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  • Cassini prepares for sixth ring-grazing orbit

    Paul KnightlyMay 25th, 2017

    NASA's Cassini spacecraft is currently completing its fifth ring-grazing orbit of Saturn as it conducts its Grand Finale nearing the end of its mission. It will reach its orbital apoapsis on May 25 at 08:50 UTC (4:50 a.m. EDT), at which point its sixth ring-grazing orbit will begin. The sixth ring crossing of the Grand Finale will occur on May 28 at 14:22 UTC (10:22 a.m. EDT).

  • Juno spacecraft makes fifth science pass of Jupiter

    Jim SharkeyMay 24th, 2017

    NASA's Juno mission made a close flyby of the planet Jupiter on May 19, successfully completing the spacecraft's fifth science orbit of the gas giant. JunoCam and all of the spacecraft's science instruments were operating during the flyby. Juno's next close flyby, which will take it over Jupiter's Great Red Spot, will take place on July 11, 2017.

  • Grabbe joins Astrobotic’s team

    Jason RhianMay 24th, 2017

    Google Lunar X PRIZE contestant Astrobotic, at one time considered by many to be the frontrunner in the effort to land the first commercial rover on the surface of the Moon (they have since dropped out of the contest), has tapped Kit Grabbe to serve as the organization's Principal Systems Engineer.

  • Visitors ‘dare mighty things’ at Explore JPL event

    Jerome StrachMay 22nd, 2017

    PASADENA, Calif. — On a 177-acre campus built into a mountainside, engineers and flight controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) offered their time to provide an experience for the public. For many, the Explore JPL event, which occurred on May 20–21, 2017, was a rare opportunity to visit the facilities that build and control spacecraft like Cassini, Voyagers 1 and 2, and the Curiosity Mars rover.

  • NASA’s Dawn spacecraft obtains ‘opposition surge’ images of Ceres

    Ocean McIntyreMay 22nd, 2017

    After more than two years orbiting Ceres, NASA's Dawn spacecraft continues to tease out remarkable science from the enigmatic dwarf planet. On April 29, mission specialists were able to successfully place Dawn into opposition – a position directly between the Sun and Ceres.

  • Curt Brown tapped as Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Chairman

    Jason RhianMay 21st, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has a new chairman: former shuttle astronaut Curt Brown. He will be taking the reins of the organization from fellow space flight veteran Dan Brandenstein. The announcement was made during the 2017 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame induction Gala.

  • Third largest dwarf planet found to have moon

    Laurel KornfeldMay 21st, 2017

    Dwarf planet 2007 OR10, the third largest of nine known dwarf planets in the Solar System, is orbited by a small moon, scientists discovered using current and archival images gathered by three separate observatories.

  • Van Allen Probes detect barrier around Earth

    Paul KnightlyMay 20th, 2017

    New results from NASA's Van Allen Probes have revealed the impact humans have on the environment is not limited to physical and chemical effects on the Earth's surface, but it also includes radio frequencies extending out into space.

  • NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover begins study of ‘Perseverance Valley’

    Jim SharkeyMay 19th, 2017

    NASA's Opportunity Mars rover has reached the main objective of its current two-year extended mission – an ancient fluid-carved ravine, called "Perseverance Valley", on the western rim of Endeavour Crater.

  • Cassini image shows Saturn heading toward solstice

    Laurel KornfeldMay 18th, 2017

    A visible-light image of Saturn and one side of its rings taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on February 3, 2017, shows the planet's shrinking shadow on the rings as it approaches its May 2017 solstice.

  • Photo Gallery: SpaceX ramps up launch rate with Inmarsat-5 F4 mission

    Derek RichardsonMay 17th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — On May 15, 2017, SpaceX launched an expendable Falcon 9 rocket with the Inmarsat-5 F4 communications satellite. SpaceFlight Insider was there to capture the event.

  • Alien planet-hunting camera successfully tested at International Space Station

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 17th, 2017

    A highly advanced and specialized university-built camera has been successfully tested at the International Space Station (ISS). The instrument, known as the Charge Injection Device (CID), is designed to capture light from distant faint objects such as extrasolar worlds.

  • ‘Warm Neptune’ HAT-P-26b has primitive atmosphere

    Ocean McIntyreMay 16th, 2017

    Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, announced in a paper published on May 12, 2017, an exoplanet designated HAT-P-26b, which was confirmed in 2010, has a primitive atmosphere of hydrogen and helium.

  • James Webb Space Telescope prepares for deep freeze

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 15th, 2017

    The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) continued its long and meandering journey to space with a stop in Houston, Texas. The telescope has been moved to Johnson Space Center so it can undergo the last cryogenic test before the massive observatory is launched into space in 2018.

  • Nearby brown dwarf turns out to be a free-floating planetary-like object

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 15th, 2017

    A new study has found that one of the nearest brown dwarfs to our Solar System, designated SIMP J013656.5+093347 (SIMP0136 for short), might actually be a planetary-mass object.