New Congress Names Space Committee Leaders

With Republicans reclaiming a narrow majority in the U.S. House, leaders have spent January determining who will get gavels on the committees and subcommittees that set military and civil space policy and spending levels. In the Senate, Democrats kept control, leaving most of their top leaders o… Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

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International Space Station Damage Triggers Apparent Detente

A micrometeorite the width of a pencil tip sliced through a Soyuz spacecraft docked at the International Space Station at nearly 16,000 mph, wrecking a radiator for the spacecraft’s computers and delaying the return of three astronauts in orbit by months, officials from NASA and Russian space agency Roscosmos said during a rare joint news conference Wednesday.

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Artemis I Mission Highlights

NASA's Artemis program is off to a successful start after Orion splashed down safely on Dec. 11, 2022. Launched on the inaugural Space Launch System (SLS) flight in November, the Orion spacecraft had several key milestones along its 25-day lunar flyby.

NASA’s Artemis program is off to a successful start after Orion splashed down safely on Dec. 11, 2022. Launched on the inaugural Space Launch System (SLS) flight in November, the Orion spacecraft had several key milestones along its 25-day lunar flyby.

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Successful SLS Launch Kickstarts Artemis Program

After months of delays, NASA’s Artemis I mission rocketed to space from Kennedy Space Center at 1:47 a.m. EST on Nov. 16, 2022.

The maiden flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) carried the Orion spacecraft to orbit to begin its first journey around the Moon.

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November Space Council Meetings Could Shape Commercial Regulations

The National Space Council asked for comment on new commercial space systems and how the commercial space sector could be regulated during a pair of online meetings set for November. The council wants input from industry and the public. The move is part of a Biden Administration push to deal with issues including crowded orbits and the safety of space tourists.

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NASA’s EMIT Instrument Detects Massive Methane Emitters

One of NASA’s newest instruments on the International Space Station (ISS) is proving to be a multipurpose climate research tool as it demonstrated a secondary capability to detect methane gas emissions.

The Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT) mission seeks to better understand varieties of dust and the effects on the climate. The instrument, launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in July 2022, is an imaging spectrometer that gathers data to determine the mineral compositions of arid regions on Earth.

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Space Matters: U.S. Budget Delays Put New Space Programs on Hold

U.S. federal budget delays are continuing to put new space programs on hold as Congress works to agree on spending for FY2023.

The latest episode of Space Matters brings together former NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, BryceTech founder and CEO Carissa Christensen, Constellation Advisory founder Patricia Cooper, and former U.S. congressman Bob Walker to discuss U.S. budget delays and the space launch industry.

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Earth Observation Satellites Contribute to Hurricane Ian Tracking Effort

As Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida on Sept. 28, 2022, people around the world were viewing images and videos of the destruction the storm was causing. But arguably the people with the best view of the storm were the astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) who could see the entire system outside their window.

Alongside astronauts, Earth observation (EO) satellites have been watching the storm develop, relaying data to operators like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who can then share predictions with the public.

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