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News Archive / Tagged: NASA

  • RS-25 completes successful second test fire of 2018

    Collin SkocikFebruary 1st, 2018

    On Feb. 1, 2018, a team of engineers at NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne and Syncom Space Services engineers and operators test-fired the RS-25 engine conducted a test firing at the Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

  • Panoramic images show Curiosity’s route on Mars since 2012 landing

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 1st, 2018

    Members of NASA's Curiosity team combined individual photos taken by the rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam) on the northern flank of Mount Sharp to create a panorama that overlooks the many sites the six-wheeled geologist has visited since landing on Mars in 2012.

  • Shutdown, accusations of racism and launch delays – 2018 starting out rough for NASA

    Jason RhianJanuary 28th, 2018

    So far 2018 is not starting out very well for NASA. With a government shutdown that started on Jan. 20, slowing work, announcements that its Commercial Crew Program has suffered yet another delay and accusations of racism - the space agency has had years start better than 2018.

  • NASA reports problem with newly installed robotic arm ‘hand’

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 27th, 2018

    Just days after installing a new grapple fixture on the International Space Station’s robotic Canadarm2, NASA is working on a plan to re-install the old latching end effector (LEE) on an upcoming spacewalk after a problem was found with the new mechanism.

  • 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.

  • NASA honors those lost during 2018 Day of Remembrance ceremony

    Sean CostelloJanuary 25th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Once a year, generally on the last Thursday of January, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation welcomes the public to join assembled astronauts, family members and space program workers to remember the U.S. astronauts who lost their lives while serving on active duty. On Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 those lost were remembered and their sacrifice honored.

  • Ariane 5 rocket places 2 satellites into orbit despite telemetry anomaly

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 25th, 2018

    Arianespace conducted its first mission of 2018 by launching its workhorse Ariane 5 booster with the SES-14 and Al Yah 3 communications satellites. However, the outcome of the flight remained a mystery for several hours as telemetry cut off just after ignition of the upper stage of the rocket.

  • Astronauts replace Canadarm2 ‘hand’ on ISS in first spacewalk of 2018

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 23rd, 2018

    The first spacewalk of 2018, U.S. EVA 47, is now in the history books after two NASA astronauts completed a nearly 7.5 hour extravehicular activity to replace an aging latching end effector on the International Space Station’s robotic Canadarm2.

  • Juno spacecraft captures stunning images of Jupiter’s cloud tops, storms

    Laurel KornfeldJanuary 23rd, 2018

    During its recent close flybys of Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft captured incredible images of the giant planet's cloud tops, storms, and atmosphere that some have compared to Vincent Van Gogh's famous "Starry Night" painting.

  • Launch dates of SpaceX and Boeing Commercial Crew Program spacecraft slip

    Collin SkocikJanuary 20th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Hopes NASA's private partners on the agency's Commercial Crew Program would launch crewed spacecraft by the end of this year (2018) have been dashed. Reports have come in that, at the earliest, these so-called "space taxis" won't be flying until 2019, with it more likely they'll fly sometime in the 2020 time frame.

  • NASA planning 2 spacewalks to replace Canadarm2 ‘hand’ despite US government shutdown

    Bart LeahyJanuary 20th, 2018

    Despite budget battles in Washington, D.C. resulting in a temporary shutdown of the U.S. federal government, NASA and the International Space Station's Expedition 54 crew still plan to carry out a pair of spacewalks to replace one of the 16-year-old "hands" on the outpost's robotic arm.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne starts off a busy 2018 with hot fire of RS-25 engine

    Lloyd CampbellJanuary 17th, 2018

    NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne conducted another successful test firing of the Space Launch System’s core stage main engine, the RS-25, on Jan 16 2018.

  • Steep Martian slopes reveal structure of underground ice sheets

    Jim SharkeyJanuary 15th, 2018

    Scientists using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have located eight sites where thick deposits of ice beneath the Martian surface are exposed in the faces of steep eroding slopes known as scarps. The eight scarps, have slopes as steep as 55 degrees, provide researchers with new information about the internal structure of previously-discovered layered subsurface ice sheets in Mars's middle latitudes.

  • NASA to study weather in boundary layer between Earth and space

    Curt GodwinJanuary 14th, 2018

    While most people tune-in to their local weather forecasts, and there are those who keep their eyes to the sky for the latest in space weather, the region in which they interact has been largely uncharted. NASA - with the help of two satellites planned for launch in 2018 - hopes to change that.

  • SpaceX’s CRS-13 Dragon capsule departs ISS after 4-week stay

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 13th, 2018

    The first visiting vehicle activity at the International Space Station in 2018 concluded Jan. 13 with the unberthing, departure and splashdown of SpaceX’s CRS-13 Dragon cargo ship after spending nearly a month at the orbiting outpost.