Articles about National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration commonly abbreviated as NASA is the American government’s national civil space program that has earned a name for itself in space exploration. NASA is spread across 20 centers across the United States. It employs approximately 18,000 civil servants and claims to have created over 312,000 jobs across the US, generating over $64.3 billion in economic output in 2019. It also works with several contractors, academicians, and international partners. The agency operates with an annual budget of $23.2 billion (as of FY2021). NASA was established in 1958 with a distinctly civilian orientation encouraging the peaceful application of space science. Over the years, NASA has pioneered several human spaceflight programs including the X-15 program from 1954 to 1968, Project Apollo from 1960 to 1972, Skylab from 1965 to 1979, and Apollo-Soyuz from 1972 to 1975. NASA is also credited with putting the international space station into orbit, launching the commercial crew program that has helped the likes of SpaceX, and the Artemis program designed around the colonization of the moon. As of September 2021, NASA is led by Administrator Bill Nelson.

First lunar eclipse of 2022 with Super Blood Moon sighting

16 May 2022

World
First lunar eclipse of 2022 with Super Blood Moon sighting

On the intervening night of Sunday and Monday, a part of the world witnessed the first total lunar eclipse of the year.

Delhi-born Nishant Batra leading project to install 4G on moon

07 Mar 2022

Technology
Delhi-born Nishant Batra leading project to install 4G on moon

Delhi-born Nishant Batra, a top executive at Finnish firm Nokia, is leading a project to establish the first 4G cellular network on the moon.

Comet Leonard is here, and never coming back again

14 Dec 2021

Lifestyle
Comet Leonard is here, and never coming back again

Comet Leonard, also known as the once-in-a-lifetime comet, is one of the brightest comets of the year.

Solar eclipse 2021: NASA scientists explain 8 myths and facts

04 Dec 2021

Technology
Solar eclipse 2021: NASA scientists explain 8 myths and facts

Several parts of the world will witness a solar eclipse Saturday as the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, casting a shadow on some areas of our planet, blocking the Sun's light.

NASA will slam spacecraft into asteroid to test humankind's defenses

25 Nov 2021

Technology
NASA will slam spacecraft into asteroid to test humankind's defenses

NASA has launched a spacecraft on a direct collision course with an asteroid, intentionally. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission intends to test technologies for defense against potential asteroid collisions.

Blue Origin loses lawsuit against NASA over Artemis HLS contract

05 Nov 2021

Technology
Blue Origin loses lawsuit against NASA over Artemis HLS contract

In July, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos penned an open letter to NASA, opposing the space agency's decision to award the Artemis lunar lander contract to Elon Musk-led SpaceX.

Will we be able to access Wi-Fi on Moon soon?

18 Oct 2021

Technology
Will we be able to access Wi-Fi on Moon soon?

Move over Starlink, NASA's new study has pitched a plan to help America's internet coverage issues.

NASA's Lucy space probe blasts off to explore asteroids

17 Oct 2021

Technology
NASA's Lucy space probe blasts off to explore asteroids

American space agency NASA launched the Lucy Mission space probe strapped to a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on October 16.

Asteroid larger than Pyramid of Giza to zoom by tomorrow

14 Oct 2021

Technology
Asteroid larger than Pyramid of Giza to zoom by tomorrow

NASA might be planning to launch the Lucy spacecraft to investigate the Jupiter Trojan asteroid belt but few cosmic events come close to the one we are about to witness on Friday.

NASA releases its first AR-enabled comic: Check details here

26 Sep 2021

Technology
NASA releases its first AR-enabled comic: Check details here

NASA released its first digital, interactive graphic novel Saturday in a two-pronged effort to commemorate National Comic Book Day as well as to encourage more youngsters to sign up as astronauts for the planned Artemis manned lunar missions.

NASA announces landing site for its VIPER lunar rover mission

21 Sep 2021

Technology
NASA announces landing site for its VIPER lunar rover mission

In May, NASA announced the VIPER mission to the moon under the Artemis program to look for water, its deposits, or at least signs of it on the dark side of the moon.

Indian-origin space scientist's foundation gives wings to passionate Indian students

20 Sep 2021

Technology
Indian-origin space scientist's foundation gives wings to passionate Indian students

Twenty-five-year-old Indian-origin space scientist Priya Patel has had an illustrious career working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) for interplanetary missions.

