News Briefs – Breaking Stories – Oddities


A weekly addition of some of the more unusual stories and discoveries in space & astronomy from around the world. Updated daily for those wanting a quick update of current events so keep checking back for all the latest space news.

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Latest NASA News Releases

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Social Media, Public Events

April 19, 2019 – This Earth Day, April 22, NASA invites you to celebrate our beautiful home planet by participating in a global social media event and local events around the country.

NASA Hosts University Students to Discuss Future of Space Exploration

April 19, 2019 – NASA is giving university students an opportunity to interact with agency leadership, including NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, as well as astronauts abroad the International Space Station, during a live event 2 p.m. EDT Monday, April 29, at the agency’s headquarters in Washington.

Northrop Grumman Heads to Space Station with New NASA Science, Cargo

April 18, 2019 – Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station with about 7,600 pounds of science investigations and cargo after launching at 4:46 p.m. EDT Wednesday from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

NASA, Blue Origin Agreement Signals Growth of Commercial Space

April 18, 2019 – Officials from NASA and the private space company Blue Origin have signed an agreement that grants the company use of a historic test stand as the agency focuses on returning to the Moon and on to Mars, and America’s commercial space industry continues to grow.

NASA Announces First Flight, Record-Setting Mission

April 17, 2019 – NASA and its International Space Station partners have set a new schedule and new crew assignments that will include the first flight of NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, an extended stay for NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, and a record-setting flight for NASA astronaut Christina Koch.

NASA Highlights Science on SpaceX Resupply Mission to Space Station

April 16, 2019 – NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. EDT Monday, April 22, to discuss select science investigations launching on the next SpaceX commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station.

NASA Invites You to “Picture Earth” for Earth Day

April 13, 2019 – Our magnificent planet is always ready for its close-up. On Earth Day, April 22, NASA wants to see your take.

Next Space Station Crew Available for Media Interviews

April 13, 2019 – NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, along with crewmates Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, will discuss their upcoming mission to the International Space Station in a news conference at 2 p.m. EDT, Friday, April 19, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

NASA TV Coverage Set for April 17 Cygnus Launch to Space Station

April 12, 2019 – NASA’s commercial partner Northrop Grumman is scheduled to launch its Antares rocket carrying its Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the international Space Station at 4:46 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 17.

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Asteroid Redirect Test

April 12, 2019 – NASA has selected SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, the first-ever mission to demonstrate the capability to deflect an asteroid by colliding a spacecraft with it at high speed – a technique known as a kinetic impactor.

NASA’s Landmark Twins Study Reveals Resilience of Human Body in Space

April 12, 2019 – Results from NASA’s landmark Twins Study, which took place from 2015-2016, were published Thursday in Science. The integrated paper — encompassing work from 10 research teams — reveals some interesting, surprising and reassuring data about how one human body adapted to — and recovered from — the extreme environment of space.

NASA Awards Contract for Software, Maintenance, Support

April 11, 2019 – NASA has awarded a contract to Minburn Technology Group in Great Falls, Virginia, for the procurement of Microsoft software, maintenance, and support.

NASA Invests in 18 Potentially Revolutionary Space Tech Concepts

April 11, 2019 – Smart spacesuits and solar surfing may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but they are just two of the technology concepts NASA has selected for further research as part of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program.

NASA Hosts Media Teleconference to Share Twins Study Results

April 9, 2019 – NASA will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 11, to share the results of a study – embargoed by the journal Science until that time – evaluating identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly.

NASA Selects Two New Space Tech Research Institutes for Smart Habitats

April 9, 2019 – As exploration missions venture beyond low-Earth orbit and to the Moon — and eventually Mars — NASA must consider automated technologies to keep habitats operational even when they are not occupied by astronauts. To help achieve this, NASA has selected two new Space Technology Research Institutes (STRIs) to advance space habitat designs using resil

NASA Administrator at 35th Space Symposium

April 9, 2019 – NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will deliver a keynote address and speak to media Tuesday, April 9, during the 35th Space Symposium at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Veteran NASA Astronauts Inducted into US Astronaut Hall of Fame

April 7, 2019 – Janet Kavandi, director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center, and James Buchli are the latest veteran NASA astronauts to join the ranks of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Counting the Many Ways the Space Station Benefits Humanity

April 6, 2019 – The third edition of NASA’s “International Space Station Benefits for Humanity” book now is available.

NASA Highlights Science on Next Mission to Space Station

April 6, 2019 – NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 10, to discuss select science investigations and technology demonstrations launching on the next Northrop Grumman commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station.

NASA Awards Safety, Mission Assurance Engineering Contract

April 5, 2019 – NASA has awarded the Safety and Mission Assurance Engineering Contract (SMAEC) II to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in Reston, Virginia.



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