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NASA aims to land American astronauts back on the Moon by 2024, including the first woman, through the agency’s Artemis lunar exploration program. During future missions, astronauts may stay in a 3D-printed Moon village of sorts, with everything they need, and more.
The Fisher Space Pen Company manufactures the Space Pen, which is a specially designed writing utensil that uses pressurized ink cartridges capable of writing in zero gravity, underwater, over wet greasy paper, at any angle, and in various temperatures. They are used by astronauts aboard the ISS as well.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is sending a robot into space, and it may be one you’re already familiar with. This four-legged explorer prototype, called NeBula-SPOT, combines autonomous technologies provided by JPL with a doglike likes. Boston Dynamics developed this subterranean Spot robot in response to a contest sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
We have seen the future of tourism, and it includes going into space, thanks to the Orbital Assembly Corporation (OAC). Called Voyager Station, it’s slated to be the first commercial space station hotel, complete with artificial gravity. The team is comprised of NASA veterans, pilots, engineers and architects, with their goal being to construct a low Earth orbit hotel that rotates fast enough to generate artificial gravity for anyone interested in off-Earth living.
NASA has chosen Nokia Bell Labs’ to build and deploy the first ultra-compact, low-power, space-hardened, end-to-end 4G LTE solution on the lunar surface by late 2022. Nokia is teamping up with Intuitive Machines for this mission to integrate this groundbreaking network into their lunar lander for deployment on the surface, which will then self-configure upon landing, thus establishing the first LTE communications system on the Moon.