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Stem Cells Launched on Current SpaceX Flight

Yesterday’s SpaceX launch from NASA’s Kennedy Spaceflight Center includes a shipment of adult stem cells to test their growth and proliferation in weightless conditions. . . . → Read More: Stem Cells Launched on Current SpaceX Flight

Spacecraft Returns with Space Station Research Samples

A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft returned today with samples from several biomedical research studies conducted by astronauts on the International Space Station. . . . → Read More: Spacecraft Returns with Space Station Research Samples

Report from Maker Faire: Plastic Recycling Made in Space

Report from Maker Faire: Made In Space and Lowe’s stores displayed a system that recycles polyethylene plastic bags and bottles into filament for 3-D printers. . . . → Read More: Report from Maker Faire: Plastic Recycling Made in Space

Collaboration Explores Humanitarian Satellite Applications

Microsatellite nodes in lab before launch (NASA)

28 April 2016. A start-up satellite imaging provider and agency of the United Nations are partnering on new ways to use satellite imaging to further the UN’s humanitarian, peace-keeping, and climate change mitigation missions. Financial terms between BlackSky Global LLC in Seattle and the United Nations Institute . . . → Read More: Collaboration Explores Humanitarian Satellite Applications

NASA to Test Hand-Held DNA Sequencer in Space Station

MinIon handheld sequencing device (Oxford Nanopore Technologies)

30 September 2015. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will take part in experiments testing the feasibility of a portable DNA sequencing device in space. The proof-of-concept test of the hand-held MinIon DNA sequencing device is a project of National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The MinIon, made . . . → Read More: NASA to Test Hand-Held DNA Sequencer in Space Station

Allied Minds Forming Space Signaling Company

Small satellites in low-earth orbit (NASA.gov)

17 September 2015. Allied Minds, a research commercialization company in Boston, is forming a new enterprise harnessing space satellites to detect wireless signals from earth for maritime, emergency, and commercial applications. The company, HawkEye 360 Inc., is licensing research on radio-frequency communications from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State . . . → Read More: Allied Minds Forming Space Signaling Company

Astronauts to Eat Space-Grown Vegetables

Red romaine lettuce grown on the International Space Station (NASA)

10 August 2015. Astronauts in Expedition 44 on the International Space Station plan to eat fresh leafy vegetables today grown in their own lab. The red romaine lettuce on their menus is grown in a plant system, nicknamed Veggie — officially known as Veg-01 . . . → Read More: Astronauts to Eat Space-Grown Vegetables

Commercial Space Launch Site Slated for New Zealand

Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck with Electron rocket (Rocket Lab Ltd)

2 July 2015. Rocket Lab Ltd, a company aiming to make orbital space launches frequent and less costly, says it plans to build a launch site in New Zealand, with completion scheduled by the end of 2015. The company says test flights will . . . → Read More: Commercial Space Launch Site Slated for New Zealand

Space Object Taxonomy Sought in $50K Challenge

Computer-generated image of space debris in orbit around the earth (NASA.gov)

22 May 2015. A new challenge on InnoCentive seeks a scientifically-based method for describing orbiting space objects with the fewest characteristics possible, but still predicts the objects’ behavior. The competition has a total purse of $50,000 and a deadline for submissions of 20 . . . → Read More: Space Object Taxonomy Sought in $50K Challenge

NASA Challenge Seeks Elements for Human Presence on Mars

Mars surface and atmosphere, from NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission. (NASA.gov)

8 May 2015. NASA is asking the public for ideas on ways to establish a long-term presence of Mars in a new challenge offered by InnoCentive. The competition has a total purse of $15,000 and a deadline for submissions . . . → Read More: NASA Challenge Seeks Elements for Human Presence on Mars