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News Archive / Tagged: NASA

  • Hubble spots farthest star ever seen

    Jim SharkeyApril 7th, 2018

    Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered an enormous blue star, nicknamed 'Icarus,' located more than halfway across the universe. Icarus is the farthest individual star ever seen. Normally it would be too faint to observe even with the world's largest telescopes, but the astronomers were able to take advantage of a phenomenon known as "gravitational lensing" that greatly magnified the star's faint glow.

  • CRS-14 Dragon berths with International Space Station

    Derek RichardsonApril 4th, 2018

    The CRS-14 Dragon capsule rendezvous and berthed with the International Space Station after a two-day trek to the orbiting outpost. Capture by the robotic Canadarm2 took place at 6:40 a.m. EDT (10:40 GMT) April 4, 2018.

  • Video: CRS-14 launches to International Space Station

    Derek RichardsonApril 4th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Lifting off at 4:30 p.m. EDT (20:30 GMT) April 2, 2018, a SpaceX Falcon 9 sent the CRS-14 Dragon capsule on its way toward the International Space Station. The following video was captured and put together by the SpaceFlight Insider visual team.

  • Gallery: Used CRS-14 Dragon capsule flies atop used Falcon 9 rocket

    Derek RichardsonApril 3rd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Lifting off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40, a SpaceX Falcon 9 sent the CRS-14 Dragon capsule on its way toward the International Space Station. SpaceFlight Insider's visual team was there to capture the event.

  • SpaceX CRS-14 Dragon heading toward ISS after successful Falcon 9 launch

    Derek RichardsonApril 2nd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched its sixth Falcon 9 of 2018, this time to send the unpiloted CRS-14 Dragon cargo ship on its way toward the International Space Station with several thousand pounds of food, experiments and hardware for the six-person Expedition 55 crew.

  • Opinion: Mutants, airstrikes and more: Space ‘fake news’ on the rise

    Jason RhianApril 1st, 2018

    Fake news, a relatively new term that has entered the public lexicon. Stories regarding space flight have recently seen an uptick in incorrect information being reported and given the complexity of the subject matter, it might be understandable—but it is also preventable.

  • NASA InSight lander set to measure Marsquakes

    Jim SharkeyApril 1st, 2018

    NASA's next robotic mission to Mars should provide researchers their first look into the Red Planet's interior. InSight, which stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, is set to measure Marsquakes to learn about the Martian crust, mantle and core.

  • SpaceX CRS-14 mission all set for science

    Bart LeahyMarch 31st, 2018

    SpaceX is set to send its next Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies and science. The CRS-14 mission will include materials to help the Expeditions 55 and 56 crews conduct and monitor more than 200 science and technology investigations.

  • Parker Solar Probe prepped for delivery to Kennedy Space Center

    Michael ColeMarch 31st, 2018

    GREENBELT, MD -- NASA's Parker Solar Probe (PSP) is getting ready for its flight to space. The spacecraft is currently scheduled for launch in July or August of this year (2018). PSP is NASA's long-awaited mission to explore the Sun's corona and is designed to discover more about the solar wind, and learn how conditions there interact to create space weather.

  • NASA delays launch of James Webb Space Telescope to 2020

    Laurel KornfeldMarch 28th, 2018

    The highly anticipated launch of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been delayed to May 2020 due to the need for extensive testing and integration of its parts, which the agency says it now recognizes will take longer than previously anticipated.

  • Era ends as Kepler planet hunting satellite runs out of fuel

    Joe LatrellMarch 26th, 2018

    With fuel tanks low and no gas gauge, the Kepler spacecraft is in the final months of operations. The planet hunting satellite was launched in March 2009 and had a planned mission duration was 3.5 years, but the spacecraft has exceeded all expectations and continues to function.

  • Curiosity Mars rover reaches 2,000 sol milestone

    Jim SharkeyMarch 25th, 2018

    NASA's Curiosity Mars rover team celebrated the vehicle's 2,000th Martian day, or sol, on the Red Planet on March 22, 2018.  An image mosaic taken in January shows the rover's next major scientific target, an area with clay-bearing rocks that researchers have studied from orbit.

  • International Space Station crew size doubles with Soyuz MS-08 docking

    Derek RichardsonMarch 24th, 2018

    The International Space Station returned to its full crew compliment of six people after the three-person Soyuz MS-08 docked with the orbiting outpost to join the ongoing Expedition 55.

  • SLS one step closer to flight with successful completion of USA design review

    Heather SmithMarch 21st, 2018

    Dynetics has announced the completion of the universal stage adapter's (USA) preliminary design review for NASA’s new SLS rocket designed to send humans to the Moon and possible Mars. The adapter is critical for carrying additional cargo during Exploration Mission 2, the first planned crewed flight of SLS and NASA’s Orion spacecraft.

  • Soyuz MS-08 trio set for 2-day flight to ISS

    Derek RichardsonMarch 20th, 2018

    Three more people are set to leave Earth to live aboard the International Space Station for about five months. They are slated to launch in their Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft at 1:44 p.m. EDT (05:44 GMT) March 21, 2018, from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.