NASA Begins Cosmic Tomato Experiments on ISS

In a blog post Thursday, NASA said flight engineer Nicole Mann had begun installing what’s known as the Veg-05 study on the International Space Station. What’s Veg-05, you ask? Well, the long and complicated name of the Veg-05 study is this: The Pick-and-Eat Salad-Crop Productivity Nutritional Value, and Acceptability to Supplement the ISS Food System investigation. But … Read more

NASA Hopes Mars Rock Sample Might Contain Droplet of Ancient Water

This story is part of Welcome to Marsour series exploring the red planet. There’s a growing sense of excitement around NASA’s future Mars Sample Return mission, an effort to bring the Perseverance rover’s rock collection back to Earth. A new rock sample is adding to the anticipation because it might contain evidence of ancient water … Read more

Austin-based ICON awarded $57.2 million NASA contract for lunar construction tech • TechCrunch

ICON, a construction tech company that’s raised more than $400 million in funding, has landed a new contract from NASA to develop new systems to build on the moon and Mars. The $57.2 million contract is a continuation of a previous Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) dual-use contract with the U.S. Air Force, which was … Read more

Sorry, This NASA Mars Rover Image Doesn’t Show a Flying UFO

This story is part of Welcome to Marsour series exploring the red planet. Every morning, I make time to browse through raw images of Mars sent back by NASA’s rovers. I ooh and ah over the rock formations, and sometimes spot something goofy, like a mysterious black object hovering in a Perseverance rover image from Sunday. … Read more

How NASA uses this fake Moon dirt to prep for Artemis

Fun fact from the files of “there’s a job for that”: there are multiple companies that specialize in making fake Moon dirt. Technically, it’s called lunar regolith to help differentiate it from “soil,” which implies the presence of organic material, or from “dirt,” which, for this story, I learned literally just means “anything that makes … Read more

Here’s the NASA Artemis I Earth Rise Video We’ve Been Waiting For

The Apollo moon missions of the 1960s and ’70s gave us a stunning new perspective on our planet seen from the distance of our lunar neighbor. NASA and its modern-day Artemis I mission are revisiting those historic views. On Tuesday, the space agency released an Earth rise video showing our cloudy blue planet emerging from … Read more

NASA Regains Contact With Orion Spacecraft After Unexpected Glitch

Test flights are test flights for a reason. NASA was aiming for a trouble-free Artemis I mission that’s sending its uncrewed Orion capsule around the moon and back, but the spacecraft encountered a communications glitch overnight. Orion talks with Earth through the Deep Space Network, an array of antennas across the globe that are used … Read more

NASA selects Rocket Lab to launch TROPICS satellites • TechCrunch

NASA has found a new launch provider for its extreme weather observation satellites. The agency announced Wednesday that it has selected Rocket Lab to launch its Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS) satellites across two launches in late spring next year. The missions, which will take place … Read more

NASA Regains Communication With Orion Spacecraft After Unexpected Glitch

Test flights are test flights for a reason. NASA was aiming for a trouble-free Artemis I mission that’s sending its uncrewed Orion capsule around the moon and back, but the spacecraft encountered a communications glitch overnight. Orion talks with Earth through the Deep Space Network, an array of antennas across the globe that are used … Read more