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NASA is developing a new space toilet for moon-bound astronauts — but the agency's 'certified sniffers' say the system is far too stinky

NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor works on the current US space station toilet. NASA NASA plans to use its Orion spacecraft to fly astronauts to the moon. But first, engineers have to figure out how to make the capsule's toilet less stinky. A model of the toilet is launching to the International Space Station next week, where astronauts will test it out. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. NASA is actively preparing to send astronauts back to the moon for the first tim...
Tags: Space, Science, News, US, Trends, Nasa, International Space Station, Orion, New Mexico, Toilet, Hutt, NASA NASA, Susie Neilson, White Sands Test Facility, Serena Auñón Chancellor, UWMS

The toilet on the NASA spaceship slated to fly astronauts to the moon has 'odor control challenges,' according to a top engineer

NASA's Universal Waste Management System, displayed with hardware needed for integration on the International Space Station. NASA NASA plans to use its Orion spacecraft to fly astronauts to the moon. But first, engineers have to figure out how to make the capsule's toilet less stinky. A model of the toilet is launching to the International Space Station next week, where astronauts will test it out. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. NASA is actively preparing to send a...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, International Space Station, Orion, New Mexico, Toilet, Hutt, Susie Neilson, Serena Auñón, White Sands Test Facility, UWMS, Universal Waste Management System, International Space Station NASA NASA

NASA just unveiled its step-by-step plan to land astronauts on the moon via the Artemis program — then build a lunar base

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks at a briefing on the Artemis lunar exploration program, September 11, 2019, in Washington, DC. NASA/Aubrey Gemignani NASA just unveiled its first full plan for its Artemis program, a series of missions to return people to the moon for the first time since 1972. The program would launch an uncrewed mission around the moon in 2021, followed by a crewed moon flyby in 2023, then a lunar landing in 2024. The plan also calls for NASA and other agencies t...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, Russia, Trends, Nasa, Earth, House Of Representatives, Orion, Mars, Artemis, South Pole

Peculiar planetary system architecture around three Orion stars explained

In our Solar System, the eight planets and many other minor objects orbit in a flat plane around the Sun; but in some distant systems, planets orbit on an incline --sometimes a very steep one. New work published in Science by an international team could explain the architecture of multi-star systems in which planets are separated by wide gaps and do not orbit on the same plane as their host star's equatorial center.
Tags: Science, Orion

Everything (We Think) You Should Know Before Bill & Ted Face the Music

Break out the air guitars. After almost 30 years, the long-awaited, highly anticipated third Bill & Ted movie is finally coming out this week. Perhaps it’s time for a most triumphant refresher?Read more...
Tags: Science, Orion, Sci Fi, Time Travel, Keanu Reeves, Bill Ted, Alex Winter, Bill And Ted, Bill And Teds Excellent Adventure, Bill and Ted Face The Music, Bill And Teds Bogus Journey

A star is reborn: dust cloud blamed for dimming of Betelgeuse

Mystery had enthralled skywatchers since the star began to lose luminosity last October – with some suggesting it could explodeThe sudden dimming of one of the Milky Way’s brightest stars, Betelgeuse, could be due to a dust cloud spewing up from its surface, astronomers have said.The mystery has enthralled skywatchers since the star – part of the Orion constellation – began to lose luminosity last October, with some experts suggesting it could herald its explosion into a supernova. Continue read...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Orion, Betelgeuse

Here’s how Blue Origin’s human lander system will carry astronauts to the lunar surface

Blue Origin was among the companies selected by NASA to develop and build a human lander system for its Artemis missions, which include delivering the next man and first woman to the surface of the Moon in 2024. The Jeff Bezos -founded space company chose to deliver a bid that included a space industry “dream team” of subcontractors, including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper, and its Artemis Human Landing System will use the expertise of all three. The Blue Origin bid was on...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, Animation, Orion, IAC, Lockheed Martin, Jeff Bezos, Spaceflight, Aerospace, United Launch Alliance

SpaceX, Blue Origin and Dynetics will build human lunar landers for NASA’s next trip back to the Moon

