Sunday, November 27

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NASA — What Makes the Artemis Moon Mission NASA’s Next…
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NASA — What Makes the Artemis Moon Mission NASA’s Next…

Choose your player! As we gear up for our Artemis I mission to the Moon — the mission that will prepare us to send the first woman and the first person of color to the lunar surface — we have an important task for you (yes, you!). Artemis I will be the first integrated test flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Orion crew capsule. Although there won’t be any humans aboard Orion, there will be a very important crewmember: the Moonikin! The Moonikin is a manikin, or anatomical human model, that will be used to gather data on the vibrations that human crewmembers will experience during future Artemis missions. But the Moonikin is currently missing something incredibly important — a name! There are eight names in the running, and each one reflects an important piece of NASA...
Cognitive Space gets $1.2 million U.S. Air Force contract extension for satellite-tasking software
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Cognitive Space gets $1.2 million U.S. Air Force contract extension for satellite-tasking software

The contract is a Small Business Innovation Research agreement known as TACFI WASHINGTON — Cognitive Space, a startup based in Houston, Texas, announced Nov. 8 it won a $1.2 million contract extension to continue development of the company’s satellite tasking software for the Air Force Research Laboratory. The contract is a Small Business Innovation Research agreement known as a TACFI, or Tactical Funding Increase. The Air Force uses the company’s Cognitive Inference Tasking (CNTIENT) software tool to prototype a hybrid architecture of government and commercial remote-sensing satellites.  Cognitive Space in 2020 won a $1.5 million SBIR Phase 2 contract for the artificial intelligence-driven software. The $1.2 million TACFI deal includes both government and private funding, and e...
Space Center Houston’s Galaxy Lights Opens Nov. 12
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Space Center Houston’s Galaxy Lights Opens Nov. 12

Space City’s Holiday Tradition Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant, Returns Nov. 12-Jan. 1 Click to RSVP to attend Media Night with a guest HOUSTON, Nov. 3, 2022 – Embark on a festive holiday adventure this holiday season at Space Center Houston’s Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant, Nov. 12 through Jan. 1. Galaxy Lights is an immersive holiday lights tradition bringing guests the most interactive and technologically advanced light display in Texas. Space Center Houston’s Galaxy Lights offers a fun, holiday atmosphere to bring people and space closer together. “Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant, explores the wonders of space exploration with stunning space-themed light installations,” said William T. Harris, president and CEO, Space Center Houston. “We welcome everyone to v...
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IXPE Checks Out X-rays from Extreme Objects – NASA Blogs

NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission, a joint effort with the Italian Space Agency, has returned data that no other spacecraft has obtained before from a few extreme cosmic objects. NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) Launched in December 2021, IXPE has detected polarized X-rays from three of its first six targets. Polarized X-rays carry unique details about where the light comes from and what it passes through. By combining these details with measurements of X-rays’ energy and how they change over time, we get a fuller picture of an object and how it works. Prior to IXPE, the only cosmic object with polarized X-ray measurements was the Crab Nebula, the wreckage of a massive, exploded star whose light swept past Earth nearly 1,000 years ago. In these new...
NASA — Scary Space Stories to Tell in the Dark
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NASA — Scary Space Stories to Tell in the Dark

What goes up, must come down, and from space, without burning up in an atmosphere. That’s why we’re pumped for the Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator, or LOFTID. Launching on Nov. 1, 2022, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Joint Polar Orbiting Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission, this technology demonstration marks the next step in advancing an innovative heat shield design that could one day be used to land heavy payloads – including humans – on Mars!ALTHere are seven things to know about this innovative re-entry system: 1. LOFTID is the first-ever in-orbit test of this technology. Inflatable heat shields, called Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerators (HIADs), have been in the works for more than a decade. In 2012, the third of...