Astronomer who demoted Pluto claims he's found new ninth planet

19 Sep 2021

Technology
Astronomer who demoted Pluto claims he's found new ninth planet

Pluto was controversially stripped of its designation as a planet in 2006. A planetary scientist who was the fiercest advocate of the celestial body's demotion claims he has now found another celestial body worthy of recognition as a planet.

SpaceX greenlighted for launching four civilians into space next week

06 Sep 2021

Technology
SpaceX greenlighted for launching four civilians into space next week

Elon Musk announced plans to fly an all-civilian crew to space in February this year. Now, the mission is finally set to make history next week when a crew of four civilians will make a three-day trip around Earth.

NASA testing Joby's eVTOL aircraft for commercial readiness as air-taxi

06 Sep 2021

Technology
NASA testing Joby's eVTOL aircraft for commercial readiness as air-taxi

American space agency NASA has finally started testing Joby Aviation's electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle for its Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign.

Japan to bring soil samples from Mars moon by 2029

20 Aug 2021

Technology
Japan to bring soil samples from Mars moon by 2029

Japan's space agency plans to bring soil samples back from the Mars region ahead of the US and Chinese missions now operating on Mars, in hopes of finding clues to the planet's origin and traces of possible life.

Can NASA 3D-print structures using regolith aboard the ISS?

15 Aug 2021

Technology
Can NASA 3D-print structures using regolith aboard the ISS?

NASA has sent a contracted Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) with nearly 3,720kg of cargo on board, including a machine meant to demonstrate 3D printing regolith on the moon and other extraterrestrial surfaces.

82-year-old Funk to join Bezos's space trip, ending 60-year wait

02 Jul 2021

Technology
82-year-old Funk to join Bezos's space trip, ending 60-year wait

Aerospace pioneer Wally Funk, 82, will be joining Amazon boss Jeff Bezos on Blue Origin's crewed space flight of its New Shepard suborbital spacecraft.

Here's why Hubble Space Telescope is inoperable since June 13

20 Jun 2021

Technology
Here's why Hubble Space Telescope is inoperable since June 13

The NASA/ESA's Hubble Space Telescope, which is behind some of the most incredible pictures of distant galaxies to date, is reportedly defunct for the past few days.

Spacesuit concerns briefly interrupt spacewalk to install solar panels

17 Jun 2021

Technology
Spacesuit concerns briefly interrupt spacewalk to install solar panels

Spacewalking astronauts resumed work to install powerful, new solar panels outside the International Space Station on Wednesday, after a brief interruption caused by problems with one of their suits.

NASA inviting proposals for two private astronaut missions to ISS

12 Jun 2021

Technology
NASA inviting proposals for two private astronaut missions to ISS

Following in the footsteps of Jared Isaacman-led civilian crewed mission and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos's plans to attain escape velocity this year, NASA has announced that it is welcoming proposals from commercial establishments for two private crewed missions to the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA's Juno spacecraft snaps first close-ups of Jupiter's largest moon

09 Jun 2021

Technology
NASA's Juno spacecraft snaps first close-ups of Jupiter's largest moon

On June 7, NASA's Juno spacecraft zoomed past Jupiter's largest moon called Ganymede. The spacecraft snapped incredible close-up pictures of the celestial body as it passed by at a distance of 1,038 kilometers from Ganymede, the closest any spacecraft has been to the moon in 20 years.

South Korea becomes tenth country to sign the Artemis Accords

28 May 2021

Technology
South Korea becomes tenth country to sign the Artemis Accords

On May 24, South Korea became the tenth nation to sign the Artemis Accords, a set of principles that define responsible exploration of the Moon.

NASA's VIPER will scout for water on Moon's dark side

25 May 2021

Technology
NASA's VIPER will scout for water on Moon's dark side

NASA appears to have found enough evidence of water in lunar soil to warrant an exclusive mission as a prerequisite for sustained human presence on the Moon.

China's Tianwen-1 lander and rover successfully touchdown on Mars

14 May 2021

Technology
China's Tianwen-1 lander and rover successfully touchdown on Mars

Shortly after realizing the dream of launching its own space station, China reportedly succeeded at its attempt to land the Zhurong lander on Mars on May 14 as a part of its Tianwen-1 mission.

NASA spacecraft now homeward bound after collecting Bennu asteroid samples

12 May 2021

Technology
NASA spacecraft now homeward bound after collecting Bennu asteroid samples

NASA has recently announced that its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has begun a 2.5-year journey back to Earth after reportedly collecting samples from an asteroid called Bennu.

