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University of Arizona Prepares for Next Phase of NEO Surveillance Mission

A team of astronomers from the University of Arizona plans the next phase of the projected NASA mission that aims to develop a space-based infrared telescope designed to detect potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroids. 

Professor Amy Mainzer of UA's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and her team will provide documentation and reviews to help the space agency decide whether to begin the preliminary design phase of the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Mission in 2020, the university said Tuesday

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Bobby Braun to Return to NASA as Planetary Exploration Leader

Bobby Braun, a former chief technologist of NASA, has been named leader of planetary exploration programs at the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory effective Jan. 15, Space News reported Wednesday. JPL Director Michael Watkins said NASA will study the feasibility of consolidating parts of the laboratory's Mars and solar system exploration directorates.

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NASA Installs Mobility Gear on Mars 2020 Rover

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory installed the wheels, legs and suspension to facilitate mobility of the Mars 2020 rover. The legs consist of titanium tubing and the six aluminum wheels offer cleats to provide traction as the rover traverses terrain on the red planet, space agency said Friday.

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NASA Moving Forward With Mars Helicopter Testing

NASA is bringing its Mars Helicopter to the final stages of testing in preparation for the autonomous vehicle's exploration mission in 2021. The helicopter underwent electrical connection, vibration and temperature tests in Denver before transferring to NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in May for further trial and equipment installations, JPL said Thursday

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NASA Attempts Mars Rover Recovery Via Command Transmissions

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory transmitted new commands to a 15-year-old exploration rover on Mars and will continue doing so for weeks to come. The laboratory said Friday it intends to address the effects of Mars' planet-wide dust storm on the Opportunity rover. The storm has caused the rover to cease transmitting following the last communication made on June 10, 2018.

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DHS, NASA Jointly Develop AI First Responder Support System

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate collaborated with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop an artificial intelligence system geared to help first responders process large amounts of information. Built under S&T's Next Generation First Responder Apex program, the Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction and Synthesis or AUDREY works to manage first responder data in emergency situations, the DHS said Tuesday.

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