Space

NASA, Navy to Conduct Orion Spacecraft Recovery Test

The U.S. Navy deployed a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock Wednesday to support a NASA spacecraft recovery test off the coast of Southern California. USS Anchorage (LPD 23) departed from San Diego Naval Base for the Underway Recovery Test 6 that will train personnel to recover the Orion crew module after the spacecraft …

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NASA Releases First Lunar Data Set From SAGE III Mission

NASA has publicly released the first set of lunar data from the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III mission launched on the International Space Station last year. The space agency said Friday its Atmospheric Science Data Center offers the public access to information about measurements of ozone and nitrogen trioxide in the atmosphere after …

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NASA Demos First X-Ray Navigation in Space

NASA has performed the first fully autonomous X-ray navigation in space, which could help future robotic spacecraft to travel to deep space locations. The space agency said Thursday a team of engineers carried out the experiment called the Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology, or SEXTANT, on Nov. 11. …

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New Report Recommends Earth Science Missions for NASA

A new report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine proposes a series of Earth science missions for NASA to pursue over the next decade, Space News reported Friday. The recommended satellite missions could cost between $300 to $800 million each and are intended to help scientists understand changes in the …

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NASA-Led Team Addresses Gap in Methane Emission Studies

A research team led by scientist John Worden of NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has helped optimize the accuracy of estimated increases in methane emissions through a new study. NASA said Tuesday that methane emissions have been rising since 2006, but researchers’ explanations for the increase showed “irreconcilable” differences. Researchers provided …

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Steve Jurczyk: NASA Open to Potential Use of Suborbital Vehicles in Human Spaceflight

Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for space technology at NASA, has said the agency is open to the possibility of permitting researchers to fly aboard commercial suborbital spacecraft to conduct experiments as part of the Flight Opportunities program, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. “As principal investigators propose, both internal to NASA and external, …

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