EghtesadOnline: President Trump's fiscal 2020 budget request includes $21.02 billion for NASA, funding the agency's ongoing efforts to develop commercial spacecraft and infrastructure in low-Earth orbit and to press ahead with construction and launch of the world's most powerful rocket and the Orion crew ships that will carry astronauts back to the moon.
EghtesadOnline: Nasa is officially looking for ideas from private companies to develop future lunar technologies, with responses due by the end of next month.
EghtesadOnline: The most accomplished planet-hunting machine of all time will seek out strange new worlds no more. NASA decommissioned the Kepler space telescope over the weekend, beaming "goodnight" commands to the sun-orbiting observatory.
EghtesadOnline: NASA said on Friday it will send a small helicopter to Mars as part of the U.S. space agency’s 2020 mission to place a next-generation rover on the Martian surface, marking the first time such an aircraft will be used on another world.
EghtesadOnline: In the race to land humans on Mars, NASA is blowing the cobwebs off a technology it shelved in the 1970s — nuclear-powered rockets.
EghtesadOnline: It’s to be expected that Elon Musk and his colleagues will want to toast the first launch of SpaceX’s new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, after more than five years of delays. But excitement for the long-awaited launch has gone far beyond space nerds and Musk enthusiasts: NASA has sold out $195 tickets to a viewing party featuring a champagne toast and a commemorative glass.
EghtesadOnline: NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and two crewmates made a parachute touchdown in Kazakhstan on Saturday, capping a career-total 665 days in orbit, a U.S. record.
EghtesadOnline: It’s not too late to be an astronaut. NASA doesn’t have an age limit for this gig, and the basic requirements aren’t as onerous as you might think. The odds of scoring one of those coveted seats to the stars, however, are getting long.
EghtesadOnline: A project 60 years in the making will fill critical gaps in what we know about our stellar master.
EghtesadOnline: Astronomers have found at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The findings were also announced at a news conference at NASA headquarters in Washington.