NASA Engineers Revived A Discarded, Decades-Old Instrument For A 2020s Moon Mission

NASA engineers are dusting off a 20-year-old science instrument for a series of upcoming Moon landing missions.

NASA has contracted with two private companies so far to build landers for a series of uncrewed science missions to the Moon, with the first launches planned for 2021. The uncrewed lander missions are the first phase of NASA’s Artemis program, with the ambitious eventual goals of crewed Moon landings, an orbital lunar outpost, and lunar mining. To that end, several of the instruments are focused on better understanding where and how to look for hydrogen, water, and other important chemical compounds on the Moon.

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UNO News 2019 10 NASA Nebraska Space Grant Space Ambassador Teacher Awarded a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching NASA Nebraska Space Ambassador Awarded a Presidential Award for Excellence

Pamela Petersen, a teacher at York Middle School and a Nebraska Space Ambassador (NSA) for the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) NASA Nebraska Space Grant office, was awarded a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The PAEMST program, administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recognizes outstanding teachers for their contributions to the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science.

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New MSU instrument collects sun data aboard NASA rocket

BOZEMAN — On the launch pad at White Sands Missile Range, the 10-foot section of a NASA sounding rocket housing scientific instruments designed and built by a team at Montana State University to observe explosive events in the sun’s atmosphere was encased in Styrofoam to shield it from the New Mexico sun.

Graduate student Catherine Bunn monitored the instruments’ temperature, chilling them as needed with liquid nitrogen. Fellow graduate students Roy Smart and Jacob Parker, along with Charles Kankelborg, a professor in the Department of Physics in the College of Letters and Science, made last-minute checks.

But would the rocket fly?

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NASA is trying to figure out how to contain a supervolcano that could destroy humanity

What images go through your mind when you think of the end of the world? Asteroids? Perhaps a world war? Climate change? Or even aliens?

Even if some of these things are realistic, there’s a much greater threat lurking beneath Earth’s surface that could put an end to human civilisation — and very few know about it.

According to a report by the BBC, even NASA sees them as one of the greatest natural threats to humanity: supervolcanoes.

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These are the new spacesuits for the first woman and next man on the moon

(CNN)A human hasn’t landed on the moon since 1972, but NASA’s Artemis program aims to land the first woman and the next man on the lunar surface by 2024. Part of that process involves upgrading the classic spacesuits worn by Apollo-era astronauts in the 1960s and 70s.

NASA revealed two new spacesuits for the Artemis astronauts on Tuesday with live demonstrations. The suit for the planned landing at the lunar south pole is called the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit, or xEMU, because the red, white and blue suit itself is a bit like a spaceship in the way it protects the astronauts, NASA said. A second orange suit called the Orion Crew Survival System will be worn during launch and re-entry in the Orion spacecraft and provide thermal protection for the astronauts.

All-women Delta crew flies 120 girls to NASA headquarters to inspire female aviators

A Delta flight operated exclusively by women, and carrying 120 young females as passengers, took off this week to inspire more women to become aviators and advocate for equality in a “male-dominated industry.”

The Delta “WING” flight — Women Inspiring our Next Generation — took girls between the ages of 12 to 18 from Salt Lake City to NASA headquarters in Houston to draw attention to the need to close the gender gap in aviation and promote STEM careers, according to a press release from the airline on Sunday.

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North Charleston school celebrates STEM challenge victory with trip to Space Center

This year marks 50 years since NASA’s Apollo 11 landed on the moon. In 1969, the world watched in amazement as astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong took the first lunar steps while Michael Collins orbited the moon. 

July 20 was the official anniversary, and to celebrate this unprecedented historical event, local students took to their STEM inventions to recreate the Apollo 11 mission in the form of a lunar module replica — a drone to carry it and a LEGO robot called Mindstorms EV3. 

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5 Ways Wisconsin Helped Put a Man on the Moon


When the first men to walk on the moon splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969 – 50 years ago this month – the first human being they encountered was Lt. Clancy Hatleberg, a 25-year-old Navy SEAL from Chippewa Falls. As the capsule bobbed on the choppy, shark-infested waters, Hatleberg opened the hatch, handed biological isolation suits to the astronauts, sprayed them with disinfectant to kill any “moon germs,” and helped get them hoisted into a waiting helicopter. “Being given a chance to participate in the first mission where men would actually walk on another planet … it was like a dream come true,” he said in an interview published in 2005. Hatleberg – whose wife, Sue, grew up in Eau Claire – went on to a two-decade career in the Navy.

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NASA Moves Up 1st All-Female Spacewalk to This Week

We won’t have to wait quite as long as we’d thought for the first all-female spacewalk, if all goes according to plan.

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir had been scheduled to venture outside the International Space Station (ISS) together next Monday (Oct. 21), as part of a series of excursions to install new batteries. But they’ve been retasked and fast-tracked, thanks to the failure of one of the orbiting lab’s power controllers over the weekend, NASA officials announced today (Oct. 15).

“@Space_Station update: our first all-female spacewalk with @Astro_Christina and @Astro_Jessica will be Thursday or Friday to replace a faulty battery charge-discharge unit,” NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said via Twitter. More details will be relayed during a press conference later today, he added.

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How much does a ticket to space cost? Meet the people ready to fly

When Lori Fraleigh unwrapped the present her husband had given her for her 38th birthday, she found a curious surprise: a model of a spaceship. It was cool, sure, but a toy would be better suited for her young children, then 5 and 1, not her.

Then she noticed the ticket. It took Fraleigh, a Silicon Valley executive, a moment to realize what her husband had purchased for her: a trip to space with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. “I went through a lot of crazy emotions, like, ‘Did you really buy this?’ ” she recalled of the moment in 2011. “ ‘Do we still have enough money to remodel the kitchen?’ ”

Today, her children are 13 and 9. The kitchen remodel has long since been completed. But Fraleigh is still waiting for her trip to space.

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