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News Archive / Author: Jason Rhian

Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content for outlets such as: Aviation Week & Space Technology,, The Mars Society and Universe Today.

Articles By Jason Rhian

  • Review: Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System

    February 12th, 2017

    A new book is set for release – "Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System" by Michael Summers and James Trefil. There are, at present, 3,700 exoplanets (that we're aware of) and counting, which makes this a welcomed addition to a space enthusiast's library.

  • Insider Exclusive: JSC’s Astronaut Office innovating a path forward

    February 10th, 2017

    HOUSTON, Texas — A model of NASA's Orion spacecraft is prominently placed within the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center. We sat down with Rick Mastracchio, a four-time spaceflight veteran with more than 227 days on orbit about how the Astronaut Office at JSC is working to make the agency's new Orion spacecraft more self-sufficient than those that preceded it.

  • ULA confirms March 1 for launch attempt of NROL-79

    February 9th, 2017

    ULA has issued a statement announcing it is targeting a March 1, 2017, launch date for the flight of an Atlas V 401 rocket with a classified payload for the NRO. The NROL-79 mission had been delayed before this due to issues with the Atlas V's Centaur upper stage.

  • Tornado damages NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility

    February 7th, 2017

    NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) was the site of a confirmed tornado strike at 11:25 a.m. CST (12:25 p.m. EST / 17:25 GMT). So far, only minor injuries have been reported and NASA is accounting for all of its personnel and contractors as well as assessing damage caused by the storm.

  • Insider Exclusive: Orion designed to keep crew in the ‘loop’

    February 1st, 2017

    JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Texas — NASA's next crew-rated spacecraft, Orion, has been engineered so that the vehicle is designed with the crews – who will fly on it – firmly in mind. Its windows, flight controls, even the seats for the roughly 22,899 lbs (10,387 kg) vehicle are being carefully crafted to guarantee mission success.

  • Take the plunge: Former astronaut talks about NASA’s NBL

    January 30th, 2017

    JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Texas — NASA continues to use one of its Texas-based assets to provide astronauts with training essential to the missions they conduct on-orbit. The Sonny Carter Neutral Buoyancy Lab is home to the massive pool where astronauts go underwater to simulate the microgravity environment in space.

  • New video remembers crew of Apollo 1 50 years later

    January 28th, 2017

    Retro Space Images (RSI) has produced a new video marking 50 years since the loss of the three crew members who were selected for the Apollo 1 mission. The video premiered on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2017, during the 50th-anniversary ceremony at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and is titled: “Remembering Our Heroes|50 Years".

  • Funeral service held for Eugene Cernan in Houston

    January 24th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — When most people think of the 12 men who first walked on the Moon, they probably don't think of Eugene Cernan. They should. Cernan, a naval aviator, was one of the core astronauts that made the Apollo Program's historic landings possible. His life after NASA was as important as his time with the agency training to ride fire.

  • SFI Launch Highlights: SBIRS GEO-3 on ULA Atlas V 401

    January 23rd, 2017

    SpaceFlight Insider video highlights from the Jan. 20, 2017, flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket. The payload for this mission was the U.S. Air Force's SBIRS GEO-3 satellite.

  • NASA absent from 2017 Inauguration Parade

    January 21st, 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — When President Obama first took office in 2008, NASA had to feel like they had done something wrong as they were placed dead last – even behind the "World Famous" Lawn Rangers. However, for the Inaugural Parade of Donald J. Trump, NASA was not represented at all.

  • OSIRIS-REx completes critical deep space maneuver

    January 20th, 2017

    Tracking data provided by NASA's Deep Space network has confirmed that the agency's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission is on course for its target – asteroid Bennu.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch coverage of SBIRS GEO-3

    January 19th, 2017

    SpaceFlight Insider is at the command bunker located near Tampa, Florida, for tonight's webcast covering the flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket with the third Space Based Infrared System satellite. SFI decided for this mission to bring you behind the scenes with all the exciting plans we have for 2017.

  • San Pedro welcomes SpaceX’s Falcon 9 first stage

    January 18th, 2017

    After a triumphant return-to-flight conducted on Jan. 14, the first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 (1029) rocket began its journey home with its entry into the port at San Pedro, California, on Tuesday, January 17.

  • Launch of classified NROL-79 mission delayed

    January 16th, 2017

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced on Monday, Jan. 16, that the launch date of the Atlas V 401 rocket with the NROL-79 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office had fallen under review. ULA will use this additional time to ensure the rocket will perform normally.

  • Visions of the road to Mars

    January 15th, 2017

    No planet is more steeped in lore, legend, and romance than Mars. For SpaceFlight Insider's illustrator James Vaughan, the Red Planet is a subject matter well suited for his unique style of photo-illustration. He spoke with us about how interest in Mars is increasing and how his work is racing to keep up.