NASA's '2018 To Do List' Includes Deep Space Habitats and Sending a New Robot to Mars

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 - 10:52AM
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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 - 10:52AM
NASA's '2018 To Do List' Includes Deep Space Habitats and Sending a New Robot to Mars
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Everyone makes New Year's resolutions, but it's usually something like "Go to the gym" or "buy a life-size Yoda statue." NASA, on the other hand, is literally aiming for the stars. They've pulled off some incredible stuff this year, from identifying a truckload of new exoplanets to announcing the upcoming 'space gateway,' but 2018 has even more slated. Luckily, NASA has created a short video to bring us up to speed:



That's a lot to cover, but here's some more info about the standout missions from that list. Our favorite, of course, is the Orion spacecraft.

The Osiris REx Mission to an Asteroid


"The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will travel to a near-Earth asteroid, called Bennu (formerly 1999 RQ36), and bring at least a 2.1-ounce sample back to Earth for study. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth."

The TESS Satellite's Mission to Find New Planets


"The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will discover thousands of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky. In a two-year survey of the solar neighborhood, TESS will monitor more than 200,000 stars for temporary drops in brightness caused by planetary transits. This first-ever spaceborne all-sky transit survey will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants, around a wide range of stellar types and orbital distances. No ground-based survey can achieve this feat."

The Orion Spacecraft


"For the first time in a generation, NASA is building a human spacecraft for deep-space missions that will usher in a new era of space exploration. A series of increasingly challenging missions awaits, and this new spacecraft will take us farther than we've gone before, including to the vicinity of the Moon and Mars...Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain astronauts during their missions and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities."

Stay tuned for more NASA announcements in 2018!
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