NASA DISCOVERS TRACES OF WATER ON ASTEROID BENNU

NASA on Monday said the asteroid Bennu was once in contact with water, based on molecules containing hydrogen and oxygen bonded together detected by the OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft in numerous places on the asteroid. Bennu may have once belonged to a much larger asteroid that carried water, the agency announced in a press release, adding these measurements are a promising start.

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AFTER SOYUZ ACCIDENT, NASA WEIGHS JANUARY AS DEADLINE FOR BRINGING STATION CREW HOME

NASA and its space station partners face a conundrum of timing after Thursday’s Soyuz rocket accident, which miraculously left the crew of a cosmonaut and an astronaut in shape to walk away and hug loved ones. Their capsule, which smacked into the Kazakhstan desert, was supposed to dock at the station to deliver crew members and serve as the orbiting

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FAA REAUTHORIZATION WOULD GRANT AGENCY ADDITIONAL DRONE AUTHORITY

The FAA authorization bill that is headed for President Donald Trump’s desk is drawing mixed reactions from the drone community because of language that gives the agency the power to set rules that permit federal authorities to “disrupt” or “destroy” any drones deemed a “credible threat,” as the bill puts it. Full story by Tom Risen is online at Aerospace America.

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BRIDENSTINE UNSURE ABOUT CHARGING FOR NASA LOGO, RAISING EXPERIMENT FEES

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who is looking for innovative ways to fund the agency’s goals of landing Americans on the moon and Mars, expressed reservations about the idea of generating revenue through space station experiments and merchandising the agency’s logo on T-shirts and other products. The full story about the exchange between Bridenstine and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is online at Aerospace

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