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NASA expend $2mn on ‘advanced life support technology

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“The development of advanced life support technologies will allow NASA to establish improved capabilities for future deep space, long-duration, human exploration missions,” said Steve Jurczyk of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington.
The projects aim to advance the use of oxygen recovery technology which will convert carbon dioxide back into oxygen.
READ MORE: Mars 2020: Final three landing sites revealed (PHOTOS)Honeywell Aerospace, a divisions of the Honeywell International conglomerate, is heavily involved in NASA space mission planning and development.
UMPQUA Research Co has previously built water disinfection and purification subsystems for the ISS, the Space Shuttle and other projects.
It’s hoped it will help astronauts breathe a little easier in deep space during long missions.

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NASA at work on autonomous space rendezvous technology

NASA at work on autonomous space rendezvous technology

A test module, dubbed Raven, will help NASA autonomously rendezvous with and dock with satellites traveling through space at more than 16,000 mph.
NASA The Raven test module is the first step in NASA’s effort to develop ways for spacecraft to rendezvous in space without human involvement.
From its perch outside the space station, Raven will capture and analyze data about approaching and departing spacecraft.
The Raven module is set to be launched on the 10th SpaceX commercial resupply mission, which is scheduled for Saturday.
That’s a problem since 99% of all satellites working in space were not designed with this capability, according to NASA.

 

 

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NASA astronaut pulls off cargo-bag prank in space

NASA astronaut pulls off cargo-bag prank in space

There have been other funny happenings on the International Space Station, notably when astronaut Scott Kelly donned a gorilla suit and romped around in microgravity last year.
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson delivered some laughs to the crew members of Expedition 50 when she pulled off a prank in microgravity.
When you pack to go to the International Space Station and share a confined space for days on end with a few other people, you had better bring along your sense of humor.
Fellow astronauts Shane Kimbrough from NASA and Thomas Pesquet from the European Space Agency dutifully transported the bag over the space station’s Russian segment until Whitson surprised them by popping out of the packaging.
The current crew also recently posed for a photo while pretending to be superheroes, so it looks like everyone up there has a good sense of humor.

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