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Juno

Juno's July fly-by gave NASA a close-up of the Great Red Spot

video It's at least 150 years old, one-and-a-half Earths wide, reaches 300 km (around 200 miles) into Jupiter's atmosphere – and now, thanks to data from the Juno probe, NASA's offering the chance to take a virtual dive into the famous Great Red Spot. When it made its first pass over the vast super-storm in July 2017, one of the …
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Trump to NASA: Fly me (or some other guys) to the Moon

President Trump has called on NASA to focus its attention on returning humans to the Moon and landing on Mars. Trump on Monday signed off on Space Policy Directive 1, an order that the American space agency prioritize the establishment of a base on the Moon and eventual plans to land people on Mars. The directive also looks …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Dec 2017
reused

SpaceX to try reusing both rocket and spacecraft for historic ISS mission

In a first for the company, SpaceX is planning to launch a supply mission to the International Space Station using both a pre-flown first stage rocket and a Dragon capsule that has already been in orbit. The mission, which will carry 4,800 lbs of food, water, and science experiments to the astronauts in low-Earth orbit, was …
Iain Thomson, 8 Dec 2017
Perseverance valley, Mars, shot by Opportunity Rover in october 2017

Opportunity rover survives Martian winter for eighth time

It has been the week of long-lived space hardware: first came the news of Voyager 1's thrusters working after 37 years without use and now NASA's cautiously suggested that the Opportunity rover on Mars will be fit to roll into its 14th year of red planet operations. Two big threats imperil Opportunity's ongoing operations. The …
Voyager probe illustration

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

NASA's announced that Voyager 1's already-amazingly-long mission will probably be extended for an extra two or three years, thanks to a successful attempt to use thrusters that haven't fired up since the year 1980. As NASA announced last Friday, Voyager 1's been using its “attitude control thrusters” (ACMs) for decades, to …
A nickel titanium spring tire

Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

NASA has developed chainmail tires with a memory and thinks they'll do the trick for future rovers. As readers of The Register's coverage of the Curiosity Rover may recall, the vehicle has experienced considerable wheel damage that has led to changes to its route in 2014 and a 2017 software update to preserve the wheels and …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2017
Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration

NASA shoots for 200Mbps networks on swarming satellites

Orbital ATK will on Saturday* launch a Cygnus spacecraft on a supply mission to the International Space Station, with one of its payloads being a pair of CubeSats that NASA hopes can demonstrate 200 megabits per second downloads, from space, and how small satellites can be operated in harness to build networks or complex …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2017
Flying car illustration. Pic by Shutterstock

NASA tells The Reg: For crying out loud. We're not building flying taxi software for Uber

NASA has smacked down reports that it is working with Uber on a flying car, or software for that flying car, or indeed, software for any firm after several announcements from the ride-hailing biz yesterday had the tech press aflame with excitement. screenshot of guardian coverage of uber flying car Are you sure, chaps? Uber …
Andrew Silver, 9 Nov 2017

NASA reconfirms 2019 will see first launch of Space Launch System

Vid NASA has reconfirmed it hopes to stage the first flight of its Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft in December 2019, but also conceded such a big build could run late. The agency has announced the outcome of the latest review of its launch schedule for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), following its previous assessment that …
Curiosity 2020's camera manifest

NASA reveals Curiosity 2020's 23-camera payload

NASA's revealed its Curiosity 2020 mission will pack 23 cameras. That's a half-dozen more the current Curiosity's 17 cameras, and way ahead of the Pathfinder mission's measly five (two on the lander and three on the Sojourner rover). The Jet Propulsion Laboratory announcement explains what all these cameras are for. …
Mars' twisty magnetic tail

Once more, with feeling: Dawn to take a closer look at Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has received another reprieve, with its mission to dwarf planet Ceres extended for another, closer, flyby. The probe has orbited Ceres since March 2015 and has already revealed a 4,000 metre high mountain that's evidence of cryovolcanism on the dwarf planet. The science is good enough – as is Dawn's …
2012 TC4 - NASA impression

NASA readies its asteroid warning system for harmless flyby

With asteroid 2012 TC4 about to pass between Earth and the moon, NASA is gearing up for its much-anticipated live test of its warning system. Back in July, the approaching rock caused a brief flurry of speculation that an impact was imminent, before the European Space Agency issued a “calm down” statement. With error bars …
Wide angle image makes the moon look much bigger than the earth

Moon trumps Mars in new US space policy

The United States' National Space Council Policy has met for the first time in 25 years and issued a new “Policy for Future American Leadership in Space”. The Council was revived by president Donald Trump in a June 2017 executive order, after it stopped operating in 1993. Re-establishing the Council was a Trump policy. The …
Spacewalkers repairing Canadarm2

After seven-hour operation, the ISS has a new 'hand'

NASA commander Randy Bresnik and astronaut Mark Vande Hei have spent seven hours upgrading one of the International Space Station's robot arms. The pair worked to attach a new Latching End Effector – the “hand” at the end of the Canadarm2 – to replace one that wore out. Canadarm2 is any old gripper: as well as performing …
The Soyuz capsule descending under its parachute this morning. Pic: NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA tests supersonic parachute, to help us land on Mars

Vid NASA has successfully tested a parachute designed for low-density atmospheres like that found on Mars. The test saw the NASA Wallops facility launch a Black Brant IX rocket, a 58-footer often used for tests and sub-orbital missions, as part of the agency's Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE). …
Moon

NASA, Roscosmos: We're building a lunar space station!

Crewed deep space exploration is back on the agenda, after NASA and its Russian counterpart Roscosmos announced they will co-operate on efforts to create a cislunar space station. The joint statement between the two agencies was signed yesterday at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia. The two …
HI-SEAS

NASA Earthonauts emerge from eight-month isolation in simulated Mars visit

Video Six would-be Mars colonists have emerged from eight months of isolation on top of a Hawaiian volcano as part of preparations for an eventual manned mission to the Red Planet. The six members of the fifth Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) experiment were sealed in a solar-powered geodesic dome with …
Iain Thomson, 18 Sep 2017
New Horizons mission control

New Horizons probe awakens to receive software upgrade

The New Horizons probe has successfully ended its five-month hibernation and resumed chats with its mission controllers. The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab received the “I'm okay” message via NASA's Deep Space Network station in Madrid. Once the probe's back in “Active” state, it's got a busy schedule before a December 9 …

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