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Top High School Inventors Awarded as Pete Conrad Scholars
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Top High School Inventors Awarded as Pete Conrad Scholars

Awards Ceremony at Space Center Houston honored student entrepreneurs with scholarships and patent assistance to support their innovations HOUSTON, TX (April 27, 2024) – The Conrad Foundation announced the winners of the 2023-2024 Conrad Challenge, one of the world’s most highly regarded global STEM innovation and entrepreneurship competitions for high school students. At the Challenge’s Innovation Summit hosted by Space Center Houston in Houston, Texas, four student teams were recognized with the Challenge’s top honor of Pete Conrad Scholar, along with four Power Pitch winners in the categories of Aerospace & Aviation, Cyber-Technology & Security, Energy & Environment, and Health & Nutrition. Each member of the winning team receives scholarships, grants, patent...
Meet IXPE Scientist Abel Lawrence Peirson
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Meet IXPE Scientist Abel Lawrence Peirson

Artificial intelligence (AI) has led Abel Lawrence Peirson to all kinds of interesting places. He’s used AI techniques to examine brain activity in flies and other neuroscience applications. With the help of AI, he’s even trained a neural network to create internet memes, displaying phrases on images in a way that looks like a human made them to be funny — at least some of the time. Credit: Abel Lawrence Peirson Now, Peirson, a doctoral student at Stanford University, is using his AI skills to help solve some the universe’s mysteries through NASA’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission. It’s a spacecraft that looks at the polarization of X-rays from extreme objects like supernova remnants, neutron stars, and black holes. Polarization describes how the X-ray light is oriented...
NASA — Setting Sail to Travel Through Space: 5 Things to…
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NASA — Setting Sail to Travel Through Space: 5 Things to…

ALTOn November 14, NASA is set to launch the uncrewed Artemis I flight test to the Moon and back. Artemis I is the first integrated flight test of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, the Orion spacecraft, and Exploration Ground Systems at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. These are the same systems that will bring future Artemis astronauts to the Moon.ALTStanding 322 feet (98 meters) tall, the SLS rocket comprises of a core stage, an upper stage, two solid boosters, and four RS-25 engines. The SLS rocket is the most powerful rocket in the world, able to carry 59,500 pounds (27 metric tons) of payloads to deep space — more than any other vehicle. With its unprecedented power, SLS is the only rocket that can send the Orion spacecraft, astronauts, and cargo directly to the Moon on a s...
Lunar lander company ispace sees opportunities in Japan-U.S. Artemis agreement
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Lunar lander company ispace sees opportunities in Japan-U.S. Artemis agreement

WASHINGTON — An agreement between the United States and Japan on contributions for the Artemis lunar exploration campaign could create additional opportunities for a Japanese lunar lander developer. Tokyo-based ispace cited the April 10 agreement between NASA and the Japanese government regarding roles in Artemis as a potential new market for the company. Under the agreement, the Japanese space agency JAXA will provide a pressurized rover for Artemis mission starting in the early 2030s, with NASA includes two seats on Artemis landing missions for JAXA astronauts. “We believe that the Japan-U.S. agreement on the Artemis program, made in April of this year, created a quite positive business environment for us to work with and contribute to the governments of the various countri...
Train Like an Astronaut with Space Center Houston’s “To the Moon and Back” Summer Family Accelerator
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Train Like an Astronaut with Space Center Houston’s “To the Moon and Back” Summer Family Accelerator

Past participants from the Human Performance Accelerator Lab Program train as a team to complete assigned simulated space missions at the historic William’s Pool. (Photo Courtesy, Space Center Houston). Space Center Houston’s Human Performance Accelerator Lab (HPALab) program is offering an exclusive one-day summer training session open to families and members to train like NASA Artemis astronauts. HPALab’s program To the Moon and Back aims to build up participants’ skills in communication, leadership, teamwork and dedication; all of which are skills needed to succeed in space missions, plus access to Johnson Space Center facilities. NASA’s Artemis astronauts under the Artemis Program are currently training for the second phase of its mission – going back to the Moon. Artemis...