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Watch the first-ever video of a Mars landing from NASA's Perseverance rover

In a screengrab from NASA's video, a camera on Perseverance records the jetpack lowering the rover to the Martian ground. NASA NASA's Perseverance rover recorded its own descent to Mars and landing on Thursday. A new video shows Perseverance descending to Mars, a parachute inflating, and a jetpack navigating the rover to landing. No Mars-landing operation has ever been captured on camera before. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. NASA just released unprecedented vi...
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From the Mars Rover landing to SpaceX satellite launches, these are some of 2021's biggest space stories so far

The first (left) and second (right) images that the Perseverance rover took seconds after landing on Mars, February 18, 2021. NASA Nasa's Mars Rover's daring landing on Mars is among the key space stories of 2021. The red planet is also an important destination for Elon Musk's SpaceX, the UAE, and China. Blue Origin and Zero 2 Infinity are among other space companies commanding attention.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The year has already got off to a winning sta...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, China, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Features, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Uae, Falcon, Blue Origin, Mars Rover


NASA's Perseverance rover already beamed back its first photos from the surface of Mars

The first image that NASA's Perseverance rover took on Mars, just seconds after landing , February 18, 2021. NASA NASA's Perseverance rover landed in Mars' Jezero Crater on Thursday, then quickly beamed back its first photos. The images may soon be followed by video footage of the descent and landing. Perseverance is now poised to deploy the first space helicopter and hunt for signs of ancient alien life. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. NASA's freshly landed Per...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Space Exploration, Boulder, Mars, Spacecraft, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena California, Rob Manning, ET Mission, NASA NASA, Tech Insider, Mars Landing


Watch video of NASA test-firing the world's most powerful rocket stage

Crews at Stennis Space Center lift the core stage of NASA's Space Launch System into place at test stand B-2 on January 22, 2020. NASA NASA plans to test-fire the core stage of its Space Launch System on Saturday around 4 p.m. EST. The core stage will burn through more than 700,000 gallons of liquid propellant over eight minutes while strapped to a test stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. NASA TV plans to broadcast live coverage of the firing — the final test in the ag...
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Watch live video of NASA test-firing the world's most powerful rocket stage for 8 minutes

Crews at Stennis Space Center lift the core stage of NASA's Space Launch System into place at test stand B-2 on January 22, 2020. NASA NASA plans to test-fire the core stage of its Space Launch System on Saturday around 5 p.m. EST. The core stage will burn through more than 700,000 gallons of liquid propellant over eight minutes while strapped to a test stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. NASA TV plans to broadcast live coverage of the firing — the final test in the ag...
Tags: Transportation, Space, Florida, Science, News, Mississippi, Youtube, Trends, Nasa, Moon, Orion, Rockets, Associated Press, Boeing, Artemis, Northrop Grumman


A private astronaut explains how Axiom plans to replace the International Space Station and potentially save NASA billions per year

The International Space Station as seen by astronauts from NASA's space shuttle Endeavour on February 19, 2010. NASA NASA wants to deorbit the International Space Station before the end of this decade. The space agency and Congress want a commercial replacement in orbit before the ISS is trashed in the Pacific Ocean. Axiom Space, a startup founded by a former NASA executive, is working to build, launch, and assemble "AxStation," an all-private outpost. Michael López-Alegría — a former ...
Tags: Transportation, Space, Spacex, Congress, Senate, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Mars, Astronauts, Iss, Tom Cruise, Pacific Ocean, Michael


Space 2021: All the Mars landings, eclipses, astronaut flights, rocket launches, and other big missions to look for this year

The year 2021 will bring an exciting series of Mars landings, rocket launches, astronaut flights, and more. NASA; JPL-Caltech; Boeing; SpaceX In 2020, SpaceX became the first private company to launch humans into orbit, Japan brought asteroid samples to Earth, and China's landed a spacecraft on the moon. But 2021 is set to be an even more ambitious year in space, with rovers set to land on Mars, new commercial astronaut missions, and much more. Here's what to watch for in 2021. Visit Busin...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Utah, Japan, Spacex, Elon Musk, Dart, Australia, China, Virginia, India, US, Alabama, Beck, Trends, Nasa


2021 in space: This year will bring Mars landings, eclipses, and even more commercial astronaut launches. Here's what to watch for.

