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  • Boeing renames CST-100 – the Starliner

    September 4th, 2015

    Boeing held an event at Kennedy Space Center, unveiling a new look for the C3PF building and the new name for their CST-100 spacecraft – the Starliner. The event was attended by an array of officials and dignitaries and marked the latest step to Boeing's planned 2017 flight of the spacecraft.

  • Launch Viewing Guide: ULA Atlas V 401 with GPS IIF 10

    July 13th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — United Launch Alliance (ULA ) is getting ready to send the U.S. Air Force’s tenth GPS IIF satellite atop one of the company’s Atlas V 401 rockets. The navigational satellite will have some 19 minutes to get off of the launch pad and into the skies, with weather conditions providing an estimated 70 percent […]

  • NASA’s WISE detects universe’s most luminous galaxy

    May 29th, 2015

    NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE ) has recently discovered a remote galaxy so luminous, it shines with the light of 300 trillion suns. This galaxy easily wins the title of most luminous in the ‘verse, and is the latest specimen in a relatively new class of galaxy called Extremely Luminous Infrared Galaxies, or ELIRG for […]

  • SpaceX’s Falcon 9 breaks EELV monopoly

    May 27th, 2015

    It has been a long time coming for Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) — but that day has arrived. The company’s highly-successful Falcon 9 booster has been approved to actively compete under the United States Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program. 

  • Europa’s dark lines may be due to irradiated salt

    May 17th, 2015

    NASA released data this week from recent laboratory experiments further indicating Jupiter’s moon Europa could contain a subsurface ocean and possibly even support life. Europa, the smallest of the four Galilean moons, contains surface features covered by an intriguing dark material. The data shows the enigmatic dark streaks are likely formed as a result of sea […]

  • Google Lunar X PRIZE: Creating a new generation of lunar landers

    May 11th, 2015

    The last crewed mission to the Moon took place more than four decades ago, and ever since, humanity seems to have a new target in its sights – Mars. Private industry on the other hand has been working diligently to explore more of the lunar surface. With the help of Google’s Lunar X PRIZE, four companies are developing […]

  • With Pad Abort Test, astronauts one step closer to riding SpaceX’s Dragon

    May 6th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, SpaceX conducted their first Pad Abort Test with the crewed variant of the Dragon from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Using eight SuperDraco engines firing simultaneously, the test measured various parameters of the new escape system to collect data so that the […]

  • Caught in the act: NuSTAR shows ‘zombie’ stars may howl as they feed

    May 4th, 2015

    NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has been peering deep into the heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way. In doing so, NuSTAR has spotted an intriguing glow of high-energy X-rays with an unknown origin. One possibility is that the center of the galaxy is inhabited by ‘zombie’ stars and the X-rays are the stellar undead […]

  • Curiosity detects possible liquid brine in Martian soil

    April 20th, 2015

    Mars, our second closest planetary neighbor, is a cold and desolate place. Extreme conditions make it near impossible to support liquid water on the planet’s surface, but thanks to recent weather and soil data collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover, scientists have their first indirect evidence of the presence of a thin briny film near the […]

  • MESSENGER mission to end this month with crash into Mercury

    April 17th, 2015

    After some 3,922 days in space, NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft will run out of propellant and crash into the surface of Mercury, ending a successful mission to study the chemical composition, geology, and magnetic field of the planet closest to the Sun.

  • Dawn reveals Ceres’ diverse surface features

    April 15th, 2015

    VIENNA, AUT. — At the 2015 General Assembly of the European Geoscience Union, a new color map of dwarf planet Ceres was released, revealing the diversity of surface features on this planetary body. Variations in surface morphology and color gives evidence that Ceres was once an active body. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft entered into orbit around Ceres’ in […]

  • Anomaly delays launch of THOR 7 and SICRAL 2

    April 14th, 2015

    KOUROU, French Guiana — Arianespace announced the delay of a dual satellite payload on Tuesday, April 14. The launch, designated VA222, was scheduled to liftoff from Kourou, French Guiana, on Wednesday, April 15, and is the first Ariane 5 launch of the year. The vehicle will carry two European communications satellites – THOR 7 and SICRAL 2 – to space, and […]

  • Crew of veteran astronauts launch to the space station, prepare to begin one-year mission

    March 27th, 2015

    BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — A trio of veteran astronauts are on their way to the International Space Station (ISS) following a picture perfect  launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:42 p.m. EDT Friday March 27 (1:42 a.m., March 28 Baikonur time).

  • Rosetta detects molecular nitrogen on comet 67P

    March 26th, 2015

    The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft is a mission of firsts – first to rendezvous with a comet, first to land on a comet, and now first to detect molecular nitrogen on a comet. The latest data collected at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is providing clues about the temperature environment in which it formed.

  • ULA successfully delivers ninth GPS IIF satellite to orbit

    March 25th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — A United Launch Alliance (ULA ) Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) rocket launched today, Wednesday, March 25, from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 37 (SLC-37). It carried with it the ninth GPS IIF satellite for the U.S. Air Force. Liftoff occurred right on time and at the beginning of an 18-minute window at 2:36 p.m. […]