oxygen tank and electronics, avionics and computers. The core stage design will be used for all configurations of the SLS rocket, so Green Run tests -- of which there are eight -- are crucial to the success of NASA's next lunar missions.  The term "green" refers to the new...
    Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is transforming its New Shepard rocket into a moon simulator for NASA to test innovations in lunar gravity. The team plans to update the spacecraft to use the capsule like a large centrifuge, a device that uses a rotating force to separate specific components from liquids, to create artificial gravity for payloads inside. The capsule’s reaction control thrusters would generate a spin amounting to 11 rotations per minute during the free-fall phase of the flight, which NASA says would produce a centripetal force equivalent to the moon’s gravity. Blue Origin’s new lunar gravity testing capabilities are set to be available in late 2022 and will be a key player in experimenting with payloads that are set to accompany the Artemis mission that is sending the first woman and next man to the moon in the mid-2020s. Scroll down for video  Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is transforming its New Shepard rocket into a moon simulator for NASA to test innovations in lunar gravity. The team plans to update the spacecraft to use the capsule like a...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday voiced support for NASA's Artemis Program, which aims to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024. Psaki during the press briefing Thursday told reporters that the U.S. government will "work with industry and international partners to send astronauts to the surface of the moon." "Another man and a woman to the moon, which is very exciting," Psaki said, noting that, to date, "only 12 humans have walked on the moon — that was a half a century ago." SPACE FORCE 'ABSOLUTELY' HAS 'FULL SUPPORT' OF BIDEN ADMINISTRATION, PSAKI SAYS All 12 were Americans. Psaki said the Artemis Program would "conduct new and exciting science, prepare for future missions to Mars, and demonstrate America’s values." NASA published the Artemis Plan last year, which called for $28 billion for the moon program. In 2019, NASA revealed details of its vision for the Artemis Moon Lander that will return American astronauts to the lunar surface. "With the Artemis program, NASA will land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024,...
    At 12PM ET today, Jim Bridenstine officially stepped down from his role as NASA administrator. During his time at the agency, the former Oklahoma congressman and Naval aviator used his political chops to drum up bipartisan support for the Trump administration’s Artemis program, the agency’s cornerstone initiative to land humans on the Moon by 2024 — a deadline widely viewed as nearly impossible to meet. In anticipation of President Joe Biden taking office and the Senate transitioning to Democratic control, Bridenstine, a Republican, spent his final days as administrator making one last push for the Artemis program, a parting bid to insulate the program from potential cancellation. Last week, he met with top Democrats including Sen. Patrick Leahy, who’s expected to become the second-highest-ranking official in the Senate once Biden takes office. “We have done everything we can to build the consensus necessary for this program to be long-term sustainable,” Bridenstine told The News Brig in an interview before heading out. “I think as hard as we’ve worked to build the consensus over the last three years, I think we’re...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA has named the 18 astronauts — half of them women — who will train for its Artemis moon-landing program. The first woman and next man on the moon will come from this elite group. Vice President Mike Pence introduced the astronauts Wednesday at the close of his final meeting as chairman of the National Space Council. The announcement was made at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, beneath one of only three remaining Saturn V moon rockets from the 1960s and 1970s Apollo program. Pence noted that the last of the 12 men to walk on the moon, the late Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan, wanted nothing more than to remove “last” from his title. Cernan’s final lunar footsteps were on Dec. 14, 1972. “He spent the rest of his natural life advocating for America to go back to the moon, and we are going to honor Gene Cernan’s memory,” Pence told the small crowd, seated several feet apart from one another. Five of the astronauts — the only ones in attendance — walked onto the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Two astronauts with Bay Area ties have been selected as candidates to walk on the moon as part of a NASA mission in 2024.One of the two locals selected could be the first woman to set foot on the lunar surface.Born in Petaluma, Marine Lt. Colonel Nicole Mann was one of 18 astronauts named to the Artemis team.RELATED: Vice President Mike Pence reveals 18 NASA astronauts for new moon missionsShe gave a clear and concise answer as to why should she be the first woman on the moon."Because I'll be trained and ready to go, I tell you," Mann says. "Honestly, I think that any of the astronauts selected will do an incredible job in executing that mission."Mann is a fighter pilot and mechanical engineer by training, but she has already spent the past seven years learning a wide range of skills needed for lunar missions.She says her passion for exploration traces back to growing up in the Bay Area."I love to get outdoors and explore," Mann says. "I think the Bay Area is a great...
    Vice President Mike Pence, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday, introduced some of the 18 astronauts that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has chosen to be on the initial team for the early Artemis missions on and around the Moon. Nine of the astronauts are women, and one of them will most likely be the first woman to step foot on the Moon.  The Moon missions are part of President Donald Trump’s efforts to restart the nation’s space program after Barack Obama virtually shut it down. Trump also created the United States Space Force, now one of eight U.S. uniformed services. Pence made the introduction during the eighth National Space Council meeting at space center. “I give you the heroes who will carry us to the Moon and beyond – the Artemis Generation,” Pence said. “It is amazing to think that the next man and first woman on the Moon are among the names that we just read. The Artemis Team astronauts are the future of American space exploration – and that future is bright.” NASA Administrator Jim...
    NASA has shared a shortlist of astronauts eligible for the first Artemis missions to the Moon, and it won’t surprise you to hear that it’s an eclectic mix. The 18 candidates not only cover a range of backgrounds, but include everyone from relative newcomers to some of its most seasoned veterans. Eight of the astronauts are from the 2017 class, including US Navy Lieutenant Commander Kayla Barron, Navy SEAL and medical doctor Jonny Kim and Curiosity science team member Jessica Watkins. There are also several 2013 veterans, though, including record-setter Christina Koch and Crew Dragon pilot Victor Glover. A few of the candidates are far more experienced, though — Stephanie Wilson landed her astronaut role in 1996, while Joseph Acaba secured his place in 2004.
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Pittsburgh native could be the next person to step foot on the moon. Warren Hoburg is one of 18 astronauts that will train as part of NASA’s Artemis moon-landing program. Hoburg is a graduate of North Allegheny High School and then earned a degree at MIT and a doctorate from UC Berkley. He was selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate class and after his selection, completed the necessary training to become mission eligible. Hoburg has experience as a commercial pilot as well as experience in wilderness search and rescue. Along with Hoburg, the new group of astronauts includes nine women, one of those women will become the first to walk on the moon. “Our goal is to go to the moon sustainably,” said Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator. “To live and work on another world, so ultimately we can take all of that knowledge on to Mars.” NASA hopes to get to the moon by 2024 and establish a sustainable human lunar presence by...
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