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Moon Bound Google Lunar XPRIZE Awards $5.25 Million in Milestone Prizes

The $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE is a competition designed to inspire young scientists and engineers to build a robot and safely land it on the lunar surface while on a strict budget. (Photo credit: Google Lunar XPRIZE)

The $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE is a competition designed to inspire young scientists and engineers to build a robot and safely land it on the lunar surface while on a strict budget. (Photo credit: Google Lunar XPRIZE)

A total of $5.25 million in Milestone Prizes was awarded to five teams this week, Monday, […]

NASA Plans Three February EVAs to Kick Off 50th Year of Spacewalking

Expedition 41 astronauts Reid Wiseman (top) and Barry “Butch” Wilmore (right) work at the zenith face of the Harmony node during EVA-28 in October 2014. Part of this spacewalk was devoted to the movement of camera and other equipment, ahead of the major relocation of ISS hardware in 2015. Photo Credit: NASA

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Expedition 42 Crew Captures CRS-5 Dragon and Critical ISS Payloads - UPDATE

Canadarm2 grappled the CRS-5 Dragon spacecraft at 5:44 a.m. EST Monday, 12 January. Photo Credit: NASA, with thanks to Mike Barrett

Two days after departing Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, in a blazing light show, SpaceX has successfully delivered its fifth dedicated Dragon cargo mission (CRS-5) to the International […]

Huge Prospects for Science and Humans to Mars: Conversation With Hubble Astronaut/NASA Science Chief John Grunsfeld (Part 2)

Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on STS-125 and the final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope on May 11, 2009, from Launch Complex-39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: Ken Kremer – kenkremer.com

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL — “A great path” lies ahead for “science and launching humans to Mars,” says astronaut […]

Spacewalk Preps, Science, and Robonaut Keep Expedition 42 Busy Ahead of Christmas Holiday

NASA Astronaut Terry Virts with Robonaut-2. Photo: NASA

The International Space Station Expedition 42 crew were hard at work last week on a variety of robotics and research tasks, along with preparation for a rescheduled cargo delivery and future spacewalks. Work on scientific studies about fruit fly immune systems, microbial growth, and cyclone […]

Crowdfunding Campaign Aims to Launch Ambitious Lunar Science Mission

A recently launched crowdfunding campaign aims to finance the development of an ambitious and challenging lunar science mission, called “Lunar Mission One,” to the Moon’s south pole. The project’s backers hope that this will help kickstart a new era in lunar exploration, while creating a legacy for the way space missions are funded. Image […]

Why NASA's Plans for an Early 2020s Mission to Europa Are Likely to Happen

Europa mission concepts under study by NASA. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

For years scientists and dreamers alike have looked toward Jupiter’s moon Europa with a keen interest, because decades of observations and research of the frozen world (thanks to spacecraft like Galileo and Voyager) have shown us that the Jovian satellite is easily one of […]

The Challenge is On: NASA-WPI 2014 Robot Prize Competition Registration Open

NASA photo from 2012 Sample Return Robot Challenge. Photo Credit: NASA

In pursuit of new technological solutions for America’s space program and our nation’s future, NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass., have opened registration for the $1.5 million 2014 Sample Return Robot prize competition.

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NASA Seeks Information on Commercial Robotic Lunar Lander Capabilities

Photo Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — NASA Tuesday issued a Request for Information (RFI) that will help agency officials better understand current plans in the U.S. commercial space industry for a robotic lunar landing capability. The RFI will assist NASA in assessing U.S. industry’s interest in partnerships to develop a robotic lander that could enable commercial and agency missions.

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Mars Rover Opportunity Halfway to Next Destination

The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is halfway to its next destination, Solander Point. Photo Credit: NASA / JPL

Since August 2011, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has been exploring the rim of a 14-mile-wide crater called Endeavour that is geologically very distinct from anything the robot craft had previously encountered. Ancient rocks and clay […]