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  • What goes out, must come back: NASA moves Mobile Launcher to VAB for year of work leading to EM-1

    Curt GodwinSeptember 9th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- After journeying out to Launch Pad 39B for several days of fit checks and tests, NASA has rolled the 11-million pound (4.99-million kilogram) Mobile Launcher (ML) back to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) for further work.

  • Mobile Launcher test drive inches SLS one step closer to Exploration Mission-1

    Curt GodwinSeptember 1st, 2018

    A Chinese proverb roughly states: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." While this adage rings true for those undertaking Earthly ventures, it is also fitting for the launch of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS).

  • JPL unveils efforts to explore Mars to NASA Administrator

    Jason RhianAugust 27th, 2018

    PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine paid a visit to the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory today, Monday Aug. 27, 2018 and was provided a review of NASA's efforts to explore the Red Planet.

  • Lockheed Martin, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex launch new Astronaut Training Experience

    Jason RhianAugust 17th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Lockheed Martin and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex "launched" the new Astronaut Training Experience (ATX) on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. The event was conducted with pomp, leading members of the space community and those who stand to benefit from this new attraction.

  • NASA Administrator discusses NASA’s future during stop at Kennedy

    Jason RhianAugust 8th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine paid his first visit to NASA's Kennedy Space Center on a two-day stop that began on Monday, Aug. 6 and concluded today (Aug. 7). The visit comes just days before one of the most important NASA missions of the year is poised to get underway.

  • NASA Administrator visits Langley Research Center

    Steve HammerAugust 1st, 2018

    LANGLEY, Va. -- NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine made his second stop on a tour of NASA research facilities Tuesday, July 31 at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

  • It keeps going and going: Stirling Engine test sets long-duration record at NASA Glenn

    Michael ColeJuly 30th, 2018

    GLENN RESEARCH CENTER, Ohio -- If you are wanting to perform some science at Neptune, or Pluto, or beyond in the dark depths of the outer solar system, your spacecraft is going to need power for a very long time. Engineers at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, are working to make that happen and have, been at it for a very long time.

  • Benefits for KSC firefighters in jeopardy, with pay cuts potentially on the horizon

    Jason RhianJuly 28th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Accusations that the contractor that manages NASA / KSC's fire department has decided to cut pay and benefits for its firefighters - have caused representatives with the Transport Workers Union to picket outside of the Space Center's Gate 3 by State Road 405.

  • NASA Ames hosts event focusing on research and innovations

    Jim SharkeyJuly 20th, 2018

    MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA's Ames Research Center recently hosted a public event, titled "Silicon Valley Innovations: From the Earth to the moon and Mars," that focused on the center's research contributions to the space agency's exploration missions.

  • Canaveral’s Delta II launch site demolished, paving the way for Moon Express

    Jason RhianJuly 12th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A piece of the Cape's launch history came to an end on Thursday, July 12, with the demolition of Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 17. The site where NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers began their epic voyage to the Red Planet have been reduced to rubble - paving the way for use by Moon Express.

  • Animation depicts upward movement of water from Europa’s subsurface ocean

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 11th, 2018

    Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have created an animation simulating the possible upward movement of water from Europa's subsurface ocean to its surface, by applying a numerical model used to study movement in Earth's crust.

  • Veteran NASA astronaut Dan Burbank leaves NASA

    Jason RhianJuly 2nd, 2018

    After being tapped by the agency to be an astronaut in 1996 and spending some 188 days on orbit, Dan Burbank has decided it's time to hang up his spacesuit. 

  • Juno solves lightning mystery, gets mission extension

    Joe LatrellJune 15th, 2018

    NASA's Juno probe, which has been in orbit around Jupiter since July, 2016 has provided scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) opportunities for research. One such research paper, recently published in Nature, helps explain the nature of Jupiter’s polar lightning.

  • Update: Curiosity rover successfully drills hole in ‘Duluth’

    Jim SharkeyMay 23rd, 2018

    NASA's Curiosity rover has successfully tested a new method of drilling rocks on Mars. On Sunday, May 20, the rover drilled a hole about 2 inches (50 millimeters) into a target rock named "Duluth." It was the first rock sample acquired by Curiosity in more than a year.

  • Research teams receive NASA grants to study life in the cosmos

    Laurel KornfeldMay 18th, 2018

    Three interdisciplinary research teams have each been awarded $8 million in NASA grant funding to conduct five-year studies on various aspects of life in the universe.

  • Mark Geyer named director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center

    Derek RichardsonMay 15th, 2018

    NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, is getting a new director: Mark Geyer. He will be succeeding the current director, Ellen Ochoa, when she retires on May 25, 2018, after a 30-year career at the U.S. space agency.

  • Twin MarCO CubeSats launching alongside NASA’s InSight Mars mission

    Jim SharkeyApril 28th, 2018

    When the InSight Mars mission launches atop an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, two mini-satellites will be riding on the same rocket. The twin spacecraft, called Mars Cube One (MarCO), are the first NASA CubeSats designed to operate in deep space.

  • ICPS umbilical installed on SLS mobile launcher

    Collin SkocikApril 3rd, 2018

    The road to the first flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) took another step forward March 21, 2018, when one of the last of the big swing arms was installed on the mobile launcher at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

  • NASA releases 360-degree video of InSight Mars lander test lab

    Jim SharkeyMarch 13th, 2018

    Scientists and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are using a replica of the upcoming InSight Mars lander to simulate conditions the spacecraft might face on the Red Planet's surface. The U.S. space agency released a 360-degree video tour of the In-Situ Instrument Lab, where the team is operating the "testbed" under a variety of different conditions.

  • Mobile launcher gets Orion crew access arm, inches closer to completion

    Curt GodwinMarch 3rd, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Workers with NASA's Exploration Ground Systems at Kennedy Space Center recently passed another landmark in their effort to prepare the center's infrastructure for the maiden launch of the Space Launch System.