Category Archives: Nasa

Extreme Makeover: Astronaut Edition – NASA’s futuristic new spacesuit designs

If you’ve ever wondered what the latest fashion trends are for NASA astronauts, then here is your answer. For the first time in nearly 30 years, spacesuits for American astronauts are being given a complete makeover for the 21st century, as shown this week in Wired. These are not your typical Mercury, Apollo, or Shuttle-era Continue Reading →

NASA designing its own ‘flying saucer’ for future Mars missions

It may sound like something from a movie but it’s not – NASA is working on building its own version of a “flying saucer” for a future mission to Mars. The disk-shaped spacecraft would be used to transport heavy payloads and even people down to the surface, it was just reported in New Scientist.

NASA announces new booster contract for Space Launch System and Orion

In its continuing progress towards returning American astronauts to space, NASA has announced a new $23.3 million contract for the design of advanced boosters for the Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS heavy-lift rocket will be used to launch the manned Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle spacecraft into space, taking astronauts back to the Moon and even Continue Reading →

Orbiting outpost proposed for far side of the Moon

The prospect of when, or even if, NASA astronauts will return to the Moon has been a subject of much debate in recent years. Some experts see it as a necessary stepping stone before future Mars missions. Others see it as a case of “been there, done that.”

NASA planning for possible landings on Europa

All these worlds are yours except Europa Attempt no landing there Use them together use them in peace  Despite that famous cryptic warning in the film 2010: The Year We Make Contact, NASA is planning for a possible attempted landing on Jupiter’s moon Europa. This is a mission that many people have been hoping for, since Europa Continue Reading →

NASA developing real-life tractor beams

If you are a Star Trek fan, you will of course be familiar with “tractor beams,” those cool-looking laser beams that can grab an object in space and it pull backwards toward the source of the beam (including trapping spacecraft as evil aliens would often do). They are another long-running staple of science fiction that is now Continue Reading →

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