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News Archive / Tagged: The Range

  • 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.

  • China’s ‘Micius’ satellite demonstrates intercontinental quantum key distribution for the first time

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 22nd, 2018

    China’s Quantum Science Satellite, nicknamed “Micius” (after a fifth century B.C. Chinese scientist) has performed the first intercontinental quantum key distribution by relaying signals between multiple ground stations located in China and Austria.

  • Two shuttle veterans poised to join U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

    Florida TechJanuary 21st, 2018

    On Jan. 18, 2018 former shuttle astronauts Dr. Thomas D. Jones and Captain Scott D. Altman, were recognized for their contributions toward the field of space sciences - by being selected for induction into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame. When they claim their medallions, they will become two of only 95 individuals to receive this honor. 

  • Saturn’s moon Titan has ‘sea level’ like Earth

    Jim SharkeyJanuary 20th, 2018

    Researchers using data from NASA's Cassini mission have discovered a striking similarity between Earth and Saturn's moon Titan. Just as the surface of Earth's oceans lies at an average elevation referred to as "sea level", Titan's seas also lie at an average elevation. Titan is the only world in our solar system other than Earth known to have stable liquid on its surface. Instead of water, Titan's lakes and seas are filled with hydrocarbons, mostly  methane and ethane. Water ice, covered by a layer of solid organic material, forms the bedrock surrounding these lakes and seas.

  • 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.

  • Long March 11 lifts off from Jiuquan with six small satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 19th, 2018

    China’s light-lift Long March 11 booster took to the skies on Friday, January 19, tasked with the delivery of six small satellites into orbit.

  • Launch of SBIRS GEO 4 scrubbed

    Jason RhianJanuary 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The planned flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 rocket has been scrubbed by at least 24 hours due to unspecified reasons. The mission was set to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida with the fourth Space Based Infrared System GEO (SBIRS GEO 4) satellite with the window scheduled to open at 7:52 p.m. EST (00:52 GMT on Friday, Jan. 19).

  • Japanese Epsilon rocket sends ASNARO-2 radar satellite to orbit

    Christopher PaulJanuary 17th, 2018

    A Japanese Epsilon rocket successfully delivered the ASNARO-2 radar Earth observation satellite to orbit this afternoon. The Epsilon rocket launched from Uchinoura Space Center at (6:00 to 6:35 a.m.) Japan Standard Time, or (4:00 to 4:35 p.m.) Eastern Standard Time.

  • Titan’s haze captured in Cassini photo

    Jason RhianJanuary 17th, 2018

    Downtown L.A. has got nothing on Saturn's moon Titan, at least in terms of smoggy haze that is. Imagery captured by the Cassini spacecraft prior to its plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on Sept. 15, 2017 shows a world blanketed in a dense mist.

  • Florida space leaders to visit capitol on February 14

    Press ReleaseJanuary 16th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL (January 16, 2018) – Promoting the economic impact of the space industry, Florida’s aerospace leaders will visit Tallahassee on February 14, 2018, for Florida Space Day, sharing with legislators the opportunities the industry brings to Florida and the nation.

  • ULA readies for U.S. Air Force SBIRS GEO 4 launch

    Bart LeahyJanuary 16th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After a slight delay from late 2017, United Launch Alliance is readying an Atlas V 411 to launch the fourth geosynchronous element of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Space Based Infrared Sensor (SBIRS) program. The launch, is currently set to take place from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) Space Launch Complex (SLC) 41 on January 18.

  • 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.

  • NASA video simulation takes viewers on a journey through the Orion Nebula

    Laurel KornfeldJanuary 14th, 2018

    A new 3D video simulation that uses images taken by both the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes takes viewers on a stunning simulated journey within the Orion Nebula.

  • Long March 2D lifts off with LKW-3 Earth-observing satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 13th, 2018

    China has performed its third orbital launch of this year (2018) by sending its Long March 2D booster carrying the LKW-3 Earth observation spacecraft aloft. 

  • SpaceShipTwo conducts successful test flight

    Paul KnightlyJanuary 13th, 2018

    Virgin Galactic conducted a successful test flight of the SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity vehicle on Thursday, Jan. 11. The high-speed glide test marks the seventh for VSS Unity, which reached a top speed of Mach 0.9 during the flight.