NASA’s New Mars Lander Takes 1st Selfie, Scopes Out Workspace

NASA’s new Mars lander has snapped its first selfie on the Red Planet.

The InSight spacecraft, which touched down on the flat equatorial plain Elysium Planitia on Nov. 26, took the selfie using the camera on its 5.9-foot-long (1.8 meters) robotic arm. The photo is a composite made up of 11 separate images, NASA officials said.

“This is the same imaging process used by NASA’s Curiosity rover mission, in which many overlapping pictures are taken and later stitched together,” the officials wrote in a statement describing the image, which was released today (Dec. 11). “Visible in the selfie are the lander’s solar panel and its entire deck, including its science instruments.” [NASA’s InSight Mars Lander: Amazing Landing Day Photos!]

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft set to reach asteroid Bennu after epic journey | Fox News

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is expected to rendezvous with asteroid Bennu on Monday after traveling more than 1 billion miles through space. The historic expedition will be the first U.S. mission to bring samples from an asteroid back to Earth.

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And a deadly asteroid, larger than a two-story house has been named by NASA as Asteroid 2018 WN.  Although NASA astronomers have calculated the asteroid is not on a trajectory to slam into our world, its destructive potential is nonetheless awe-inspiring.

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9 US Companies Are Going to the Moon! Here Are NASA’s New Partners.

NASA has selected the first batch of U.S. companies to join the agency on its journey to its next destination, the moon, which NASA wants to explore in order to prepare to go on to Mars.

During a public event held today (Nov. 29), the agency unveiled nine new partners that will be designing and building lunar landers aimed at facilitating scientific exploration of the moon. In addition to the specific companies chosen, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine also announced that the program running those contracts — the Commercial Lunar Payload Services program — is now part of the science section of NASA’s bureaucracy, not the human exploration section.

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NASA wants to know how much pot Elon Musk smokes

When Elon Musk appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast and had a taste of the host’s joint, it was totally on-brand for the risk-taking CEO. Musk is a brilliant guy, but he also likes to push the envelope in ways that tend to worry those he does business with. He’s already gotten in hot water over Tesla drama, including tweeting his intention to take the stock private, and his pot smoking adventure appears to have made things worse.

Now, NASA is planning to review the workplace culture of Musk’s other darling, SpaceX, because some senior NASA officials didn’t like the look of Musk indulging in the devil’s lettuce.

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Soyuz rocket launch: International Space Station mission aborted as Soyuz rocket failure forces NASA astronaut, Russian cosmonaut to make emergency landing – CBS News

A normally reliable Soyuz FG rocket malfunctioned two minutes after liftoff from Kazakhstan Thursday. The malfunction forced a Russian cosmonaut and his NASA crewmate to execute an emergency abort and a steep-but-safe return to Earth a few hundred miles from the launch site. Russian recovery crews reported the crew came through the ordeal in good shape.

“NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are in good condition following today’s aborted launch,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted from Kazakhstan. “I’m grateful that everyone is safe. A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted.”

Source: Soyuz rocket launch: International Space Station mission aborted as Soyuz rocket failure forces NASA astronaut, Russian cosmonaut to make emergency landing – CBS News

NASA spots extremely bright meteor streak through the Alabama sky

Dozens of people in the Southeast U.S. were treated to a special cosmic show in the wee hours of Friday morning.

A bright meteor above Alabama on August 17, 2018.

An exceedingly bright fireball meteor streaked above that part of the country at about 1:19 a.m. ET on Friday, and it was caught in the act by NASA’s all sky cameras in Alabama.

“Early results indicate the fireball, which was at least 40 times as bright as the Full Moon, was caused by a small asteroid 6 feet (2 meters) in diameter,” NASA said in a Facebook post.

It’s possible that some small pieces of the meteor made it to the ground — where they’re known as meteorites — but it’s unclear whether any small chunks made it all the way through the atmosphere, NASA added.

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NASA news: Danger asteroids can wipe out ENTIRE cities leaving millions dead | Daily Star

Smaller asteroids can also be devastating, like the 60-foot-wide Chelyabinsk meteor that went undetected until it exploded over Russia and injured a thousand people.A space rock bigger than that over a more populated area would have caused more damage.

Near the Stony Tunguska River, Russia, back in 1908, a huge asteroid smashed into the a forest.

The rock, estimated as being between 200 to 620ft, left an enormous crater and knocked down 80 million trees.

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Apollo Moon Landing Mystery Solved By Discovery Of Long Lost NASA Tapes

The big Moon mystery has now been solved. And yes, humans are to blame.

A decades-old lunar mystery has now been solved thanks to the recovery of once lost data tapes and a massive amount of sleuthing.

The results confirm that inexplicable changes in the moon’s temperatures recorded in the 1970s were not the result of some strange inner heat source, but rather the by-product on astronauts stomping around and stirring up moon dust.

Source: Apollo Moon Landing Mystery Solved By Discovery Of Long Lost NASA Tapes