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  • Mars’ magnetic field is 10 times stronger than previously thought

    Laurel KornfeldApril 14th, 2020

    Data collected by NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander on Mars has surprised scientists by indicating the Red Planet has a magnetic field 10 times stronger than previously suspected.

  • Boeing to fly uncrewed Starliner mission for second time

    Theresa CrossApril 6th, 2020

    Boeing announced that Starliner would fly a second unmanned test mission in the Fall of 2020 from Florida due to an unsuccessful test flight in December of last year.

  • NASA adds crew member to first operational Crew Dragon mission

    Cullen DesforgesApril 5th, 2020

    HOUSTON, TX – On March 31, NASA announced that astronaut Shannon Walker will join fellow astronauts Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover on the first operation flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon to the International Space Station. A native of Houston, Walker began her NASA journey as a Flight Controller on behalf of Rockwell Collins during the […]

  • OneWeb announces layoffs, files for bankruptcy following latest launch

    Matt HaskellMarch 30th, 2020

    In a surprising recent development, satellite broadband internet provider OneWeb filed for bankruptcy just one week following the successful launch of 34 satellites atop a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

  • ULA launches final AEHF satellite atop Atlas V

    Theresa CrossMarch 26th, 2020

    Blue skies and light winds – they were near perfect conditions for a Florida afternoon launch.

  • ULA set to loft final Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite

    Patrick AttwellMarch 26th, 2020

    Poised for launch on Thursday March 26, 2020, an Atlas V rocket is set to lift the sixth and final Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite. The 2-hour long launch window opens at 2:57 PM EDT (18:57 UTC) and stretches until 4:57 EDT (20:57 UTC).

  • Twelve features on asteroid Bennu get official names

    Laurel KornfeldMarch 24th, 2020

    Twelve surface features on the asteroid Bennu, imaged by NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) probe from orbit, have been officially named by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), which regulates the naming of celestial objects and their surface features.

  • Voyager 2 will be on its own while DSN antenna is upgraded

    Laurel KornfeldMarch 23rd, 2020

    The only radio telescope capable of communicating with NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft will undergo nearly 11 months of upgrades to its 230-foot- (70-meter-) wide antenna, during which it will be unable to transmit commands to the 42-year-old spacecraft, which is now traveling in interstellar space.

  • COVID-19 precautions lead to Stage 4 site restrictions at NASA’s Stennis, Michoud facilities

    Matt HaskellMarch 20th, 2020

    NASA’s Stennis Space Center (Mississippi) and Michoud Assembly Facility (Louisiana) are being elevated to stage 4 of NASA’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) response framework, due to increased case counts being recorded in the local communities.

  • Artemis I Orion completes environmental testing at Plum Brook Station

    Michael ColeMarch 14th, 2020

    SANDUSKY, OHIO — NASA’s Orion spacecraft, due to fly the Artemis I lunar mission, has completed its final round of testing at NASA’s Plum Brook Station testing facility in Sandusky, Ohio.

  • ULA Atlas V launch of AEHF payload delayed, NET March 21, 2020

    Theresa CrossMarch 10th, 2020

    The planned launch of the next United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, set to loft the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite built by Lockheed Martin, has been delayed to no earlier than (NET) March 21. 

  • Boeing CST-100 Starliner Testing Deficiencies Identified

    Michael McCabeMarch 9th, 2020

    Details are emerging about exactly what and how testing was performed prior to Boeing launching their Starliner test capsule on December 20, 2019, a flight which resulted in a mixed outcome instead of what was supposed to be a resounding and highly anticipated success.

  • SpaceX successfully launches CRS-20, recovers their 50th Falcon 9 Booster

    Theresa CrossMarch 7th, 2020

    CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched Dragon Capsule C112 from Florida’s Space Launch Complex 40 at 11:50 pm (Eastern), Friday March 6 This is SpaceX’s 20th resupply mission to the International Space Station, under NASA’s Commercial Cargo Program.

  • Northrop Grumman Successfully Completes Cold Static Test of Second Stage for OmegA Rocket

    Patrick AttwellFebruary 28th, 2020

    Northrop Grumman has successfully completed a cold static test of the second stage of its OmegA rocket in Promontory, Utah, completing the full-duration (approx. 140 seconds) firing on the afternoon of February 27.

  • New Horizons parallax project seeks public participation

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 21st, 2020

    NASA’s New Horizons mission is seeking public participation in a project aimed at imaging the two closest stars, Proxima Centauri and Wolf 359, from Earth on April 22 and 23, the same day the spacecraft will photograph them from almost five billion miles (eight billion km) away.

  • Pluto’s heart feature controls its winds

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 20th, 2020

    Pluto’s iconic heart feature, named Tombaugh Regio, functions as a “beating heart” that controls the small planet’s winds and might even play a role in shaping its surface features.

  • Arrokoth data sheds light on planet formation

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 19th, 2020

    Data returned by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft taken during its January 2019 flyby of Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) Arrokoth, also known as 2014 MU 69, located four billion miles from Earth, supports the theory that planet formation in the solar system occurred in a gentle rather than violent process.

  • ULA successfully launches Solar Probe aboard Atlas V

    Theresa CrossFebruary 10th, 2020

    CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched a NASA probe its way to our Sun. At 11:03 p.m. EDT, February 9, the rocket left Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

  • Pluto’s hazy atmosphere is similar to that of Titan

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 2nd, 2020

    Pluto is often compared to Neptune's largest moon Triton, but its hazy atmosphere is actually more akin to that of Saturn's largest moon Titan, which is sometimes viewed as an analog of early Earth.

  • NASA broadcast celebrates Spitzer telescope’s accomplishments

    Laurel KornfeldJanuary 24th, 2020

    In a live broadcast on Wednesday, January 22, NASA celebrated 16 years of incredible accomplishments by the Spitzer Space Telescope, one of its four "Great Observatories" in space.