On Tuesday, March 4, two Delta IV Common Booster Cores (CBC’s) arrived at Port Canaveral aboard United Launch Alliance’s (ULA’s) Delta Mariner barge. The barge previously departed ULA’s Decatur, Alabama, manufacturing facility on Sunday, Feb. 23, and traveled along the Tennessee, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers prior to entering the Gulf of Mexico, rounding the Florida peninsula, and […]
For scientists and space enthusiasts who have been advocating a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, there was some good news this week from NASA. A mission to Europa has been officially included in the NASA 2015 Budget request. The inclusion is a reason for cautious optimism; while naming it as a target for a future robotic mission in the […]
On Jan. 28, 2014, NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, witnessed its strongest solar flare since it launched in the summer of 2013. Solar flares are bursts of x-rays and light that stream out into space, but scientists don’t yet know the fine details of what sets them off.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has postponed a test fire of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket which had been scheduled to take place today at 1 p.m. EST. The Falcon 9 v1.1 on the pad at Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida is poised to launch the third of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft to […]
One year ago, on Feb. 15, 2013, the world was witness to the dangers presented by near-Earth Objects (NEOs) when a relatively small asteroid entered Earth’s atmosphere, exploding over Chelyabinsk, Russia, and releasing more energy than a large atomic bomb. Tracking near-Earth asteroids has been a significant endeavor for NASA and the broader astronomical community, […]
NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen comet. The comet, named C/2014 C3 (NEOWISE), is the first one discovered by the spacecraft since it was revived from hibernation late last year.
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover and its recent tracks from driving in Gale Crater appear in an image taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Dec. 11, 2013.
A slightly contentions debate kicked off slightly before 10 a.m. EST opening with witnesses testifying before the United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. The Subcommittee met in open session in Room SD-192 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building to discuss the National Security Space Launch Programs. Essentially, the core discussion was about the Evolved Expendable […]
A teleconference was held on March 4 with representatives from NASA who went over the various aspects of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal. During which, the turmoil in the Crimea, the asteroid retrieval mission, Dennis Tito’s request for an SLS and Orion for his Inspiration Mars effort and the end of SOFIA all were touched […]
Earlier this month, NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory successfully downlinked images of the moon and stars taken by onboard camera systems, known as star trackers. This is the first time the LADEE team commanded the spacecraft to send these pictures back to Earth.