NASA

NASA

An independent space-related agency of the United States government.

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is an independent space-related agency of the United States government that is headquartered in Washington D.C. and was formed on July 29, 1958. NASA is responsible for the civilian space program, aeronautics research, and aerospace research for the United States government.

Centers and Facilities

The following centers and facilities are part of NASA: Ames Research Center, Armstrong Slight Research Center, Glenn Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, Goldstone Observatory, Headquarters, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Johnson Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, Langley Research Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, Stennis Space Center, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Facility, Michoud Assembly Facility, NASA Engineering and Safety Center, NASA Shared Services Center, and Wallops Flight Facility.

Missions

Notable missions by NASA include the International Space Station, Hubble Space Telescope, Curiosity Mars Rover, InSight Mars Lander, Parker Solar Probe, Artemis Program, Commercial Crew, Juno: Mission at Jupiter, OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Mission, James Webb Space Telescope, New Horizons: Pluto and Beyond.

Timeline

June 12, 2020

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA) announces that it has appointed a female head who managed the inaugural private crew flight into the International Space Station last month to be the head of human spaceflight.

April 6, 2020

NASA releases a stunning image of the Eagle Nebula's Pillars of Creation.

February 15, 2020

NASA launches spacecraft carrying supplies to the International Space Station

August 29, 2019

NASA's Kennedy Space Center said it will move its 400 foot (122 meters) tall, $650 million mobile launcher structure used to assemble the agency's rocket for future moon missions from a launchpad and into the Vehicle Assembly Building, a 526 foot (160 meters) tall complex built to withstand winds of up to 125 miles per hour (201 kph).

August 23, 2019

Northrop Grumman Corporation, along with NASA and Lockheed Martin, announces that it successfully completed the second qualification test of its Attitude Control Motor (ACM) for NASA's Orion spacecraft Launch Abort System (LAS).

August 9, 2019

The head of NASA is set to announce plans to name the U.S. space agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama as headquarters for its human lunar lander program, signaling progress in its drive to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024, three people familiar with the plan said.

June 2019

NASA and the ESA also releases a short video, taken in June, that shows several of Saturn's icy moons orbiting the planet over 18 hours.

April 2019

NASA awards a $69 million contract to SpaceX, the space exploration company led by Elon Musk, to help it with asteroid deflection via its DART mission.

March 28, 2019

NASA releases photos of 2 asteroids

January 7, 2019

NASA’s new planet-hunting machine, Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) discovers 203 possible planets.

