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Prototype of an aircraft that could fly over Mars

Prototype of an aircraft that could fly over Mars
At NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, a group of students successfully flew a prototype of an aircraft that could one day fly in the Martian atmosphere and send its findings back to Earth. Called the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or Prandtl-M, the small, remotely piloted glider aircraft flew 11th August at Armstrong.
24th August 2016

Through a shadow, darkly

Through a shadow, darkly
Every 18 months or so, scientists and sensation-seekers gather at set points on Earth’s surface, to await awe-inspiring solar eclipses. The Moon briefly blocks the Sun, revealing its mysterious outer atmosphere, the corona. Though what if researchers could induce such eclipses at will? That’s the scientific vision behind ESA’s double-satellite Proba-3, the world’s first precision formation-flying mission, planned for launch in 2019.
22nd August 2016

NASA has set a new Guinness World Record

NASA has set a new Guinness World Record
  At NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, the sounding rocket team conducted a mission that launched on 16th September 2015. Including the firing of 44 rocket engines, this mission set a world record for the most rocket engines fired on a single flight.
22nd August 2016


How to dock CubeSats: Research funded by ESA

How to dock CubeSats: Research funded by ESA
The miniature satellites known as CubeSats already play a variety of roles in space. In future they could also serve as the building blocks of other, larger missions by being docked together in orbit. CubeSats are nanosatellites of standardised dimensions based on multiple 10cm sided cubes, which ESA is employing for both educational and technology-demonstration purposes.
19th August 2016

Returning a sample of an asteroid to Earth

Returning a sample of an asteroid to Earth
NASA is preparing to launch its first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will travel to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu and bring a sample back to Earth for intensive study.
18th August 2016

"To go where no map has gone before"

"To go where no map has gone before"
A 3D sky-mapping project that will measure the light of millions of galaxies has received formal approval from the U.S. Department of Energy to move forward with construction. Installation of the project, called DESI (Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument), is set to begin next year at the Nicholas U. Mayall 4m telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Ariz., with observations starting up in January 2019.
18th August 2016

NASA approves plans to design & develop gravity tractor

NASA approves plans to design & develop gravity tractor
Following a key programme review, NASA approved the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) to proceed to the next phase of design and development for the mission's robotic segment. ARM is a two-part mission that will integrate robotic and crewed spacecraft operations in the proving ground of deep space to demonstrate key capabilities needed for NASA's journey to Mars.
16th August 2016

Helping the 2020 Mars rover to find signs of life

Helping the 2020 Mars rover to find signs of life
In 2020, NASA plans to launch a new Mars rover that will be tasked with probing a region of the planet scientists believe could hold remnants of ancient microbial life. The rover will collect samples of rocks and soil, and store them on the Martian surface; the samples would be returned to Earth sometime in the distant future so that scientists can meticulously analyse the samples for signs of present or former extraterrestrial life.
16th August 2016

A step closer to better understanding the Earth’s winds

A step closer to better understanding the Earth’s winds
Years in the making, one of the trickiest pieces of space technology ever developed is finally ready to join its satellite for launch by the end of next year, bringing us another step closer to a better understanding of the Earth’s winds.  Carrying pioneering lasers, Aeolus will be the first satellite to probe the wind globally.
15th August 2016

NASA commissions deep space habitat prototypes

NASA commissions deep space habitat prototypes
  NASA has selected six U.S. companies to help advance the Journey to Mars by developing ground prototypes and concepts for deep space habitats under the second Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) Broad Agency Announcement, or NextSTEP-2
12th August 2016


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