SpaceX's Demo-2 mission lifts off with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley inside a Crew Dragon spaceship, May 30, 2020. SpaceX In 2020, SpaceX became the first private company to launch humans into orbit, Japan brought asteroid samples to Earth, and China's landed a spacecraft on the moon. But 2021 is set to be an even more ambitious year in space, with rovers set to land on Mars, new commercial astronaut missions, and much more. Here's what to watch for in 2021. Visit Busines...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Utah, Japan, Spacex, Elon Musk, Dart, Australia, China, Virginia, India, US, Alabama, Beck, Trends, Nasa


NASA just named the astronauts who could return to the moon in its Artemis program

NASA astronauts Christina Koch (left) and Jessica Meir on the International Space Station, October 12, 2019. NASA NASA on Wednesday announced the 18 astronauts chosen for its Artemis moon-landing missions.  The astronauts include nine men and nine women — one of whom could become the first woman ever to walk on the moon. NASA aims to launch people to the lunar surface as early as 2024. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. NASA has announced the 18 astronauts who will make up...
Tags: Space, Japan, Florida, Science, News, Congress, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Nasa, United States, Moon, Orion, Kazakhstan, Mars


NASA is paying a company $1 - spread over 3 instalments - to collect rocks from the moon's south pole

Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images NASA is paying Colorado start-up Lunar Outpost $1 to collect rocks and dust from the moon. On Thursday, the agency announced the four winning bidders for its first lunar material contracts. The companies have to collect small samples of lunar soil and share information on its location with NASA. NASA asked for bids between $15,000 and $25,000, but approved the $1 bid because Lunar Outpost was already planning to collect lunar material. Visit Busi...
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NASA is paying a company $1 - spread over 3 installments - to collect rocks from the moon's south pole

Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images NASA is paying Colorado start-up Lunar Outpost $1 to collect rocks and dust from the moon. On Thursday, the agency announced the four winning bidders for its first lunar material contracts. The companies have to collect small samples of lunar soil and share information on its location with NASA. NASA asked for bids between $15,000 and $25,000, but approved the $1 bid because Lunar Outpost was already planning to collect lunar material. Visit Busi...
Tags: Europe, Space, Japan, Science, Colorado, Navy, California, China, America, Trends, Gold, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Luxembourg, Mars


NASA Administrator Says He Plans To Leave Position Under Biden Administration

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine says he plans to leave his position at the space agency under the new Joe Biden administration, even if he's asked to stay, according to an interview he did with Aviation Week. Bridenstine said the decision would be to ensure NASA has the right leader who connects with the new president. From a report: "What you need is somebody who has a close relationship with the president of the United States," Bridenstine told Aviation Week. "You need somebody who is trust...
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A scientist's simple animation shows why there won't be a way to communicate with astronauts on Mars in real time

An artist's rendering of astronauts and human habitats on Mars. JPL/NASA NASA plans to send humans back to the moon and, eventually, to Mars. Communicating with Mars astronauts 42 million miles away would require patience: Even at the speed of light, it takes three minutes to send a signal from Earth to Mars. A planetary scientist's simple animation shows why we probably won't be able to video chat any Mars astronauts. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. NASA and its co...
Tags: Space, Science, News, California, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Animation, Lasers, Space Exploration, Mars, Astronauts, Speed Of Light, Donoghue, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA, Mojave Desert


Max Q: NASA makes key discovery for future of deep space exploration

Max Q is a weekly newsletter from TechCrunch all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This past week, we unveiled the agenda for TC Sessions: Space for the first time. It’s our inaugural event focused on space startups and related technologies, and it’s happening December 16 and 17. It’s entirely virtual, of course, and the good news is that means you can attend easily from anywhere in the world. We’ve got an amazing lineup, including newsmakers we regularly c...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, Microsoft, Tech, Intel, Nasa, Moon, Lockheed Martin, Aerospace, Falcon, Sofia, Lockeed Martin, Microsoft Microsoft


NASA used a Boeing 747 rigged with a massive telescope to discover water on the moon — take a look at SOFIA

