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  • With Pad Abort Test, astronauts one step closer to riding SpaceX’s Dragon

    May 6th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, SpaceX conducted their first Pad Abort Test with the crewed variant of the Dragon from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Using eight SuperDraco engines firing simultaneously, the test measured various parameters of the new escape system to collect data so that the […]

  • Caught in the act: NuSTAR shows ‘zombie’ stars may howl as they feed

    May 4th, 2015

    NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has been peering deep into the heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way. In doing so, NuSTAR has spotted an intriguing glow of high-energy X-rays with an unknown origin. One possibility is that the center of the galaxy is inhabited by ‘zombie’ stars and the X-rays are the stellar undead […]

  • Curiosity detects possible liquid brine in Martian soil

    April 20th, 2015

    Mars, our second closest planetary neighbor, is a cold and desolate place. Extreme conditions make it near impossible to support liquid water on the planet’s surface, but thanks to recent weather and soil data collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover, scientists have their first indirect evidence of the presence of a thin briny film near the […]

  • MESSENGER mission to end this month with crash into Mercury

    April 17th, 2015

    After some 3,922 days in space, NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft will run out of propellant and crash into the surface of Mercury, ending a successful mission to study the chemical composition, geology, and magnetic field of the planet closest to the Sun.

  • Dawn reveals Ceres’ diverse surface features

    April 15th, 2015

    VIENNA, AUT. — At the 2015 General Assembly of the European Geoscience Union, a new color map of dwarf planet Ceres was released, revealing the diversity of surface features on this planetary body. Variations in surface morphology and color gives evidence that Ceres was once an active body. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft entered into orbit around Ceres’ in […]

  • Anomaly delays launch of THOR 7 and SICRAL 2

    April 14th, 2015

    KOUROU, French Guiana — Arianespace announced the delay of a dual satellite payload on Tuesday, April 14. The launch, designated VA222, was scheduled to liftoff from Kourou, French Guiana, on Wednesday, April 15, and is the first Ariane 5 launch of the year. The vehicle will carry two European communications satellites – THOR 7 and SICRAL 2 – to space, and […]

  • Crew of veteran astronauts launch to the space station, prepare to begin one-year mission

    March 27th, 2015

    BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — A trio of veteran astronauts are on their way to the International Space Station (ISS) following a picture perfect  launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:42 p.m. EDT Friday March 27 (1:42 a.m., March 28 Baikonur time).

  • Rosetta detects molecular nitrogen on comet 67P

    March 26th, 2015

    The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft is a mission of firsts – first to rendezvous with a comet, first to land on a comet, and now first to detect molecular nitrogen on a comet. The latest data collected at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is providing clues about the temperature environment in which it formed.

  • ULA successfully delivers ninth GPS IIF satellite to orbit

    March 25th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — A United Launch Alliance (ULA ) Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) rocket launched today, Wednesday, March 25, from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 37 (SLC-37). It carried with it the ninth GPS IIF satellite for the U.S. Air Force. Liftoff occurred right on time and at the beginning of an 18-minute window at 2:36 p.m. […]

  • GPS IIF-9 set to launch atop ULA Delta IV Medium

    March 24th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA ) is prepping a Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) launch vehicle to ferry the ninth GPS Block IIF satellite to orbit. Liftoff is currently scheduled to take place on Mar. 25 and will have a launch window which will last a total of 18-minute window, which opens at 2:36 p.m. EDT (18:36 GMT). […]

  • Melbourne Air & Space Show rocks Florida’s Space Coast

    March 23rd, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Fla — The skies above the Melbourne International Airport roared with the sounds of jet and propeller-driven aircraft this weekend. The show was held from March 21-22 and included the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the F-22 Raptor demonstration team, U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demonstration Team – and an array of other government and civilian organizations.

  • MAVEN detects aurora and mysterious Martian dust cloud

    March 19th, 2015

    WOODLANDS, Tex. — At the 46th annual Lunar Planetary Society Conference, scientists discussed the latest findings from NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft. The first spacecraft dedicated to studying the evolution and loss of Mars’ tenuous upper atmosphere, MAVEN recently detected two surprising phenomena.

  • NASA’s MMS launches atop ULA Atlas V to study Earth’s magnetic reconnections

    March 13th, 2015

    NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) satellites are ready to begin their science mission after a successful 10:44 p.m. EDT (02:44 GMT) launch from Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41). A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket lit up the night sky as the satellites soared into orbit, becoming the first space mission dedicated to studying a […]

  • NASA makes history as Dawn orbits first dwarf planet

    March 6th, 2015

    2015 has unofficially been dubbed the “Year of the Dwarf Planet” as NASA has two missions set to explore two different dwarf planets. At 4:39 a.m. PST (7:39 a.m. EST), NASA’s Dawn spacecraft made history as it casually slipped into orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres. The first spacecraft to successfully orbit a dwarf planet, […]

  • 45th Space Wing unveils Multi Vehicle Launch Support Center

    March 5th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla, — The U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing officially opened the Multi Vehicle Launch Support Center (MVLSC) during a countdown ceremony today at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) Headquarters Building. The center provides room for up to 60 people to monitor a launch from and the subsequent first stage landing […]