Elon Musk Twitter Focus To Affect SpaceX Work For NASA?

Nelson fielded questions from reporters Sunday after the conclusion of the space agency’s Artemis I mission, in which the agency’s uncrewed capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.

| Updated on: Dec 12 2022, 18:34 IST
Top NASA tech that solved Mars myths and mysteries like never before
1/10 Humans have been studying Mars for hundred of years. In 1609, Galileo was the first person to peer through a telescope and get a more intimate image of what many could only have dreamed of. (Pixabay)
2/10 An up close and personal view of the red planet emerged as time progressed and so did the capabilities of telescopes. In fact, from the late 1800s to the mid 1900s, many astronomers believed that Mars was home to majestic seas and lush areas of vegetation. The Dark markings on Mars surface were once believed to be caused by vegetation growing and dying. (Pixabay)
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3/10 Some even believed that intelligent life existed on Mars just because of what they saw through their simple telescopes. But that is exactly was science is about-you make educated guesses based on what you know, then change your ideas based on what you learn. (NASA)
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4/10 Now, thanks to new sophisticated equipment and robotic visits to Mars, it turns out they were caused by Martian wind. It was not until the 1960s, when NASA's Mariner missions flew by and snapped pictures of Mars that many of the myths about the red planet were dispelled. (NASA)
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5/10 That does not make Mars any less interesting. The possibility that life actually existed once on Mars is still a distinct possibility. Or it may even be existing on Mars today! No, not in the form of little green men, but on a microbial level. (NASA)
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6/10 Now, taking pictures is great and all. But nothing is better than getting to know the real thing. So, to get a better feel of Mars, Scientists and engineers built some nifty technologies, from spacecrafts to reach Mars and rovers (vehicles) to actually trundle and explore the planet. (NASA/JPL)
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7/10 Among the earliest tech deployed for Mars was Phoenix. It was launched on August 4, 2007 and so began its 9-month long, 681 Million km journey to the legendary red planet. Now, landing on a planet is not as easy as simply dropping a spacecraft onto it. There is actually a lot of steps to the process. (NASA)
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8/10 On May 25, 2008, Phoenix entered Mars atmosphere. It used its heat shield to slow down the high speed entry of 5600 meters per second or around 12500 miles per hour. It released a supersonic PARACHUTE, then detached from its parachute and used its rocket engines to land safely on the planet's surface. Phoenix' landing spot was further north and closer to the ice covered poles than any spacecraft has ever been before. (NASA)
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9/10 Phoenix had two primary goals: One was to study the history of water in the Martian arctic and the other was to search for evidence of a habitual zone and assess the biological potential of the ice soil boundary. And to do that the spacecraft was packed full of gizmos and gadgets to perform all sets of experiments and tests. One of these gizmos was a robotic arm with a shovel attached. It was used to dig up samples of the martian soil for experiments! (NASA)
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10/10 Another top tech on the Mars surface was the Surface Stereo Imager, which is really just a fancy name for the camera. Three surface stereo imagers were Phoenix' eye. Engineers built the device with two optical lenses that would allow for a three dimensional view, just like our eyes. And the SSI sent back some amazing images of the martian landscape. (Source: NASA/Justin Tully) (NASA)
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SpaceX is set to be a prominent part of NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to return people to the lunar surface later this decade. (AP)

NASA administrator Bill Nelson says he was assured by SpaceX's president that the rocket company's work with the space agency won't suffer from Elon Musk's current focus on revamping Twitter.

“I spoke with Gwynne Shotwell and I asked her, ‘Is Twitter going to be a distraction to SpaceX?'” Nelson said in a statement provided to Bloomberg. “She assured me that it would not be a distraction to their mission.”

Nelson fielded questions from reporters Sunday after the conclusion of the space agency's Artemis I mission, in which the agency's uncrewed capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. SpaceX is set to be a prominent part of NASA's Artemis program, which aims to return people to the lunar surface later this decade. The company is developing its next generation Starship vehicle as a lunar lander that will take NASA astronauts to and from the surface of the moon for the program.

Musk, who runs multiple companies including SpaceX and Tesla Inc., acquired Twitter more than a month ago. His management of the company has been in the spotlight the last few weeks, after he fired or let go more than half the staff and has rolled out new features for the platform.

Nelson's discussion with Shotwell was first reported by Ars Technica reporter Eric Berger, who spoke with the administrator following the Artemis I press conference. During the briefing, Nelson also said he frequently asks one of his associate administrators if Starship is meeting its benchmarks and time tables.

“The answer comes back to me: yes,” Nelson said. “And in some cases: exceeding.”

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First Published Date: 12 Dec, 18:34 IST
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