NASA has selected the companies that will provide them with the human landing system for their Artemis Moon missions, including a lander vehicle which will carry astronauts from space to the lunar surface for the first time since 1972. Blue Origin, SpaceX and Dynetics were picked from a larger field of competitors to develop and build human landing systems (HLS) to carry the first woman and the next man to the Moon, a goal which NASA still hopes to accomplish by 2024. SpaceX’s Starship was...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Congress, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, Moon, Orion, Mars, Lockheed Martin, Jeff Bezos, Spaceflight, Aerospace

Apollo 13 Is a Dramatic Reminder Why Rushing Back to the Moon Is a Mistake

The Apollo program was a stunning technological feat, but, on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13, we’re reminded of the tremendous risks involved and why the U.S. shouldn’t return humans to the Moon in haste.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Orion, The moon, Apollo, Artemis, Moon Landing, Space Launch System, SLS, Apollo 13

NASA confirms Commercial Crew still a priority, but James Webb Telescope testing and other activities paused

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has been sharing regular updates about how his agency is approaching the rapidly changing global coronavirus pandemic situation. This week, NASA escalated its response multiple times due to changing circumstances, including changing the state of working conditions at all of its facilities across the country, and on Friday the agency summarized the current status of each of its facilities and major projects in a comprehensive update. Work continues on a few m...
Tags: Food, TC, Space, Spacex, Science, California, Tech, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Orion, Lockheed Martin, Astronaut, Iss, Spaceflight, Boeing

NASA’s Orion spacecraft completes testing ahead of Artemis 1 Moon mission

NASA has completed the testing process meant to simulate performance in in-space conditions for its Orion crew spacecraft, developed by Lockheed Martin and designed to carry crew on the agency’s Artemis missions, which aim to return the next American man and deliver the first American woman to the surface of the Moon. It reportedly “aced” the tests according to NASA, which include thermal vacuum and electromagnetic interference performance checks. Obviously, it’s not business as usual at N...
Tags: TC, Space, Florida, Science, California, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Aircraft, Long Beach, Orion, Ohio, Lockheed Martin, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing

Betelgeuse mystery solved? New deep-space image stirs up fresh theories behind dimming star

One of the biggest and brightest stars in the night sky has left astronomers puzzled after it has faded dramatically over the last year. Some have speculated that this is a sign of an impending supernova explosion, but new observations are pointing toward two new theories.Betelgeuse is a red supergiant star located around 700 light years away from Earth that can be found glowing orange in the well-known constellation of Orion. It is so massive that if it were placed in the center of our solar sy...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Belgium, Orion, Jupiter, Accuweather, Eso, Mesa, KU Leuven, Betelgeuse, Evan Bauer, Andy Howell, Jared Goldberg, DirecTV Frontier, Montarges

ESO telescope sees surface of dim Betelgeuse

Using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have captured the unprecedented dimming of Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star in the constellation of Orion. The stunning new images of the star's surface show not only the fading red supergiant but also how its apparent shape is changing.
Tags: Science, Orion, Eso, Betelgeuse

Oh Yeah, Betelgeuse Is Definitely Looking Weirder

At this point, we’re all crossing our fingers that the dying star Betelgeuse will hurry up and explode already, because who doesn’t love a good show? The red giant star (visible in the constellation Orion) has been growing dimmer since late last year, leading many to speculate it could soon go supernova. Scientists…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Stars, Orion, Supernova, Astrophysics, Supernovae, Betelgeuse, European Southern Observatory

2021 NASA budget request includes $3.3B for human lunar landers, $430M for Moon resource development

The Trump White House today issued its , and it included a 12% increase in requested funding to NASA’s coffers, as expected. That puts the total request for NASA at $25.2 billion, nearly half, or $12.3 billion, of which is earmarked specifically to support NASA’s efforts to return to the surface of the Moon and to eventually land people on Mars. Highlights from the proposed budget, which was issued by the Office of Management and Budget on Monday, include $3.3 billion specifically designate ...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, White House, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Flight, Moon, Orion, Mars, Astronaut, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Outer Space, Office of Management and Budget

Facial Recognition For Stars Lets This Telescope Automatically Find Objects in the Night Sky

