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Articles By NASA

  • West Antarctic glacier loss appears unstoppable

    May 13th, 2014

    A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea.

  • Cassini spies the ice-giant planet Uranus

    May 9th, 2014

    NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured its first-ever image of the pale blue ice-giant planet Uranus in the distance beyond Saturn’s rings.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: The Bold Administrator

    April 14th, 2014

    On this day in 1972, NASA Administrator, Dr. James C. Fletcher, announced that the Kennedy Space Center serve as a space shuttle launch and landing site. Its official name became “Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility.”

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: STS-1- The start of a new era

    April 12th, 2014

    On this day in 1981, Space Shuttle Columbia stood on launch Pad 39A, two astronauts sat strapped into their seats on the flight deck preparing its maiden launch of the program – STS-1. 

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: First Manned Spaceflight

    April 12th, 2014

    On this day in 1961, a Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, became the first person in space. Gagarin made a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. The date of April 12 was already a huge day in terms of space history because of this. Some twenty years later, this date would be underlined in terms of […]

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: A rare sight

    April 11th, 2014

    On this day in 1986, Halley’s Comet made its closest approach to Earth. Several spacecraft were able to capture images of this spectacular moment. Giotto, with European Space Agency, took up close photographs of Halley’s nucleus, showing it to be a mixture of frozen water, other volatile ices, and rocky particles. Comet Halley was discovered in […]

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: The Chosen 7

    April 9th, 2014

    On this day in 1959, seven men were introduced at a press conference as the first group of astronauts for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 

  • Cygnus cargo spacecraft readies for launch

    April 5th, 2014

    Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., mated the Cygnus Service Module to the Pressurized Cargo Module Friday, April 4, in Bldg. H-100, payload processing facility, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Va. The Service Module for the Orb-2 mission, which will deliver approximately 1,650 kg of supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), arrived at NASA’s […]

  • Mini rocket models to be used in a big way for SLS base heating test

    April 4th, 2014

    To better understand the heating conditions at the base of what will be the biggest, most powerful rocket ever built, engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., are thinking small — really small.

  • Move over heavy metal, there’s a new tank coming to town

    March 29th, 2014

    For more than 50 years, metal tanks have carried fuel to launch rockets and propel them into space, but one of the largest composite tanks ever manufactured may change all that. This spring, that tank–known as the composite cryotank–is set to undergo a series of tests at extreme pressures and temperatures similar to those experienced […]

  • James Webb Space Telescope’s Near Infrared Spectrograph installed

    March 27th, 2014

    In March 2014, the James Webb Space Telescope’s flight Near Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) was installed into the instrument module. NIRSpec joins the flight Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) Fine Guidance Sensor/ Near Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (FGS/NIRISS) and Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) which are already integrated into the ISIM, making the instrument module complete.

  • NASA releases first interactive mosaic of lunar North Pole

    March 18th, 2014

    Scientists, using cameras aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have created the largest high resolution mosaic of our moon’s north polar region. The six-and-a-half feet (two-meters)-per-pixel images cover an area equal to more than one-quarter of the United States.

  • Cancer targeted treatments from space station discoveries

    March 14th, 2014

    Invasive and systemic cancer treatment is a necessary evil for many people with the devastating diagnosis. These patients endure therapies with ravaging side effects, including nausea, immune suppression, hair loss and even organ failure, in hopes of eradicating cancerous tissues in the body. If treatments targeted a patient’s cancerous tissues, it could provide clinicians with […]

  • NASA’s IRIS spots its largest solar flare

    March 8th, 2014

    On Jan. 28, 2014, NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, witnessed its strongest solar flare since it launched in the summer of 2013. Solar flares are bursts of x-rays and light that stream out into space, but scientists don’t yet know the fine details of what sets them off.

  • Responding to potential asteroid redirect mission targets

    March 7th, 2014

    One year ago, on Feb. 15, 2013, the world was witness to the dangers presented by near-Earth Objects (NEOs) when a relatively small asteroid entered Earth’s atmosphere, exploding over Chelyabinsk, Russia, and releasing more energy than a large atomic bomb. Tracking near-Earth asteroids has been a significant endeavor for NASA and the broader astronomical community, […]