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Bigelow tests earthbound space station mockup

Bigelow Aerospace opened up its ground-based prototype for a space station module — or perhaps even a Mars transport habitat — for inspection today at its headquarters in North Las Vegas. The open house centered on the Mars Transporter Testing Unit, … Continue reading

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NASA checks out SpaceX’s landing plans for Mars

NASA is helping SpaceX get a fix on potential landing sites on Mars for its Starship super-spaceship, with an emphasis on Arcadia Planitia and Amazonis Planitia, regions where deposits of water ice may be found. Another focus of NASA’s reconnaissance … Continue reading

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Hey, kids! Name NASA’s 2020 Mars rover

NASA says a student will provide the official name for its 2020 Mars rover, continuing a tradition that began 16 years ago. The space agency will kick off its “Name the Rover” contest on Sept. 3, just as most elementary schools and … Continue reading

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Space Council highlights moon, Mars … and nukes

The latest meeting of the National Space Council provided a forum to build support for NASA’s twin-focus plan to send astronauts to the Moon in preparation for trips to Mars – and for the idea of using nuclear-powered rockets to … Continue reading

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NASA’s moon lander plan stirs up a fuss

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced today that Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama will take the lead role in developing the vehicles for landing astronauts on the moon – which could be good news for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space … Continue reading

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Blue Origin partners with NASA on moon lander tech

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ space venture, Blue Origin, has been selected to participate in three partnerships with NASA to advance technologies that could come into play for Artemis missions to the moon — and eventually for Mars missions as well. The three projects … Continue reading

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Northrop Grumman to build moon-orbiting habitat

NASA says it’s choosing Northrop Grumman to build the habitation module for its future moon-orbiting Gateway outpost, because it’s the only company that can do the job in time for a 2024 lunar landing. In a procurement document released last week, … Continue reading

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