Milestones

Michaela Dobson of the University of Auckland, New Zealand, has been named the 2021 Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award recipient. Dobson will study a potential impact ejecta horizon in a 3.5 Ga sequence of sedimentary rocks. If an impact origin is confirmed, it will be the oldest known ejecta layer on Earth. The Eugene M. […]
 
NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy, along with fellow veteran astronauts Michael Lopez-Alegria and Scott Kelly, were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame class of 2021 on November 13, 2021. Their induction ceremony, held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, brings the Hall of Fame’s membership to 102. Melroy, Lopez-Alegria, and […]
 
Universities Space Research Association (USRA) proudly announced today the winners of the prestigious 2021 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 are granted […]
 
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced new leadership roles and the merging of two offices into the Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy (OTPS) in support of Biden-Harris Administration priorities and the focus on space strategy. Bhavya Lal will serve as the associate administrator for OTPS Melanie Saunders will serve as the agency’s new chief resilience […]
 
NASA has chosen 10 new astronaut candidates from a field of more than 12,000 applicants to represent the United States and work for humanity’s benefit in space. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson introduced the members of the 2021 astronaut class, the first new class in four years, during an event at Ellington Field near NASA’s Johnson […]
 
NASA has awarded the Booster Production and Operations Contract (BPOC) to Northrop Grumman of Brigham City, Utah, to build boosters for the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket to support nine SLS flights. Northrop Grumman, the lead booster contractor, has produced booster motors for the first three Artemis missions and is casting the motors for […]
 
NASA has awarded $90,000 each to seven entrepreneurial startup companies under its Entrepreneur’s Challenge program. The awards will advance new technology concepts ranging from novel materials with properties not found in nature to innovative technologies that will enable small satellite (SmallSat) science missions. The following companies were selected as winners of the Entrepreneur’s Challenge: Morpheus Space […]
 
NASA has signed agreements with three U.S. companies to develop designs of space stations and other commercial destinations in space. The agreements are part of the agency’s efforts to enable a robust, U.S.-led commercial economy in low-Earth orbit. The total estimated award amount for all three funded Space Act Agreements is $415.6 million. The companies […]
 
Variety, nutrition, and taste are some considerations when developing food for astronauts. For NASA’s Deep Space Food Challenge, students, chefs, small businesses, and others whipped up novel food technology designs to bring new solutions to the table. NASA has selected 18 U.S. teams to receive a total of $450,000 for ideas that could feed astronauts […]
 
In the first major Artemis update provided under the Biden-Harris Administration, NASA leadership discussed the challenges and progress of America’s lunar exploration plans and reiterated a long-term commitment to exploring the Moon and sending astronauts to Mars. The update follows a judge’s recent decision to uphold NASA’s selection of SpaceX to develop and demonstrate a […]
 
NASA has selected National Geographic to help tell the story of Artemis II, the first Artemis flight that will carry astronauts around the Moon and back to Earth onboard the agency’s Orion spacecraft. Following a competitive selection process, NASA and National Geographic entered into a non-reimbursable (no exchange of funds) Space Act Agreement to collaborate […]
 
NASA has awarded $28 million to fund the next five years of research infrastructure development across 28 jurisdictions. The Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a part of NASA’s Office of Stem Engagement and based out of the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, supports science and technology research and development at colleges and […]
 
NASA seeks young engineers to help design a new robot concept for an excavation mission on the Moon. The Lunabotics Junior Contest is open to K–12 students in U.S. public and private schools and home-schoolers. The competition, which is a collaboration between NASA and Future Engineers, asks students to design a robot that digs and […]
 
NASA’s “You’ve Got Perseverance” awards opportunity invites U.S. teachers, educators, and community members to nominate students in grades 6–8 who have demonstrated that they have the right stuff to move past obstacles and reach their academic goals. The program will reward that dedication with recognition all the way from Mars. Events over these many months […]
 
The new system improves the capabilities of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL’s) Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) to assess the impact risk of asteroids that can come close to our planet. To date, nearly 28,000 near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) have been found by survey telescopes that continually scan the night sky, adding new discoveries at a […]
 
Through a new 3D real-time visualization tool, you can now explore the asteroids and comets that approach Earth’s orbital neighborhood — and the spacecraft that visit these objects — with a click or a swipe. NASA’s Eyes on Asteroids brings this data to any smartphone, tablet, or computer with an internet connection — no download required. […]
 
NASA’s real-time 3D visualization tool Eyes on the Earth got a recent upgrade to include more datasets, putting the world at your fingertips. Using the tool, you can track the planet’s vital signs — everything from carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide to sea level and soil moisture levels — as well as follow the fleet of Earth […]