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  • NASA Awards Jupiter Icy Moons Mission

    09/21/2004 12:20:02 PM PDT · by demlosers · 14 replies · 405+ views
    Universe Today ^ | Sep 21, 2004
    Summary - (Sep 21, 2004) NASA has chosen Northrop Grumman Space Technology to build its upcoming Prometheus Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO) spacecraft, and awarded them a $400 million contract to cover costs up to 2008. JIMO will use a nuclear-powered ion engine to go into orbit around each of Jupiter's icy moons: Callisto, Ganymede, and Europa. Once in orbit, the spacecraft would be able to examine each of the moons in great detail with a suite of instruments to try and understand their composition, history, and if there could be conditions for life. Full Story - NASA's Jet Propulsion...
  • Northrop Grumman to co-design Jupiter moons explorer for NASA - JIMO / Prometheus

    09/20/2004 8:31:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 815+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/20/04 | AP - Pasadena
    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Northrop Grumman Space Technology has been selected to help NASA design a nuclear-powered spacecraft to orbit and explore three moons of Jupiter that may have oceans beneath their icy surfaces. The $400 million contract with the Redondo Beach, Calif.-based unit of Northrop Grumman covers work through mid-2008, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Monday. The Prometheus Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter spacecraft will be designed to explore Callisto, Ganymede and Europa sometime in the next decade, after launching in 2012 or later. Scientists want to know what the big moons are made of, their history and whether the...
  • Navy May Help NASA Build Nuclear Reactor for Jupiter Mission

    02/19/2004 10:22:23 AM PST · by demlosers · 9 replies · 200+ views
    Space.com ^ | 19 February 2004 | Leonard David
    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – A NASA project to Jupiter and several of its moons may depend on the U.S. Navy to provide the nuclear know-how in building a reactor for deep space exploration. The Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO) program is a flagship mission under NASA’s Project Prometheus – a multi-pronged effort to develop near- and long-term nuclear electric power and propulsion technologies. JIMO would be powered by a compact nuclear reactor and propelled by a set of ion engines that expel electrically charged particles to generate thrust. NASA and the scientific community are considering adding a Europa lander to...
  • NASA’s Project Prometheus Gets New Agenda, Changes

    02/09/2004 5:05:29 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 16 replies · 268+ views
    space.com ^ | 02/09/04 | Brian Berger
    Project Prometheus, NASA’s multibillion-dollar nuclear power and propulsion initiative, has a new home inside the U.S. space agency. Begun as the Nuclear Systems Initiative in 2002, the program was given a new name in 2003, a bigger budget and its first mission: the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO). Now, with an ambitious new space exploration agenda handed down by the White House, NASA is making more changes to Project Prometheus. JIMO’s launch date is slipping and responsibility for developing the nuclear systems NASA says it needs to kick solar system exploration into high gear is being given to the newly...
  • Nukes may launch NASA on long-range missions

    01/02/2004 8:10:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 194+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/2/4 | AFP
    PASADENA, California, (AFP) - Nuclear power may give NASA (news - web sites)'s long-range missions the speed and range that combustion engines cannot, but research is sputtering for lack of funds. NASA's head of the Prometheus program said the agency has three billion dollars for the next five years. "Beyond that, we know we need more money," Al Newhouse told AFP. "We are at a very early stage of this program. It has been in existence for slighty under a year." Nuclear propulsion first became a NASA budget line item in 2003, with 125 million dollars. NASA requested 279 million...
  • NASA Awards Prometheus Study Contracts

    05/27/2003 4:15:12 PM PDT · by demlosers · 4 replies · 186+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 12 May, 2003 | Jason Bates
    WASHINGTON -- NASA will fund 10 research proposals in the first series of contracts awarded under Project Prometheus, the agency’s effort to develop nuclear power and propulsion systems for spacecraft. The 10 proposals are intended to develop new methods and technologies for converting heat from radioisotope fuel into electrical power, NASA announced. Nuclear power has the potential to dramatically reduce interplanetary travel time while boosting the amount of power available for science instruments. "NASA is laying the foundation for several technology paths that could enable entirely new classes of missions, from networked science stations on Mars to small spacecraft capable...
  • NASA to shelve nuclear propulsion project (NASA kills Prometheus)