SpaceX's Starship SN15 prototype finally succeeds at high-altitude flight, landing

06 May 2021

Technology
SpaceX's Starship SN15 prototype finally succeeds at high-altitude flight, landing

Elon Musk-led SpaceX successfully launched a high-altitude Starship prototype on Wednesday. It also marks a historic achievement for the company as the SN15 rocket is the first to land safely after the flight.

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter completes third long-distance flight, with fastest-yet airspeed

26 Apr 2021

Technology
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter completes third long-distance flight, with fastest-yet airspeed

NASA's Perseverance rover Mars mission has been a resounding success so far, with both its technology demonstrations showing promise.

NASA, SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts successfully embark on journey to ISS

23 Apr 2021

Technology
NASA, SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts successfully embark on journey to ISS

On April 23, NASA launched a crew of four astronauts on a flight to the International Space Station (ISS) without incident.

NASA's MOXIE proof-of-concept successfully converts Martian carbon dioxide to oxygen

22 Apr 2021

Technology
NASA's MOXIE proof-of-concept successfully converts Martian carbon dioxide to oxygen

Besides the Ingenuity helicopter that took flight on Mars earlier this week, NASA had sent another proof of concept to the red planet. The device is called Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE).

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter aces first test flight in Martian environment

19 Apr 2021

Technology
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter aces first test flight in Martian environment

Ever since NASA successfully unsheathed the Ingenuity helicopter that accompanied its Perseverance rover to Mars, anticipation had been building for the helicopter's first flight.

SpaceX awarded contract to build lander for manned lunar mission—Artemis

18 Apr 2021

Technology
SpaceX awarded contract to build lander for manned lunar mission—Artemis

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has chosen Elon Musk's SpaceX to build the lunar lander for the Artemis mission.

Astronauts successfully relocate SpaceX's Resilience—first for a commercial crew port

06 Apr 2021

Technology
Astronauts successfully relocate SpaceX's Resilience—first for a commercial crew port

On Monday, astronauts successfully relocated the SpaceX Crew-1 spacecraft from the forward port of the International Space Station's (ISS) Harmony module to the space-facing port.

Here's why NASA is heaping Martian soil on InSight's seismometer

04 Apr 2021

Technology
Here's why NASA is heaping Martian soil on InSight's seismometer

Since a successful landing on Mars, NASA's InSight lander mission has seen its fair share of challenges. Most recently, InSight's seismometer dubbed Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) has been relaying back false positives and noisy readings of seismic activity on the red planet.

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter now one step closer to first flight

23 Mar 2021

Technology
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter now one step closer to first flight

Over the weekend, NASA's Perseverance rover dropped the debris shield that protected the Ingenuity helicopter during the rover's historic landing on the red planet.

LEGO launches NASA Discovery space shuttle, Hubble telescope kit

23 Mar 2021

Technology
LEGO launches NASA Discovery space shuttle, Hubble telescope kit

Yesterday, renowned toymaker LEGO announced the launch of a new kit. The 2,354 pieces of the set will come together to form the Discovery space shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope.

NASA's Perseverance rover completes first test drive on Martian soil

07 Mar 2021

Technology
NASA's Perseverance rover completes first test drive on Martian soil

NASA has recently announced that its Perseverance rover successfully completed its first test drive on Mars.

NASA's Perseverance rover performs first test drive on Mars

06 Mar 2021

Technology
NASA's Perseverance rover performs first test drive on Mars

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover hit the dusty red road this week, putting 21 feet on the odometer in its first test drive. It ventured from its landing position, on Thursday, two weeks after landing, to seek signs of past life.

Astronomers seeking giant black hole discover multiple smaller ones instead

04 Mar 2021

Technology
Astronomers seeking giant black hole discover multiple smaller ones instead

Two astronomers from the Paris Institute of Astrophysics, who were reportedly searching for a giant black hole in the globular cluster NGC 6397 using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Earth-based telescopes, came across something they were not expecting at all.

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter brings Clubhouse to the masses, and more

04 Mar 2021

Technology
NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter brings Clubhouse to the masses, and more

Even as Clubhouse tries to be a hipster and keep Android users from experiencing its new take on social media, Twitter has cloned the experience for them with Spaces.

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