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  • Juno solves lightning mystery, gets mission extension

    Joe LatrellJune 15th, 2018

    NASA's Juno probe, which has been in orbit around Jupiter since July, 2016 has provided scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) opportunities for research. One such research paper, recently published in Nature, helps explain the nature of Jupiter’s polar lightning.

  • Update: Curiosity rover successfully drills hole in ‘Duluth’

    Jim SharkeyMay 23rd, 2018

    NASA's Curiosity rover has successfully tested a new method of drilling rocks on Mars. On Sunday, May 20, the rover drilled a hole about 2 inches (50 millimeters) into a target rock named "Duluth." It was the first rock sample acquired by Curiosity in more than a year.

  • Research teams receive NASA grants to study life in the cosmos

    Laurel KornfeldMay 18th, 2018

    Three interdisciplinary research teams have each been awarded $8 million in NASA grant funding to conduct five-year studies on various aspects of life in the universe.

  • Mark Geyer named director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center

    Derek RichardsonMay 15th, 2018

    NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, is getting a new director: Mark Geyer. He will be succeeding the current director, Ellen Ochoa, when she retires on May 25, 2018, after a 30-year career at the U.S. space agency.

  • Twin MarCO CubeSats launching alongside NASA’s InSight Mars mission

    Jim SharkeyApril 28th, 2018

    When the InSight Mars mission launches atop an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, two mini-satellites will be riding on the same rocket. The twin spacecraft, called Mars Cube One (MarCO), are the first NASA CubeSats designed to operate in deep space.

  • Altman, Jones inducted into US Astronaut Hall of Fame

    Lloyd CampbellApril 25th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — On April 21, 2018, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame membership swelled to a total of 97 when Space Shuttle astronauts Thomas Jones and Scott Altman were inducted into the hall. This was the 17th induction of astronauts from the Space Shuttle era.

  • U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame to induct two new members

    Lloyd CampbellApril 20th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame will induct two new astronauts on April 21, 2018. Joining the other 95 astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle Programs will be Space Shuttle astronauts Thomas Jones and Scott Altman.

  • ICPS umbilical installed on SLS mobile launcher

    Collin SkocikApril 3rd, 2018

    The road to the first flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) took another step forward March 21, 2018, when one of the last of the big swing arms was installed on the mobile launcher at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

  • NASA releases 360-degree video of InSight Mars lander test lab

    Jim SharkeyMarch 13th, 2018

    Scientists and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are using a replica of the upcoming InSight Mars lander to simulate conditions the spacecraft might face on the Red Planet's surface. The U.S. space agency released a 360-degree video tour of the In-Situ Instrument Lab, where the team is operating the "testbed" under a variety of different conditions.

  • Mobile launcher gets Orion crew access arm, inches closer to completion

    Curt GodwinMarch 3rd, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Workers with NASA's Exploration Ground Systems at Kennedy Space Center recently passed another landmark in their effort to prepare the center's infrastructure for the maiden launch of the Space Launch System.

  • Lucky 113: NASA tests RS-25 engine at highest-ever power level

    Curt GodwinFebruary 23rd, 2018

    Engineers at NASA's Stennis Space Center conducted a test of the Space Launch System's (SLS) RS-25 engine, pushing the design to the highest level ever recorded for the powerhouse previously used to send Space Shuttles into orbit. The Aerojet Rocketdyne-manufactured engine reached a peak output of 113 percent of rated power during the Feb. 21, 2018, firing at the coastal Mississippi site.

  • NASA’s Opportunity rover still finding surprises on Mars

    Jim SharkeyFebruary 19th, 2018

    NASA's Opportunity Mars rover continues to make surprising discoveries during its fourteenth year exploring the red Planet. Most recently, the rover has observed evidence of possible "rock strips." In recent images from the rover, the texture of the ground looks like a smudged version of distinctive stone strips on some mountain slopes on Earth that are the result of reoccurring cycles of freezing...

  • A chunk of Mars might soon return home

    Christopher PaulFebruary 15th, 2018

    A piece of a meteorite called Sayh al Uhaymir 008 (SaU008) is being prepared to be carried on board NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission, now being built at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. This chunk will serve as target practice for a high-precision laser on the rover's arm.

  • NASA prepares Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to support future missions

    Jim SharkeyFebruary 11th, 2018

    Since arriving in orbit above the Red Planet in 2006, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has observed Mars with it scientific instruments and provided a vital communications link for mission on the Martian surface. The spacecraft has already operated for more than twice its planned mission lifetime. NASA is planning to keep using it well into the 2020's to support upcoming missions. The spac...

  • Astronaut Jack Fischer shares “Awesome” ISS experiences during visit to NASA Glenn

    Michael ColeJanuary 27th, 2018

    GLENN RESEARCH CENTER, Ohio -- Astronaut Jack Fischer's favorite word is Awesome. And why not? If your job consists of rocketing into orbit aboard a Soyuz spacecraft and spending 136 days on the International Space Station, the word awesome is probably an accurate descriptor.