    09/14/2005 6:11:02 AM PDT · by Arkie2 · 202 replies · 2,619+ views
    Albany Times Union ^ | Wednesday, September 14, 2005 | ERIC ANDERSON
    NISKAYUNA -- The plan to send a manned space mission to Mars apparently doomed research on nuclear propulsion being carried out at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. Advertisement KAPL employees were told late last week that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was ending the $65 million program to develop a nuclear-electric propulsion system as it reorders its priorities. The Prometheus project, as it is called, will undergo a "substantial reduction," KAPL officials said this week, in part so money can be spent on developing the Crew Exploration Vehicle that will be used to send humans back to the Moon and...
  • ASA grounds project at Knolls laboratory (NASA kills prometheus?)

    09/10/2005 8:23:56 PM PDT · by Arkie2 · 50 replies · 910+ views
    Albany Times Union ^ | Saturday, September 10, 2005 | ERIC ANDERSON
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has pulled the plug on a $65 million nuclear propulsion research program at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, leaving 150 employees in limbo. "NASA and Naval Reactors have mutually agreed to terminate their partnership to work on Prometheus," as the program was called, a Knolls spokeswoman said Friday afternoon. "NASA has been changing its priorities. I don't have many details on this," she added. Lockheed Martin Corp. operates Knolls under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy. Knolls employs 2,700 people, including 1,500 engineers, at its laboratory in Niskayuna and at another site in West...
  • Prometheus, ISS Research Cuts Help Pay for Shuttle and Hubble Repair Bills

    05/12/2005 2:49:19 PM PDT · by demlosers · 12 replies · 317+ views
    Space.com ^ | 12 May 2005 | Brian Berger
    WASHINGTON -- NASA sent Congress a revised spending plan for 2005 that would significantly cut the Project Prometheus nuclear power and propulsion program, cancel a host of international space station-based biological and physical research activities, and postpone some space science missions, including two advanced space telescopes and a Mars science lander slated to launch in 2009. The cuts were necessary, according to NASA, to pay the remaining $287 million tab for preparing the space shuttle for its return to flight, to make a substantial down payment on a potential Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission, to accommodate $400 million worth of...
  • NASA’s Prometheus: Fire, Smoke And Mirrors

    04/06/2005 6:11:59 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 5 replies · 368+ views
    space.com ^ | 04/06/05 | Leonard David
    NASA’s Prometheus program to employ nuclear reactors in space is a work in progress – viewed as a key building block of the space agency’s vision for space exploration.
  • Nuclear Space Ship SSTO Proposal

    09/23/2005 2:45:56 PM PDT · by tricky_k_1972 · 106 replies · 5,957+ views
    NuclearSpace.com ^ | None given, Historisal | Anthony Tate
    This is an excerpt of a very lengthy explanation of what a nuclear SSTO (Single Stage To Orbit) fully reusable rocket would look like. The full article can be found at the link above. In this section I describe a huge nuclear powered rocket launcher. I will repeat and expand upon many of the points I made above, because I don't want to throw cryptic acronyms around. I want people to understand just how powerful we can make this rocket if we decide to do it. The most important difference between our new booster and the Saturn V is...
  • Prometheus looks to nuke future (nuclear power and ion engines for deep space exploration)

    04/04/2005 5:03:54 AM PDT · by Arkie2 · 30 replies · 851+ views
    BBC news ^ | 8 Mar 05 | Martin Redfern
    Nuclear power would allow missions to orbit - not merely fly by The US space agency (Nasa) is progressing with ambitious plans to explore the Solar System using nuclear power. Their hope, eventually, is to use electricity generated by nuclear power to propel a space probe and power its instruments on a voyage to the icy moons of Jupiter, satellites that just possibly might harbour life beneath their ice. Before then, nuclear technology could be proved with a less ambitious mission, perhaps a nuclear-powered probe to the Moon. As long ago as 1907, just two years after Einstein discovered his...
  • Prometheus looks to nuke future

