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Astra Space’s Rocet 3.3 stands ready to launch TROPICS-1 from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Photo: Astra Space

NASA mission tasked with watching tropical storms fails to reach orbit

A pair of milk-jug sized satellites are set to launch into space this weekend  on a mission to observe tropical storms from above. The two satellites will make up a larger constellation of half a dozen spacecraft called TROPICS which will peer down on the Earth and observe the development and behavior of tropical cyclones like hurricanes.
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Apollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon, protected by his spacesuit. Photo: NASA

After more than 50 years, NASA needs new spacesuits

If NASA wants to achieve its goal of returning to the moon in this decade, it first needs a new spacesuit that can protect its astronauts on the lunar surface. While spacesuit technology has existed for more than half a century, the manufacturers of astronaut attire have a huge job ahead of them to design, test and build the spacesuits that will propel space exploration in the years to come. NASA has contracted two commercial companies to design and build the next generation of spacesuits that will be used on the Artemis missions, the agency’s next moon missions. These spacesuits will be much different than the current ones that have been in use for nearly 40 years, according to space …
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