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NASA selects four companies for Moon material collection as it seeks to set precedent on private sector outer space mining

NASA selects four companies for Moon material collection as it seeks to set precedent on private sector outer space mining NASA has selected the winning candidates that they’ve decided to tap to collect lunar resources for eventual Earth return, from a number of commercial companies who applied. The four companies all have […]

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NASA’s head of human spaceflight, Kathryn Lueders, will join us at TC Sessions: Space

NASA’s head of human spaceflight, Kathryn Lueders, will join us at TC Sessions: Space NASA’s human spaceflight program took big strides in 2020 with the official kick-off of the commercial crew program with SpaceX, and on plans to return humans to the surface of the Moon via the Artemis program. NASA Associate […]

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NASA partners with SpaceX, Rocket Lab, Blue Origin and others for test flights and research

NASA partners with SpaceX, Rocket Lab, Blue Origin and others for test flights and research NASA has announced 20 new partnerships with commercial space outfits, among them collaborations with SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Rocket Lab. While no money will change hands, NASA will dedicate millions in personnel and other support to these […]

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Max Q: NASA makes key discovery for future of deep space exploration

Max Q: NASA makes key discovery for future of deep space exploration Max Q is a weekly newsletter from TechCrunch all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This past week, we unveiled the agenda for TC Sessions: Space for the first time. It’s our […]

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How to ‘watch’ NASA’s OSIRIS-REx snatch a sample from near-Earth asteroid Bennu

How to ‘watch’ NASA’s OSIRIS-REx snatch a sample from near-Earth asteroid Bennu NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe is about to touch down on an asteroid for a smash-and-grab mission, and you can follow its progress live — kind of. The craft is scheduled to perform its collection operation this afternoon, and we’ll know within […]

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Lockheed picks Relativity’s 3D-printed rocket for experimental NASA mission

Lockheed picks Relativity’s 3D-printed rocket for experimental NASA mission Relativity Space has bagged its first public government contract, and with a major defense contractor at that. The launch startup’s 3D-printed rockets are a great match for a particularly complex mission Lockheed is undertaking for NASA’s Tipping Point program. The mission is a […]

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NASA loads 14 companies with $370M for ‘tipping point’ technologies

NASA loads 14 companies with 0M for ‘tipping point’ technologies NASA has announced more than a third of a billion dollars worth of “Tipping Point” contracts awarded to over a dozen companies pursuing potentially transformative space technologies. The projects range from in-space testing of cryogenic tech to a 4G LTE network for […]

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Latest Space Station crew docks in record time following successful launch

Latest Space Station crew docks in record time following successful launch Typically, there’s a bit of a delay between when astronauts launch from Earth to the International Space Station, and when they actually dock with the orbital lab. This has to do with the relative orbits of the launch spacecraft and the […]

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Watch Blue Origin launch its reusable New Shepard rocket live, with a key NASA system test on board

Watch Blue Origin launch its reusable New Shepard rocket live, with a key NASA system test on board Blue Origin is set to return to active flight today, after a hiatus of nearly a year since its last launch in December 2019. Today’s launch is a mission for the company’s New Shepard […]

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NASA commissions report to show its economic impact: $64B and 312K jobs

NASA commissions report to show its economic impact: B and 312K jobs Perhaps anticipating budget pushback from the federal government, NASA has released its first ever agency-wide economic report, documenting the agency’s impact on the nation’s jobs and cash flow. Everyone knew NASA was impactful, but now we know exactly how impactful […]

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