    03/08/2005 6:27:41 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 19 replies · 421+ views
    BBC News ^ | 03/08/05 | Martin Redfern
    The US space agency (Nasa) is progressing with ambitious plans to explore the Solar System using nuclear power. Their hope, eventually, is to use electricity generated by nuclear power to propel a space probe and power its instruments on a voyage to the icy moons of Jupiter, satellites that just possibly might harbour life beneath their ice. Before then, nuclear technology could be proved with a less ambitious mission, perhaps a nuclear-powered probe to the Moon.
  • NASA eyes nuclear-powered rocket

    01/17/2003 3:10:22 PM PST · by Brett66 · 68 replies · 680+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1/17/03 | PETER PAE
    Hoping to pave the way for the human exploration of Mars within the next decade, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is expected to announce that developing a nuclear-powered rocket is its top research priority. The space agency is expected to request "significant resources and funding" to design a nuclear-powered propulsion system to triple the speed of current space travel, theoretically making it possible for humans to reach Mars in a two-month voyage. Excerpt; rest of article here: Agency expected to seek funding to develop way to travel 3 times
  • President Trump Directs NASA to Return to the Moon, Then Aim for Mars

    12/12/2017 1:53:20 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    space.com ^ | December 11, 2017 | Calla Cofield
    President Donald Trump signed his administration's first space policy directive today (Dec. 11), which formally directs NASA to focus on returning humans to the moon.
  • Trump wants to send man back to moon, on to Mars

    12/11/2017 9:26:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2017 4:14 PM EST
    President Donald Trump wants to send man back to the moon — and on to Mars. Trump signed a policy directive Monday instructing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to “refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery.” The move, Trump said, “marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972 for long-time exploration.” “This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint,” he said, “we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps someday, to many worlds beyond.” …
  • President Trump signs space policy directive ordering NASA to send humans to the Moon

    12/11/2017 1:35:57 PM PST · by DFG · 50 replies
    Spacenews.com ^ | 12/11/2017 | Jeff Foust
    President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign his administration’s first space policy directive in a White House ceremony Dec. 11, one that will formally direct NASA to send humans back to the moon. A White House schedule of the president’s activities, released late Dec. 10, includes a 3 p.m. Eastern “signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive 1.” The schedule didn’t provide additional details about the event or the document, but a White House official later confirmed that the directive is linked to human space exploration policy. “The president, today, will sign Space Policy Directive 1 (SPD-1) that directs the NASA...
  • A 'Martian' First: Earthworms Born in Mock Mars Soil

    12/05/2017 8:37:39 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    Space.com ^ | December 4, 2017 07:00am ET | Doris Elin Salazar, Contributor |
    Wieger Wamelink, a biologist at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands, is running plant growth experiments in a mixture of NASA-made Martian soil simulants — made from volcanic terrestrial rocks — and pig manure, to which he added live adult worms. University officials said in a statement that the infant worms are the first offspring of adult worms to be born in a Mars soil simulant. Mars is not a naturally habitable environment for life as we know it, so if humans want to live there long term, Red Planet settlers will have to establish closed ecosystem models....
  • Budweiser sending barley to space in hopes of learning how to brew beer on Mars

    11/25/2017 4:45:55 AM PST · by ETL · 24 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Nov 24, 2017 | Michael Bartiromo
    Budweiser wasn’t kidding about its plans to brew “the first beer on Mars.” After announcing its initiative at the South by Southwest conference in March, Budweiser is reportedly taking its next (small) steps toward accomplishing its out-of-this-world goal by sending beer-making grains — namely, barley — into space later this year. According to a press release, in early December SpaceX will be delivering the shipment of barley to the International Space Station, where it will remain in orbit for a month. Once back on Earth, the barley will be analyzed in order to determine how the grain reacts to microgravity...
  • Weird Dark Streaks on Mars May Not Be Flowing Water After All

    11/20/2017 6:57:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Space.com ^ | | November 20, 2017 05:24pm | Calla Cofield,
    In 2015, observations by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter revealed trace amounts of water (mixed with heavy doses of salts) on the Red Planet's surface. These "hydrated salts" corresponded with dark streaks on Martian hillsides called recurring slope lineae (RSL), which researchers had already identified as possible sites of liquid water rising to the surface. Studies of RSL, and in particular the findings by the MRO, introduced the tantalizing possibility that there could be enough liquid water on the surface of Mars today to support microbial life But the new study shows that those dark RSL could simply be flows of sand...