Spotting constellations like Ursa Major (the Big Dipper) or Orion in the night sky is easy, but finding harder-to-spot celestial objects can be challenging and frustrating for amateur astronomers who shelled out a few hundred bucks for a fancy telescope. Celestron’s new StarSense Explorer promises to make star…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Smartphones, Ces, Orion, Big Dipper, Celestron, Consumer Tech, Telescopes, CES 2020, CES2020, Starsense Explorer, Facial Recognition For Stars

‘Super-puff’ planets add a cotton candy flavor to the search for alien worlds

Readings from the Hubble Space Telescope have shed light on a bizarre class of alien planets that have the density of cotton candy. The "super-puff" planets were detected by NASA's Kepler space telescope in 2012, orbiting Kepler 51, a sunlike star that's 2,600 light-years from Earth along our Milky Way galaxy's Orion spiral arm. A couple of years later, astronomers determined that the planets — known as Kepler-51 b, c and d — have extremely low densities. Hubble's recent observat...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Orion, Jupiter, Hubble Space Telescope, Kepler

Aerojet Rocketdyne signs on the bottom line to build hardware for moon missions

REDMOND, Wash. — Representatives of Aerojet Rocketdyne and Lockheed Martin put their signatures on a contract for up to $170 million worth of rocket hardware that'll be installed on Orion spacecraft heading to the moon — with dozens of employees who'll actually build that hardware watching the proceedings. "These are the things you're going to be talking to your grandchildren about," Cheryl Rehm, Aerojet Rocketdyne's senior director of Redmond programs, told company employees her...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Orion, Lockheed Martin, Artemis, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Redmond, Cheryl Rehm Aerojet Rocketdyne

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine explains how startups can help with Artemis Moon missions

At this week’s International Astronautical Congress, where the space industry, international space agencies and researchers from around the world convene to discuss the state of space technology and business, I asked NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine about what role he sees for startups in contributing to his agency’s ambitious Artemis program. Artemis, named after Apollo’s twin sister Artemis, one the gods of Greek myth, is NASA’s mission to return human beings to the surface of the Moon...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Congress, Tech, Economy, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Orion, IAC, Mars, Aerospace, Apollo

Musk Sets Out SpaceX Starship's Ambitious Launch Timeline

BOCA CHICA VILLAGE, Texas -- As Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, says repeatedly, he created a rocket company because he wanted to colonize Mars. His fervent argument is that humanity must spread to a second planet as insurance for long-term survival."Which future do you want?" he asked near the start of a presentation Saturday night at a launch site near the southern tip of Texas, during which he said the options were being "confined to Earth" or becoming a spacefaring spec...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, New York, Texas, Science, Congress, Australia, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, New York Times, Orion, Tokyo, Silicon Valley, Mars

Airborne NASA scientists just filmed something troubling in Greenland

Scientists aboard a NASA airplane swooped over some of Greenland's largest glaciers on Monday, spotting melted ice and raging rivers.It's significant, because though it's not nearly summer, large blue ponds have already formed on the icy ground. NASA's Operation IceBridge researchers observed this as part of their mission to watch for changes in Earth's giant masses of polar ice. Greenland, in particular, has been melting at an accelerated rate for some two decades."Although ...
Tags: Texas, Science, Nasa, Earth, Orion, Norway, Greenland, MacGregor, Josh Willis, Russell Glacier, Joe MacGregor, Jakobshavn, Brooke Medley, IceBridge MacGregor

NASA administrator Bridenstine wants everyone to know he still has faith in the SLS

Well, that certainly didn't take long! Just a day after NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine alluded to the possibility of flying the new Orion crew capsule's first experimental trip around the Moon using a pair of commercial rockets instead of NASA's own Space Launch System which is still in development, he's issued a new statement assuring everyone that the SLS is still a major part of NASA's future.In a new memo sent to all NASA employees and contractors, Bridenstine clarifi...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Orion, Jim Bridenstine, Bridenstine

Why there's nowhere better to look up than Britain – plus the best stargazing locations on home soil

Something strange happened on the way to the pub: the sky burst into life. Walking down the unlit lane through the barely lit village on the edge of the inky North Sea, I was blindsided by the depth of the darkness and, with every passing second, by the intensifying brightness up above. Every time my eyes scanned a different patch of the heavens, a new pinprick appeared, as if by merely looking I was magicking the stars; every glimpse conjured another constellation, another fanciful join-the-dot...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Wales, Aberdeen, Britain, Greater Manchester, Orion, Cambridgeshire, National Trust, Namibia, North Sea, Norwich, Scilly, Cumbria, Great Britain

