Milestones

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Friday selected Commercial Crew Program Manager Kathy Lueders to be the agency’s next associate administrator of the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate. Since 2014, Lueders has directed NASA’s efforts to send astronauts to space on private spacecraft, which culminated in the successful launch of Demo-2 from the Kennedy Space […]
 
Following in the footsteps of many great science and engineering leaders before him, Sethuraman Panchanathan has been officially appointed as the National Science Foundation’s 15th director, sharing his vision for his six-year term and promising a continued push for inclusiveness in science and engineering. “Right now, the world faces significant scientific challenges — most obviously […]
 
Destined to become the first aircraft to attempt powered flight on another planet, NASA’s Mars Helicopter officially has received a new name: Ingenuity. Vaneeza Rupani, a junior at Tuscaloosa County High School in Northport, Alabama, came up with the name and the motivation behind it during NASA’s “Name the Rover” essay contest. “The ingenuity and […]
 
NASA is naming its next-generation space telescope currently under development, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), in honor of Nancy Grace Roman, NASA’s first chief astronomer, who paved the way for space telescopes focused on the broader universe. The newly named Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope – or Roman Space Telescope, for short – is […]
 
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Wednesday the agency’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C., will be named after Mary W. Jackson, the first African American female engineer at NASA. Jackson started her NASA career in the segregated West Area Computing Unit of the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Jackson, a mathematician and aerospace engineer, […]
 
The LPI is pleased to announce the grant awardees of the Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research: Morgan Cox Curtin University, Australia Raiza R. Quintero Curtin University, Australia Siddharth Rajpriye Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India Catherine Ross University of Texas – Austin, USA Tiolo Aurélien Temenou University of Yaounde, Cameroon Stamatios Xydous Agricultural […]
 
Recognizing that science and exploration go hand in hand, NASA created SSERVI in 2013, expanding the scope of the former NASA Lunar Science Institute to include basic and applied scientific research on the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos. The Eugene Shoemaker Distinguished Scientist medal, Michael J. Wargo Award, Susan Mahan […]
 
The National Academy of Sciences announced the election of 120 members and 26 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Those elected bring the total number of active members to 2,403 and the total number of international members to 501. International members are non-voting members of the Academy with […]
 
For the first time in history, NASA astronauts have launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station. The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley lifted off at 3:22 p.m. EDT on May 30 on the company’s […]
 
NASA has selected three U.S. companies to design and develop Human Landing Systems (HLS) for the agency’s Artemis program, one of which will land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon by 2024. NASA is on track for sustainable human exploration of the Moon for the first time in history. The human landing system awards under the Next […]
 
NASA has awarded Astrobotic of Pittsburgh $199.5 million to deliver NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) to the Moon’s South Pole in late 2023. The water-seeking mobile VIPER robot will help pave the way for astronaut missions to the lunar surface beginning in 2024 and will bring NASA a step closer to developing a […]
 
NASA has selected 409 technology proposals for the first phase of funding from the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. The contracts will provide approximately $51 million to 312 small businesses in 44 states and Washington, D.C. “NASA depends on America’s small businesses for innovative technology development that […]