The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is pleased to announce that the 2020 recipient of the Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award is Hiu Ching Jupiter Cheng from the University of Georgia. The award supports her investigation of impact craters on the dwarf planet Ceres. The Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award is for undergraduate or graduate students of […]
The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is proud to announce the winners of the prestigious 2020 USRA Distinguished Undergraduate Awards. In keeping with its goal to recognize and develop promising future scientists in space-related disciplines, USRA bestows these awards to honor outstanding undergraduate students in a variety of majors through a competitive process. These awards […]
NASA has selected 18 astronauts from its corps to form the Artemis Team and pave the way for the next astronaut missions on and around the Moon as part of the Artemis program. The astronauts on the Artemis Team come from a diverse range of backgrounds, expertise, and experience. The agency’s modern lunar exploration program will […]
International cooperation on and around the Moon as part of the Artemis program is taking a step forward today with the signing of the Artemis Accords between NASA and several partner countries. The Artemis Accords establish a practical set of principles to guide space exploration cooperation among nations participating in the agency’s 21st-century lunar exploration […]
NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) finalized an agreement between the United States and Canada to collaborate on the Gateway, an outpost orbiting the Moon that will provide vital support for a sustainable, long-term return of astronauts to the lunar surface as part of NASA’s Artemis program. This Gateway agreement further solidifies the United […]
NASA and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) pledging cooperation in areas of science and technology to support the peaceful use of outer space. The MOU, signed December 17, 2020, brings together NASA’s wealth of publicly available Earth observation data and dynamic exploration opportunities with UNOOSA’s […]
NASA and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) have signed a memorandum of understanding affirming the agencies’ intent to continue their longstanding partnership in mutually beneficial research activities advancing space, Earth, biological, and physical sciences to further U.S. national space policy and promote the progress of science. The agreement addresses a broad range of research […]
NASA’s Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) program has selected three additional informal education organizations to promote learning in STEM to inspire the next generation of explorers. The three organizations supplement an initial group selected in December 2019. The selected projects provide students with opportunities to engage in science, technology, engineering, and math behind […]
NASA’s Science Mission Directorate has awarded prize funding of $100,000 each to six entrepreneurial startup companies under its pilot Entrepreneur’s Challenge program for concepts ranging from machine learning to enable exploration and other technologies to new ways to build instruments to study the universe. NASA partnered with Starburst, the global aerospace hub, to launch a […]
Credit:  NASA. NASA has selected four companies to collect space resources and transfer ownership to the agency: Lunar Outpost of Golden, Colorado; Masten Space Systems of Mojave, California; ispace Europe of Luxembourg; and iSpace Japan of Tokyo. The new NASA contracts with these companies total $25,001. Space resources will play a key role in NASA’s […]
Credit:  NASA/JPL-Caltech. NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) are moving to the next phase in a campaign to deepen understanding of whether life ever existed on Mars and, in turn, better understand the origins of life on Earth. NASA has approved the Mars Sample Return (MSR) multi-mission effort to advance to Phase A, preparing to […]
NASA Discoveries, R&D, and Moon to Mars Exploration Plans Persevere This Year @NASA — December 21, 2020. Credit:  NASA. In 2020, NASA made significant progress on America’s Moon to Mars exploration strategy, met mission objectives for the Artemis program, achieved significant scientific advancements to benefit humanity, and returned human spaceflight capabilities to the United States; […]