On November 29th, NASA announced that it would begin a partnership with nine U.S. science and technology companies, as one of the first steps towards its goal of long-term scientific exploration of the Moon. When this goal is reached, NASA feels it will have completed enough research both in space and at home to make substantial progress towards its ultimate goal: landing the first human on Mars. To read more about NASA’s partnerships for commercial lunar payload delivery, click here. To read on about NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration program, click here.
On Sunday, November 11th, California experienced the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history. The Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, produced new damage maps using radar imaging from its satellites. For more information on the wildfires, and to view the maps, click here.