Milestones

USRA’s Allan Treiman, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), was selected to receive the 2022 Geological Society of America G. K. Gilbert Award from the Planetary Geology Division for his outstanding contributions to the field of planetary geology. “As Principal Scientist at the LPI, Allan is richly deserving of this award not only for […]
 
David McBride, director of NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, retired on June 30 after 35 years of service to the agency. He began his career at NASA as an intern. During McBride’s tenure as director, the center completed the flight evaluation of the X-48B/C hybrid wing body experimental aircraft and demonstrated the Orion […]
 
Dr. Marla Pérez-Davis, director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, retired on June 17, after nearly four decades of service at the agency. “Marla’s four decades of service to NASA have made a remarkable impact on critical agency goals and missions in aeronautics, human exploration and, of course, on Glenn Research Center. Her trailblazing […]
 
NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) Awards recognize outstanding achievements in exploration science. Recipients have each made unique contributions to NASA’s human exploration efforts. SSERVI Award winners are nominated by their academic peers and are selected by a committee based at SSERVI’s central office. The awards were presented along with invited lectures from […]
 
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) will convene its next meeting on August 9–10. Nelson also appointed new members to the NAC, who will provide leadership counsel and advice on agency programs and priorities. “NASA remains a global leader in exploration as a result of having a world-class workforce, and the […]
 
NASA has selected seven new additions to the team of flight directors to oversee operations of the International Space Station, commercial crew, and Artemis missions to the Moon. The inductees in the class of 2022 include Heidi Brewer, Ronak Dave, Chris Dobbins, Garrett Hehn, Nicole McElroy, Elias Myrmo, and Diana Trujillo. After completing a comprehensive training program […]
 
NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are working together to advance space nuclear technologies. The agencies have selected three design concept proposals for a fission surface power system design that could be ready to launch by the end of the decade for a demonstration on the Moon. This technology would benefit future exploration under the Artemis umbrella. […]
 
Sixteen scientists from the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Japan have been chosen to help future samples from the Red Planet achieve their full potential. NASA and ESA (European Space Agency), its partner in the Mars Sample Return Program, have established a new group of researchers to maximize the scientific potential of Mars rock and sediment […]
 
The Lunar and Planetary Institute is pleased to announce the 2022 awardees of the Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research. Paige Cincio University of Western Ontario, Canada Juliette Faucher Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Shania James University of Kerala, India Liseloane Malelu University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa Fernando Pereira State University of Campinas, Brazil […]
 
NASA’s “The Invisible Network” podcast returned on June 9 for a six-episode season about NASA’s Deep Space Network. Managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, the Deep Space Network provides critical communications links to flagship NASA missions on Mars, the outer planets, and even in interstellar space. Podcast episodes debuted on Thursdays throughout […]
 
The main body of NASA’s Europa Clipper spacecraft has been delivered to the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California. Over the next two years there, engineers and technicians will finish assembling the craft by hand before testing it to make sure it can withstand the journey to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. The spacecraft […]
 
Adding to the growing list of commercial deliveries slated to explore more of the Moon than ever before under Artemis, NASA has selected two new science instrument suites, including one that will study the mysterious Gruithuisen Domes for the first time. These payload suites mark the second selection through the agency’s Payloads and Research Investigations on […]
 
NASA has selected Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace to advance spacewalking capabilities in low-Earth orbit and at the Moon, by buying services that provide astronauts with next-generation spacesuit and spacewalk systems to work outside the International Space Station, explore the lunar surface on Artemis missions, and prepare for human missions to Mars. The awards leverage NASA’s […]
 
NASA has selected hundreds of small businesses and dozens of research institutions to develop technology to help drive the future of space exploration, ranging from novel sensors and electronics to new types of software and cutting-edge materials. The newly awarded projects under the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) […]
 
NASA has awarded a sole-source contract to the National Academy of Sciences of Washington to conduct studies on questions of national importance within the domain of NASA science and technology programs relating to space science, Earth science, and biological and physical science in space. The Strategic Advice Supporting NASA Science and Technology Programs in Space […]