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News Archive / Tagged: NASA

  • As ICESat-2 set to open new era of Earth observation, era of Delta II poised to close

    Jim SharkeySeptember 13th, 2018

    While the new ICESat-2 mission will help us gain a better understanding of the dynamics of our home world - it will also mark the end of the Delta II rocket's long history.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: ICE—The first comet flyby

    Andrew LepageSeptember 12th, 2018

    While NASA has become known for successful spacecraft that extend well past their warranty, the International Cometary Explorer (ICE) showed that a well-designed spacecraft can serve many purposes long after its primary mission ends.

  • Curiosity reveals mysterious variety of terrains at Vera Rubin Ridge

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 11th, 2018

    The area around NASA's Curiosity rover is providing scientists with colors and textures that are leaving them puzzled.

  • How was the exact location of the recent ISS air leak found?

    Jason RhianSeptember 11th, 2018

    An air leak at the International Space Station was discovered and repaired at the end of August 2018. However, given the size of the outpost, how did the crew figure out where the leak was originating from?

  • Dawn mission approaches end as spacecraft runs out of fuel

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 10th, 2018

    NASA's Dawn mission, after 11 years is drawing to a close, but during the years it has explored worlds and forever altered our understanding of the solar system.

  • Pressure mounts on Commercial Crew as Russia plans to stop flying U.S. astronauts to ISS

    Jason RhianSeptember 5th, 2018

    Amidst worsening conditions between the United States and Russia, the contract that provides U.S. astronauts with transportation to and from the International Space Station - is a few months away from expiring. The close of this agreement coincides with the time that NASA and its commercial partners hope to conduct the first test flights of so-called "space taxis" to the orbiting lab.

  • InSight 3 months from checking Mars’ temperature

    Jason RhianSeptember 4th, 2018

    While former NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski might have scaled Mount Everest, there are mountains on Mars that far outstrip even Everest's staggering 29,029-foot (8,848-meter) height. NASA has a spacecraft on its way to the Red Planet to try and find out why these peaks reach such heights.

  • SpaceX 7 months away from 1st crewed test flight

    Jason RhianSeptember 2nd, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX continues to take breathtaking leaps in terms of returning the United States' ability to launch astronauts from American soil. Plans to finalize launch day operations are underway and the NewSpace company is working with NASA to ensure key launch systems are ready to support flight.

  • Mobile Launcher test drive inches SLS one step closer to Exploration Mission-1

    Curt GodwinSeptember 1st, 2018

    A Chinese proverb roughly states: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." While this adage rings true for those undertaking Earthly ventures, it is also fitting for the launch of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS).

  • Inside Opportunity: Oppy still silent as dust storm begins to settle

    James RiceSeptember 1st, 2018

    It has been a long 80 days. We last heard from our rover on the slopes of Perseverance Valley back on June 10. However, we are continuing to listen diligently every day during our programmed fault communication windows, as well as through the Deep Space Network Radio Science Receiver. So far however - nothing.

  • Capsule for first Orion spacecraft designed to carry crew built and delivered to KSC

    Jason RhianAugust 31st, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA and Lockheed Martin are preparing for the first crewed flight of the agency's "exploration-class" spacecraft, Orion, on a mission that should see astronauts return to a trajectory their colleagues have not ventured to in more than 45 years. This latest milestone saw components that will comprise the spacecraft assembled and shipped to Kennedy Space Center.

  • NASA Administrator Bridenstine: ‘We’re not going to do flags and footprints again’

    Derek RichardsonAugust 30th, 2018

    In the first-ever televised NASA Advisory Council meeting, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine described the United States' latest effort to return to the Moon as one about sustainability.

  • Astronaut candidate Robb Kulin resigns from NASA

    Derek RichardsonAugust 29th, 2018

    First reported by the Houston Chronicle, NASA confirmed that 2017 astronaut candidate Robb Kulin is resigning Friday for “personal reasons” after a year of training, the first to do so in some 50 years.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne demonstrates electric propulsion capabilities for future deep space missions

    Derek RichardsonAugust 29th, 2018

    An early systems integration test was performed by Aerojet Rocketdyne for NASA’s Advanced Electric Propulsion System (AEPS) program, which includes technology that could be used on NASA’s proposed lunar orbiting outpost in the early 2020s, the company said.

  • JPL unveils efforts to explore Mars to NASA Administrator

    Jason RhianAugust 27th, 2018

    PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine paid a visit to the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory today, Monday Aug. 27, 2018 and was provided a review of NASA's efforts to explore the Red Planet.