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Funding rounds

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NASA funding round, September 2006
4,000,000
September 26, 2006
Centripetal Capital Partners
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Eric Berger
September 18, 2020
Ars Technica
"JAXA will deal with the LE-9 engine-related problem in an appropriate manner."
The Visual and Data Journalism Team
September 17, 2020
BBC News
A visual guide to the wildfires ravaging California, Oregon and other western states.
September 16, 2020
DNA India
Study shows difficulty in finding evidence of life on Mars - NASA's Perseverance rover which launched on July 30, will land at Mars' Jezero Crater next February; the European Space Agency's Rosalind Franklin rover will launch in late 2022.
Adrian Horton
September 16, 2020
the Guardian
Challenger: The Final Flight, a four-part docuseries produced by JJ Abrams, retells an infamous tragedy from those who were there
Jonathan O'Callaghan
September 15, 2020
www.nytimes.com
Rocket Lab may be able to send a small spacecraft to probe the clouds of Venus long before NASA or other space agencies are able to do so.
Shannon Stirone, Kenneth Chang and Dennis Overbye
September 14, 2020
www.nytimes.com
The detection of a gas in the planet's atmosphere could turn scientists' gaze to a planet long overlooked in the search for extraterrestrial life.
Shannon Stirone
September 14, 2020
www.nytimes.com
Much visited in an earlier era of space exploration, the planet has been overlooked in recent decades.
By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer
September 14, 2020
Houston Chronicle
NEW YORK (AP) - Many Americans have vivid memories of Jan. 28, 1986. That was the day the space shuttle Challenger exploded over a chilly Florida, just seconds after liftoff. School children across the country had tuned in to see Christa McAuliffe become the first teacher in space. One person watching was Steven Leckart, a space-obsessed elementary school kid. Like everyone else, he was shocked by the blast and felt the slow, sickening realization that all seven aboard were gone. "I remember wanting to be an astronaut and I remember wanting to go to space. And then I remember Challenger completely shattering my dream for that," he recalled. Leckart has returned to that dark day as co-director of the four-part Netflix documentary series "Challenger: The Final Flight," executive produced by J.J. Abrams and Glen Zipper. It premieres Wednesday. The series approaches the disaster less like a post-mortem and more like a drama. It explores NASA history and the lives of the seven lost astronauts, why the accident occurred and the inquest that followed. Zipper and Leckart conceived of it in 2015 while looking to make something personal. Both had seen the disaster as boys but could only remember the name of one astronaut aboard Challenger: McAuliffe. Who were the other six? The more they dug, the more they found extraordinary people: Ellison Onizuka was the first Asian American in space and Ronald McNair was the second African American. Judith Resnik was the second American woman in space and the first Jewish woman. "We wanted to humanize these astronauts and wanted you to know these characters and understand the human side of this whole story," co-director Daniel Junge said. Watching the series was a "rollercoaster ride of emotion" for June Scobee Rodgers,...
Eric Berger
September 11, 2020
Ars Technica
"At some point, commercial entities are going to catch up."
Edward Helmore
September 11, 2020
the Guardian
Nasa announced it is looking for private companies to collect moon samples for the agency to buy. Photograph: David Becker/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock
September 11, 2020
DNA India
NASA wants to buy Moon resources mined by private firms - Outlining its goal, the US space agency has said that it aims to complete the retrieval and transfer of ownership of the resources before 2024.
Eric Berger
September 11, 2020
Ars Technica
"We believe the current providers address the plans we have today for the near future."
Stuart Clark
September 9, 2020
the Guardian
The Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is being tested at Nasa's Stennis Space Center near Bay St Louis, Mississippi. Photograph: NASA/Stennis/Nasa/Stennis
By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer
September 7, 2020
Houston Chronicle
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Bulked-up, mutant "mighty mice" held onto their muscle during a monthlong stay at the International Space Station, returning to Earth with ripped bodybuilder physiques, scientists reported Monday. The findings hold promise for preventing muscle and bone loss in astronauts on prolonged space trips like Mars missions, as well as people on Earth who are confined to bed or need wheelchairs. A research team led by Dr. Se-Jin Lee of the Jackson Laboratory in Connecticut sent 40 young female black mice to the space station in December, launching aboard a SpaceX rocket. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Lee said the 24 regular untreated mice lost considerable muscle and bone mass in weightlessness as expected - up to 18%. But the eight genetically engineered "mighty mice" launched with double the muscle maintained their bulk. Their muscles appeared to be comparable to similar "mighty mice" that stayed behind at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. In addition, eight normal mice that received "mighty mouse" treatment in space returned to Earth with dramatically bigger muscles. The treatment involves blocking a pair of proteins that typically limit muscle mass. A SpaceX capsule brought all 40 mice back in good condition, parachuting into the Pacific off the California coast in January. Some of the ordinary mice were injected with the "mighty mice" drug after returning and quickly built up more muscle than their untreated companions, Lee said. The scientists completed the experiment just as the coronavirus was hitting the U.S. "The only silver lining of COVID is that we had time to write it up very intensively" and submit the results for publication, said Dr. Emily Germain-Lee of...
Nathan Mattise
September 7, 2020
Ars Technica
From the archives: How 38 NASA employees kept the program alive amid the devastating hurricane.
DNA Web Team
September 6, 2020
DNA India
Asteroid twice the size of Pyramid of Giza to fly past Earth today - The asteroid will move towards earth at a speed of 31,400mph.
Philip Ball
September 5, 2020
the Guardian
'You can't hunt for something if you have no idea what it is': An artist's impression of Mars. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo
Stuart Clark
September 3, 2020
the Guardian
Mission proposals include analysis of sun's atmosphere and its unseen polar regions
DNA Web Team
September 3, 2020
DNA India
Asteroid attack: 'Near-Earth Object' bigger than Egypt's Pyramid to hit Earth's orbit this week - The huge object, travelling at a speed of 31,400 mph, will be entering the Earth's orbit on September 6, according to NASA scientists.
Bob Violino
September 3, 2020
CIO
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