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  • High-speed cameras show MOMO-2 launch failure in unprecedented detail

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 15th, 2018

    Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies Inc. (IST) has revealed a high-definition video of the June 30 unsuccessful launch of its MOMO-2 rocket. The new footage, captured by industrial high-speed cameras shows the failure in unprecedented detail.

  • Pluto’s Earth-like glaciers puzzle scientists

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 14th, 2018

    Data returned by NASA's New Horizons mission shows Pluto has extremely high mountains, where glaciation appears to be occurring, a finding scientists cannot fully explain.

  • SpaceX’s CRS-15 Dragon splashes down in Pacific

    Derek RichardsonAugust 4th, 2018

    SpaceX’s CRS-15 Dragon returned to Earth on Aug. 3, 2018, after a month-long stay at the International Space Station. The capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean with cargo and research samples that were returned for further analysis.

  • New Horizons scientists observe stellar occultation by Ultima Thule

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 4th, 2018

    As they did three times last summer, NASA's New Horizons team will observe a stellar occultation by the spacecraft's second target, Ultima Thule, from the narrow path where the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) will cast its shadow.

  • And the winners are… NASA announces first astronauts to fly under Commercial Crew Program

    Joe LatrellAugust 3rd, 2018

    HOUSTON — The race to develop new U.S. spacecraft to ferry astronauts to space reached another milestone with the announcement of the first crews that will fly on commercially-produced spacecraft. On Aug. 3, 2018, NASA selected the astronauts who will fly on the first Boeing Starliner and SpaceX Crewed Dragon capsules.

  • Understanding Venus: New facility to simulate conditions on Earth’s twin planet

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 3rd, 2018

    The German Space Agency (DLR) has opened a new simulation facility at its Planetary Spectroscopy Laboratory (PSL) in Berlin. The facility could help scientists better understand the surface of Venus hidden behind the planet’s dense atmosphere.

  • TESS primed and ready to discover distant worlds

    Jason RhianAugust 2nd, 2018

    NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has successfully reached its desired orbit and has begun science operations. The spacecraft was constructed by Northrop Grumman, who will operate the vehicle. This milestone sets the spacecraft on a path to continue the search for alien worlds.

  • Dynetics tapped to produce propulsion system for Peregrine lunar lander

    Jason RhianJuly 31st, 2018

    Astrobotic has announced that it has chosen Dynetics to provide the propulsion system for the company's Peregrine lunar lander. 

  • Martian storm chasers: Spacecraft observe dust storm

    Paul KnightlyJuly 30th, 2018

    A fleet of spacecraft are diligently studying the global dust storm currently encircling Mars. Much as storm chasers would do on Earth, they are collecting valuable data so that scientists can better understand how these storms form and evolve.

  • Map depicting radiation on Europa could help direct upcoming missions

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 27th, 2018

    Jupiter's moon Europa, which likely hosts a global subsurface ocean, is one of the most promising locations for finding microbial life beyond Earth in our solar system. However, its parent planet, Jupiter, bombards the moon with radiation that could seriously diminish its habitability.

  • Interstellar Technologies continues developing rocket after MOMO-2 launch failure

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 23rd, 2018

    Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies Inc. (IST) is continuing the development of its MOMO launch vehicle amid the recent failure of the MOMO-2 rocket that exploded shortly after liftoff.

  • Launch of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe delayed

    Jason RhianJuly 18th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA announced on Wednesday, July 18 that the launch of the agency's Parker Solar Probe mission, which is designed to "touch" the Sun - had been delayed an additional two days. 

  • Iridium NEXT Flight 7 being readied for launch atop SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianJuly 18th, 2018

    SpaceX is working to rack up yet another successful launch for its 2018 manifest in the next several days. As is often the case with the NewSpace firm, this mission will be a commercial flight meant to further a long-standing collaboration with one of the company’s most loyal customers.

  • Juno may have found new volcano on Jupiter’s moon Io

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 17th, 2018

    A new heat source detected near the south pole of Jupiter's moon Io may be the site of a previously undiscovered volcano, according to researchers working with data returned by NASA's Juno spacecraft.

  • Jettison Motor readied for integration into Orion’s LAS

    Jason RhianJuly 17th, 2018

    NASA and the agency's commercial partners have been preparing for the Orion spacecraft's Ascent Abort Test (AA-2) currently slated to take place in 2019. Aerojet Rocketdyne's jettison motor is a critical part of this test and is being prepped for use.