NASA may be forced to rely on a commercial rocket to test its new crew capsule

NASA is betting big on its Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft as a one-two punch that will send astronauts on missions to the Moon and beyond. Both the Orion and SLS are currently in development, but they're not progressing at nearly the same rate.This leaves NASA in a bit of a pinch as it looks at its immediate schedule. A lunar test flight of the Orion, perched atop the SLS rocket to send it on its way, was supposed to take place by the middle of 2020, but the SLS is way behind sched...
Tags: Science, Senate, Nasa, Orion, Jim Bridenstine, Bridenstine

NASA considers shifting a key test flight beyond the moon to commercial rockets

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told a Senate hearing today that his agency is looking into an option to double up commercial launch vehicles in order to keep a crucial test mission for its Orion spaceship and European-built service module on schedule for mid-2020. The shift would take NASA’s own heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket, or SLS, out of the rotation for the uncrewed test flight around the moon, known as Exploration Mission 1 or EM-1. “Certainly there are opportunities to utilize ...
Tags: Science, Senate, Nasa, Orion, Jim Bridenstine

NASA’s deep space launch system is ‘coming together’

Anyone who dreams of seeing humans travel to Mars will be happy to hear that NASA just offered a detailed update on the progress of the vehicle that could get us there. The Space Launch System rocket and Orion crew capsule are both "coming together," according to NASA.NASA offered a rough timeline of when it expects to actually see the two spacecraft head skyward, with an unmanned test flight tentatively scheduled for 2020 and a manned mission around the Moon slated to take place by 2023.All eye...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Orion, Mars, Boeing, NASA NASA

A Solar Flare '10 Billion Times More Powerful' Than Earth's Sun Blasted Out of Orion's Sword

In November 2016, astronomers watched a young star some 1,500 light-years away from Earth belch out an explosion of plasma and radiation that was roughly 10 billion times more powerful than any flare ever seen leaving Earth's sun. This sudden stellar eruption may be the most luminous known flare ever released by a young star -- and it could help scientists better understand the still-murky process of star formation."Observing flares around the youngest stars is new territory and it is giving...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Hawaii, Orion, Aurora, Mauna Kea, Carrington, Orion Nebula, Mairs, Steve Mairs, James Clerk Maxwell Telescope

Trump Honors 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing in State of the Union Speech

During his State of the Union speech on Tuesday (Feb. 5), President Donald J. Trump gave a shout-out to NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin as he commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. "In 2019, we also celebrate 50 years since brave young pilots flew a quarter of a million miles through space to plant the American flag on the face of the moon," Trump said. "Half a century later, we are joined by one of the Apollo 11 astronauts who planted that flag, Buzz Aldrin," he added befo...
Tags: Spacex, Science, White House, Russia, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Orion, Pentagon, Air Force, Boeing, Defense Department, Neil Armstrong, Administration, Trump, Mike Pence

3-D views reveal ‘Orion’s Dragon’ in space

Spectral readings from the Orion Nebula have charted the cosmic weather patterns for powerful stellar winds that have created a bubble of material that's 12 light-years wide, as well as a structure that's been nicknamed "Orion's Dragon." The dragon shape stands out in a 3-D video produced using data from NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, a Boeing 747 jet that's been converted to carry a 106-inch telescope and other scientific instruments. "Whe...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Orion, Boeing, Sofia, Orion Nebula, Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy

The Geminid meteor shower peaks this week, and it'll be a special one

Get ready for what might be the best meteor shower of 2018.  The Geminid meteor shower, which peaks late at night on Thursday into the wee hours of the morning Friday, could bring more than 100 meteors per hour to light pollution-free skies in dark areas around the world, according to NASA. That's a whole bunch of meteors. "If you can see the familiar winter constellations Orion and Gemini in the sky, you'll see some Geminids," NASA explained in a skywatching video. "Expect to see up t...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Orion, Southern Hemisphere, Phaethon, Fred Whipple

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