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Research and Technology Studies

Research and Technology studies team member inside MMSEV during mission simulation. A field test led by NASA to assess surface operation concepts, including rovers, spacewalk timelines, and ground support.

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In-Situ Resource Utilization

In-Situ Resource Utilization rover testing. NASA and partner organizations demonstrate incorporating on-site resources and evaluate technologies that could be used to look for water-ice in extraterrestrial environments.

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NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations

NEEMO aquanaut. NEEMO researchers live in the undersea Aquarius laboratory for up to 3 weeks, and experience some of the same tasks and challenges they would in space.

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Autonomous Mission Operations

NASA Autonomous Mission Operations crew member. Defining the vehicle capabilities, roles and responsibilities of ground and crew, and their interactions, to enable missions to destinations beyond Earth orbit.

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View of a simulated mission to a near-Earth asteroid, from within the Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle (MMSEV) cabin. Photo credit: NASA


NASA's Research and Technology Studies (RATS) team kicks off a 10-day analog mission simulation at the Johnson Space Center.

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The Canadian Space Agency (CSA)'s Artemis Jr. rover and the Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatiles Extraction (RESOLVE) system being prepared for the simulated mission. Photo credit: NASA/Joe Bibby

Testing Technologies For Living Off the Land..In Space!

NASA and its partners are demonstrating technologies on Earth that may be used on future missions to harness resources in space.

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From left to right: NASA astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Andrew Abercromby (NASA Deputy Project Manager for the Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle) and ESA astronaut Timothy Peake.

Talking to Explorers Underwater

Adminstrator Bolden spoke to the NEEMO 16 explorers during their 12-day mission beneath the waves of the Florida Keys.

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The OpenROV with the NOAA Aquarius facility in the background.

Open Hardware Exploration at NEEMO 16

NASA's Open Government Initiative introduces "OpenRov" at NEEMO 16, a challenge to further the development of open-source hardware, software, and ...

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Image of two aquanauts mapping the coral reef.

Using Analogs to Develop Sample Collection Techniques

Rovers can yield valuable planetary data returns, but the ultimate goal is to collect and return samples for scientists to analyze on Earth.

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