The First Native American Woman in Space, Nicole Mann

On 5 October, Nicole Mann became the first Native American woman in space. As a Marine Corps pilot, astronaut and member of the Wailacki tribe of the Round Valley Indian Tribes, Mann was aboard the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft as a part of the Crew-5 mission, a six-month endeavor at the International Space Station to conduct 200+ experiments and spacewalks. Mann, who commanded the spacecraft, represents …

Remote-Controlled Robots Could Perform Surgeries in Space

Slated to board the International Space Station in 2024, MIRA—which stands for Miniaturized In-Vivo Robotic Assistance—is a remote-controlled surgical robot created by Virtual Incision Corporation, a Nebraska-based medical technology company that recently signed a contract with NASA. The robot is purported to perform medical surgeries by being remotely guided from Earth, a service that could provide longterm help aboard deep space missions. MIRA is uniquely …

The International Space Station Will Plunge Into The Ocean in 2030

Over 30 years after its 1998 launch, the International Space Station—which has been in low-Earth orbit and inhabited by astronauts from NASA (United States), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe) and CSA (Canada)—will plunge into the most remote part of the Pacific Ocean in 2030. It’s set for a splash-landing at Point Nemo, known as the space cemetery, which is “pretty much the farthest place …