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NASA's 29th SpaceX commercial resupply services (CRS) mission is set to deliver a host of scientific experiments and technology demonstrations to the International Space Station (ISS). These studies aim to enhance our understanding of various aspects of space science and technology. Here are some of the key experiments aboard this mission:
The NASA-ISRO Radar Satellite Mission, known as NISAR, is scheduled for launch in early 2024 and is a collaborative effort between NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). NISAR is equipped with advanced radar systems that will scan nearly all of Earth's land and ice surfaces twice every 12 days, providing valuable data on ecosystems, particularly forests and wetlands, crucial in regulating greenhouse gases and understanding their impact on global climate change.
Inside the depths of planets, where extreme pressures and temperatures reign, matter takes on some truly bizarre forms. While iron atoms are believed to dance within Earth's solid inner core, the gas giants Uranus and Neptune likely host an unusual type of ice, known as superionic ice, which exists as both a solid and a liquid simultaneously. This extraordinary form of ice was first recreated in laboratory experiments five years ago and its existence and crystalline structure were confirmed four years later.
Bennu sample collected by the OSIRIS-REx mission has shown evidence of high-carbon content and water, according to NASA's preliminary assessment. This finding could indicate the presence of the building blocks of life on Earth in the asteroid material. The OSIRIS-REx sample, the largest carbon-rich asteroid sample ever delivered to Earth, will be studied for decades to investigate the origins of life and gain insights into our solar system's formation.
In a groundbreaking achievement, NASA's Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Experiment (MOXIE) has demonstrated the feasibility of extracting breathable oxygen from the thin Martian atmosphere. After a series of successful experiments, MOXIE is now poised to conclude its mission, leaving behind valuable insights for future Mars exploration.
Frank Rubio, currently on a year-long mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS), has achieved a remarkable milestone in space exploration. Today,...