NASA's flying observatory, nicknamed "SOFIA," just made one of its most consequential discoveries to date. NASA Photo/Jim_Ross/DVIDS & Skitch Data from NASA's flying observatory, nicknamed "SOFIA," was responsible for finding molecular water (H2O) on the moon. Housed inside the former Pan Am and United Airlines Boeing 747 is a far-infrared telescope that can detect star formations, distant galaxies, and the formation of new solar systems. The discovery is among the most consequential t...
Tags: California, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Cnn, Boeing, Ames Research Center, Artemis, United Airlines, Sofia, Pan Am, National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA, Southern Hemisphere, Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, Armstrong Flight Research Center, Jim Ross


Announcing the Agenda for TC Sessions: Space 2020

TC Sessions: Space is happening this December 16 and 17 – our first ever dedicated space event. This is a live, virtual two-day conference featuring the most important people in the space industry, across public, private and defense. We’re thrilled to be hosting NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Rocket Lab CEO and founder Peter Beck, U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations General Jay Raymond, Lockheed Martin VP and head of civil space programs Lisa Callahan and many more. In addition to th...
Tags: TC, Spacex, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, Air Force, Thompson, Ground Control, Tom, John Thompson, Rocket Lab, Moon Mars, Jay Raymond, Chris Kemp, NASA NASA


Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin just launched NASA's new moon-landing technologies into space

The New Shepard booster lands after the vehicle's fifth flight, May 2, 2019. Blue Origin Blue Origin, the rocket company owned by Jeff Bezos, just launched a test flight to try out new moon-landing technologies for NASA. NASA developed high-precision sensors, software, and a new computer to help spacecraft land in rocky or shadowy areas of the moon or Mars. It paid Blue Origin $3 million to test those new technologies. The landing systems delivered the company's New Shepard rocket boos...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Space Exploration, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Rocket Launch, Griffin, Blue Origin, Moon Landing, Carson, West Texas, Johnson Space Center


Jeff Bezos' rocket company, Blue Origin, is about to launch a rocket into space to test NASA's new moon-landing technologies

The New Shepard booster lands after the vehicle's fifth flight, May 2, 2019. Blue Origin Blue Origin, the rocket company owned by Jeff Bezos, is about to launch a test flight to try out new moon-landing technologies for NASA. NASA developed high-precision sensors, software, and a new computer to help spacecraft land in rocky or shadowy areas of the moon or Mars. It paid Blue Origin $3 million to test those new technologies. If they work as planned, the landing systems should deliver th...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Space Exploration, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Rocket Launch, Griffin, Artemis, Blue Origin, Moon Landing, Carson, National Team


SpaceX's next astronaut mission for NASA has been pushed back to Halloween

NASA's Crew-1 crew members in SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft (left to right): NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, and Mike Hopkins, as well as JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi. SpaceX via NASA NASA announced on Friday that its next mission with SpaceX won't launch until late October at the earliest. That mission, called Crew-1, will ferry four astronauts to the space station and back. It was initially slated to launch as early as this month, but the delay better accommodat...
Tags: Transportation, Halloween, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, News, Russia, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Iss, Boeing, Mike Hopkins


After measuring radiation on the moon for the first time, scientists say a lunar base should be built underground to protect astronauts

An artist's concept of the Artemis base camp on the moon. NASA NASA recently unveiled the plan for its Artemis program, a series of missions that would return astronauts to the moon.  A new study reveals how much radiation astronauts are exposed to on the lunar surface: a daily dose about 200 times greater than on Earth. NASA wants to build a base on the moon, but the new data suggests it'd be safest to bury such a base under 2.5 feet of moon dirt to protect astronauts from radiation. ...
Tags: Space, Science, News, China, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Astronauts, Radiation, Artemis, Lunar Surface, Chang, Eugene Cernan, NASA NASA, Aylin Woodward


Engineers found the location of an elusive leak on the space station: It's in a Russian module that provides crucial life support

The International Space Station, with an arrow pointing to the Zvezda module. NASA NASA and Roscosmos determined that a leak on the International Space Station is located in the Zvezda Service Module module on the station's Russian side. That module provides crucial life support, including oxygen. Engineers are still working to pinpoint the leak's exact location within the module.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On Monday night, NASA flight controllers woke the three m...
Tags: Space, Science, News, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Leak, Kazakhstan, Roscosmos, Northrop Grumman, Mike Hopkins, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Dmitry Rogozin, Chris Cassidy


Astronauts are testing NASA's new spacesuits underwater as the agency pushes toward the next moon landing

An astronaut uses a hammer underwater in NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston, Texas. NASA NASA is developing new spacesuits for its planned missions to the moon. Astronauts are testing the spacesuits in a giant pool: the Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston, Texas. The pool mimics the feeling of microgravity and serves as a training ground for astronauts learning how to do spacewalks.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. NASA is racing to get astronauts back to the moon i...
Tags: Spacex, Congress, Trends, Nasa, House Of Representatives, Moon, Orion, US Navy, Artemis, South Pole, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Houston Texas, Johnson Space Center, Chris Cassidy, Jack Schmitt, NASA NASA


NASA has narrowed the source of an elusive leak on the space station to 2 Russian modules — one of which provides crucial life support

NASA NASA is hunting for the source of a leak on the International Space Station. The agency has tested most of the station but still hasn't found the source. That means the leak is probably in one of the two sections crew members stayed while performing the tests. One of those, the Zvezda Service Module, provides life support for the station's Russian side. Engineers are looking into how they might test the remaining sections. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Inter...
Tags: Space, Science, News, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Engineering, International Space Station, Leak, Iss, Roscosmos, Scott Kelly, Dmitry Rogozin, Bill Ingalls, Chris Cassidy


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


'Unknown' space debris almost flew within 1 mile of the International Space Station. As junk builds up in orbit, the danger of collisions is growing.

The International Space Station. NASA NASA says "an unknown piece of space debris" flew uncomfortably close the International Space Station on Tuesday. The debris, which was predicted to zip past the ISS at 6:21 p.m. ET, would have come within 1.39 kilometers (0.86 mile) of the station. However, mission controllers fired the engine of an attached Russian cargo spaceship to move the orbiting laboratory out of the way. The threat of space debris has grown in recent decades more satellites laun...
Tags: Space, Science, Congress, India, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Astronauts, Iss, Space Junk, Space Debris, Mission Control, US Russia, Chris Cassidy


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


NASA is looking to buy Moon dirt from private companies – no return shipping required

NASA wants to procure samples of lunar soil from private contractors, the agency announced today in a blog post by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. This is part of the agency’s overall ambitions around returning humans to the Moon by 2024, and establishing a sustained human research presence there. NASA is asking for proposals from commercial space companies to offer up their proposals for collecting a small amount of rocks or dirt from “any location” on the Moon’s surface, along with a ph...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, Moon, Robotics, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Outer Space, NASA NASA, Private Spaceflight, Jim Bridenstine, Commercial Lunar Payload Services


NASA patented a faster, cheaper route to the moon. The first spacecraft to use it could make Nobel Prize-winning discoveries about the universe.

An illustration of the showing the Dark Ages Polarimeter Pathfinder or DAPPER spacecraft orbiting past the far side of the moon. University of Colorado Boulder; NASA NASA patented an efficient new trajectory for sending smaller robotic spacecraft to the moon.The agency says it patents and licenses technologies to ensure they can achieve the "widest distribution" possible.The new trajectory may help a planned spacecraft, called the Dark Ages Polarimeter Pathfinder, reach lunar orbit and repe...
Tags: Space, Science, News, China, US, Trends, IP, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Space Travel, Moon, Patents, Intellectual Property, Jupiter, Cosmology


NASA just selected astronaut Jeanette Epps for a historic space mission by Boeing — 2 years after the agency abruptly bumped her from a first flight

NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps in a spacesuit in 2017. NASA NASA said Tuesday that astronaut Jeanette Epps will launch aboard Boeing's new CST-100 Starliner spaceship in 2021.Epps has not yet flown to space, but the Starliner-1 mission could make her the first Black person to live and work aboard the International Space Station for months at a time.NASA previously selected Epps for a 2018 flight, but the agency abruptly removed her from that mission just months ahead of its launch.Epps is one...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Spaceships, Mars, Astronauts, Boeing, Central Intelligence Agency, Artemis, EPPS, Ford Motor Company


Newly-Discovered Comet Neowise: Now Visible at Dawn and Dusk

"A newly-discovered comet is giving skywatchers quite the show during the month of July," reports CBS News: Astronomers discovered the comet, known as Comet C2020 F3 NEOWISE, back in March. It was named for the NASA mission that spotted it, for the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer... But astronomers knew they found something unique when they spotted Neowise. On July 3, Neowise was closer to the sun than the orbit of Mercury, coming dangerously close to breaking apart. The su...
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