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Sols 4253-4254: Pit Stop for Contact Science
Posted on Wednesday July 24, 2024

Earth planning date: Monday, July 22, 2024 Last week we wrapped up activities at Fairview Dome and started heading south towards our next potential drill location in the Upper Gediz Vallis ridge campaign. We had about a 29-meter (about 95 feet) drive over the weekend, which set us up nicely for contact science and remote […]

Sols 4250-4252: So Many Rocks, So Little Time
Posted on Wednesday July 24, 2024

Earth planning date: Friday, July 19, 2024 As usual with our weekend plans, we are packing a lot of science into today’s three-sol plan. I had the fun of planning a complex and large set of arm activities as the Arm Rover Planner today. Since we did not drive in Wednesday’s plan, we still are […]

LIVE: NASA is with you from Oshkosh
Posted on Wednesday July 24, 2024

Welcome to NASA Aeronautics’ live update page with news about NASA events and other festivities taking place throughout the week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024, which we simply call Oshkosh. Day Two Wraps Up Tuesday, July 23 at 8 p.m. EDT There was a spot of rain here this afternoon, but the NASA Pavilion stayed […]

10 Things for Mars 10
Posted on Tuesday July 23, 2024

Scientists from around the world are gathering this week in California to take stock of the state of science from Mars and discuss goals for the next steps in exploration of the Red Planet. In the spirit of Mars 10, formally known as the 10th International Conference on Mars, here are 10 recent significant events […]

Designing Space Exploration With the Human in Mind
Posted on Tuesday July 23, 2024

When designing a new spacecraft or exploration vehicle, there is intense focus on its technical performance. Do its systems perform as expected? What kind of power does it need? Will it safely reach its destination? Equally important, however, is whether that vehicle also works for the humans inside. Can astronauts easily reach critical controls? Do […]

NASA Releases First Integrated Ranking of Civil Space Challenges
Posted on Tuesday July 23, 2024

This spring, NASA published a document overviewing almost 200 technology areas requiring further development to meet future exploration, science, and other mission needs – and asked the aerospace community to rate their importance. The goal was to better integrate the community’s most pervasive technical challenges, or shortfalls, to help guide NASA’s space technology development and […]

NASA, Boeing to Discuss Crew Flight Test Mission, Ground Testing
Posted on Tuesday July 23, 2024

Leadership from NASA and Boeing will participate in a media teleconference at 11:30 a.m. EDT Thursday, July 25, to provide the latest status of the agency’s Boeing Crew Flight Test mission aboard the International Space Station. Audio of the media teleconference will stream live on the agency’s website: https://www.nasa.gov/nasatv Participants include: Media interested in participating […]

NASA Sponsors New Research on Orbital Debris, Lunar Sustainability
Posted on Tuesday July 23, 2024

As part of NASA’s commitment to foster responsible exploration of the universe for the benefit of humanity, the Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy (OTPS) is funding space sustainability research proposals from five university-based teams to analyze critical economic, social, and policy issues related to Earth’s orbit and cislunar space.

Astronaut Eileen Collins, NASA’s First Female Shuttle Commander
Posted on Tuesday July 23, 2024

Astronaut Eileen Collins, STS-93 commander, looks through a checklist on the space shuttle Columbia’s middeck in this July 1999 image. Collins was the first female shuttle commander. Collins graduated in 1979 from Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance AFB, Oklahoma, where she was a T-38 instructor pilot until 1982. She continued her career as […]

25 Years On, Chandra Highlights Legacy of NASA Engineering Ingenuity
Posted on Tuesday July 23, 2024

By Rick Smith “The art of aerospace engineering is a matter of seeing around corners,” said NASA thermal analyst Jodi Turk. In the case of NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, marking its 25th anniversary in space this year, some of those corners proved to be as far as 80,000 miles away and a quarter-century in the […]