NASA selected five aerospace companies to develop a Mars orbiter concept each that can be built in time for the 2020 mission.
A micro-cooler that requires less than a drop of water to work may be able to reduce microchip heat buildup. This may be one way for Moore's law to survive and for chips to continue increasing in processing power.
Juno will need to withstand Jupiter's harsh environment in order to carry out its mission. Juno engineers secured the spacecraft with specialized shielding and titanium vaults designed to survive the radiation in Jupiter.
Two patients working in a facility on the South Pole was rescued in a dangerous rescue mission. The patients need medical treamtment not available on the facility and were flown to Chile.
To make sure the astronauts are safe from injuries during a spacecraft's re-entry on Earth, engineers are performing crash tests on NASA's next generation of spacecraft using dummies in full Advance Crew Escape System suits.
Lockheed Martin is hoping that NASA will choose their 'Space Base' design which will be developed as the first step in their attempt to land on the red planet.
In Denver, a spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx was recently completed and is being tested. In late 2016, it will launch on the trip to the asteroid Bennu, where it will retrieve a rock sample and return it to Earth.
The US Defense Department has chosen to open up bidding for two future launches of satellites essential for national security. This could potentially end what billionaire genius Elon Musk has called a "monopoly" of space-related US defense contracts held by Beoing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp.